Church season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Palm Sunday. In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penance. Many Christians also add a Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional or praying through a Lenten calendar, to draw themselves near to God.
The Book of Common Prayer invites us to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.
If you attend St. John Baptist during this season, you will notice that the icons (pictures), crosses, and other centers of worship and devotion are veiled or shrouded. This season is one of quiet, looking within, seeing a less clear view of the faith outside of ourselves so that we can grow and refresh within ourselves. The season points to the Day of Resurrection, Easter, when we shall welcome the Risen Christ into our minds and hearts.
- Ash Wednesday – March 1
- St. Joseph the Protector – March 20