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

  • This Devotion – 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.
  • 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.