Lent is the period of six weeks 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar. During the 40 days of Lent, Christians remember the time when Jesus went into the desert to fast and pray before beginning his work for God. During this time Jesus was tempted several times by Satan, but was able to resist. Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. By observing Lent we as Christians are preparing ourselves, just as Jesus did in the Desert, for the work God has planned for us. There are three main ways we can prepare for Easter; Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.
Without prayer, fasting and almsgiving are merely actions we do out of tradition without much meaning. Prayer is our conversation with God. It is through prayer that we find the strength to fast. It is through prayer that we develop a closer, more intimate relationship with God. This relationship makes us so grateful for the blessings he has bestowed upon us, that we eagerly give to those less fortunate than us. The Church, in its wisdom, understands that prayer is essential to any action we Christians may undertake.
The link below is to the daily reflections our students will be praying
Fasting is a form of penance, an admittance from us that we have, over the last year, committed acts that have displeased God. Traditionally people would fast or “not eat” for long periods of time however nowadays it is more common for people to give up an item for the whole of lent. Giving up an item shows our acknowledgement of our sins and also shows a willingness to earn forgiveness from God. By doing this we are preparing ourselves for the glory of Easter.
What this means, why does it happen, what charities are we supporting this year.
Almsgiving was a key part of Jesus’ mission, the ideal that none should be hungry or in need is an ideal which we still strive for today. Almsgiving is the giving to those who are less fortunate than ourselves and is a combination of the previous two acts which we complete during lent. Almsgiving is a form of prayer because it is ‘giving to God’ and it is a form of fasting because it demands sacrificial giving as a result it is incredibly important that we give generously during the season of Lent.