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(From the Feb. 3, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)
Lent is the 40-day season of penance in preparation for the greatest event in human history: the redemption of the human race by Jesus Christ.
Lent begins this year on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 9, and ends on Thursday, March 24, followed by the Sacred Triduum, March 24-26.
The following are the regulations for Lent:
All Christians, by the nature of their lives, are obliged to live in a spirit of penance whereby our exterior acts of prayer, self-denial and charity bear witness to the inner values of our Faith.
The Church specifies certain practices of penance during the season of Lent.
1. Self-imposed observance of fasting on all weekdays of Lent is strongly recommended.
The “substantial observance” of these laws is a grave obligation; that is:
1. Anyone who neglects all forms of penance, or deliberately shows contempt for the Church’s penitential discipline, may be guilty of serious sin.