Lent comes from Old English for “lengthen,” as the days lengthen in spring. It is a season of preparation for Easter. Even though the character is solemn and reflective, it is not without joy, for Sunday is always a day of resurrection. Sundays are not included in the forty days of Lent, and we symbolize this by referring to Sundays in Lent, not Sundays of Lent. Even in this more somber season, we still gather on Sunday to acknowledge, celebrate, and give thanks for Christ’s victory over the forces of evil, death and darkness.