What is Lent?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:56 AM on Feb. 24, 2009 in Holidays

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  • a period of 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday
    blujeanlady62

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 10:58 AM on Feb. 24, 2009

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  • LENT: One of the four periods set aside each year when we are called upon to fast and pray fervently. Before Pascha the lent is called: GREAT LENT or GREAT FAST.
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    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 10:59 AM on Feb. 24, 2009

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  • Lent is the Old English word for spring. In almost all other languages, Lent's name is a derivative of the Latin term quadragesima or "the forty days." So it's the 40-some days before Easter that is set aside as a time of penance and preparation.

    It's 40 days because 40 is a traditional number of devotion and preparation in the Bible.(Ex. 24:18, 34:28; Num. 13:25;1 Kgs. 19:8; Matt. 4:2). Some people fast or abstain from meat during certain days in Lent. Some people do other acts of sacrifice and penance. It's done because it is the time leading up to the commemoration of our Lord's death for our sins and the commemoration of his resurrection for our salvation.
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    Answer by eringobrough at 11:10 AM on Feb. 24, 2009

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  • Its the 40 days before Easter Sunday where we are suppose to reflect on Jesus dying for our sins. You're suppose to give something up that you enjoy during that time as a form of "suffering". You also attend what is called "stations of the cross" (which is like a narrative that is read that goes through Jesus' journey from his Last Supper to dying on the cross to raising from tomb. You have prayers you say outloud during the readings at certani times. There's a little booklet you follow along in) Its a Catholic practice, btw. I went to Catholic school (we attended Mass twice a week during the year but we had to go every weekday morning during Lent & stations of the cross on Wed. & Fri in the afternoon)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:12 AM on Feb. 24, 2009

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  • Oh yeah & no meat on Friday! forgot! lol (I dont practice this religion anymore)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:12 AM on Feb. 24, 2009

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  • Lent [Old Eng. lencten, =spring], Latin Quadragesima (meaning 40; thus the 40 days of Lent). In Christianity, Lent is a time of penance, prayer, preparation for or recollection of baptism, and preparation for the celebration of Easter . Observance of Lent is as old as the 4th cent. In Eastern churches it is reckoned as the six weeks before Palm Sunday. In the West the penitential season begins liturgically with Septuagesima, the ninth Sunday before Easter; the next Sundays are Sexagesima and Quinquagesima. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday , the 40th weekday before Easter. Of the Sundays in Lent the fifth is Passion Sunday and the last is Palm Sunday. The week preceding Easter is Holy Week . Lent ends at midnight Holy Saturday. See Shrove Tuesday . From the 5th to 9th cent. strict fasting was required; only one meal was allowed per day, and meat and fish (and sometimes eggs and dairy) were forbidden. During and since the 9th cent.
    heavenschild99

    Answer by heavenschild99 at 2:59 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

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  • Its a Christian practice (I was mostly raised in a Methodist chuch, and I know other denominations do it too, so its not JUST a Catholic thing), where we fast and focus on Jesus and prepare for His death on the cross. Its a very solemn time. Its a time of personal reflection and inward focus on personal sins as well.
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:56 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

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