October 5, 2014
Easter lent newsletter
This is the start of the season of Lent for Christians. Different denominations start it at different times, but the essential meaning of the time is the same. It is a solemn period of roughly 40 days before Easter where we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ resurrection on that day. During this day, prayer, penance, confession, and self-denial are common activities. The reason for the timespan is to commemorate Jesus’ wandering in the desert for forty days while he was tempted by Satan. You can find this story in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
The 40 days of Lent are meant to be the preparation for Easter, our most important holy day. The holy day and Lent are being celebrated in memory for Our Lord’s death and resurrection. Those events took place where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher stands. Christians who live close enough to the Church come here every day and say special prayers, encouraged both by the holiness of the place and the specialness of the time.
We encourage you to take advantage of our service and send your special prayer to us. We will pray for you in the spot where it all happened.
It is common for Christians to give up luxuries during this period. Some only give up a single thing for the forty days, while others undergo a complex series of almsgiving, prayers, and fasting. In fact, these three practices form the heart of Lent. At Catholic churches, it is common to veil decorations in purple cloth in some countries, while others hold large religious festivals throughout the period.
The culmination of this period is Holy Week, which commemorates the events of the Passion. Observing the Stations of the Cross is a very popular thing to do during this time. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher houses the physical locations and relics of these events, and it is in this place that we deliver our prayers to the Lord.
Consider sending a prayer request this Lent to the Church through Holy Land Prayer. Pray for the strength to give up something, or to have your faith be deepened through these observances, or just to feel closer to God during this time. Visit our site today to put in your request.
May your Lent be fruitful.