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Season of Lent

The 40-day Season of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday.

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During this period Christians remember the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in wilderness before beginning his missionary life. They also reflect on Christ’s sacrifice that delivered man from sin. Lent ends on Holy Saturday and Sundays are excluded from the Lenten period as they are feast days. During lent, worshippers fast, pray and repent. The Way of the Cross, or the stages of Christ’s crucifixion, is followed, especially on Fridays in remembrance of Christ’s suffering for man. In an act of penance and repentance, Catholics usually sacrifice food such as sweets and meats and devote their time to prayer. Purple is considered the colour of mourning and royalty. Symbolising the mourning of Jesus’s crucifixion and that Christ is King, the liturgical vestments are purple during this period.