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 2017.
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- Clean Monday (Monday, February 27, 2017)
- Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, March 1, 2017)
- First Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 5, 2017)
- Second Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 12, 2017)
- Feast of Saint Patrick (Friday, March 17, 2017)
- Third Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 19, 2017)
- Feast of Saint Joseph (transferred to Monday, March 20, 2017, because March 19 falls on the Third Sunday in Lent)
- The Annunciation of the Lord (Saturday, March 25, 2017)
- Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) (Sunday, March 26, 2017)
- Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday) (Sunday, April 2, 2017)
- Palm Sunday (Sunday, April 9, 2017)
- Holy Thursday (Thursday, April 13, 2017)
- Good Friday (Friday, April 14, 2017)
- Holy Saturday (Saturday, April 15, 2017)
- Easter (Sunday, April 16, 2017)
FAQs About Lent:
- When Is Lent?
- When Does Lent Start?
- How Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated?
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- Should I Give Up My Diet for Lent?
- What Are the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence in the Catholic Church?
- Should We Fast on Sundays?
- What Is Laetare Sunday?
- When Does Lent End?