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How will you observe Lent this year?

The Book of Common Prayer marks the 40 days of Lent as 'Days of Abstinence.' (BCP p. xiii). Abstaining or giving-up something for Lent is a powerful way of marking this season. Traditionally, Christians gave up meat and dairy and reduced their intake of food. Orthodox Christians still observe this fast today and you can learn more their practice here. See also this Anglican guide to Lenten fasting which includes vegetarian recipes.

Find something to give up that you will notice, that will challenge you, but that you think you can manage until Easter. 

Lent is also a time to read Scripture (like the Sermon on the Mount), to pray and to do good works, such as supporting one of our Outreach initiatives. 

Think about how you will observe Lent this year and use this time to grow closer to the Lord. Be sure to pick up your 'Rule of Life' card at church to guide you in renewing your commitment to Christian discipleship.