Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. Originally, Lent was the time of preparation for those who were to be baptized, a time of concentrated study and prayer before their baptism at the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord early on Easter Sunday.
Palm Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent and marks the beginning of Holy Week. It is considered to be one of the highest ranking Sunday’s on the Christian calendar and is observed to commemorate the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday will fall on April 17th in 2011. It is also known as Passion Sunday. Holy Week is a busy time for most Catholics, Anglicans, Orthodox, Lutherans, and others.
I wish everyone a blessed and meaningful Holy Week. May the spirit of Lenten season be experienced not only the week but throughout daily living for a life time. May we truly experience in symbol the crucifixion and death of Christ as we prepare for the Easter season. I wish all of you a very blessed Lent, Holy Week and Happy Easter!