Here are the basics of what to look forward to during this year’s Lenten journey toward Easter.
Ash Wednesday is on Valentine’s Day
On a day typically reserved for chocolates, candies and delicious meals shared with a loved one, the Church asks you to fast, pray and abstain from meat! Take it as an opportunity to pray with each other and grow deeper in a true and abiding love of God.
Lent lasts 40 days and ends on April 1 (no fools!)
In imitation of Jesus fasting in the desert, the Church instituted a special season of fasting that lasts 40 days. However, the six Sundays in Lent are not considered part of the official “Lenten fast” (every Sunday is a special remembrance of the Resurrection of Christ). For this reason, Easter is “technically” 46 days after Ash Wednesday. This year Easter lands on April 1, but is no joke!