40 Facts You Wished Everyone Knew About Lent

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It’s that time of year again when ashes in the shape of crosses are found on foreheads throughout the world to make it the official start of the liturgical season called Lent.

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To make this season a bit more bearable, don’t you wish everyone knew these things about Lent?

 

1. It’s not the fibers in your dryer…that’s “lint”

 

2. The day immediately preceding Lent is called Fat Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras

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3. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, the last day of feasting before the fast and penitence of Lent

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4. It sneaks up on you

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5. Lent 2017 lasts from Wednesday, March 1 to Holy Thursday, April 13

 

6. Sometimes Lent starts on Valentine’s Day (2018)

 

7. Oh and sometimes after Lent, Easter  falls on April Fools’ Day (2018)…seriously, not joking

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8.The word Lent is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning “Spring”

 

9. Also derived from lenctentid, which literally means “Springtide”

 

10. Lenctentid is also a word for “March”, the month in which the majority of Lent falls

 

11. Lent in Latin: Quadragesima: Fortieth

No, not like a 40oz beer…

 

12. A good Lent requires planning

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13. You’ll see lots of violet during Lent

 

14. Violet symbolizes mourning as we anticipate Christ’s suffering on the cross

 

15. Violet also symbolizes royalty too celebrating the King of Kings resurrecting from the dead

 

16. Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent

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17. That’s not dirt in the shape of the cross on foreheads on Ash Wednesday

 

18. Ashes come from burnt blessed palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday Mass

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19. Easter Sunday date is based on the lunar calendar and Lent starts 40 days before Easter Sunday

 

20. Lent lasts for 40 days, excluding Sundays

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21. Sundays are considered “mini” Easter celebrations so they aren’t counted in the 40 days

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22. The number “40” has special spiritual significance for preparation (See Exodus 34:28, 1 Kings 19:8, Matthew 4:2)

 

23. Menu planning is a cinch…bread and water…Check

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24. Fish industry loves Lent…fish sticks and a Fish Fry anyone?

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25. Cows and chickens love Lent on Ash Wednesday and Fridays

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26. It’s a great time to try out lots of meatless soups and recipes

 

27. Lent actually has 5 letters…just kidding

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28.  Lent doesn’t prepare us for the arrival of the Easter Bunny

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29. Stations of the Cross…a popular Friday devotion

 

30. It’s a great time to go to Confession…regularly

 

31. You can give up something for Lent or add a spiritual practice

 

32. It’s not too hard

 

33. Chocolate companies don’t like Lent

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34. Candy and coffee companies dread it too

 

35. It’s not just observed by Catholics

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36. Also observed by Christians in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, and in some Anabaptist and evangelical churches

 

37. Some Saints had almost a perpetual Lent

 

38. The apostles didn’t celebrate Lent, that we know of, probably

 

39. Fasting before the feast makes Easter so much better

 

40. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week

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Now aren’t you glad everyone knows these things about Lent?

Have a fruitful and blessed Lent!

 

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