Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which this year begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and continues through Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019. The days of Lent are in preparation for celebrating Easter on April 21, 2019. Since all Sundays are acknowledged in the Christian Faith as little Easters, Lent is tempered with joyful expectation of the Resurrection.
The Three Great Days of the Christian Church begin on Holy Thursday or The Pasch through sunset on Resurrection Day. In these days a bridge is built into the Easter Season. These days proclaim the paschal mystery of Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. During these days, the Community of Believers journey with Jesus from the Upper Room, to the Cross, to the Tomb, and to the Garden.
Somber colors such as purple or ash gray and rough-textured cloth are most appropriate for paraments, stoles, and banners. With the Maundy Thursday service all shiny objects are removed from the chancel. The altar and Chancel cross are veiled in black.
Matthew 28:20 New Living Translation (NLT)
20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”