Introduction to Lent
Lent is a season of forty days that begins on Ash Wednesday (March 2, 2022) and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. The word Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry, see Matthew 4:1-11.
Lent is a season of prayer, fasting, and repentance. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, many Christians throughout the world observe Lent annually to pray with mindfulness and self-reflection, to abstain from good things that may have taken too large a place in one’s heart, and to listen for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in their lives.
This year we invite you to ask Jesus in what ways he is inviting you to engage with him through Lenten practices and opportunities offered at Vineyard Augusta:
- 3/2 – Ash Wednesday
- 3/13 – The Clearing
- 3/13 – The Meeting Place
- 4/14 – Maundy Thursday
- 4/15 – Good Friday
- 4/16 – Easter Grocery Give-Away
- 4/17 – Easter Sunday
See our Events Page to view more details on these opportunities.