The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and lasts for forty days (not including Sundays). It is a time when Christians prepare for the great festival of Easter.
In the early days of Christianity it was the principal time for baptism and for the reconciliation of those (called penitents) who had been excluded from the Church's fellowship. Candidates fpr baptism and penitents prepared themselves through fasting and penance. The whole community was invited to join them in this time of study and repentance. The period of forty days is a reminder of time that the bible records Jesus spent in the wilderness, being tested by Satan, before he embarked on his public ministry.
So the key characteristics of this season are self-examination, penitence, self-denial and study.
Some Christians observe a time of fasting, eat more frugally or give up something they enjoy. Lent is not a time, though, to just give up things. Many people take up extra things such as bible study, meeting with others to reflect on Scripture, more exercise and giving to charity.
Here are some of the events taking place in our benefice this Lent
Lent Lunches 2022
St Mary's Church Hall, Haxby
Tuesdays, 12.30 p.m.
Our series of Lent Lunches resumes on Tuesday 8th March.
This year our speakers will be reflecting on 'Signs of Hope'.
See separate poster for more details.
Lent Discussion Group
Thursdays, 7.30 p.m.
St Nicholas' Church, Wigginton
This is a relaxed and informal discussion group, reflecting on the Sunday gospels in Lent.
USPG Lent Course 2022
The theme of this course is 'Living Stones, Living Hope'.
Based on the first letter of Peter it is one of the texts which will be used for bible study at this year's Lambeth Conference.
Details, and course download, can be found on the USPG website
These are resources provided by the Church of England. The theme is justice.
Details of how to download the resources can be found on the Church of England website