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Invitation to a Holy Lent

The early Church observed with great devotion the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration

there should be a forty-day season of spiritual preparation. During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins

and had separated themselves from the community of faith were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to participation in the life of the Church. In this way the whole congregation was reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith. I invite you, therefore, in the name of the church,t o observe a holy Lent:

By self-examination and repentance;

by prayer, fasting, and self-denial,

and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.*

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