Lent & Easter

The  pure white lily is a symbol of the new life that came with the resurrection of Christ while its shape is a reminder of the sorrow of Good Friday.

Lent, the season that helps prepare us for the celebration of Easter, commemorates the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry.

As Lent draws to a close during Holy Week, we remember Jesus' death on a cross for us. Then on Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection, that Jesus is alive.

Learn about this important season and find tools that will help enhance your worship throughout this holy time. 

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

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.

On Easter Sunday, many United Methodist congregations gather at sunrise to celebrate the resurrection. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

What We Believe

Easter sunrise services: A celebration of resurrection

Many United Methodists attend special outdoor worship services early on Easter morning. These celebrations date back to the 1700s, and maybe earlier.


Beliefs & Traditions

Worship & Devotionals