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Lent 2024: Traditions of Lent by Elias "Pete" Prioleau III


“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” 

Isaiah 58:6-7


February 17, 2024

Traditions of Lent

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for Easter. It is also a time of self-examination and reflection. Lenten traditions include:


  • Fasting: Involves abstaining from food or drink for a certain period. Some choose to fast for the entire 40 days of Lent, while others fast only on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

  • Abstinence: Involves giving up certain foods or activities for the duration of Lent. Some give up meat on Fridays during Lent.

  • Prayer: Lent is a time for increased prayer and reflection. Some choose to attend daily Mass or participate in other spiritual practices.

  • Almsgiving: Involves giving to those in need. Some choose to donate money or volunteer their time during Lent.

  • Confession: This is a time for confession and reconciliation. Many people choose to go to confession during Lent as a way of preparing for Easter.

                                                                Steward Elias "Pete" Prioleau

Senior Board of Stewards

Mighty Men of Metropolitan


Prayer:  Almighty God, Help us observe a Lent guided by components/traditions that are meaningful and enriching to us. Amen


Lent 2024

We invite you to join us in reflection, meditation and prayer for a season of renewal, repentance and rejoicing from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.

Each day is a reflection representing the thoughts and aspirations of the members and friends of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church expressing what the season of Lent means to them.  Their wide range of perspectives describe how this time of renewal, repentance and rejoicing has been and will be used to focus on Jesus’ life, crucifixion and resurrection.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline.




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