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April 5, 2011

When is Lent Over?

Lent is a 40-day liturgical period that is observed between Ash Wednesday and Easter. (If you’re doing the math, it does not include the six Sundays of this period within the 40-day calculation.) For Roman Catholics, lent officially ends Holy Thursday evening, before Mass. Holy Thursday mass marks the beginning of the Sacred Triduum ceremonies, which includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Lenten observances should be maintained until Easter Virgil mass, which takes place after sunset on Holy Saturday but before sunrise on Easter.

References:
Catholic Q&A by Father John J. Dietzen

49 comments:

  1. so why get a break on sundays for what we gave up for lent ??????

    Jesus didn't get a break on sunday's

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    1. I think what it is saying is that you cannot COUNT the Sundays in the 40 day period. In other words, you abstain from whatever it is you've given up for 46 days.

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    2. sundays are considered "feast days" and so you should not fast.

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    3. lent finishes on good friday

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    4. My CCD teacher says 3:00 Today, but my mom says 12:00 o'clock tomorrow. Which one is correct?

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    5. For The Roman catholic church Lent is over on Thursday evening before the evening mass and so is the fast. You can continue your fast if you want but you don't have too you have fullfilled your promise on Thursday.

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    6. Jesus got real break on a Sunday. He rose!!

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    7. Jesus isnt real science is -.-

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    8. Before you go on saying that science is real and Jesus isn't, I want you to consider that there is a good amount of evidence considering His existence. Its worth your time to check this out since if He is real that changes everything, but if He isn't then what have you lost? This website was set up by the former president of the University of Gonzaga and he is a part of the Mensa society. Just please look into the evidence for God and Jesus from reason, history, peer-reviewed journals and so forth before making that claim:
      http://magischristwiki.org/index.php?title=Why_Believe_in_Jesus?
      This isn't the only evidence from all fields out there, but it does include quite a bit of information on the subject.

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    9. my GOD LIVES!

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    10. OR SHOULD I SAY "GOD'S NOT DEAD!"

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  2. considered a feast (not fast) day bc the church celebrates His resurrection that day (as mentioned above).

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  3. but to me it's confusing bc it's still lent...so i think that's why either is acceptable...whether you choose to continue your fast or not (either way , in my opinion) the most important thing to remember is the love) we do this for with love, for love (God being love). to little by little work out our ability to love like He did;) Thnx for the question, helped me reflect on good stuff too.

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  4. I am so torn, because I read the Lenten season is over at dusk, before Holy Thursday, yet, we are supposed to continue our observances (what we gave up or promised to do) through Holy Saturday mass at dusk, but before Easter Sunday. Am I reading this correct? Please help me.

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    1. We actually discussed this in bible study on Tuesday. Lent is over Thursday, BUT you continue to fast until Sunday.
      This is because, although this is what we've been waiting for, Jesus did not rise again until Sunday, so we fast until his mercy was fully shown.

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    2. Andrea wonderful comment!

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    3. Andrea thank you for your wonderful answer. I have received several different answers and they left me very confused. Now I understand and should not have to ask again.
      God Bless

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  5. jaja I dont get it either

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  6. So when is Lent offically over

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  7. What everyone wants to know is when can they start having the things they gave up. Yes the lenten season is over bed cause we observe the triduum. Our hearts should now focus on this, not Lent. Easter is our time for celebration. Built into that is celebrating our completion of our promises. Our promises made for Lent. It is okay. We have gone this long, lets hang in there 2 1/2 days longer until sunset on Saturday.

    Blessings

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  8. OK well I'm only like 11 but I fast anyway so Is it Thursday,Friday or saturday? I agree with Andrea In the bible it says " Lent will end Thursday but you may go to Easter Sunday.

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    1. I'm only 12 and im confused also ;)

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    2. To all confused the church ends lent on thursday you can continue til sunday but you don't have too.

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    3. When It officially ends and when you decide to stop your observence of Lent hopefully you will have more in your heart than the concern of the official time for all. Is it really that tough to just observe until Easter Sunday?

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    4. I would guess that the reason for the confusion (besides that you're very young - 11 and 12) is because Lent is NOT in the Bible.

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    5. The "Church" is the pillar and foundation of Truth! The Holy Spirit inspired the writer to tell the believer where to go for guidance! The Church sets the traditions in place, so Lent technically is in the bible! I realize for non Catholic Christians this is a stumbling block, but the Holy Spirit sets the stage!

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  9. so the best way would be to really eat my eggs after midnight sat going into sun

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  10. My grandmother made us fast even as kids on Good Friday so I am really confused. And we were not allowed to break Lent, ever, until Easter morning. I never heard of Sunday's being any kind of exception.

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  11. Good Friday is a fasting day. No meat and a single simple meal all day.

    Personally, for minors, I do not expect Sundays to be observed during lent and cosider Easter Vigil Mass (Saturday Rvening) to be the end of abstinence. For adults, I observe abstinence throughout the 46 days of Lent and fast breaks again folllowing Easter Vigil Mass.
    The abstinence is supposed to be hard. Jesus died for us.

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  12. So whatever I gave up for Lent, Easter Su;nday I can partake of it.

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  13. You guys sure do have a lot of rules to follow. :-)

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  20. Canon 1251 Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless they are solemnities; abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    I hope this makes clear when we are supposed to fast...fasting on these days is one of the precepts of the Church (as repentance for our sins and in order for us to gain control over our desires, reorienting them towards what is ultimately good.). One good reason these specific days are for fasting is so we are more likely to fast on those days. It would be more difficult for me to get myself to fast/abstain from meat at all (even on days such as Good Friday) specific guidelines to follow. Here's the EWTN article concerning it:

    http://www.ewtn.com/faith/lent/fast.htm

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