Lent 2017 started on Wednesday, 1 March and will end on Thursday, 13 April.
Lent is the annual period of Christian observance that precedes Easter. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and its observance lasts for 40 days, mirroring the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness before starting his ministry. It can also be seen to mirror the 40 hours that Jesus spent in the tomb prior to his resurrection.
Purple is the color most associated with Lent - during this period purple church vestments (altar cloths and the priests' liturgical garments) are used. The purple is symbolic in two ways: it is the traditional color of mourning (recalling Jesus' death) and also symbolic of royalty (celebrating Christ's coming as King).
The Church invites us to Fast, Pray and Give Alms. To deny ourselves of some things and benefit others. These actions have a two-fold effect. They certainly help others, but we receive this help in the first place. This help is called ‘Grace’. Our Father in heaven is the only one who can give this to us. Therefore, let us Serve and Love one another with the gifts we have received. Let us be Merciful, just as our Father is Merciful.
Let us be Just and Caring to all those people in our lives whom we love, and also to those with whom we struggle. Let us ask for the same spirit of Mary Our Mother, and follow in the same footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat.
Let us welcome the Lord in our midst.