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.
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
|SEASON OF LENT|
|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|