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Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.

Daily devotionals and prayer are one of the means Christians use to heighten their spirituality during the Lenten season. Click HERE or on the graphic above for the "2018 Daily Readings and Prayer" fittingly compiled by Kevin W. Greene of the West End Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia.

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