Lent and Easter Resources


About Lent

Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The 40 days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. The word Lent comes from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning Spring.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.  In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism.  Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.  Each Sunday in Lent represents a mini-Easter so the Sundays are not counted as part of the 40 days.

WPAUMC Devotional

Rev. Dr. Steven Tuell, Kelso Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, has created a Lenten devotional that addresses God’s love for all people. New in 2017, it can be used by individuals or groups. Learn more about it. 

Desktop Meditation: A Lenten Journey



Find Your Spiritual Path

When Lent begins, many United Methodist pastors invite their congregations “to observe a holy Lent: by self–examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self–denial; and by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word” (from the United Methodist Book of Worship). How? There is no one prescribed way. Learn more. 






Help for the Journey

UMC.org, our denomination's website, offers a variety of resources and ideas for church leaders, groups, individuals and families to use during Lent and Easter. See what's available.


Holy Week

Chuck explains the meaning of the events of the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. 


Western PA Conference General Evangelist John Zimmerman, in partnership with the Health as Wholeness and Poverty teams, wrote Walking with the Poor – A Lenten Devotional for the Spirit, Soul and Body. Published in 2014, the devotional uses illustrations from the Erie United Methodist Alliance and lists information about other Conference agencies that are in ministry with the poor. It is available for sale on Amazon.




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