psychotic for Lenten, day 4 & the 40/46 dilemma
Today’s yet another day to behave. That’s 42 days to go.
“Lent (Latin: Quadragesima) is a solemn observance in the liturgical year of many Christian denominations, lasting for a period of approximately six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday. In the general Latin-rite and most Western denominations Lent is taken to run from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) morning or to Easter Eve.”
Lent is understood as 40 days (from Quadragesima, “translation of the original Greek Tessarakoste, the ‘fortieth’ day before Easter,” explanation taken textually from Wikipedia) as explained above), but it’s actually 46 days. Sundays don’t count and that’s fairly wicked.
“The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. (The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this reckoning of the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.)”