I have a friend in a Christian denomination that does not follow the church year as liturgical (following historic worship services) churches do. We are all followers of Jesus Christ our savior, but observe the faith in various ways. My friend, at the beginning of Lent will say, “Now we are in the Easter season.” I always reply, “No, we’re starting Lent.” The six Sundays of Easter begin with Easter Sunday.

So ... what is Lent? I looked it up online and got way too much information. You can look it up yourself. This is what I know. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, when some churches put a cross of ashes from last year’s Palm Sunday branches, on the forehead. This is a reminder that it is time to consider what Jesus did for us on the cross.

Lent consists of the forty days before Easter (not counting Sundays). It is a time of getting ready for the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is traditionally a time of fasting. Fasting can be anything given up as a reminder. It is particularly a time of reflection, including Bible reading and time of prayer. The word Lent is associated with lengthening of days during this season.

There will be a full moon next week. The next one, however, is connected with Easter, which is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the beginning of Spring. These next five weeks are a time to consider what changes you might want to, or need to make in your life before observing what Jesus did for you on Good Friday and celebrating the outcome of Easter Sunday.

God bless us.