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11 FACTS ABOUT LENT
Lent is a period of time before Easter, a time to delve into God’s word. CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS posted three different studies you can follow during Lent:
and/or one 27-day study:
- What is the origin of the word Lent?
- Lent begins Ash Wednesday and spans how many days?
- The object of Lenten fasting is self-discipline. In ancient times what else was a person supposed to do?
- In 2011 the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) launched a website offering what?
- What is the color that symbolizes Lent?
- When did it become legal for Christians to celebrate Lent?
- In 2010 what did Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz say Catholics should abstain from during lent, as a form of sacrifice?
- What differentiates Lent between Western Christianity and Eastern Christianity?
- What exceptions does the church make in their Lenten fasting standards?
- In some cultures the day before the start of Lent is called Mardi Gras (Carnival). It is one last time to do things not permitted during the fast. This day is also known as Shrove Tuesday. Why?
Lent lasts 40 days because 40 is a significant number in Jewish-Christian Scripture. What four events lasted 40 days?
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ANSWERS TO THE LENTEN QUIZ
- The word “Lent” originated from the word “lencten” which means “spring.” The word “lencten” came from old, Anglo-Saxon English.* Another source states that Lent is derived from an Old English word which means “lengthen.**
- 46—because 6 Sundays occurring during Lent are not considered Lent.****
- Take the money they saved from decreased food shopping and give it to the food. ***
- Visita Iglesia Online offers a “virtual experience” of celebrating Lent to use in the comfort of home. It allows users to listen to the pasyon (sung readings of the Gospel account of Christ’s Passion), watch videos of the Seven Last Words, read homilies and take part in the Stations of the Cross via a computer with an Internet connection. It also features 14 shrines and pilgrimage churches, as well as reflections given by Filipino priests.**
- Purple, which symbolizes repentance and loneliness because of sins,* and is associated with mourning (in anticipation of Christ’s pain and suffering on the cross) and royalty (which celebrates Christ’s resurrection).**
- In A. D. 313, when Christianity was legalized.*
- Video games, movies, sending text messages, and even using social networks such as Facebook. Cruz followed a similar proposal by British Church leaders urging people to give up their iPods and other gadgets for at least one day.**
- In Western Christianity Lent spans 46 days. In Eastern Christianity Lent begins onf Clean Monday and spans 40 days—it includes Sundays.****
- Those with pressing needs may be allowed to eat more of certain types of food.***
- People were expected to start Lent by going to Confession which was known as being shriven of sins—hence ‘Shrove.’ The practice of going to Confession during Lent, especially early on, is still followed in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Anglican traditions.***
BONUS QUESTION ANSWER
The four events were:
- in Genesis, it took 40 days and nights of rain to cause a flood which destroyed the earth
- the Hebrews spent 40 years in the wilderness before reaching the Promised Land
- Moses fasted for 40 days before receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sina
- Jesus spent 40 days of fasting in preparation for his ministry.**