LENT & EASTER at Faith
Intro to Lent
An Introduction to Lent “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem.”
(Luke 9:51) This is the turning point in Luke’s Gospel. Previously, we’ve been traveling the Galilean countryside with Jesus and his ragtag band of disciples as Jesus teaches, heals and proclaims the Kingdom of God come near. Now, Jesus turns his face towards Jerusalem, he knows how this will end and so do we.
We, too, are turning our faces towards Jerusalem in Lent. As Jesus did, we know where we are headed. Lent will culminate in Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and—eventually—the Easter proclamation, he is risen!
Lent is the forty days (excluding Sundays) of reflection and preparation for Holy Week and Easter. The term ‘Lent’ originally comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘lencten’ which means ‘spring.’ This is the time, in the Northern Hemisphere, when the days are lengthening.
The liturgical color for Lent is purple because purple has long been associated with royalty. In this case, Christ reigns from a cross. So, you’ll notice that the paraments (fancy church word for the fabric that adorns the altar in the sanctuary) are purple.
*with notes from the ELCA Worship Blog: A Little About Lent
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