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Fun Lenten Facts

Feb 15, 2017

Our Lenten Season is right around the corner. The next couple of weeks I will be highlighting 6 fast facts about the Lenten Season, Lenten family activities, and Easter preparation and fun traditions. I have included some fun facts. I hope you find them helpful in better understanding and interesting!

Fast Facts you need to know about Lent:

  • Lent is a 40 day journey (not counting Sundays!) to focus on God and prepare to remember and celebrate Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the grave to save each of us.
  • Many people decide to “give up” things for Lent to help them remember that Jesus gave his life for us, but you can also “take on” doing good things, just like Jesus did. Over the next two weeks, pray on how you are going to grow and prepare yourself and your family throughout this Lenten Season.
  • Ash Wednesday is on March 1. Mass at St. Jude of the Lake is at 9:15 am and 6:30pm. People start their Lenten journeys by getting ashes on their foreheads.

Fun fact: The ashes that are used are from burning the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter that commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. The palms are blessed with holy water, and then sit in burning incense to give them a scent.

  • Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are required to fast on Ash Wednesday. Fasting entails eating one regular-sized meal and two small meals daily.
  • All Catholics 14 years old and up are required not to eat meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays during Lent. Fun fact: The Pope explained that fasting “is a sign of becoming aware of and taking responsibility for injustice and oppression, especially of the poor and the least, and is a sign of the trust we place in God and his providence.”
  • Lent officially ends on Holy Thursday. On that day, The Last Supper, where Jesus ate one last meal with his apostles before being crucified on Good Friday. Fun fact: He blessed bread and wine with the very words priests use today to consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass. He took the bread and said, “Take eat of it all of you, for this is My body which shall be given for you, do this in remembrance of Me.” Then he raised the cup of wine, saying, “This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which shall be shed for you.” In telling His disciples to “Do this in remembrance of Me,” he started the tradition of Sunday Mass.