"Do Lent" so it means something to you...

If you're a new Christian, or don't have a strong "churched" background, some of the seasons, practices, and even terms we use throughout the year may be new to you.

One of those is the season of Lent, an observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday (Feb 26th this year) and ends approximately six weeks (40 days) later on Holy Thursday, part of "Holy Week" before Easter Sunday. You may have heard some stereotypical things about what Christians do during Lent, something about a "Sacrifice" like fasting, or giving up their favorite activity for those 40 days, or following a prayer program, but didn't know why. The resource linked below, "A Handbook for the Discipline of Lent", was written by ELCA Pastor Thomas Weitzel as a guide for congregation members to understand Lent (from a Lutheran perspective) and, with that understanding, put faith into practice in a personally meaningful way.

Major activities include Repentance, Prayer, Fasting, and "Works of Love". These are followed by ideas about starting and maintaining your Lenten "discipline" (as in creating a habit you'll stick with), a tracking sheet, and information about how this all relates to Holy Week.

This is a 20-page .pdf document which can be downloaded, saved, and printed.

Click the graphic link to view the Handbook, right-click to save:

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