The season of Lent is a time of intense spiritual preparation consisting of works of forty days of fasting, prayer, and penance. The season starts on Ash Wednesday and concludes at sundown on Holy Thursday (Thursday before Easter Sunday). In Sacred Scripture the number 40 is seen as the number of preparation. Our more proximate preparation in Lent is the celebration of the Easter; however our lenten practice is an expression of deeper preparation and conversion ready for the Judgement on the last day by entering more deeply into the call of discipleship.
At the end of St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus calls his disciples to Mission. By virtue of our Baptism we are the modern day disciples of Christ, whom he calls to Mission just as he did the original 12. To enter fully into the Mission of Christ we must cast off our selfish tendencies and look outward to those around us. Lent helps us to do this by making us focus on those in need through works of prayer, fasting and almsgiving – the three pillars of Lent.
This page of our website gives direction on the things taking place within our Diocese to help you make a fulfilling Lenten journey. May God bless you on your Lenten journey, and may we all come to joys of the Easter seas with minds and hearts made new.