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JustShanta Goldie
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Posted: 09 March 2011 at 3:40pm | IP Logged

Originating in the fourth century, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding on the Saturday before Easter.

Originally, Lent was the time of preparation for those who were to be baptised, a time of concentrated study and prayer before their baptism at the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord early on Easter Sunday.

Today, Lent is marked by a time of prayer and preparation to celebrate Easter. Since Sundays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the six Sundays that occur during Lent are not counted as part of the 40 days of Lent, and are referred to as the Sundays in Lent.

The number 40 is connected with many biblical events, but especially with the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for His ministry by facing the temptations that could lead him to abandon his mission and calling. Christians today use this period of time for introspection, self examination, and repentance.

Lent has traditionally been marked by penitential prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Some churches today still observe a rigid schedule of fasting on certain days during Lent, especially the giving up of meat, alcohol, sweets, and other types of food.

Other traditions do not place as great an emphasis on fasting, but focus on charitable deeds, especially helping those in physical need with food and clothing, or simply the giving of money to charities.

Most Christian churches that observe Lent at all focus on it as a time of prayer, especially penance, repenting for failures and sin as a way to focus on the need for God's grace.

The colour used in the church sanctuary for most of Lent is purple, red violet, or dark violet.

These colours symbolise both the pain and suffering leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus as well as the suffering of humanity and the world under sin.

But purple is also the colour of royalty, and so anticipates through the suffering and death of Jesus the coming resurrection and hope of newness that will be celebrated in the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Some churches use grey for Ash Wednesday or for the entire season of Lent, or for special days of fasting and prayer. Gray is the colour of ashes, and therefore a biblical symbol of mourning and repentance.

The decorations for the sanctuary during Lent should reflect this mood of penitence and reflection.

Some churches avoid the use of any flowers in the sanctuary during Lent, using various dried arrangements.

This can be especially effective if a flowering cross is used for Easter. Other churches use arrangements of rocks or symbols associated with the Gospel readings for the six Sundays in Lent.

                     
                                                                                            


Edited by JustShanta - 09 March 2011 at 7:57pm

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Posted: 09 March 2011 at 3:49pm | IP Logged
*Thx...very nice explanation of Lent............this tells us the journey of Jesus through sum difficult times!
*being a Muslim...i believe in Jesus but as a Prophet and not the Son Of God....but obviously that is the way i was brought up to c it but of-course others have their own opinions..which i respect.
*Lent is a beautiful way for people to repent for the sins that they have committed...

Hope u all have a wonderful Lent! Smile



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Posted: 09 March 2011 at 8:22pm | IP Logged
Like Ramzan is the holy month of fasting for Muslims, Lent is the holy month for Christians of time spent in spiritual things. 

Wish all Christians on the Forum a good Lent month, and looking forward to Easter in April. 

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Posted: 10 March 2011 at 3:50am | IP Logged
Thanks for sharing JustShanta

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