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Topic: Lent and Easter


Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Saturday, the evening before Easter.

During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance when we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus toward God. It is a time to give up things as well as take on new life-giving practices, helping us rid ourselves of distractions and our own selfish desires. By doing so, we seek to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

The Easter Season, also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ's resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year. We celebrate the good news that in Christ’s death and resurrection we, and all creation, are continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace.


Rays of sun breaking through the clouds over water, image by Elms on the photo sharing site Morguefile.

An Easter Prayer for United Methodists

A meditation helps prepare our hearts for those first signs of the resurrection life of Easter. View

Desktop Meditation: A Lenten Journey

"Mini retreat" offers a personal chance to reflect on the 40 days of Lent through photos and singing of "Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown." View

Dancers from Mandell United Methodist Church in Chicago perform at the 2011 Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Photo courtesy of the Northern Illinois Conference.

Desktop Meditation: Easter Joy

Watch and download a reflection with joyful photos of United Methodists around the world, set to music by the Africa University Choir. View

Children's answers about miracles provide great food for thought. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Do you believe in miracles? Children’s answers add depth at Easter

Young people's understanding of miracles can make the season more meaningful. “Stuff that you think isn’t possible becomes possible.” Read More