Lent lasts 40 days excluding Sundays, from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday.
False. Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation. While we aren’t obligated to go to Mass, it is the beginning of Lent and one of the most attended Masses annually.
Traditionally, Good Friday services are held at 3 p.m., the hour when it is believed Jesus died.
Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday because it is the day that we commemorate Our Lord’s real sacrifice on the cross, according to St. Thomas.
During Lent, adults should fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means one full meal and two smaller ones that do not equal one full meal.
Baptists do not traditionally observe Lent. Lent is observed by Catholics, Anglicans/Episcopalians, Orthodox, Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians.
Holy Thursday is sometimes also called Maundy Thursday. It is derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.”
Lent means spring or the lengthening of days. It is traced to the Old English word lencten (related to “lengthen,” or lengthening of days or season of spring).
Confirmation is not usually associated with Lent. During Lent, reconciliation is emphasized, and catechumen prepare to be baptized and received into the Church.
Chrism Mass is the annual Mass during Holy Week where holy oils are blessed by the bishop. Chrism is a mixture of oil and fragrance used in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and holy orders, as well as consecrating new churches and altars.
Alleluia is never said during Mass in Lent. Alleluia is the Greek and Latin form of the Hebrew word Hallelujah and means “praise the Lord.”
Violet is the liturgical color during most days of Lent. Violet (purple) is also used during Advent.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday. The season officially ends when Holy Thursday Mass begins.
At Masses during Lent, the Gloria is always omitted, except for solemnities. Like Alleluia, the Gloria usually is not permitted.
Laetare is Latin for “rejoice.” On the fourth Sunday of Lent, we express hope and joy during our time of penance and fasting.
14-15 correct: Excellent work! We can tell you have been studying.
13-14 correct: Great job! Your grasp of Lent is commendable.
11-12 correct: You have a solid foundation in the faith.
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