A Christian University is hoping to inspire its students to reflect and meditate on the life of Jesus this Easter season.
Biola University in southern California recently began what they call “The Lent Project,” a daily devotional designed to create an artistic and religious experience between now and Easter.
The goal of The Lent Project is to guide believers on a reflective journey leading up to Christ's resurrection, using works of art and music from the span of church history. The project includes classic paintings, old Lenten hymns, as well as contemporary music, art and photography from the 21st century.
Traditionally spanning 40 days, beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating on Palm Sunday, Lent is a period in which individuals undergo spiritual purification, meditation and penance, drawing from the 40 days Jesus fasted in the desert before beginning his ministry.
Barry Corey, the president of Biola University, says "More than just a 40-day period of abstaining from coffee or chocolate, or whatever else might tempt you,
Lent is a meaningful liturgical season of anticipating the focal point of our faith: Christ's sacrifice for us and the universal hope which his resurrection represents.”
Corey points out that lent can be a beautifully reflective time for us to quiet our hearts and lean in to the reality of the cross, the crown and the empty tomb.
You can learn more about Biola’s Lent Project at biola.edu.