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Why Is Lent Called Lent?

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BY The Editors

March 27-April 9, 2011 Issue | Posted 3/18/11 at 12:42 PM

Lent comes from lengten, an Anglo-Saxon word for spring, according to the Modern Catholic Dictionary by Jesuit Father John Hardon (1914-2000), whose cause for canonization is under way.

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