Lenten Letter

Type of post: Parish news item
Posted By: The Rt Rev. Graham Preston
Status: Current
Date Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2020

The season of Lent commences on Ash Wednesday which falls on 26thFebruary this year. In previous Lenten Letters I have referred to Pancake Tuesday, also called Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday in plain English and Carne Vale – Goodbye to Meat also in plain English.

However the Season of Lent is more than denying oneself some of the so-called pleasures of life, it is a period of preparation for Easter, the most important Festival in the Church Calendar. To be effective the forty days of lent must involve more than abstaining from culinary delights. Mental and spiritual preparation are much more important – and much more difficult to undertake. 

To help us in the process of preparing ourselves the first five Sundays of Lent have an intent for the day and on the sixth Sunday – Palm Sunday – we are commemorating Our Lord’s Triumphal Entry to Jerusalem. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.

When calculating the 40 days of Lent the Sundays are not counted because, although solemn, they are days when we are celebrating the presence of the Living Christ. Lent ends three days before Easter.

Might I suggest that attending church during Lent would be an excellent preparation for the most important festival in the Church Calendar?

Love and Blessings