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Lent

Lent prepares us for Easter by asking us to do the very thing Jesus did for us–sacrifice something of ourselves.

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He Will Make You Whole

They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.—Mark 15:27 (NIV)

A cross among clouds depicting why Good Friday is important

Honoring Good Friday

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.—Matthew 12:40 (NIV)

A Prayer for Holy Thursday

“And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”—1 Corinthians 11:24 (NIV)

The fresco of Entry of Jesus in Jerusalem from the Easter story in Duomo by Lattanzio Gambara

Prayer for Palm Sunday

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!”—Matthew 21:9 (NIV)

Ashes and a palm cross with what is lent written in the ashes

What Is Lent?

What is Lent? Lent is a period of 40 days leading up to Easter in which participants usually fast or give up a chosen personal pleasure. This abstinence can be anything, such as giving up a type of food or avoiding a bad habit. Some use Lent as a time to start a new positive

Palm fronds and a bowl of ashes

Seek His Kingdom

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.—Mathew 6:33 (NIV)

The empty cross stands tall in the face of the sunrise

Great and Holy Saturday

Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock.—Luke 23:53 (NLT)

Jesus pours water from a clay pot

Maundy Thursday

After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.—John 13:5 (NIV)

Praising man

Lenten Check-In

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.—Isaiah 35:8 (NIV)

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