I am learning about Lent and what it means to Christians
Last week we looked at the importance of prayer.
This week we are looking at the importance Lent.
During Lent we prepare to celebrate Easter, when Jesus rose from the dead to bring new life and hope to the whole world. Remember that God created and cares for the whole world, and wants us to care for it too.
Lent is the period of six weeks (40 days not including Sundays) leading up to Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar.
Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week.
In 2021 Lent begins on Wednesday 17 February and ends on Monday 29 March.
Lent is an old English word meaning 'lengthen'. Lent is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer.
Jesus went into the desert to fast and pray before beginning his work for God. Jesus was tempted several times but was able to resist.
Lent allows Christians to remember Jesus's fasting in the desert. It is a time of giving things up and a test of self-discipline. There are many foods that some Christians do not eat in Lent, such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods. Some Christians just give up something they really enjoy, such as cakes or chocolate.
Take a look at the presentation below to learn more things about Lent.
Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it's the last day before Lent.
Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent.
The PTA are holding a pancake flipping competition. Go to their page and take a look!
Our Daily Bread for Kids
365 meaningful moments with God.
Each week I'm going to be posting pages from the above book.
Here's this weeks.