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Lent, explained

Lent, explained

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Lent Before Easter

Lent is the greatest and most solemn period of fasting on the Christian church’s calendar, leading up to the celebration of Christianity’s most important feast day: Easter.

Like most practices rooted in Christianity, the way people observe Lent, or whether they observe it a...

Lent technically lasts for 46 days. The period is a mirror of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, fasting, praying, and being tempted by Satan before he started his public ministry.

The concept behind Lent is that each year, Christians will mimic Jesus’s...

How The Dates For Lent Are Calculated

  • It depends on the date of Easter. But since roughly the First Council of Nicaea in 325 CE, the date of Easter has been more or less determined by locating the first full moon following March 21 on the Gregorian calendar. And that’s how the date is determined...

  • Western Christianity typically allows observers to pick whatever they want to fast from, based on a person’s understanding of what earthly comforts distract them from worship.
  • Protestants in particular tend to avoid specific church-mandated practices when it comes to fasts.
  • S...

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