Lent is a 40-day period that prepares Christians for Easter. Many people fast or make other Lenten resolutions during this time. When exactly does Lent end? Does it include Good Friday? Can the faithful eat meat on this day?
Lent is a period in the liturgical calendar that refers to Jesus’ 40-day stay in the desert. For the faithful, it is a time to properly prepare for Easter. Priests then encourage prayer, almsgiving and fasting.
Resolutions for Lent
Lent always begins on Ash Wednesday and ends first day of the Easter Triduum – evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday. This year it lasted from February 22 to April 6. It is a Catholic tradition that the faithful on Ash Wednesday choose additional resolutions during Lent to help them fight their own weaknesses. Many people deny themselves various types of pleasure at this time, or decide to perform additional duties at this time.
When does Lent resolution end? In this case, it will not fall on Maundy Thursday, as Lent ends, but only on Easter Sunday. This year it falls on April 9.
Good Friday – can you eat meat?
The second day of the Easter Triduum following Lent is Good Friday. This day is to remind the faithful of the suffering of Jesus Christ and a strict fast is obligatory on it. This means that all the faithful between the ages of 18 and 60 cannot eat meat or drink alcohol on that day. They should also limit themselves to only one full meal on Good Friday.
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