Monday, March 17, 2008

Lenten Season: A time for Prayer

Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. In begins with the marking of ashes on the forehead during Ash Wednesday, meaning it is the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter Sunday. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. It is followed by Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday Christians celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday, often referred to as "Passion Sunday," marks the beginning of Holy which will end on Easter Sunday. In the Bible it reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him with waving palm branches, and covering his path with palm branches. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, he begins his journey to the cross. But what is the greatest significance of this commemoration of the passion of Christ? Each group of people has different plans during this celebration. Many will go to the mountains, resort, vacation, holy places and many other places for some other purposes. Many forgot that it is the time for PRAYER and REPENTANCE

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