Church News: March 2017 | All Point Bulletin

By Regina Gaudet

This year, March first marks the beginning of the season of Lent. In the Christian tradition, Lent is a season of inward reflection, prayer and sometimes fasting. In the early church, Lent was a time for new converts to receive Christian instruction, to pray and fast in preparation for their baptism on Easter Sunday.

The beginning of Lent is always a Wednesday, called Ash Wednesday. “Ash” refers to ancient Jewish and Middle Eastern practices of wearing sackcloth and rubbing one’s body with ashes as an act of penitence. During the Ash Wednesday service, Christians receive a sign of the cross on the forehead, traced in ashes. The time frame of Lent refers to the 40 days and nights Jesus spent in the wilderness from the time of his baptism by John until the beginning of his public ministry. According to Gospel accounts, Jesus was three times tempted by Satan to abandon his path of ministry in favor of immediate…

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