The word “Lent” comes from the old English word lencten. This season begins with Ash Wednesday, and runs for 40 days, until Easter. The tradition of placing ashes on the forehead on Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a season of solemnity and reflection on Christ’s suffering for our sins. Holy Week occurs the week prior to Easter, starting with Palm Sunday and ending with Good Friday.
Colors of Lent and Easter: The colors for Lent are purple, to remind us of our need for repentance. For Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, black is used to reminds us of our sorrow at our Savior’s suffering. On Easter, the colors are white, the color of purity, holiness, glory, and joy for our Savior’s resurrection and triumph on the cross.