Lent, is a season guided by the sun and the moon, its date changing annually as a result, and we are ritually turned to these basic facts of life. Forty days of meditations, penance, revelations, a return to the most basic, to the center; it culminates in the Easter of the Lord. The resurrection and revelation by the Spirit. We celebrate its joyful arrival in a ritual of prayer and song.
The Lent as we know it has ancient roots stretching back to the Hebrews. The Torah tells us of a need and time for repentance. "Man begins from dust and ends in dust" Genesis 3:19; "the breath in our nostrils is as smoke... our body shall be turned to ashes, and our spirit shall vanish as the soft air... our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud... and shall be dispersed as a mist... for our time is a very shadow that passes away." Wisdom 2:2-5, [Sirach]