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
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
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.