Posted by Mo. Lyn on Feb 05, 2018 Comments (0)
In the early church, Lent was often the period of preparation for baptism on Easter Eve at the Great Vigil. It is the 40 weekdays and 6 Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter. 40 days was chosen as the length of Lent in remembrance of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness at the beginning of his ministry. The color of the altar appointments and vestments is usually purple, although some churches use the color of unbleached linen with red and black trim. This is called the Lenten Array. There is a penitential spirituality to this season. It is a time of self-examination, a time when “Alleluias” are held back, as the more penitential flavor of worship is embraced. As a result, the joy of Easter is multiplied when we can finally say and sing them again. The three traditional disciplines of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. In addition, many Christians take on a special program of study. The goal of Lent is the joyful celebration of Easter with a renewed sense of commitment to the faithful priorities in one’s life.