ASH WEDNESDAY on the 17th of February is important because it marks the start of the Lenten period leading up to Easter when Christians believe Jesus was resurrected.
Lent is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, the night before Easter Sunday.
The idea behind giving up something for Lent is based on Luke 9:23 “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
So, essentially it’s about self-denial and discipline, carrying our cross and following Jesus. It is something that’s done in a prayerful way so that we can wholly renew ourselves in Christ. That’s an important part of the process for you as an individual, but also as a family.
If your family or your children choose to participate in a Lenten fast, make sure that praying together and reading the Bible is part of the experience. What are you giving up for Lent?