Season of Lent

A time to reflect, repent and grow

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Season of Lent

A time to reflect, repent and grow

Posted by: CDFWarrington on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 8:43PM

The season of Lent is not normally observed by the Christian Church as a whole; but, its meaning and observation can be a great way for us to show solidarity as the Body of Christ.

The Season of Lent

When is Lent?

Lent is the period of time from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday (or Good Friday depending); the dates of which vary each year as it centers around when Spring begins. Biblically, Easter Sunday should be the first Sunday following the observation of Passover; but, was changed to the first Sunday after the first full moon after the first Day of Spring. Then, to determine when Ash Wednesday is observed, you count back 46 days (or 40 days not counting Sundays) prior to Easter Sunday. As seen in the chart below, this season of Lent can start as soon as mid-February and as late as mid-March.

What is Lent?

Lent is a time once a year when believers can choose to emphasize the spiritual discipline of self-denial (fasting) while reflecting on the salvation we have through Christ's sacrifice on the cross. Traditionally this is a season observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations; but, there is no stipulation for who can and can not observe Lent. Though the remembrance of Christ's sacrifice should be something every Christian remembers every moment of every day, it is human nature to limit the importance of something that happens every day; no mater its true importance. For this reason, taking time out of the year to reflect on God's gift of salvation can be of great benefit to one's spiritual walk.

What should you do?

Traditionally, a believer would choose something they enjoy or that they do/eat often and abstain during the season of Lent. When this is done it causes the mind to have a constant reminder to think or reflect on a topic; IE to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins. What will you choose to give up during this season as you prepare your heart and mind for the coming Easter season?

Chart of Lent Dates

Year Ash Wednesday Date Easter Sunday Date
2013 February 13, 2013 March 31, 2013
2014 March 5, 2014 April 20, 2014
2015 February 18, 2015 April 5, 2015
2016 February 10, 2016 March 27, 2016
2017 March 1, 2017 April 16, 2017
2018 February 14, 2018 April 1, 2018
2019 March 6, 2019 April 21, 2019
2020 February 26, 2020 April 12, 2020
2021 February 17, 2021 April 4, 2021
2022 March 2, 2022 April 17, 2022
2023 February 22, 2023 April 9, 2023
2024 February 14, 2024 March 31, 2024
2025 March 5, 2025 April 20, 2025
2026 February 18, 2026 April 5, 2026
2027 February 10, 2027 March 28, 2027
2028 March 1, 2028 April 16, 2028

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