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The season of Lent is a time of repentance and confession. It is a time in which we prepare our hearts, our souls, our spirits, to celebrate Easter. Lent helps us approach Easter by remembering that we are totally unworthy before God, that we have nothing with which we can obtain salvation, and that our best efforts at being righteous fall far short. This season reminds us how much we need grace in our lives in order to live a transformed life that reflects God’s love. It readies us to receive the grace that we need which was given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the season of Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) that precede Easter. The 40 days are a reminder of the time Jesus spent in the wilderness after his baptism. They were days spent fasting and praying and resisting the temptations of Satan. Some of the thematic scriptures for Lent are Luke 4:1-13; Psalm 51; Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21; Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; II Corinthians 5:20-6:10.