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Lent and Easter

chart for Lent and Easter Seasons

I created the above chart to illustrate, simply, the counting of Lent and Easter. All days in my table are inclusive.

The forty days of Lent is an approximate tenth or tithe of the year. The fifty days of the Easter Season is approximately a seventh of the year – it forms the great Sunday of the year. The 40 days fast is preparing for the 50 days feast.

The Easter Season is concluded by the Day of Pentecost – from the Greek word for fifty. Also called Whitsunday – possibly from the French word for eight (“huit” pronounced “whit”). The Day of Pentecost, Whitsunday (huit Sunday) is the eighth Sunday of the great Season of Easter.

The three days (inclusive) here refers to the “three days” Christ is in the tomb. The Triduum celebration is now more generally a reference to the Maundy Thursday until the Easter Vigil celebration.

The period of this chart, effectively of 96 days (about a quarter of the year), moves around a certain section of our calendar year by year depending on the date of Easter.

Today is the Thirty-seventh day of Easter.

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