Shrovetide has ended. Lent begins in 2021 on Wednesday, February 17.

Below are Readings for Year B with a commentary on the Gospel verses:

Readings for Ash Wednesday

Exegesis on the Gospel reading for Ash Wednesday (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21; Matthew Henry)

For Christians, this is our principal spiritual time of the year. These 40 days often include prayer and fasting as well as almsgiving:

St Athanasius and the Lenten practices of the early Church

Lent in the early Church — not a pagan practice

This is an annual period for adopting a deeper spiritual life. All being well, what we learn between now and Easter will become a permanent part of our Christian journey.

Now is a good opportunity to start reading more of the Bible:

Why not read the Bible this Lent?

Bible study plan suggestions

You, too, can read the Bible with the Grant Horner system

Update on the Grant Horner Bible Reading System

I wish those who observe it a good Lent, one of profound prayer and spiritual reflection.