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Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice in preparation of Resurrection Sunday which is Easter Sunday.  Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus’ resurrection from the grave after his crucifixion.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 6th), six and a half weeks before Easter, with a 40-day fast excluding Sundays, in imitation of Jesus Christ’s fasting and praying in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights (Matthew 4:1-2).  
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.

The three pillars of Lent are praying, fasting and almsgiving.

Almsgiving (Matthews 6:1-4 (NRSV) )
“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you

During Lent, Christians take the time to reflect on Jesus’s journey to the cross, repent, pray, draw closer to God, commit to a special devotional activity, etc.  Also, Christians choose to give up a habit, material possessions or behavior during Lent as an exercise in prayerful self-denial. 

The number "40" has always had special spiritual significance regarding preparation.  On Mount Sinai, preparing to receive the Ten Commandments, " Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments" (Exodus 34:28 (NIV)). Elijah traveled "40 days and 40 nights" to Horeb (another name for Mount Sinai), the mountain of the God (I Kings 19:8).

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Church Location
Courtyard Marriott—Concord
7201 Scott Padgett Pkwy
Concord, NC 28027
Mailing Address
​Post Office Box 481244 
Charlotte, NC 28269-1244