Lent which means Spring and originates from the lengthening of days as spring approaches. The first part of Lent is ash Wednesday. The weeks following Ash Wednesday are dominated by the themes of Lent: repentance, renewal, discipline. Recommended reading for the first Sunday is Mark 1:9-13; Jesus preaches repentance. For next Sunday recommend reading Mark 8:31-38; Deny your self and take up your cross. These times in Scripture study and prayer are a pilgrims preparation as he/she is preparing for the resurrection.