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Lent & Holy Week in the Year of Mercy

What is it?

Lent  is the season for preparing for Easter, where we remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, his passion, crucifixion and look towards his resurrection.  We are asked to think about how we follow Jesus’ teachings in our everyday lives and where we need to change our ways, and ask for forgiveness.


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When is it?

From Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday – forty days (the Sundays in Lent are not counted as Sundays are already the “day of the Lord”).The dates for Lent and Easter change every year because they are counted using the phases of the moon.  In Australia, Easter Sunday occurs on the first Sunday after the first full Moon after autumn equinox (March 22), so then Lent begins with Ash Wednesday 40 days before Holy Thursday would occur. 

40 Lent as a 40-day season began to develop in the fourth century. It began as the ancient paschal fast for a two-day observance before Easter but was gradually lengthened to 40 days. 40 is an important number in the scriptures as Jesus went into the desert for 40 days before he began to travel and talk to people about God and how to live. After Moses led them out of Egypt, the Israelites wandered for 40 years before entering the promised land, and in the story of Noah, the great flood lasted for 40 days.  We count the weekdays and Saturdays between Ash Wednesday and Holy Thursday, but not the Sundays.


Caritas Australia's Lent Calendar helps you explore the Project Compassion stories through two simple steps each day: Learn More, Create Change.