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Why do we celebrate Lent for six weeks?

Don’t forget what Lent is all about! It is a time when we are reminded of what Jesus gave up for us, and a time when we look forward to and prepare for His death and resurrection!

We celebrate Lent for six weeks. Not counting Sundays, this adds up to forty days. These forty days remind us of Christ’s temptation in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11). There He was without food for forty days. We remember the temptation of the Israelites in the desert after the Lord had delivered them from Egypt. This lasted forty years (Num. 14:34). Finally, we can remember the story of Noah and his family. After forty days and forty nights in the ark, it finally stopped raining, and the Lord delivered them just as He promised. (Gen 7:17)

During these forty days of Lent, we remember the faithfulness of God to His people and how His faithfulness is complete in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Jesus remains faithful to us, always being where He promises to be: in His Word and Sacraments. Wow! What a Savior!

For Parents

Continue to encourage your children in their Lenten preparation. During worship, point out the places where our Lord comes to us (i.e., God’s Word, Holy Communion, Holy Baptism, Absolution). Remember that being their example and companion on this Lenten journey makes a difference!

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