Christians across the USA begin a monumental celebration that marks the beginning of a crowning achievement.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a forty-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting. Ash Wednesday is a moveable fast, occurring 46 days before Easter. In essence, it is the first day of Lent.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or volunteering and giving of themselves for others. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” celebration of the Jesus’ victory over sin and death.
To learn about this significant day of commitment and sacrifice, read the caption below:
This is yet another powerful reminder that Jesus is the reason for every season…not just Christmas!!