Category Archives: Christian Season of Lent

Lent is the forty-day period (or season) preceding Easter. It is actually the forty-six days before Easter, but due to the fact that Sundays in this season are not counted the period is 40 days. The traditional reason for this is that fasting was considered inappropriate on Sunday, the day commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus. Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, while Lent is a time of preparation for Holy Week. Holy Week recalls the events preceding and during the crucifixion, which occurred in Jerusalem of the Roman province Judea, circa AD 30.The forty-day period is symbolic of the forty days spent by Jesus in the wilderness. The number forty has many other Biblical significances: the forty days Moses spent on Mount Sinai with God; the forty days and nights Elijah spent walking to Mt. Horeb; God makes it rain for forty days and forty nights in the story of Noah; the Hebrew people wandered forty years traveling to the Promised Land; Jonah in his prophecy of judgment gave the city of Nineveh forty days grace in which to repent. Lent is a time of discerning those things which we foolishly might value more than God. Traditionally this can involve fasting, giving to the poor, giving more time for prayer, and other spiritual practices. The season begins with a liturgy of Ash Wednesday where Christians are reminded that it is God’s Holy Spirit that empowers all life and that as creatures we are ashes without the animating power of God’s love. 

Candle Lighting – 5th Sunday in Lent, Year C, 2010

  Light the Christ candle and the four purple candles. Light a fifth purple candle.   Question:    Why do we light this candle? Response:    We light this candle to lavish Christ with our worship.   Read:    John … Continue reading

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Candle Lighting – 4th Sunday in Lent, Year C, 2010

Light the Christ candle and the first three purple candles. Light a fourth purple candle.   Question:   Why do we light this candle? Response:   We light this candle in gratitude for the gift of God’s amazing grace.   … Continue reading

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Candle Lighting – 3rd Sunday in Lent, Year C, 2010

                                                                                                                                                                  Light the white Christ candle and the first two purple candles. Light a third purple candle.   Question:      Why do we light this candle? Response:     We light this candle to remind us to seek the Lord … Continue reading

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Candle Lighting – 2nd Sunday in Lent, Year C, 2010

Light the white Christ Candle and one purple candle. Light a second purple candle.   Question:     Why do we light this candle? Response:    We light this candle to remind us of our need for Christ.   Read:   … Continue reading

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Candle Lighting – 1st Sunday in Lent, Year C, 2010

Following is a simple liturgy to use if you are marking Lent by lighting candles (see Lenten Table Centrepiece).  Asking the question is one of the ways in which children can participate in this.   Light a white candle for … Continue reading

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Candle Lighting – Ash Wednesday, Year C, 2010

Following is a simple liturgy to use if you are marking Lent by lighting candles (see Lenten Table Centrepiece).  Asking the question is one of the ways in which children can participate in this.   Light a white candle for … Continue reading

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A Lenten Journey To Jerusalem

                        In the gospel of Luke, after the Transfiguration, Jesus comes down off the mountain and “set his face to go to Jerusalem” (9:51).  In this we hear the … Continue reading

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Lenten Table Centrepiece

  The crown of thorns candle holder pictured here is made from copper.  It was made for us by James Caesar, an artist in Vancouver, BC, Canada (see more of James’ work at www.fiatluxglassworks.com).  This centrepiece is quite dramatic but … Continue reading

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