Do Protestants give up things for Lent?

Sorry, if I put this in the wrong category. I’m asking out of curiosity. Do Protestants celebrate Lent? Thank You :slight_smile:

The Apostolic Christians(AC) give up jewelry for lent :man_shrugging:. I only know this because my dad was an AC & converted to Catholicism :+1:

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There’s a similar topic discussing which protestants observe Ash Wednesday. It may have some helpful information for you. Which Protestant groups have Ash Wednesday services?

To give a general answer to your question some protestants do observe Lent. Many Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Nazarenes and Presbyterians do though it can vary between individual congregations or jurisdictions. Other groups of protestants may also observe Lent but it’s less common.


Here is a wonderful link about Lent in the Lutheran tradition.
About your specific question, this:

The practice of fasting (or “giving something up”) during Lent is not required for Lutherans because it is not commanded in Holy Scripture. Rather, as a matter of Christian freedom, starving oneself of a pleasure of the flesh is a way to remember daily the great sacrifice of Jesus on the cross to pay for the world’s sin.

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I don’t personally, but many do. I have no difficulty in the concept of fasting, I just don’t observe those specific days.

There is definitely a biblical precedent for setting aside days for corporate fasting, as the need requires, and this is something I participate in with my local congregation when the need arises, or privately for a private need.
At the moment however I’m nursing and can’t participate in a food fast anyway.

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When I was a United Methodist, we did. And btw,I thank God I’m now a Catholic!


I’ll look into that, thanks!!! :slight_smile:

Okay, thanks for sharing the link. :slight_smile:

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The answer is, it depends.

One year the church I attended asked those who are able to fast at least one meal on every Friday during Lent then all day on Good Friday. The night of Good Friday had a communion service.

The past few years there has been no formal asking people to fast during Lent. However, some individuals in our church do fast or avoid certain things during Lent as a matter of personal devotion. Those things are sometimes food (Chocolate or sugary drinks are always popular) or activities such as social media or TV.

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A year or two ago at around this time, I asked this same question on an Anglican forum frequented by a number of Protestants from other denominations, in addition to Catholics and others. The answer, briefly, is that most Protestant churches recognize Lent as a liturgical season, and encourage their flock to make a sacrifice of some kind. Only a few extreme fundamentalist groups refuse to give formal recognition to the Lenten fast on the grounds that it is unBiblical, but even in these denominations many of the laity do, in fact, observe Lent in one way or another.


I give up reading fiction. Those who know me know this is not a trivial exercise.

And I do meatless Fridays year around.


The Protestants I know don’t observe Lent but will get ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday.


One of the ministers at the local Unitarian Universalist church does, and encourages the members to do the same, if they want.

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A lot of Protestants around me do.
A few Reformed parishes here even propose a week of complete fast (usually Holy Week), with daily prayer meetings and spiritual direction.

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My experience has been that some Protestant congregations observe Lent, while others don’t. In general, most Protestants who observe Lent don’t do it with the same level of intensity and sense of duty that most Catholics apply to it.

For example, my Methodist congregation has an Ash Wednesday services with ashes, along with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. In between, there is a Lenten daily devotional distributed to the congregation to follow during Lent that is pretty nice, although not much official emphasis is made on giving up something and that kind of traditional stuff, but some still do it informally.


In my Church, we fully celebrate Lent. My Priest told us to give up something meaningful for Lent instead of just candy or soda :slight_smile: and we do meatless Fridays and meatless Ash Wednesday

Anglicans do observe Lent. I am not conversant with their rules on abstinence and fasting though. I do believe they give things up. A colleague of mine whose is an Anglican gives up coffee during Lent.

As with all things, Anglicans are variable. Or some other commonplace term for them.

There’s a post from an Anglican with the exact same board name as myself, a few posts above.

Sarcasm does not become you.

Sarcasm is me. Occasionally.

Along with other characteristics. Like motleydom.

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