A Season of Lent
Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. The Lenten season is a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The purpose of the Lenten season is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial, and resurrection (Fairchild, 2017).
Two things occur during Lent - fasting and prayer. It used to be that fasting was the giving up of food, but today many Christian teens give up other items such as television or the Internet. Orthodox Christians give up both meat and dairy products during Lent. The fasting is used to remind Christians of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and being tempted by Satan (Mahoney, 2014).
Advent and Lent are periods of preparation and repentance and are represented by the color purple. Purple is used for two reasons: firstly because it is associated with mourning and so anticipates the pain and suffering of the crucifixion, and secondly because purple is the color associated with royalty, and celebrates Christ's resurrection and sovereignty.