What Does Lent Mean To You
Journey through this season with us on Heartsong Live. Tune in daily at 8AM and 12PM to find out from Mission Aviation Fellowship staff, volunteers and others what Lent means to them. Log on to Heartsong live Radio or download the app on Apple and Android to listen.
Our prayer in this season is that we will grow into a deeper relationship with Christ.
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.