This week the liturgical season of Lent begins.
Here are nine things you need to know about it . . .
1. What is Lent?
27. Lent [is a liturgical season that] is ordered to preparing for the celebration of Easter, since the lenten liturgy prepares for celebration of the paschal mystery both catechumens, by the various stages of Christian initiation, and the faithful, who recall their own Baptism and do penance.
2. Where does the word "Lent" come from?
The Catholic Encyclopedia notes:
The Teutonic word Lent, which we employ to denote the forty days' fast preceding Easter,...READ MORE