Lent is the period of forty days before Easter, during which some Christians give up something that they enjoy. Lent is the past tense and past participle of lend. The 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday until Easter observed by Christians as a season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter. Past tense and past participle of lend. the 40 days before Easter when some Christians eat less food or stop doing something that they enjoy (Lenten (11-17 centuries), from lengten; because the days get longer in spring). the past tense and past participle of lend. In the Christian church, a period of penitential preparation for Easter, observed since apostolic times. Western churches once provided for a 40-day fast (excluding Sundays), in imitation of Jesus' fasting in the wilderness; one meal a day was allowed in the evening, and meat, fish, eggs, and butter were forbidden. These rules have gradually been relaxed, and only Ash Wednesday the first day of Lent in Western Christianity, when the penitent traditionally have their foreheads marked with ashes and Good Friday are now kept as Lenten fast days. Rules of fasting are stricter in the Eastern churches
The six week (+/-) period leading up to the celebration of Jesus' resurrection, Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday (the Wednesday of the sixth week before Easter ) It is a time of solemn penitence and reflection to prepare for commemoration of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection
Lent is the period of fasting and penitence, which, on the Christian calendar, leads up to the festival of Easter It begins with Ash Wednesday and the fast is broken with breakfast on Good Friday Halfway through Lent, the fast can be broken for Mothering Sunday
(Gr Sarakosti) The fifty-days fast preceeding Easter for the spiritual preparation of the faithful to observe the feast of the Ressurection Besides Lent, the Orthodox Church has assigned a number of other fasting periods (see abstinence and special section of this book)
the season of 40 days which starts on Ash Wednesday and ends with the celebration of the Easter Vigil on Easter morning During this is a time of fasting (optional) and penance Usually people also give up something so that they can grow closer to God as they abstain from whatever they have given up (BCP 166 167, 218 219)
A period of forty days of fasting, reflection, and preparation for Easter It recalls the time Christ spent, shortly before beginning his public ministry, overcoming temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4: 2, Mark 1: 13, Luke 4: 2)
From an Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, meaning, "spring," the time of the lengthening of the days Lent is one of the six seasons of the church year and is the forty-day period beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter) The period is actually 46 days, but since Sundays are feast days, they are never included in the count Lent is intended to be a period of preparation and penitence marked by fasting, meditation and sobriety Lent is widely associated with denial -- "giving something up for Lent "
the period of fasting, sobriety and meditation following Ash Wednesday; in the past Lent was widely associated with denial or "giving something up for Lent ": "I gave up smoking for Lent " Or, "I gave up desserts for Lent " The season recalls the period of Christ's fasting and meditation in the wilderness, so traditionally is for a period of forty days--from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday The term is derived from an old word for 'lengthen' which referred to the lengthening days of early sping
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