Posted on Sun, Feb 1, 2015
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. This year Ash Wednesday is February 18 and Easter is Sunday, April 5. During Lent, some Christians give up something that hinders their relationship with God. Others do something extra for their spiritual growth or make a special sacrifice. The key is to make Lent a memorable season of sincere spiritual growth – a time that can set the tone for the rest of the year. Christians have observed this season of the church year since the fourth century. It’s traditionally a time of reflection, penitence and spiritual renewal before Easter. It’s not uncommon for people to give up smoking during Lent, or to swear off watching television or eating candy or telling lies. It’s six weeks of self-discipline.
Lent began as a way for Catholics to remind themselves of the value of repentance. The Lenten fast was established in the 4th century as 46 days (40 day, not counting Sundays). During Lent, participants would eat sparingly or give up a particular food or habit.
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