Upcoming Church Liturgical Calendar
The season of Epiphany begins January 6th and continues until Ash Wednesday. The liturgical color is green.
Lent begins on February 14th. The liturgical color is purple.
What is Lent?
Lent is the 40 day period in which we prepare for the great Easter season and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Primarily and historically, this has meant a return to our discipleship and devotion to Jesus, the Son of the Living God. It is a season of:
1. Repentance – confessing our sins and returning to the God of forgiveness.
2. Fasting – the voluntary denial of a normal function for a spiritual purpose.
3. Devotion – increased activity in worship, prayer, and service towards others.
When is Lent?
Lent always begins on Ash Wednesday, a movable date 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter Eve. Since the early days of the Church, there has been recorded evidence of a season of preparation for Easter Sunday. By the 4th century and the legalization of Christianity, Lent took its current form as a season of penance, fasting, and preparation for baptism.
What do we do in Lent season?
Lent is a season of preparation, and repentance. We prepare for the coming Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ by confessing our sins and returning to the right relationship with God. The color of Lent is purple – connoting both repentance and royalty. As our sins lead to the death of the King of Kings, we are to humble ourselves in preparation for Our Lord and Savior’s Death and Resurrection.