Today’s post was written by Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge. Concordia’s Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents’ well being, especially during the Lenten Season. Enjoy!
Ash Wednesday, February 18, is the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent. Lent is an important season for many Christians because it prepares them for the Celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. Some Christians and others, however, may not be very familiar with Lent. To see Ash Wednesday on the calendar or to hear the word Lent might raise the question, “What is Lent?”
Recently, a Lutheran publishing company called Concordia Publishing House, in an effort to promote some YouTube videos about Lent, ran a very short and yet informative article about Lent. Here’s a synopsis:
As you can see, the real purpose of Lent is not to focus on ourselves and what we are doing, but to focus on what God has done for us in Christ. That’s where and when we truly repent of our sins and grow in our love for the God who first loved us and gave his Son for us.
These two hymn verses, from “Jesus I Will Ponder Now” and “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” prayerfully express this so well:
“Jesus I Will Ponder Now”
Jesus I will ponder now
On your holy passion;
With your Spirit my endow
For such meditation.
Grant that I in love and faith
May the image cherish
Of your Suffering, pain and death
That I may not perish.
“O Sacred Head Now Wounded”
O sacred Head now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, Thine only crown.
O sacred Head, what glory,
What bliss, till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call Thee mine.
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