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When Does Lent 2013 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) Pope Benedict XVI receives ashes at an Ash Wednesday 2011 Mass, Basilica of Santa Sabina, Rome.

Pope Benedict XVI receives ashes during the Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, Rome, Italy, March 9, 2011.

(Photo by Vatican Pool/Getty Images) Ash Wednesday 2010, St. Matthew Cathedral, Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Catholics pray during an Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, Washington, D.C., February 17, 2010.

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Question: When Does Lent 2013 Begin?

The season of Lent, the time of preparation for Easter Sunday, begins on a different date each year. When does Lent 2013 begin?

Answer: Lent 2013 begins on Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013. For Eastern Rite Catholics, Lent 2013 begins two days earlier, on Clean Monday, February 11, 2013.

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