Day by Day Through Lent

Yes, Sundays count!

“As some may be surprised to learn, Ash Wednesday is not the beginning of the forty days, only the beginning of the Lenten fast. The liturgical time of Lent begins on the Sunday following Ash Wednesday. The dramatic, medieval rites of “the days of ashes” may perhaps make a stronger and more immediate appeal to our feelings. The Mass of the First Sunday of Lent however draws us deeper into the mystery of Lent, uniting us more profoundly and more directly with the Christ, who praying and fasting, will purify us and offer us together with himself to the Father in the glory of his Easter victory.”

  • Thomas Merton, monk

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