An Introduction To Lent

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The history of Lent reveals traditions rich with meaning. Lent deepened the experience of early Christian community as new believers were baptized and as the events of Christ's death and resurrection were celebrated.

In the liturgical rites of most churches, there is a pastoral exhortation to the people at the beginning of the Ash Wednesday liturgy that expresses well the focus of Lent. One such elocution is the following from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) of the Episcopal Church:



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