- Church Year
- The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days, ending on the eve of Easter. The exact date of Ash Wednesday is set according to the date of Easter, which changes every year. (Easter occurs on the first Sunday following the first full moon following the Spring equinox. Ash Wednesday would occur 40 days previous to Easter.).
- Lent began as a time of preparation and instruction for those who were going to be baptized on Easter Eve. Eventually, Lent was a time set aside for all Christ's followers to show their devotion to God by fasting and worshiping more often. Today, Lent is often observed as a time for us to examine our lives and strengthen our faith as we prepare for Easter.
- The color of Ash Wednesday is black for the color of ashes, or purple, the color of penitence (which means to be sorry for sins). The color of the Lenten season is purple.
- Lenten symbols include various kinds of crosses, the crown of thorns, the nails used to put Jesus to death, and the Lamb of God, a symbol of the crucified Christ.
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Information courtesy of Lutheran Brotherhood and the ELCA