Tag Archive: Lent

Easter & Baptism

We have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.Romans 6:4 It might sometimes get lost in the midst of all the chocolate and Easter eggs, but the practice of…

Holy Week Services

As we approach Easter, Christians traditionally observe a number of worship services that remember the last days of Jesus’ earthly ministry, leading up through his arrest, crucifixion and the anticipation of resurrection.  Read an overview of these services here.  

All About Lent

The more intentionally we prepare for an event, the more meaningful that event can become.  This week we started the season of Lent, the period of 40 days (not counting Sundays) of preparation for Easter.  Lent has traditionally been marked by penitential prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Today, some Christians do not place as great an…

Ash Wednesday Basics

On Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22 this year), many Christians attend worship services at which they receive ashes on their foreheads. The pastor marks the forehead of each worshiper, often saying “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”  It’s a way of remembering that we are human (and mortal), and especially that…

The Days of Holy Week

The Church calls the week before Easter “Holy Week”, and it is a week filled with holy days.  Not only do these days focus specifically on the events of the last week of Jesus’ life, many of the liturgies symbolize larger themes that marked Jesus’ entire ministry.  Read Dennis Bratcher’s essay, “The Days of Holy…

Dying to Self

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:35 In Lent, Christians prepare for Easter by reflecting on Jesus’ journey to the cross and its meaning for our lives.  A part of this journey is hearing anew Jesus’ call…

Lenten Discipline: Sabbath

Christine Sine writes, “Part of the purpose of Lent is to become dissatisfied with our own bondage and the bondage of others. It is about looking for ways to bring freedom and liberation not just for ourselves but for all who live in the bondage of poverty, imprisonment, servitude or injustice.”  Read her whole post…

Fasting: Hungering for God

Fasting—abstaining from eating (and sometimes drinking)— is a spiritual practice of many traditions, including our Jewish ancestors and Christians through the ages.  Christians often practice fasting the season of Lent.  In fasting, we let our bodies get hungry to help us be more aware of our hunger for God.  Read more about why Christians fast…

Lent 101

Ash Wednesday this week marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 day period of preparation leading up to Easter.  But what is Lent all about anyway?  And how do you “do” Lent?   What is giving stuff up about?  Read Lent 101 by Penny Ford.

Ash Wednesday

Why We Do What We Do For more than ten centuries, Christians around the world have marked the beginning of Lent (the time of preparation for Easter) by getting their foreheads smudged with ashes in the sign of a cross. In the Old Testament (and other ancient spiritual traditions), ashes were placed on the body…