Lent begins a period of preparation of our hearts and minds to witness and testify to the resurrected Christ. It is analogous to Advent, the season of preparation for Christ coming into the world.
"You bid your faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in works of mercy, and renewed by your Word and Sacraments, they may come to the fullness of grace which you have prepared for those who love you."
- Preface for Lent, Book of Common Prayer p. 379
Lent is a period of forty days which extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. All Christians are invited "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" (BCP, p. 265 - Ash Wednesday liturgy). Palm Sunday begins the final week leading to Easter Sunday, referred to as Holy Week. The last three days of Holy Week are called the sacred Triduum: including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Learn more here.
Below are our offerings of programs and events to help you observe a holy Lent.