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Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Although Ash Wednesday has ancient roots, it does not appear in the rituals of The United Methodist Church or our predecessor denominations until the 20th century. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

When did Ash Wednesday begin and why do we celebrate it?

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Worship

Lent is a journey of preparation for following the way of Jesus. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

What is Lent and why does it last forty days?

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Christian Year

Fasting by limiting food and drink, accompanied by prayer and devotional reading, is an important spiritual practice to draw closer to God. Photo by congerdesign, courtesy of Pixabay.

What does the UMC say about fasting?

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Sacraments

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