The Meaning of Lent

Sunday, February 18, 2018 | 10:15am

The early Church (2nd/3rd century) observed Lent as days lengthened and spring arrived. (“Lent” comes from the Old English word, “lencten”, for spring.) Preparations, including fasting, were made by the ‘catechumens’ who were soon to be baptized at Easter. By the 4th century, these pre-Easter preparations were encouraged among all the faithful as a journey toward the resurrection-day celebration at Easter.

What does Jesus call us to do on our Lenten passage? According to today's Gospel reading in Mark, Jesus' first words in his ministry were, “The kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." (Mk. 1:15) What does Jesus mean by "Kingdom of God, Repentance, and Good News?" Do we conform to Jesus' call by giving up chocolate, sweets or meat for Lent? Or does he call for us to do something far more significant, more lasting?

All are invited to Bethlehem Chapel on the First Sunday of Lent to join in a discussion of this important Lenten season. The conversation will be introduced and facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Harvey Bale, Cathedral Deacon. No reservations are necessary.

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