What is Lent?

Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day that marks the first day of Lent. It derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants to either the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or the dictum “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Because it is the first day of Lent, many Christians, on Ash Wednesday, often begin marking a Lenten calendar, praying a Lenten daily devotional, and abstaining from a luxury that they will not partake in until Easter Sunday arrives.
Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels.
Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the foot washing (Maundy) and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, as described in the canonical gospels.
Good Friday is a Christian holy day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary.
Easter or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD.

Historically Lent is not simply a series of events, but a season of contemplation and reflection leading up to Holy Week. Below you will find devotionals for each day of Lent (not including Sundays). Let’s read them together as a church, as families, and meditate on them throughout the day. May these enrich our church family and bless you and aid you in growing your faith in God in this season.

These devotionals are provided by Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC.

OTHER RESOURCES FOR LENT