Lent is a time of preparation for Easter in which we unite our lives to the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. It lasts 40 days, calling to mind the 40 days Christ spent in the desert, the 40 years Moses and the Israelites wandered in the desert, and the 40 hours Christ spent in the tomb. The liturgical color of Lent is violet, symbolizing penance, preparation, and sacrifice. It’s a time to step back from the chaos of our daily lives and refocus ourselves on God.
The three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.