When Is Lent in 2024? A Complete Guide to the Season

When Is Lent in 2024? A Complete Guide to the Season

When Is Lent in 2024? A Complete Guide to the Season

On February 14 this year, some people will be celebrating a day of love, while others will be commencing the start of a season of prayer and fasting known as Lent.

During Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday, Christians throughout the world take part in rituals to prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter.

When does Lent 2024 start?

Lent begins on Wednesday February 14, 2024 — also known as Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday, which is traditionally a somber holiday, a church’s priest will dip their finger into a tray of ashes and spread them on congregants’ foreheads in the shape of a cross. While doing this, they’ll say, “from dust you came and from dust you will return.” The ashes are made by burning palm branches from the previous year’s Palm Sunday (this year, Palm Sunday falls on March 24).

Let us know what is Lent?

THE SEASON OF LENT

Lent is a season, in which Christians are encouraged to engage in various practices aimed at spiritual reflection, self-discipline, and renewal.

Three points are central to the Lenten observance, i.e., prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

One central aspect is the act of fasting, which serves as a means of exercising self-control and drawing closer to the teachings of Christ. Fasting involves abstaining from certain foods or habits, symbolising a sacrifice in solidarity with the sufferings of Christ and a commitment to spiritual purification. This act of self-denial fosters a deeper understanding of one’s dependence on God and cultivates a spirit of humility and gratitude.

Besides fasting, Lenten observance often entails acts of charity and almsgiving. This practice encourages individuals to extend compassion and support to those in need, reflecting the Christian values of love and generosity. By engaging in charitable deeds, such as donating to the less fortunate or volunteering time and resources to serve others, believers embody the spirit of Christ’s teachings and demonstrate solidarity with the marginalised and vulnerable members of society. Almsgiving serves as a tangible expression of faith in action, embodying the principles of compassion and social justice.

Ultimately, the Lenten season invites individuals to embark on a journey of spiritual growth and renewal. Through fasting, almsgiving, and other practices, believers seek to deepen their relationship with God, purify their hearts, and realign their lives with the values of faith and righteousness. By embracing these Lenten requirements, individuals strive to follow Christ more faithfully, embodying his teachings of love, sacrifice, and service in their daily lives.

How long is Lent?

Lent is 40 days long, not including Sundays. The fact that it’s 40 days has significance. According to one of our Priests in the UCO group he had this to say, “the number 40 has always had special spiritual significance regarding preparation … most importantly, Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days and 40 nights in the desert before He began His public ministry (Matthew 4:2).”

When does Lent end?

Lent ends three days before Easter Sunday on Thursday, March 28, 2024.
The week before Easter Sunday — called Holy Week — is a big deal in the Christian church.

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 24, which commemorates Jesus’s triumphant arrival in Jerusalem, where he received palm branches at his feet.

Then comes Holy Wednesday, which acknowledges Judas’s plan to betray Jesus. The day after Holy Wednesday is Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper between Jesus and his disciples. Maundy Thursday is the last day of Lent.

Let Us pray,

God our Heavenly Father, During this sacred season of Lent,Grant us the strength to fast with purpose,To abstain from distractions and desires,And to draw closer to Your teachings, O Christ. May our acts of self-denial. Be a reflection of Your sacrifice,A symbol of solidarity with Your sufferings,And a pathway to spiritual purification. Guide us in our acts of charity and almsgiving,That we may extend Your love and generosity. To those in need, the marginalized, and the forgotten, And embody the spirit of Your teachings in all we do. As we journey through Lent,Grant us the grace to grow closer to You,To deepen our faith, purify our hearts,And live out Your values of love, sacrifice, and service. Amen!

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