WHAT IS LENT?
- Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter. During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance when we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus toward God. It is a time to give up things as well as take on new life-giving practices, helping us rid ourselves of distractions and our own selfish desires. By doing so, we seek to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
WHAT IS HOLY WEEK?
The week of observances leading to Easter Sunday. It begins with Palm Sunday, a celebration of Jesus returning to Jerusalem, and progresses through Maundy Thursday, a remembrance of the Last Supper, and Good Friday, honoring Jesus dying on the cross. It culminates with the Easter Sunday celebrations and the joy of a risen King.
WHAT IS EASTER?
The Easter Season, also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends 50 days later on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ's resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year. We celebrate the good news that in Christ’s death and resurrection we, and all creation, are continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace.