There is often quite a bit of confusion about how we count Lent and Easter so I have created this chart to help clarify how these seasons fit into the church year. This period forms a quarter of the year. 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. It is concluded by the Day of Pentecost – from the Greek word for fifty. Also called Whitsunday – possibly from the French word for eighth Sunday (Whitsunday is the eighth Sunday of the great Season of Easter).

All days in my table are inclusive.

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, moves around a certain section of our calendar year by year depending on the date of Easter.

If you are on Facebook, you can join the movement that Easter is not one day, not 40 days, but Easter is 50 days.

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