What is Lent? Following is a brief explanation. Lent is the season of the Christian church year beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). Lent is a season to reflect on our own sinfulness and need for a Savior. Hymns and services are generally more somber during this time.
The color purple is generally used in churches during Lent, symbolizing penitence and self-discipline. Purple, the color of royalty, also reminds us of the mocking Jesus endured as the soldiers placed a purple robe on him and placed a crown of thorns on his head.
The somberness of Lent stands in stark contrast to Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Day, when the Christian Church celebrates Jesus’ rising physically from the dead as He had promised.