What would you like to do?
When did fasting for Lent start and why?
1. Our Blessed Lord commanded us to fast: "But, when YOU fast..."
2. Our Blessed Lord, Himself, fasted for forty days in the desert.
The Lenten fast is based on the Biblical practice of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Was this answer useful?
Thanks for the feedback!
Lent is a movable liturgical season, meaning that it has no fixed date on which it annually begins. Lent is always forty days long and always begins on a Wednesday, as Easter …must always fall on a Sunday. The first day of Lent for any year is determined by first calculating the date that Easter will fall upon, then counting backwards 40 days, not including Sundays.
Every year lent begins 40 days before Easter Sunday, though the date is actually flexible in the Liturgical Calendar. Tradition says that Lent begins on Ash Wednesday each yea…r, and continues until Easter Sunday. As early as 130 years after the death, a tradition of fasting and self reflection in preparation of Easter. This period was set at 40 days around 300 AD and was defined to begin on Ash Wednesday, exactly 40 days before Easter, in the 600s. Jesus wants us to be nice and live together forever and love each other.
Because it signalises the time when Jesus was in the desert for forty days and forty nights and only ate locusts and honey. Roman Catholic AnswerBecause Our Blessed Lor…d told us to: "But thou, when thou does fast, anoint they head and wash thy face, so that thou mayest not be seen fasting by men, but by thy Father, who is in secret; and thy Father, who sees in secret, will reward thee." St. Matthew 6:17-18
Lent ends on Maundy Thursday, which begins the short season of Easter Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday). However, fasting for Lent often …continues through to Holy Saturday, concluding after Easter Vigil services.
According to the Bible, Jesus spent 40 days in the desert with no food or drink while being tempted by Satan. Christians fast and usually give up something special to them dur…ing this time to represent the hardships Jesus went through. Lent is also a preparation for the crucifixion of Jesus, so people are almost mourning what is to come. Then on Easter, when it is believed that he resurrected, people stop fasting and celebrate his resurrection.
to remind them of Jesus on the cross and remember him.
lent all started with Jesus in the wilderness. he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights and lent is 40 days be for Easter. Jesus wants us to love everyone.
Jesus. He went in the wilderness for 47 days without eating or drinking.
This is a fast our church recommends: Ash Wednesday - Abstain from beef and veal for remainder of Lent Sunday, March 17 - Abstain from pork for remainder of Lent Sunday, March… 24 - Abstain from poultry for remainder of Lent Sunday, March 31 - Abstain from fish seafood for remainder of Lent Sunday, April 7 - Abstain from eggs for remainder of Lent Sunday, April 14 - Abstain from dairy for remainder of Lent Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Saturday - bread and water only This is pretty intense...I did it last year as I was going thru RCIA. Listen to your body..don't put yourself in an unhealthy situation. If you need to break the fast, break it. It comes down to intention... They recommend consulting your doctor before trying. Good luck if you try it! I'll be there with you!!
i don't think you ever stop fasting for lent. i think as long as you believe in it, you fast.
to reconize who hard it is to give something up - something way less than giving up your life ~ life Jesus did. Also to get ready for Easter.
It's said that the obligatory age for fasting is 18 - 60 years that too not for the entire season of Lent, just for Ash Wednesday and Good FRIDAY.
Lent is a time of preperation. It prepares us for Easter, the rising of our Savior. In this, we deny ourselves certain things that give us pleasure, for example, the Ortho…dox follow a strict fast. It is a time period of 40 days leading up to Easter. It was first started when Jesus went into the desert and abstained from food for 40 days. In this time, Satan tried to tempt Christ, but He denied all temptations.
No. Sundays are not included in Lent!
Those who are between age 14 and 60 are asked to fast during Lent and are required to so on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means no meat and no eating between meals an…d the if you eat three times a day two of those meals cannot exceed the amount taken at the biggest meal.
It seems your are confusing Lent with the Muslim practice during Ramadan. During lent you are supposed to make sacrifices and do penance, but the only mandatory practice is to… abstain from meat on Fridays and to fast on ash Wednesday and Holy Friday. Even then, the fast is different in the Latin Rite of the church than what is usually considered a fast. You are allowed one meal during the middle of the day (preferably a modest one) and two small meals (one in the morning and one at night) that together don't constitute a full meal. You are allowed to fast in a stricter manner, but this is the minimum requirement.