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What can be said when applying ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass?

The website liturgies.net appears to have a full copy of the Roman Missal, including the propers of the Mass for Ash Wednesday. This states: [The priest] sprinkles the ashes with holy water, ...
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The Names of the Individual Sundays of Lent

In the rhyme quoted: Tid, Mid, Misera, Carl, Paum, Good Pose-Day the Carl, Paum and Good Pose-Day refer to the 5th Sunday in Lent (14 days before Easter), the 6th Sunday in lent(7 days before ...
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Apart from Milan is there any other Roman Catholic place where Lent does not start on Ash Wednesday?

For those who may follow the Mozarabic Rite (at least in the old form) which starts Lent on the Monday following the First Sunday of Lent. There are some priests that still use the Mozarabic Rite ...
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Which Lent should someone Baptized in an Eastern Roman Catholic rite follow?

The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches codifies common portions of the canon law of all the Eastern Catholic Churches within the (Roman) Catholic Church. Canon 883 says The Christian faithful ...
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Where did the idea that Catholics can have a break from their Lenten discipline on Sunday originate?

In the previous century Laws concerning Fasting and Abstinence have changed considerably and at different intervals. Pope St John XXIII altered the rules for fasting and abstinence in 1966 with his ...
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The Names of the Individual Sundays of Lent

The Names of the Individual Sundays of Lent According to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, the Sundays of Lent are known as the following: First Sunday of Lent: Quadragesima Sunday or Invocavit ...
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How is Lent observance reconciled with Matthew 6:16-18?

How is Lent observance reconciled with Matthew 6:16-18? Lent can be as private as on wishes. The public nature of Lent observance is generally limited the liturgical days of Ash Wednesday and other ...
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How is Lent observance reconciled with Matthew 6:16-18?

There is nothing about Lent observance that requires it to be public. My experience is very different from yours, and most people keep their Lent observances very private. I don't know what anyone is ...
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Early Christian Lent Fasting Practices

Early Christian Lent Fasting Practices? In the Early Church, there was no set rule for fasting during Lent. Some fasted for one day, while others fasts for many days. The 40 day tradition of Lent that ...
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Which regional rules of lent fasting or holy days of obligation should a Catholic follow?

The rule for fasting is "when in Rome, do as the Romans do." This is exactly the case where that saying derives. Where you are on the particular day determines whether you must abstain or ...
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What can be said when applying ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass?

In our present liturgy for Ash Wednesday, we use ashes made from the burned palm branches distributed on the Palm Sunday of the previous year. The priest blesses the ashes and imposes them on the ...
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What is the foundational motivation of Lenten practices?

What are the fundamental motivations of the "Lenten Practices"? Not all denominations observe Lent! There are a few fundamental motivations for partaking in the Lenten observation. Preparation ...
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Apart from Milan is there any other Roman Catholic place where Lent does not start on Ash Wednesday?

For Syro Malabar Rite the lent starts on the Monday before the Ash Wedenesday. This day is called Clean Monday . In general Eastern Catholic Churches have Lent starting on Clean Monday.
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"You are dust and to dust you shall return" versus resurrection of the body (Catholic perspective)

The dilemma is actually resolved in the Old Testament Scriptures. (St.) Irenaeus of Lyon (130-202) defended against those who objected to the Christian belief of the resurrection of the dead in Book ...
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Why does any Archbishop get to decide if alligator is okay for Lent?

Why does any Archbishop get to decide if alligator is okay for Lent? When he officially gets the go ahead for the conference of Bishops in a particular region or country to do so, the USCCB in this ...
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What are common ways for contemporary Christians to fast?

In the Catholic Church there are only two days of fasting in modern times: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during ...
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What are common ways for contemporary Christians to fast?

In Orthodox Christianity, fasting is vegan (no meat, no dairy, no egg, basically nothing of animal origin). And no alcohol (that means avoiding vinegar, as well). Monks and nuns (and some of the more ...
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The Names of the Individual Sundays of Lent

For the Eastern Orthodox the Sundays of Lent are: Sunday of Orthodoxy, Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas, Sunday of the Holy Cross, Sunday of St. John Climacus, and Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt. -- Palm ...
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The difference(s) between “The Way of the Cross” by St. Francis and by St. Alphonsus?

The difference(s) between “The Way of the Cross” by St. Francis of Assisi and by St. Alphonsus Liguori? Before going into this post, I would like to point out that both St. Francis of Assisi and St. ...
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How did the fasting and abstinence requirements of Lenten Ember Days differ from other days of Lent in the United States?

How did the fasting and abstinence requirements of Lenten Ember Days differ from other days of Lent in the United States? Ember Days followed the prescribed rules or norms of the Church as what was ...
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How is Lent observance reconciled with Matthew 6:16-18?

There are a few public acts that occur during Lent: wearing blessed ashesAccording to Baltimore Catechism 3.1077, theyare used to keep us in mind of our humble origin, and of how the body of Adam, ...
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Why is Passiontide before Palm Sunday when Christmastide and Eastertide are after their feasts?

And if Palm Sunday is Passion Sunday, why would Passiontide start before it? It wasn't historically. The identification of Palm Sunday with Passion Sunday in Catholic practice only really dates to ...
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When did Catholic churches start using wooden clapper during Holy Week?

They were used at least in the 13th century, when William Durandus (1237-1296 A.D.) wrote his Rationale Divinorum Officiorum, book 1 (of 8) of which is translated into English as The Symbolism of ...
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Are Filipino Roman Catholics required to not have meat on all Fridays of Lent?

According to the website Filipino Catholic, in 1985 Pope St John Paul II approved a set of complementary norms for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. These included a variance to ...
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What is the foundational motivation of Lenten practices?

Dorotheus of Gaza, a 6th century Palestinian monk, summarized how the pre-Schism Christians of the 1st millennium understood Lent: God gave us these holy days so that by repentance, a man may be ...
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How do Catholics observe Lent through a dignified and appropriate use of food?

In the Roman Rite Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and finishes on Holy Saturday. This comprises a period of 46 days. This includes six Sundays which are not considered part of the Lenten fast, but they ...
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Where did the idea that Catholics can have a break from their Lenten discipline on Sunday originate?

Traditionally, before the 1983 Code, all days during Lent were days of abstinence (no meat) and fast (at most one meal per day). See the table here.
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Why is purple the color of Lent?

Why is purple the color of Lent? Liturgically speaking violet is the true colour used for Lent and Advent, although many prefer use the word purple. It is not clear why, how or when purple became a ...
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Is there any evidence that Lent used to be a 3 day observance?

Is there any evidence that Lent used to be a 3 day observance? The short answer is yes. Part of the reason for it was that the Early Church had difficulties in determining the actual date of Easter. ...
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