What is Lent?
Lent is a 40 day period of time during which Christian devote themselves to prayer, fasting, and works of mercy as a way of preparing themselves to celebrate Christ's death and resurrection at Easter. Originally a time of preparation for those who had left the practice of their faith would return to Christ and the Church. Today, Christians prepare themselves to recommit to their baptismal promises at Easter by returning to the basic practices of their faith during Lent.
"Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2, NAB).