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Display featuring a crown of thorns and cross with purple cloth heralds the beginning of Lent. File photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Lent: February 26 - April 11

You are invited to 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.

(United Methodist Book of Worship, 322, adapted)

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues through Holy Saturday, the day before Easter.

Explore these pages for information and resources to help you observe a holy Lent.

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

What is Lent and why does it last forty days?

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.

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Ingrid McIntyre receives ashes from street chaplain, Lindsey Krinks. About 30 people gathered as a community to share in the Ash Wednesday liturgy and to raise awareness of those suffering from homelessness and poverty. McIntyre is a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tenn. A file photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.
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What We Believe

Why ashes? Connecting to who we are and who we can be

We see them on Ash Wednesday, but how much do you know about this ancient symbol and its underlying message?

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