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When Does Lent 2012 Begin?

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Ash Wednesday 2008 at Saint Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

A woman prays after receiving ashes on her forehead in observance of Ash Wednesday at Saint Louis Cathedral, February 6, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Question: When Does Lent 2012 Begin?

The season of Lent, the time of preparation for Easter Sunday, begins on a different date each year. When does Lent 2012 begin?

Answer: Lent 2012 begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2012. For Eastern Rite Catholics, Lent 2012 begins two days earlier, on Clean Monday, February 20, 2012.

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