What are we giving up for Lent?

Nowadays that’s all many people can think of as something to do with the Church. They are more familiar with Dry January, a public health campaign which aims to reduce over-consumption of alcohol.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, forty days preparation for Easter. Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence, and from the Middle Ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked by the ash with a sign of the cross. We turn away from sin, to be more faithful to Christ.

During Lent we are called to reflect, to take time out and reassess our priorities. To take a long hard look at ourselves – our behaviour, our relationships, our faith. Giving up our weaknesses.

Taking up something better for Lent perhaps.


Prayer for Lent

Holy God, as you have called us, make us holy.

Shield us from all that is evil and destructive,

protect us in body and soul;

extend our vision of our purpose and journey,

that we may know we are your people and citizens of your kingdom.