사순절 40일 동안 신앙생활의 여정
Between Ash Wednesday and Easter, many Christians observe a 40-day period known as Lent. Even if you're attended church growing up, many Christians are still curious about the holiday and traditions regarding observing the Lenten season. Lent is meant as a time of repentance. Both Catholics and Protestants participate in some form of fasting and praying during the 40 day period of Lent to honor and remember the suffering of Jesus in the weeks before His death and resurrection.
When Does Lent Start?
Lent this year will begin with Ash Wednesday on March 2, 2022; and if you are following the 40 days in length tradition, Lent will officially end on Holy Saturday, April 16, 2022.
How Long is Lent?
Lent is 40 days long - ending on the Saturday before Easter. You may be wondering how Lent can be 40 days if Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter? That is because the Lenten fast does not include Sundays, which are considered feast days (a celebration of the resurrection)—so the six Sundays before Easter are omitted from the 40-day observance of fasting.
The last week of Lent is called Holy Week and includes Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday (technically not a fasting day), Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Friday, and Holy Saturday or Black Saturday. Unlike Advent, which is a time of celebration and excitement looking forward to an arrival, Lent is observed in a more solemn way preparing for and reflecting on Jesus’ sacrificial death. But at the end of Lent is Easter Sunday, and that is the most joyous celebration because our Savior Jesus Christ was resurrected and lives on. Because of his death and resurrection, we are offered new life to live as covenant children in the kingdom of God forever.
Important Dates of Lent in 2022:
Important Dates of LentBrief Overview of Significance2022 Dates Palm SundayCelebrates Jesus's triumphant entry into JerusalemApril 10, 2022Holy WeekThe week leading up to EasterApril 10 - April 16, 2022Maundy ThursdayCommemorates the foot washing and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the ApostlesApril 14, 2022Good FridayCommemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at CalvaryApril 15, 2022Holy SaturdayCommemorates Jesus' body resting in the tombApril 16, 2022Easter SundayCelebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and his victory over sin and death. April 17, 2022
What Does the Word ‘Lent’ Mean?
Lent is a shortened version of the Old English word ‘lencten’, which means spring or springtime the season. It is believed to have Germanic roots and seems likely to have been used to describe the season when the days began to lengthen, signifying new life and renewal. Over time, the word Lent came to be more specifically defined as the 40 day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter.