We discuss Lent from the perspective of the history of the Church, from the earliest days to modern times.
The name "Lent" comes from the Old English word for "lengthen" - indicating the lengthening of the days in the spring season. Easter moves between March 22 and April 25, but is always during spring because the celebration is set on the Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox - which is to say, the Sunday after the first full moon of spring.
Easter is set for this time according to the calculation of the Jewish Passover (which is at the first full moon of spring) - as the Church desires to show how Jesus' death and resurrection perfectly fulfills the Old Testament prophecies.
From this, we can come to a much more profound understanding of many aspects of Lent and Easter.
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