Lenten season is an important time for Catholics. For forty days we prepare for Easter Sunday which celebrates the resurrection of Christ.
During Lenten season, the Church recommends Catholics do penance and observe this time through prayer, fasting and abstinence. Here is the Lenten Season calendar for 2016 and what each special day signifies as well as a reminder of the rules of fasting.
And the Lord will give thee rest continually, and will fill thy soul with brightness, and deliver thy bones, and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a fountain of water whose waters shall not fail. Isaiah 58:12
Rules of Fasting
Fasting is not about refraining from eating, more importantly it’s a form of spiritual discipline. If you are going to follow the laws of fasting and abstinence, here are the rules according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- Anyone 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat and items made with meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.
- Every person between 18 and 59 years old must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
- Persons 14 years or older must abstain from meat on all other Fridays of the year, unless he or she substitutes some other form of penance for abstinence.
Clarifying What Fasting Involves
Anyone over 18-years of age but under 59-years old should eat only one full meal on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. They can also have small amounts of food in the morning and in the evening.
Lenten Season 2016 Calendar
Ash Wednesday – 02-10-16
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It marks the season of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
Palm Sunday – 03-20-16
Palm Sunday marks the final week of Lent. It commemorates the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem when branches were placed in his path. Palm Sunday also marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of the Lenten Season.
Holy Thursday – 03-24-16
Holy Thursday is the day on which Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His Disciples.
Good Friday – 03-25-16
Good Friday commemorates the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross. It is also the second of the three days of the Easter Triduum.
Easter Sunday – 03-27-16
Easter is the most important day of the Lenten Season. It is the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and represents the fulfillment of our faith.
Divine Mercy Sunday – 04-03-16
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated the Sunday after Easter for which Christ revealed himself to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska.
Ascension of Christ – 05-08-16
Forty days after Christ rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, on this day, in front of His apostles, He ascended into Heaven.
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