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What Is Lent?

March 3, 2019 - Pendleton Center Church

Lent begins March 6

Lent is a season of the church when Christians are encouraged to focus more seriously on our faith. Fasting, reading scripture, prayer and examining our ethical life are regular practices we focus on more during Lent. It is based in the number forty. Which includes the forty days it rained for Noah, the forty years the Israelites spent in the desert, and the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and goes through the Saturday before Easter. A clever person will discover that is a period of 46 days. However, since Sundays are days of celebration of the Lord’s resurrection, they do not count as days in Lent. So we are back to forty days. (So if you give something up as a fast for Lent, you can break the fast on Sundays since they are not part of Lent.)

Our Ash Wednesday service is at 7 PM on March 6. Ashes will be offered for those who desire them.