Lent 2016

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What is Lent?

Lent is a 40 (is) day period beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating with Easter Sunday. (This year, Ash Wednesday is February 10.) Lent is a penitential season but it can also be a season of great joy as we not only march toward the Cross, but also look forward to the Resurrection. It is a time to examine your life, give your struggles to God, and deepen your relationship with Christ.

Although  traditionally, many people “give up something”, a more mindful and efficacious approach is to focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving,   These help prepare us for the celebration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

When Is Lent in 2016?

Lent in 2016 begins on Ash Wednesday (February 10, 2016).

The day before Ash Wednesday is popularly known as Mardi Gras (literally Fat Tuesday). Since Lent is a season of fasting, Fat Tuesday traditionally is a final day of feasting and merrymaking before the 40-day fast.

When Is Easter in 2016?

Easter in 2016 is March 27, 2016.

When is Holy Week in 2016?

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, which is March 20, 2016. Holy Thursday, which begins the three-period the Church calls the Easter Triduum, is March 24, 2016. Good Friday is March 25, 2016.

What Should I Give Up for Lent?

Lent is the perfect time to form new life-giving habits and abandon old self-destructive habits. But most of us just give up chocolate. Then, when Easter arrives, we realize we really haven’t grown spiritually since the beginning of Lent

Lent is not just about giving things up, like chocolate. Lent is about doing something—something bold to become a better husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter, friend, neighbor, etc.

What if this year you did more than just give up something during Lent? Do something life-changing. Sign up for Dynamic Catholic’s Best Lent Ever to get a daily email in addition to the daily visit to our Facebook group.

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