Beginning on Ash Wednesday, and excluding Sundays, it is the period of 40 days ending at Easter. Although not mentioned in Scripture this ‘season’ is observed by some churches. During this period the members eat sparingly as they undertake a time of personal examination and reflection, repentance for wrongdoing and renewal to prepare their hearts for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. However, giving up sinful practices, repentance and consecration to God should be a regular and lifelong practice, not just during this set time.

See also: examine.