Dates: LENT & Holy Week 2020 - What is Lent?
This year, Lent begins on Wednesday, 26th February, 2020. The liturgical season of Lent consists of forty days of fasting, prayer, and penitence beginning at Ash Wednesday and concluding at sundown on Holy Thursday. The official liturgical colour for the season of Lent is violet.
Lent is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It traditionally lasts for a period of 40 days of repentance, with prayer, abstinence, confession and prayer. Besides the sacrifice of giving things up we can also ‘do’ something. We can carry out acts of positive good, for example, attend another mass, join a choir, sing with a choir on Sundays, carry out additional voluntary tasks in the church we attend. We can be more participative generally, help with chores around the house, shop for a neighbour in need, help in the community etc. The choice for good deeds and ‘doing good’ are endless. In todays technologically reliant world perhaps we may consider reducing our footprint or interaction with the less important elements that comprise the digital world and reduction or switching off from social media sites for a period, the choice is a personal one. Perhaps we could ask of ourselves some deeper questions, for example, 'What can I do, personally, to make a difference or improve that part of the world or environment that impacts me?' and 'What can I do to enhance my spiritual being during Lent and the period after?'
The following is a list of the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2020. It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list;
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 – Chair of St. Peter Apostle, (Feast)
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 - Ash Wednesday
Sunday, March 01st, 2020 - First Sunday of Lent (A)
Monday, March 02nd, 2020 - St. David's - Patron St. of Wales (Optional).
Sunday, March 08th, 2020 - Second Sunday of Lent (A)
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 - Feast of Saint Patrick (Transferred Solemnity in Ireland only)
Thursday, March 19th, 2020 - Feast of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary (Solemnity).
Sunday, March 15th, 2020 - Third Sunday of Lent (A)
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 - Annunciation of the Lord (Solemnity).
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 - Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) also Mother's Day
Sunday, March 29th, 2020 - Fifth Sunday of Lent (A) [Summer Time Begins Clocks forward 1 hour].
Sunday, April 05th, 2020 - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.
Thursday, April 09th, 2020 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
Friday, April 10th, 2020 - Good Friday
Saturday, April 11th, 2020 - Holy Saturday
Sunday, April 12th, 2020 – EASTER SUNDAY
Monday, April 13th, 2020 - The Annunciation of the Lord
Psalms 104:33 - I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
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