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Lent

Lent is the season when Christians practice both giving and giving-up, to identify with the complete self-offering of Jesus which is remembered in the liturgy of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil).

“Lent: By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.

Lent is a special time of preparation for Holy Week and Easter – the most important feast of the Church’s year.  The time of Lent starts with Ash Wednesday.  The day before is Shrove Tuesday ‘Shrove’ means being forgiven for wrong-doings.  Another name for Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day.   Traditionally it is the day to clear out all the rich ingredients from the cupboard before the start of strict fasting in Lent, by making pancakes. Today we still keep Shrove Tuesday but during Lent we don’t have as strict a fast as people used to have.