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Fasting as always been part of Lent, it started for two reasons:

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.
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