Lent is a time to become more committed to practicing a spiritual discipline–including the traditional ones of prayer, fasting, and giving money or food to the poor. This is not a forced discipline, but an opportunity to discover the gifts found in consistent spiritual practice. One could focus on the contemplative–beginning and ending each day with prayer or silent mediation, or praying at set times throughout the day. “Giving up something” is useful if you need reminders of your spiritual commitment or more structure to your chosen spiritual practice.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 6) and ends with Holy Saturday (April 20). These 40 days (not including Sundays*) symbolize the forty days Jesus spent in the desert in fasting and prayer. This season helps people remember what Jesus did for us and prepares us for Christ’s resurrection.
Throughout Lent, we welcome you to contemplate and celebrate with us.–Rev. James