Lent and Easter. Click Title Overview What is Lent? Length of the Season Renewal of Baptismal Promises Ash Wednesday Penance Three Pillars of Lent Traditions

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Lent and Easter Slide 2 Click Title Overview What is Lent? Length of the Season Renewal of Baptismal Promises Ash Wednesday Penance Three Pillars of Lent Traditions of Lent Holy Triduum Easter Season What is Lent? Length of the Season Renewal of Baptismal Promises Ash Wednesday Penance Three Pillars of Lent Traditions of Lent Holy Triduum Easter Season Slide 3 Click Title What is Lent? Slide 4 Click Title What is Lent? Lent is one of the 5 seasons in the liturgical year The word lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word from springtime, lencten Spring is a time of change and renewal new birth Lent is a time for spiritual growth Lent is one of the 5 seasons in the liturgical year The word lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word from springtime, lencten Spring is a time of change and renewal new birth Lent is a time for spiritual growth Slide 5 Click Title How long is the season of Lent? Slide 6 Click Title The season of Lent is 40 days - a time of purification and preparation It took 40 years for Israel to enter the promised Land It took 40 days and 40 nights for the earth to be purified from sin in the story of the flood Jesus prayed 40 days and 40 nights to prepare for his ministry The season of Lent is 40 days - a time of purification and preparation It took 40 years for Israel to enter the promised Land It took 40 days and 40 nights for the earth to be purified from sin in the story of the flood Jesus prayed 40 days and 40 nights to prepare for his ministry How long is the season of Lent? Slide 7 Click Title Sundays not counted during Lent Sunday is the day of the resurrection For Christians Sundays are like mini Easters Sundays not counted during Lent Sunday is the day of the resurrection For Christians Sundays are like mini Easters How long is the season of Lent? Slide 8 Click Title Early on, as part of the process of becoming a Christian, candidates prepared for their rite of initiation through a retreat lasting 40 days Period became known as Lent For those already baptized and members of the Church, it was a time to fast, encourage and to pray with the candidates and to renew baptismal promises The focus of Lent shifted from Baptism preparation to penance and prayer Early on, as part of the process of becoming a Christian, candidates prepared for their rite of initiation through a retreat lasting 40 days Period became known as Lent For those already baptized and members of the Church, it was a time to fast, encourage and to pray with the candidates and to renew baptismal promises The focus of Lent shifted from Baptism preparation to penance and prayer Short History of Lent Slide 9 Click Title Do you reject Satan? I do. And all his works? I do. And all his empty promises? I do. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth? I do. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? I do. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? I do. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever. I do. Do you reject Satan? I do. And all his works? I do. And all his empty promises? I do. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth? I do. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? I do. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? I do. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever. I do. Renewal of Baptismal Promises Slide 10 Click Title What is the Color of Lent? Slide 11 Click Title The color of Lent is purple Purple is a symbol of Penance The color of Lent is purple Purple is a symbol of Penance What is the Color of Lent? Slide 12 Click Title The tradition of Mardi Gras (French, Fat Tuesday) began as a pre-Lenten day of feasting and carnival Foods forbidden by the churchs severe Lenten discipline were the ones needing refrigeration Since controlled refrigeration was unheard of until the 19 th century, it made sense to eat what would otherwise spoil during the 6 weeks of Lent The tradition of Mardi Gras (French, Fat Tuesday) began as a pre-Lenten day of feasting and carnival Foods forbidden by the churchs severe Lenten discipline were the ones needing refrigeration Since controlled refrigeration was unheard of until the 19 th century, it made sense to eat what would otherwise spoil during the 6 weeks of Lent Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday Slide 13 Click Title When does Lent begin? Slide 14 Click Title When does Lent Begin? The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday This day is called Ash Wednesday because Catholics receive the ashes on their foreheads as an invitation to conversion The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday This day is called Ash Wednesday because Catholics receive the ashes on their foreheads as an invitation to conversion Slide 15 Click Title Ancient symbol of repentance The mark of the penitent (a person who repents for wrongdoing) A public sign that we are about to embark on a conversion of heart Symbol that life is fragile Ancient symbol of repentance The mark of the penitent (a person who repents for wrongdoing) A public sign that we are about to embark on a conversion of heart Symbol that life is fragile What is the meaning of the Ashes? Slide 16 Click Title Where do the ashes come from? Slide 17 Click Title The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense Where do the Ashes come from? Slide 18 Click Title Lent is about conversion, turning our lives more completely over to Christ and his way of life That always involves giving up sin in some form Conversion means leaving behind an old way of living and acting in order to embrace new life in Christ Lent is about conversion, turning our lives more completely over to Christ and his way of life That always involves giving up sin in some form Conversion means leaving behind an old way of living and acting in order to embrace new life in Christ Giving Something Up for Lent Slide 19 Click Title What is Penance? Slide 20 Click Title Penance is making amends Amends is making up for what we do wrong Lent is a time to clean up the mess and fix our lives and our relationships with God and neighbor Penance is making amends Amends is making up for what we do wrong Lent is a time to clean up the mess and fix our lives and our relationships with God and neighbor What is Penance? Slide 21 Click Title Provide some examples of Penance you can do Slide 22 Click Title By letting go of sinful behavior By seeking conversion (interior change) By practicing Penance By following the teachings of Christ By practicing the three pillars of Lent By letting go of sinful behavior By seeking conversion (interior change) By practicing Penance By following the teachings of Christ By practicing the three pillars of Lent How do we prepare spiritually for Lent? Slide 23 Click Title What are the three traditional pillars of Lent? Slide 24 Click Title Prayer Fasting Almsgiving (charity) Prayer Fasting Almsgiving (charity) What are the three pillars of Lent? Slide 25 Click Title How is fasting different from dieting? Slide 26 Click Title Dieting is something we do for health or cosmetic reasons Fasting is a spiritual exercise Fasting is an expression of wholeheartedness and penance Reminds us to have control over our desires Dieting is something we do for health or cosmetic reasons Fasting is a spiritual exercise Fasting is an expression of wholeheartedness and penance Reminds us to have control over our desires Why is Fasting different from Dieting? Slide 27 Click Title How is fasting different from abstinence? Slide 28 Click Title Fasting Traditional form of penance Way of purifying the spirit; sacrificing some good to the Lord Consists of ones free choice to limit the kind or quality of food or drink Abstinence Doing without meat or another food or drink Abstinence from meat is mandatory on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays in Lent Fasting Traditional form of penance Way of purifying the spirit; sacrificing some good to the Lord Consists of ones free choice to limit the kind or quality of food or drink Abstinence Doing without meat or another food or drink Abstinence from meat is mandatory on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays in Lent Fasting vs. Abstinence Slide 29 Click Title The U.S. Catholic bishops call for all Catholics 14 years and older to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Fridays of Lent Catholics who are 18 to 59 years old are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting refers to the quantity of food eaten Traditionally, fasting calls for refraining from eating between meals and consuming only one full meal per day The U.S. Catholic bishops call for all Catholics 14 years and older to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Fridays of Lent Catholics who are 18 to 59 years old are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting refers to the quantity of food eaten