Holy Days During Lent


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Information on Holy Days

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Holy Days (from Wikipedia):
There are several holy days within the season of Lent:
•    Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity
•    Clean Monday (or "Ash Monday") is the first day in Eastern Orthodox Christianity
•    The fourth Lenten Sunday, which marks the halfway point between Ash Wednesday and Easter, is sometimes referred to as Laetare Sunday, particularly by Roman Catholics, and Mothering Sunday, which has become synonymous with Mother's Day in the United Kingdom. However, its origin is a sixteenth century celebration of the Mother Church. On Laetare Sunday, the priest has the option of wearing vestments of rose (pink) instead of violet.
•    The fifth Lenten Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday (however, that term is also applied to Palm Sunday) marks the beginning of Passiontide
•    The sixth Lenten Sunday, commonly called Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent immediately preceding Easter
•    Wednesday of Holy Week is known as Spy Wednesday to commemorate the days on which Judas spied on Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane before betraying him
•    Thursday is known as Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, and is a day Christians commemorate the Last Supper shared by Christ with his disciples
•    Good Friday follows the next day, on which Christians remember Jesus' crucifixion and burial

Notes and Special Information

Special note: Different Churches Celebrate Lent Differently.