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Today is Ash Wednesday, marking the first day of the season of Lent. Learn more about Ash Wednesday, Lent, or visit the 2009 Easter Calendar.

Ash Wednesday
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February 21, 2007 at 8:51 am
(1) Zec says:

Mary,

a quick question of a rather technical nature. Since Sundays are not included in the 40 day count of Lent, does that mean during the season of Lent we can indulge ourselves in the thing we have decided to give up for the 40 days? I myself have given up taking the Lord’s name in vain. This is something I have always had a problem with, because it’s become a very common expression in today’s society. Perhaps I should start a thread in CC about what people are giving up for Lent.

February 21, 2007 at 11:28 am
(2) Mary says:

Zec –

Why are Sundays excluded from the forty days of Lent?

Christians who observe Lent celebrate Christ’s Resurrection for our salvation on Sundays. Sunday is the day Christ rose, therefore it is not appropriate to fast and mourn on Sundays.

Can you indulge on Sundays?

All Fridays during Lent are official days of fasting and abstinence. What ever else you decide to give up for Lent is considered a voluntary fast, like a free-will offering. Therefore, my understanding is your decision to abstain or indulge on Sundays is up to your own free choice.

A thread about Lent in the forum is a great idea!

February 21, 2007 at 12:03 pm
(3) Zec says:

Abstinence on Fridays??? I didn’t sign up for this! Why am I always the last to know about these things! LOL

January 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm
(4) kristen says:

ok. well what’s the difference between catholic lent and Christian lent?

February 16, 2010 at 6:22 pm
(5) Craig Portwood says:

Like so many other supposed “Christian” traditions, Ash Wednesday is pagan in origin.

Read more about this by following this link

How long will it be before God judge the apostate Church? One does wonder.

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