In the early church, baptisms took place the day before Easter in a special worship known as the Vigil of Easter. As the clock struck midnight on Easter morning, the whole community celebrated the new life they have through Christ's resurrection.
The 40 days prior to Easter (not counting Sundays) make up the season of Lent. It was a time of preparation before baptism. It was a time of instruction in theology, of learning the Lord's Prayer, Creed, and 10 Commandments, of learning what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
From those beginnings, Lent has become a time for all Christians to return to the basics of faith: to prayer, Bible reading, self discipline, to humility, and acts of love and service for those in need. Many choose to give something up - a sign of turning away from self-indulgence. Others take on new spiritual practices. You must decide for yourself what will turn your heart toward God - what "noise" can you remove to be more attentive to God?
On Wednesday nights, Lord of Life will be learning spiritual practices from Benedictine Spirituality - the primary focus is listening to God. We will be learning different ways of prayer and Bible reading that is grounded in listening for God's voice.
The final week of Lent just before Easter is called Holy Week. The church reads stories of Jesus' last week of life, with special attention on the events leading to his death.
Easter is April 12
We are making plans to worship together in the parking lot!
Join the celebration of new life in Christ!