The Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, and it lasts until the Saturday before Easter Day. The last week of Lent is called Passion Week, which includes both Maundy Thursday (the institution of the Lord’s Supper) and Good Friday (the crucifixion of our Lord). Reminiscent of Jesus’ fasting for forty days in the wilderness, the Lenten season lasts forty days (not counting Sundays).
Lent is a time to ask God to confront our own mortality and sinfulness; to ask Him to show us our need for grace; to grow in repentance; and, to reflect on the amazing truth of the Church’s participation in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For this year, our readings focus on prayer as a means of grace, and the God who hears our prayers. The Scripture readings show us the depth of our sin and the enormity of our Father’s love for sinners, and the written prayers are drawn from Christians over the past twenty centuries. The written prayers are meant to complement the Scriptural witness and encourage us to approach God in Christ.
May you be amazed at the grace of God as you see the truth that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. May we all be conformed more and more to the likeness of Jesus Christ.