Lent is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is a period of 40 days of repentance, with prayer, fasting and abstinence, and Confession.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter Sunday. (For an explanation why Lent begins 46 days before Easter but is only 40 days long, see How Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated?) For Eastern Rite Catholics, Lent begins two days earlier, on Clean Monday. The following is a list of the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2016.
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- Clean Monday (Monday, February 8, 2016)
- Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, February 10, 2016)
- First Sunday of Lent (Sunday, February 14, 2016)
- Second Sunday of Lent (Sunday, February 21, 2016)
- Third Sunday of Lent (Sunday, February 28, 2016)
- Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) (Sunday, March 6, 2016)
- Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday) (Sunday, March 13, 2016)
- Feast of Saint Patrick (Thursday, March 17, 2016)
- Feast of Saint Joseph (Saturday, March 19, 2016)
- Palm Sunday (Sunday, March 20, 2016)
- Holy Thursday (Thursday, March 24, 2016)
- Good Friday (Friday, March 25, 2016)
- Holy Saturday (Saturday, March 26, 2016)
- Easter (Sunday, March 27, 2016)
- The Annunciation of the Lord (transferred to Monday, April 4, 2016, because March 25 falls on Good Friday in 2016)
FAQs About Lent:
- When Is Lent?
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- When Does Lent End?