Dates: LENT & holy week 2018:What is lent?
This year, Lent begins on Wednesday, 14th February, 2018. The liturgical season of Lent consists of forty days of fasting, prayer, and penitence beginning at Ash Wednesday and concluding at sundown on Holy Thursday. The official liturgical colour for the season of Lent is violet.
Lent is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It traditionally lasts for a period of 40 days of repentance, with prayer, abstinence, confession and prayer. Besides the sacrifice of giving things up we can also ‘do’ something. We can carry out acts of positive good, for example, attend another mass, join a choir, sing with a choir on Sundays, carry out additional voluntary tasks in the church we attend. We can be more participative generally, help with chores around the house, shop for a neighbour in need, help in the community etc. The choice for good deeds and ‘doing good’ are endless.
The following is a list of the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2018. It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list;
Monday, February 12th, 2018 – Clean Monday
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - Ash Wednesday
Sunday, February 18th, 2018 - First Sunday of Lent
Sunday, February 25th, 2018 - Second Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 04th, 2018 - Third Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 11th, 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)
Friday, March 17th, 2018 - Feast of Saint Patrick
Sunday, March 18nd, 2018 - Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday)
Monday. March 19th, 2018 - Feast of Saint Joseph
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 - Palm Sunday
Thursday, March 29th, 2018 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
Friday, March 30th, 2018 - Good Friday
Saturday, March 31st, 2018 - Holy Saturday
Sunday, April 01st, 2018 – EASTER SUNDAY
Monday, April 09th, 2018 - The Annunciation of the Lord
Psalms 104:33 - I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
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