Lent through Easter
Lent, a period of forty days (not counting Sundays) before Easter, was originally a period of preparation for those to be baptized at Easter. It later became a time of penitence for all Christians. Thus, it emulated the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for His ministry, resisting temptations. Christians often fast or give up various things during Lent to remind them of Christ’s sacrifice and to overcome destructive habits. Christians may also take on disciplines as they learn new habits that are constructive and useful for disciples of Jesus Christ.