And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." And Jesus answered him, "It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone.'"  And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, "To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours." And Jesus answered him, "It is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'" And he took him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here; for it is written, `He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you,' and `On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'" And Jesus answered him, "It is said, `You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'" And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.
Luke 4:1-13

Lent: Preparing for the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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.

How to Keep Lent Season at Home

  • Lent for Families and Children offers ways to sharing our faith and great tradition with our children. Start simple, set realistic expectations, select sustainable ideas that fit your family rhythm and begin your journey of Lent together! Slow down and explore. Lent is a time to make room to walk closer with Jesus and to learn to become more like Him. Just click on the Families or Children link and it will take you to a list of ways to share and experience Lent together.
  • Devotional – This devotion is designed for you (and your family) to read the Collect of the week and to read parts of the New Testament. The daily Bible verses are all linked, so they are literally just one click to God's Word.
  • Gift of Lent -The Anglican Church in North America has collaborated with The Anglican Relief and Development Fund, the Matthew 25 Initiative, and LeaderWorks to provide to help you enter into God’s chosen fast as described in Isaiah 58:6-7: “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”

    For Anglicans, this biblical discipline is reflected in the 38th article of the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion that “every man ought, of such things as he possesseth, liberally to give alms to the poor, according to his ability.”

    On this resource website, you will be greeted with a video message from Archbishop Beach that further explains almsgiving.  You will also find daily readings of morning and evening prayer, see stories of disciples from around the province living into this chosen fast, and experience Lent through featured artwork. To cap it off, each week you can hear amazing stories from ministries living out the Isaiah 58 fast and have the opportunity to join in the ancient almsgiving tradition by donating to your ministry of choice.

    On February 14th, Ash Wednesday, Lent begins, a season of fasting. Each day, a new story from around the province will be posted. Each week, a new piece of art will be featured. Daily, morning and evening prayer will be offered. You are encouraged to sign-up here for weekly emails highlighting these featured content updates.
  • Learning – A return to the knowledge and ways of God. For a question and answer format, look into the Book of Common Prayer, pages 845-862.
  • Prayers – If you don’t have a regular prayer-time in your daily routine, now is a great time to start! Your prayers don’t have to be complex, and neither do they have to be long or limited to the dinner table, but your prayers should include a prayer for the return of our Lord into your life. You may pray when you wake up, at bedtime, or anytime during the day.
  • Acts of Service – The commands of God is to love God and love others. Lent is a great time to serve another person or persons. Volunteer at food shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Union Gospel Mission, write cards or letters, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask others for ideas.