Ash Wednesday kicks off 40 days of Lent, leading to Easter.
I recommend getting in the mood by:
1. Playing Si Smith's video of Jesus in the wilderness called "40"
2. 1. Reading Tim Kimberley's History of Lent and the number 40.
"Interestingly, the earliest of Christians believed Jesus was dead in the grave for 40 hours. The number 40 has held significant importance throughout biblical history. The rains fell on Noah in the ark for 40 days and 40 nights. Moses was on top of Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments for 40 days and 40 nights. Elijah walked 40 days and 40 nights to the mountain of the Lord. Jesus, most importantly, fasted and prayed for 40 days and 40 nights before starting his public ministry."