Have you ever participated in Lent? I haven’t. I learned about the tradition a little over 10 years ago. I started hearing my design school classmates talk about what they are going to give up for Lent (40 days). It went in one ear and out the other, because I know at the beginning of the year we fast 21 days.
As I got older, more and more friends were practicing Lent and this year I decided to actually educate myself on this religious practice and may be even take part. I have decided that if I partake in Lent this year – I will give up, CHEESE!! (Pray please!) Let’s take a look at a few questions & answers about Lent.
What is Lent? Lent is the season of repentance and prayer before Easter.
When does Lent start for 2014? Lent starts every year on Ash Wednesday and end on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). This year it’s March 5th – April 19th. Lent is a 40-day period of where observers fast, pray, repent and practice spiritual discipline.
There are actually two versions of Lent. One is Lent – a season of fasting (which ends on Holy Saturday) and the other is Lent – a liturgical season, which ends before the Mass of the Lords Supper on Holy Thursday.
Who practices Lent? Lent is most commonly observed by the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican denominations. Although, I know quite a few people who are none of these that practice Lent every year.
How Do You Practice Lent? I hear people give up all sorts of things for Lent; Facebook, TV, Games, and more. But it seems that you are supposed to FAST, which means giving up FOOD. Most fast from meat, dairy & egg products. I have also read, that some people use this as a time to give up something that gives them pleasure. So I guess those things mentioned above are ok.
What is Ash Wednesday? Normally associated with the Catholic Church, the priest places a cross of ashes on the worshipper’s forehead. It’s meant to serve as a reminder or human mortality, repentance and way to prepare for the Holy Week and Easter.
So, do you practice Lent?