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Lent is a 40-day season of fasting and prayer that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter.

It is said to have begun somewhere in the 1st or 2nd centuries and may have lasted only 2 or 3 days at the time. It was later lengthened to 40 days to echo the fasts of Moses, Elijah and Jesus.

Lent originally meant “springtime”: the word comes from the Old English word for “spring,” lencten, which came from lengan, “to make longer”—reminding us that the slow, wonderful lengthening of this season in our souls can signal an end to a winter of bitterness and the flowering of Christ’s love in us.