YOU'VE probably noticed that chocolate eggs and hot-cross buns have already begun appearing in the shops.
But for many Christians, there will be no such indulgences for the next 40 days.
Today is the start of Lent, a time of sacrifice for Jesus. The purpose is to prepare, through prayer and self-denial, for the start of the holy week of the death and resurrection of Christ.
At St Carthage's School in Lismore, Year 6 students said they would be giving up chocolate, meat, their Wii or computer, shopping and pocket money during Lent.
Others will be also giving up fighting with their brothers and sisters, something that's sure to please their parents as well as God.
Yesterday they marked the start of Lent by celebrating Shrove Tuesday, commonly called Pancake Tuesday.
In a modern twist on the celebration, electric frypans were fired up and a ready-made batter poured in.
Jack Sheridan who, along with Jeanette McFadden and Tanya Buchanan, is involved in teaching Year 6 students, said a strong focus over the coming weeks would be teaching the students to think about others.
“They are all involved in something we call Project Compassion,” he said.
“Every week we look at something that is being done in another country by the social justice group Caritas.
“The students also train for a cross-country race where they raise money through sponsorship for the organisation. Last year they raised more than $2000.”
At other Christian schools around the region, students are also making preparations for one of the most sacred days on the religious calendar.
For all the chocoholics and Christians out there, the Easter bunny will arrive on Sunday, April 24.
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