WHAT IS LENT?
Lent is a season of the Christian Year where we focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to open ourselves up to God.
It's the forty days before Easter. Lent excludes Sundays because every Sunday is like a little Easter. Basically, it's about one-tenth of a year (like a tithe of time). Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. This year it's from March 1 (Ash Wednesday) to April 16 (Easter), 2017.
At Jesus' baptism the sky split open, the Spirit of God, which looked like a dove, descended and landed on Jesus, and a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, My Beloved, with whom I am pleased." Afterward, as told in Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was sent into the wilderness by the Spirit. Where he fasted and prayed for 40 days. After this time in the wilderness, he was ready to begin his ministry.
Pick one thing to "give up" for Lent. Fast from it every day during Lent except for Sundays.
Fast from all food for the period after dinner on Thursday night until your Friday evening meal.
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