Ash Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2008)
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Lent is generally a forty day devotional season of fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter.
“Originating in the fourth century of the church, 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 Saturday before Easter. . . Christians today use this period of time for introspection, self examination, and repentance.” (Bratcher)
The term lent in Middle Ages English meant spring. (Wiki) It is derived from the Latin quadragesima, meaning the fortieth, as in the fortieth day before Easter. (Mershman)
Bratcher, Dennis. “The Season of Lent” The Voice, CRI/Voice, Institute. 2007
The online Revised Common Lectionary. The online Revised Common Lectionary is a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, a division of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library.
Mershman, Francis. “Quadragesima” New Advent – Catholic Encyclopedia. 1911
Wiki. “Lent” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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