A Summary Of Lenten Spirituality

What is the primary spiritual journey of Lent?

Lent is a time to travel the road with Jesus toward His death.

What is the primary emphasis of Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday begins the journey of Lent.  Its theme is repentance and renewal.  Ashes are placed on the forehead as a sign of repentance remembering that “from dust you came and to dust you shall return.”

What are the Lenten themes for worship and personal spirituality?

  • The temptation of Christ.
  • Nicodemus’ call to abandon pharisaic religion.
  • Say no to sin as did the woman of Samaria.
  • Like the man born blind, we can be healed.
  • Prepare for Holy Week.

Why is baptism the metaphor for Lent?

In baptismal spirituality we put off sin and rise to the life of the Spirit.  This pattern of spirituality is to live in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Why does Lent emphasize fasting, prayer, and almsgiving?

Fasting from food is a symbol of the discipline it takes to turn away from sin.  Prayer is the act of turning to God in dependence.  Almsgiving is the symbol of the virtue we are taking on to replace our sin.

What is a suggested discipline for Lent?

Put off:  sloth, faintheartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.

Put on:  chastity, humility, patience, and love.

~ Robert Webber in Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year, pp. 121.

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