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  Lent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Eastern Christianity, the period before Easter is known as Great Lent to distinguish it from the Winter Lent, or Advent (known in Greek as the "Great Fast" and the "Nativity Fast", respectively).
Lent is a season of sorrowful reflection that is punctuated by breaks in the fast on Sundays (the day of the resurrection); thus, Sundays are not counted in the forty days of Lent.
Because Lent is a season of grief that necessarily ends with a great celebration of Easter, it is known in Eastern Orthodox circles as the season of "Bright Sadness".
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 Lent (disambiguation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lent, a commune in the Jura département, in France.
Lent, Netherlands, a village in the municipality Nijmegen, Netherlands.
"lent", the past tense and past participle of the verb "lend".
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 AllRefer.com - Lent (Christianity, General) - Encyclopedia
In Christianity, Lent is a time of penance, prayer, preparation for or recollection of baptism, and preparation for the celebration of Easter.
The Christian observance of Lent may have a parallel in the fasting practiced in Greco-Roman mystery religions, in which it was considered an aid to enlightenment and often preceeded prophecy.
Lent may also have a parallel in the Jewish Omer, the interval between Passover and Shavuot that has become a time of semimourning and sadness.
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 Lent - MSN Encarta
Lent, period of fasting, penitence, and self-denial traditionally observed by Christians in preparation for Easter.
Among many Christians today, Lent is a time for doing penance by praying, studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, refraining from sin, and giving time or money to charities.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Lenten season before Easter is generally called Great Lent because it is the most important of the four Lenten seasons observed by Orthodox Christians.
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 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Lent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Lent is the period of forty days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter.
Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/christianity/holydays/lent.shtml   (453 words)

 Another View of What Lent Means
Lent owes much of its spirit to the forty days Jesus spent in the desert preparing for his ministry.
During Lent, we have the opportunity to hear voices that are usually lost in the din of pleasure and meaningless talk.
Lent is inspired, in part, by the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert in preparation for his ministry.
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 Lent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Lent is a forty-day season of preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter
Lent is a time of stripping down to essentials, as each Christian focuses on his or her individual relationship with God.
Because Lent is a time of letting go of the bondage of sin, it is also a time of celebrating the freedom from the bondage of slavery.
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 THE GREAT LENT - A Week by Week Meaning
Lent is the period of time for self-examination by the believer; of putting on the spiritual armor of the Militant Church; of applying the riches of prayers and almsgiving; of adopting deeply the meaning of repentance; of atonement and reconciliation with God Almighty.
Although the period of Lent appeals to the function of man as a whole in repentance, self-examination, almsgiving, relationship with people with whom one is at odds, attitudes toward life, the abstinence from foods plays a vital role in the life of the Christian.
Great Lent is like a "workshop" where the character of the faithful is spiritually uplifted and strengthened; where his life is rededicated to the principles and ideals of the Gospel; where the faith culminates in deep conviction of life; where apathy and disinterest turn into vigorous activities of faith and good works.
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 The Season of Lent
Lent begins on 21 February 2007 and ends on 8 April 2007, which is the day before Easter.
In the Roman Catholic Church, Lent officially ends at sundown on 5 April (Holy Thursday), with the beginning of the mass of the Lord’s Supper.
Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism.
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Lent is a forty-day liturgical season that initiates the most sacred part of the Christian year.
The word "Lent" is apparently derived from the Old English lencten, which means "lengthen." It refers to the lengthening of the daylight hours that occurs in the northern hemisphere as spring approaches.
The duration of the season of Lent is derives from the ancient church custom of requiring catechumens to undergo a forty-day period of fasting and doctrinal instruction before being baptized on the evening before Easter.
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 Lent: All About Lent
In basic terms, Lent is the 40-day season before Easter (Sundays, as feast days, are excluded from the count of 40), in the West lasting liturgically from Ash Wednesday until the morning of Holy Thursday.
Lent, which comes from the Teutonic word for springtime, can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our corporate and personal relationships with Jesus Christ and our service to him.
Lent is a time of extra intense spiritual house cleaning, where the focus on prayer, fasting and almsgiving becomes the most important and supersedes all else.
www.churchyear.net /lent.html   (2928 words)

 The Season of Lent
The season of Lent has not been well observed in much of evangelical Christianity, largely because it was associated with "high church" liturgical worship that some churches were eager to reject.
Originally, Lent was the time of preparation for those who were to be baptized, a time of concentrated study and prayer before their baptism at the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord early on Easter Sunday.
At a designated time of prayer during the Sundays in Lent, people are invited to write their prayer requests on the paper, and then nail them to the cross.
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 Lent Leads us to Easter
By the 6th century, the practice of "giving up something for Lent" began, but it was much different than what we experience now.
It was also very early in the history of the church that mid-week services during Lent were begun as a time for further devotion and instruction.
Rather, Lent is a time to change some things in our lives so that we are open to the work of the Holy Spirit.
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Lent is the approximately forty day period celebrated by the Church each year to prepare for the Lord's resurrection at Easter.
At other seasons of the year there are ordinarily feasts of saints celebrated during the week; during Lent, it is the Proper of the season, devoted entirely to the mysteries of Christ, which should dominate the interest of the faithful.
This Fourth Sunday of Lent, in particular, is named for this joy as "Laetare Sunday." The priest and deacons wear rose vestments, flowers may be used to decorate the altar and organ accompanies the hymns of the liturgy.
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 What is Lent? (Christian Festival)
The weeks of Lent were once the time when new Christians, who were to be baptized on Easter Eve, were taught about the Christian faith and life.
Lent is a time when Christians remember the the 40 days and nights Jesus spent alone in the desert without food being tempted by the Devil.
Lent is the time when Christians prepare for Easter by thinking of things they have done wrong.
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 History of Lent
Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter.
The word Lent itself is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning "Spring," and lenctentid, which literally means not only "Springtide" but also was the word for "March," the month in which the majority of Lent falls.
Lent becomes more regularized after the legalization of Christianity in A.D. The Council of Nicea (325), in its disciplinary canons, noted that two provincial synods should be held each year, "one before the 40 days of Lent." St. Athanasius (d.
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 Lent Township Home Page
Lent Township welcomes submissions from organizations wishing to inform the community about their activities.
Lent Township does not assume responsibility or liability for the legality of any submission or for any errors or omissions in materials submitted by third parties.
Lent Township, it's officers, agents and representatives accepts no liability for the content of the links on the pages of www.lenttownship.net, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.
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 some strange ideas » Blog Archive » lent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
I’ve seen Lent mentioned on several other blogs — I’m not sure if it is trendy this year, or if it is just because it is on my radar.
I’ve decided to partipate in lent this year (but just for the record, I decided to do it before it was what all the cool bloggers were doing).
Lent was the only time in high school that I missed youth group.
www.somestrangeideas.com /wordpress/2006/03/01/lent   (1593 words)

 Protestants do the sober season. By Andrew Santella
In that sense, Lent may be part of a trend: Check out the Ecumenical Miracle Rosary, which recasts Catholic devotional beads for Protestant use by eliminating those troublesome Hail Marys.
Observing Lent is also part of a Protestant move in the last generation toward more classical forms of spiritual discipline.
I was schooled to see Lent as a time apart, a respite from the daily pursuit of self-gratification.
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 Lent Makes a Difference with God
In the ancient church, Lent was a time for new converts to be instructed for baptism and for believers caught in sin to focus on repentance.
In time, all Christians came to see Lent as a season to be reminded of their need for penitence and to prepare spiritually for the celebration of Easter.
Lent is often a season of penitence, that is, a time when we remember our sins so that we might feel genuinely sorry for them and truly repent of them (turn away from them to God).
www.markdroberts.com /htmfiles/resources/lent.htm   (5253 words)

Lent is the period of fasting and penitence traditionally observed by Christians in preparation for Easter.
In the Eastern churches, where both Saturdays and Sundays are regarded as festival days, the period of Lent is the eight weeks before Easter; in the Western churches, where only Sunday is regarded as a festival, the 40-day period begins on Ash Wednesday and extends, with the omission of Sundays, to the day before Easter.
Lent is a forty-day period of penitence and prayer which begins on Ash Wednesday and prepares for the feast of Easter.
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 The Season of Lent -- What is Lent?
Lent is a forty-day season of preparation for Easter.
Lent is not required anywhere in scriptures, but it has been a custom, which Christians have practiced for most of the last two thousand years.
Lent is 40 "fasting" days spread out over a total of 46 days beginning on Ash Wednesday.
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 Lent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The season of Lent is the period of forty days before the celebration of the great feast of the Church, Easter.
In order to have an exact forty days of fasting, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday as Sundays (even during Lent) are considered non fasting days.
During Fridays in Lent, the faithful gather as a community for the devotion Stations of the Cross in churches.
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Thus we find Ætheria in her "Peregrinatio" speaking of a Lent of eight weeks in all observed at Jerusalem, which, remembering that both the Saturday and Sunday of ordinary weeks were exempt, gives five times eight, i.e., forty days for fasting.
This general prohibition of eggs and milk during Lent is perpetuated in the popular custom of blessing or making gifts of eggs at Easter, and in the English usage of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
Now the hour for breaking the fast during Lent was after Vespers (the evening service), but by a gradual process the recitation of Vespers was more and more anticipated, until the principle was at last officially recognized, as it is at present, that Vespers in lent may be said at midday.
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