Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What is Lent?

Lent is generally considered the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, and is 40 days, though it actually is more like 46 in today's practice. It is a time of fasting, prayer, and preparing for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Historically, Lenten fasting, and forgoing did not include Sundays, which are Feast days in the Catholic and Orthodox tradition.This is how we go from the 46 days to only 40. 

Throughout the years, there have been a variety of ways to celebrate, but has always included some version of a fast, and some sort of prayer, and often an activity or food that is enjoyed but not necessary is given up for the Lenten Season.

Which brings me to this blog.We are journaling our experiences with Lent as a way to bolster each other, and maybe find out a bit about ourselves. I hope you enjoy.

For more Info:
wikipedia article on Lent
quick review of Lenten Season
Catholic Online article on Lent

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