Season of Lent
The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus mark the climax of His salvific acts. The seven weeks between Denha and the feast of Easter are set apart for prayer, fasting, abstinence and reparation. The basis of this lenten season is the forty days fast of Jesus. Still, we call this period ‘Anpathu Nombu’ (50 days’ fasting). Probably, because St.Thomas Christians fasted and abstained from ‘pethurtha’ Sunday to Easter Sunday. The Syriac term ‘pethurtha’ means ‘looking back’, ‘reconciliation’ etc. Lent is a season set apart mainly for repentance and reconciliation.
We who became God’s children and new creation in baptism drifted away from God by committing sin. During this season we meditate upon man’s sin and its consequences, the need for repentance and conversion, the infinite love and mercy of God towards repentant sinners and the passion, death and burial of Jesus Christ. Lenten season calls our attention in a special way to the need for reconciliation with God and fellow beings. Therefore, in this period, the Church persuades the faithful to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
The Church reminds us to spend the lenten period in fervent prayers, sincere fasting and generous almsgiving and to eradicate our evil desires. Like Jesus who conquered death and entered into life, let us also die to sin and enter into eternal life.