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Bible Encyclopedias

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Lent

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A period of fasting previous to Easter, at first lasting only 40 hours, was gradually extended to three, four, or six days, then different Churches extended it to three and six: weeks; in the 6th century Gregory the Great fixed it for the West at 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, excluding Sundays; in the Eastern Church it begins on the Monday after quinquagesima and excludes both Saturdays and Sundays; in the Anglican Church the season is marked by special services, but the fast is not rigidly kept.


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Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Lent'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/nut/l/lent.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.

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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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