What is Lent?

Lent is an observance lasting 40 days starting on Ash Wednesday and ending just before Easter Sunday. The purpose of Lent is to focus on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and the miracle of His Resurrection.

Basic facts about Lent

  • Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the Tuesday before Lent begins.
  • The official start of the Lenten Season is Ash Wednesday.
  • During the Lenten season, many people make a personal commitment to fasting or giving up certain things in their lives as an act of penitence.
  • Why 40 days? The number is significant throughout Scripture; Noah was on the Ark for 40 days, Moses fasted 40 days before receiving the Ten Commandments and Jesus spent 40 days fasting in preparation for His work on earth.
  • The liturgical color for Lent is purple, the color of repentance and sorrow for sin.
  • The celebration of Lent is not a commandment but an opportunity to renew our faith and edify our spirit.