The season of Lent is one of the two most known seasons of the Church (liturgical) year. Whereas Advent leads up to the birth of Christ, Lent marks the final days of Jesus’ life and ministry. The season lasts for forty days, from Ash Wednesday until Holy Saturday (the day before Easter) excluding Sundays.
Lent is known for visual or conspicuous expressions of penitence, humility, or sorrow. This is because of the association made between the crucifixion of Christ and human sinfulness. One example of such expression is the placing of ashes on the foreheads of believers on Ash Wednesday. Throughout the time of Lent, sacrificial choices are emphasized. Such choices may include dietary changes (temporary or permanent), giving to the poor, or relinquishing personal luxuries. With the coming of Easter, which is technically beyond Lent, there is a shift from remorse to joy. Jesus, who died for our sins, is triumphant over sin. God’s people are granted a reprieve and a new covenant. Easter is as colorful and full of life as the Lenten season is careful to avoid such celebratory signs.
2016 Lenten Resource — “Finding My Strength in Community: Journeying Down This Road Together” written by The Rev. Antonio (Tony) Redd, Richmond, Va. He has been a member of Mt. Olive East Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Martinsville, Va., for twelve years. While there, he has served as the Young Adult Minister and has directly provided consultation to the Youth Ministry department and the Assistant to the Senior Pastor at Second Baptist Church West End in Richmond, Va.
Join Rev. Redd’s blog during the Lenten Season. “It is my desire to share with everyone what I am discerning, with the hope that it will keep us focused on the call to ‘Community.’”
As a companion to the DHM 2016 Lenten Devotional, “Finding My Strength in Community” writer Rev. Antonio Redd will be blogging Monday through Saturday each week during Lent.
2015 Lenten Resource