40 Days of Lent Activity
Free for personal and class usage.
This is to help children (and teachers) in understanding Lent.
It is similar to Advent, but only in that it is a period of waiting and preparing your heart for a special church event - Easter (or Resurrection Sunday).
Anyone who can count calendar days, realizes that the overall period of Lent is more than 40 days, so why is it usually referred to as 40 days of lent? Find the answer here.
|Grades: 3 - 8|
|Old and New Testament Bible references|
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1. Ask the children if they can think
of anytime the number 40 comes up in the Bible.
What is Lent?
Lent is a time to think about our sins. To repent. A time to think on how we can become better Christian people.
In common practice, many people think of the entire time from Ash Wednesday to Easter as Lent, as the exclusion of Sundays is not widely publicized. (see below)
When does Lent begin?
What is Ash Wednesday about?
Older students may want to know more: *Catholic church history records a rite sometime between the year 500 and 600 (that's over 1500 years ago), the Spanish Mozarabic rite, where they made a sign on the forehead of a very, very ill person with ashes as a sign of acceptance into the order of Penitence. About another 500 years later, sometime in the 11th century, a man named Abbot Aelfric logged that it was customary for all believers to take part in a ceremony on the Wednesday before Lent that included ashes. In early use, ashes were dabbed on the foreheads of women in the sign of the cross, but men just had them sprinkled on them. Later in that century, Pope Urban II put ashes in use regularly on that day. Later this day came to be called Ash Wednesday. Over hundreds of years, the meaning and puropse of the ashes on Ash Wednesday changed. At one time, it was tied to baptism. In some churches this idea has been renewed. In some Catholic and Protestant churches today, some church members who were already baptized but want to renew their baptismal promises at Easter, began the process on Ash Wednedsay, to think about moving away from sin towards a Christ-like life. Some other Protestant churches today consider Ash Wednesday as the beginning of Lent, the beginning of a time of Christian reflection and devotion, but do not use ashes.
How long is Lent?
22 + 24 = 46 days by
The answer is: You don’t count Sundays!
What is Holy Week?
Is Lent in the Bible?
Why is Lent 40 days long?
Historically, it is based on the time Jesus spent in the wilderness fasting and praying and being tempted by the devil! See: Matthew 4:2 and Mark 1:13 and Luke 4:2.
The number 40 is a very popular number in the Bible. Take a look at the following to help link "40" to Lent.
Do you remember how long it rained on Noah?
Check these out too:
"40" Bible Facts