By, Jonas Wiechmann, Chris Potter, and Jack Post

Starts February 18, Ends April 2, 2015

Lent facts

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Saturday also called Easter Eve. Traditionally, especially in Europe, during the Lent season there are no weddings, no dancing, or singing. No flowers can be in churches. Some families may find spiritual value in giving up something for Lent. This holiday is a time of family focus on the meaning of the Christian life. You may want to commit to a regular pattern of family worship. Since the earliest times of the Church, there is lots of evidence of some kind of Lenten preparation that goes with Easter. Eastern churches are still strict with the fasting for monday the week before Easter and ends on Good Friday. Easter, where we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, is preceded by Lent, a season of self-examination, fasting and penance in preparation for our Easter Day observance. Ashes are applied to our forehead in the sign of the cross as the words, "Remember, you are dust and to dust you shall return". The ashes on Ash wednesday are made from blessed palm trees from the previous Palm Sunday.
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Fun Facts

-Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Eve, or it is sometimes called Easter Saturday.

-Lent is a time to think about you and your relationship with God.

- Lent represents the 40 days when Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert.

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The painted cross and the ashes and the meaning of the purple cloth

The ashes represent our mortality and are an outward sign of our sinfulness. We should be reminded that, no matter what, we are still sinners in need of constant growth. The cross represents the Church calling us back once again to the graces of our baptism, to do penance, and amend our lives. The color purple represents pain and suffering. During Lent purple is the color of the robe that is placed over the cross showing the emotions that Jesus felt during his journey. Therefore Catholics moan to Jesus and recognize what he went through. Purple is also the color of royalty.
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Did you know?

Lent is an old English word which means "lengthen."