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Lent

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By John Edgell

For 14 centuries Lent has been practiced in the church in preparation for Easter.

The name comes from the Saxon “lengten-tide”, which refers to the lengthening of the days and the coming of Spring. This 40-day period of abstinence recalls the fasts of Moses, Elijah, and Jesus, all of which lasted 40 days. It was originally begun on a Sunday. But, since Sundays were feast days, in the latter part of the sixth century Pope Gregory I moved the beginning of Lent ahead four days.


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