Lent is a season of preparation for the celebration of Easter.
In the early church the annual feast of Easter was the time when new members were initiated into the Christian community.
Those preparing for baptism, known as ‘‘catechumens’’, fasted for two days beforehand.
Gradually this time of preparation lengthened until, by the fourth century, it had become set at 40 days.
The season begins when we are marked with the cross on Ash Wednesday and concludes at the start of the Easter Triduum on Holy Thursday.
As we are signed with ashes at the beginning of Lent, we ask for conversion from anything that keeps us away from the light of Christ in our lives.
We remember also that we are Easter people — that good can come out of evil, that death gives way to new life, that there is hope in the midst of despair, out of ashes will come the Easter dawn.
— Sacred Heart School deputy principal