The name for the first Sunday in Lent is derived from the Latin word meaning “fortieth.” The first Sunday of the Lenten season is 40 days before Easter. These are reckoned by an approximate number of days before Easter; only Quadrigesima is close to the actual count.
The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial.
THREE THINGS TO DO DURING LENT:
PRAYER: During Lent, we are encouraged to attend Mass and to pray more.
FASTING: During Lent, we give up the food we love as a sacrifice.
ALMSGIVING: During Lent, we must think about giving more to those who are in need. Set goals for yourself to help those in need. We can donate to charity, give clothes, make hampers etc.
FISH: It is a symbol of Lent which calls us to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. It further reminds us of abstinence from meat on all the Fridays of Lenten season. Incense: It is a symbol of prayer, and as it is written in Ps (141:2) that ‘Let my prayer come like incense before you.
A THOUGHT FOR LENT:
I shall pass through this world but once.
Any good that I can do
or kindness I can show
To any human being,
Let me do it now,
Let me not defer or neglect it,
For I shall not pass this way again