This year the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018. Why do Christians keep the season of Lent? Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the desert where he fasted and prayed so that he might more clearly know his Father’s will. Jesus’ actions offer us a great example for how we might make Lent a holy season, a time for spiritual renewal and, most especially, a time when we more clearly understand the Father’s will for ourselves.
Lent is meant to be a time of transformation. It is a time of soul-searching and repentance; a time of reconciliation and reflection. It is a time to seek out what it truly means to be a disciple of Christ, to learn more about our commitment to our Baptismal call to take up the mission of Jesus. And when Easter comes, we find ourselves changed in a way that has prepared us to meet the risen Jesus.
Below you will find some links to materials that have been prepared by the Office of Religious Education to help you celebrate a more meaningful Lent. Please click on the links below and download the documents. It is our hope that these materials will offer a guide to your Lenten Journey this year.