Burying the Alleluia

This week we begin Lent. We begin it with Ash Wednesday, when we mark ourselves with the ashes of last Palm Sunday.

Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. The Lenten season is a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus, his life, teachings, and what it would be to apply his principles to our world, our lives.

During the six weeks of self-examination and reflection, Christians who observe Lent typically make a commitment to fast, or to give up something—a habit, (usually one we should give up!), or a food or drink, such as sweets, chocolate or coffee. This is how we practice bringing more moderation or self-denial into our lives.

In worship, we will join with many other churches in “burying the alleluia” - not saying or singing alleluia until Easter, as another form of austerity.

Six weeks is a good amount of time for taking up one of these Lenten practices. It's long enough to make a new habit, but we know the time is limited. It's long enough to convince ourselves that we can do it. It's long enough that we can feel the practice as a new normal.

I encourage you to find a Lenten practice this year – show yourself what you can do, when you put your mind and heart into it.

Walking into Lent - Jeannie