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Me repelling The Gates of Hell at the Rodin Museum in Paris.

 

Matthew 16:18 (KJV)

18 "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

 

What do you do to prepare for Easter?  Right now, Easter seems so far away.  But Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which is February 13, 2013.  (Mark your calendar, because it is no longer included in the iCalendar of US Holidays.)  This means that Lent actually begins before Valentine's Day this year.  I know that I personally have given much more thought to Valentine's Day than I have preparing for Easter.

Comparing Easter to Christmas, I think I can speak for the majority, Christmas takes the lead in preparation.  We all do so much to prepare for the Christmas season, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.  Then there are those who go on to prepare for the 12 Days of Christmas onto the Feast of the Epiphany.  Yet if there was never an Easter, we would never be celebrating Christmas.  It is only because Jesus died for us and rose again that we now have the gift of eternal life.  It is only because of this that we also celebrate when Christ was born---Christmas.  But Easter really takes center stage in the church year.  So again I ask, what are you doing to prepare for Easter?  Do you have an Easter season?  Do you have a Lenten Calendar similar to the Advent Calendar?  Leave me a comment below with what you do.

 

There is a resourse called The Magnificat Lenten Companion that may help with your Easter preparation.  Many of you ordered the Magnificat Advent Companion and enjoyed it.

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 The Magnificat Lenten Companion boasts these features:

MEDITATIONoriginal, to the point reflections for each day of Lent

FAITH WITNESSESfourteen contemporary authors, including award-winning poets, bloggers, parish priests, homeschooling moms, missionaries, retreat directors, and theology teachers

 

ESSAYSto enlighten, inspire, and deepen your relationship with God

POETRYcapturing the spirit of the season

PENANCE SERVICEto prepare well for your Lenten confession

DEVOTIONAL PRAYERSfor various occasions and growing in faith

You may purchase the Kindle version of The Magnificat Lenten Companion HERE.  The Kindle version allows you to read it not only on your Kindle, but also on the Kindle App on your ipad or iphone.  This way you always have it with you.

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