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Lent, in Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan.[1]

This practice was virtually universal in Christendom until the Protestant Reformation.[2] Some Protestant churches do not observe Lent, but most, such as Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, and Episcopalians, do.

Lent was also traditionally the term used to describe the period leading up to Christmas before the term Advent was officially recognized.

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review by . February 25, 2010
A time of year to evalute our life.
The English word "Lent" derives from the Germanic word for "springtime".  For those of us who call ourselves Christians the season of Lent is a time for renewal and new life as well as a time to do some much needed spring cleaning and soul searching.  It is a unique opportunity to take a kind of spiritual inventory and to clean out those things that we feel only clutter our lives and get in the way of our relationship with God.  Recall …
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Insight comes from observation of the self in relation to the Universe and while redemption and transcendence are necessary to the progression of the human spirit, religion is not.
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