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Regulations for Lent
the Inland Register
(From the February 16, 2012 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 began this year on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, and ends on Thursday, April 5, followed by the Sacred Triduum, April 5-8.
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.