February 22 - April 8
Lent is the solemn Christian religious observance in the liturgical year commemorating the 40 days Jesus Christ spent fasting in the desert and enduring temptation by Satan, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry. It begins on Ash Wednesday. It is a period of grief that necessarily ends with a great celebration of Easter.
The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, repentance of sins, donating to the poor, simple living, abstinence, and self-denial. In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting, as well as giving up certain luxuries in imitation of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice during his journey into the desert for 40 days. Many Lent-observing Christians also add a Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional or praying through a Lenten calendar, to draw themselves near to God.
The last week of Lent coincides with Holy or Passion Week, starting with Palm Sunday.