• "...what may surprise many...is the fact that Lent is being examined and increasingly embraced by members of...the United Methodist, African Methodist Episcopal, Presbyterian, and moderate Baptist traditions."   In a moment, the smudge. But to begin with: Lent---which begins on February 6 this year, or "Ash Wednesday"---is the season on the Christian calendar marking the severe 40-day testing of Christ in the wilderness. Lent has evolved a great deal since its ancient beginnings---much too much to permit a detailed treatment here. But in short, this season of reflection has traditionally encouraged observers to focus sincerely on the following: fasting, or other forms of self-denial; prayer; reconciliation with God and man---believed to be achieved largely through work in the previous two categories; and

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