Not long after the celebration of Christmas the time of Lent begins, a time of preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ during Holy Week. Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday and extending for a period of 40 days, is considered to be a time of purification and sacrifice. Ash Wednesday is given this name because believers mark their faces with ash to show their sorrow for their sins at the start of this period of reflection and repentance.
During Lent, it is customary to give up something one enjoys, such as sweets or television, as a sign of repentance and single-minded dedication to God. Additionally, it is expected that Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays. After Easter comes the celebration of Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. As well as the Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter
seasons, the Catholic liturgical calendar also contains a period called ordinary time. This time is often interpreted as the season for focusing on how the life of Christ can be applied to one's own life in the world today.
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