Posted on March 5, 2014. Filed under: Holiday / Holy Day..., Informational..., Religion..., Spirituality... | Tags: , , , , , , |

I can’t understand why Mardi Gras’ “Fat Tuesday”, a gluttonous celebration, is always the day before Ash Wednesday and the day after Clean Monday.  Clean Monday (sometimes referred to as Ash Monday) is a day set aside for leaving your sinful attitudes behind and to focus on good intentions and a meaningful desire to clean your spiritual house.  It’s a day of strict fasting for Eastern Catholics, including abstinence not only from meat, but from eggs and dairy products as well.

I would never want to partake in a two weeks’ long celebrated journey toward the 7 Deadly Sins just before the Holy Season of Lent, but that’s just me.

Here’s all the information you’ll need for the Lenten Season 2014…

First, here’s the Lenten Schedule From:  Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Lent 2014 which lists dates from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.  Click on the links for additional information…

Le​nt is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is a period of 40 days of repentance, with prayer, fasting and abstinence, and Confession.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter Sunday. (For an explanation why Lent begins 46 days before Easter but is only 40 days long, see How Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated?) For Eastern Rite Catholics, Lent begins two days earlier, on Clean Monday. The following is a list of the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2014.

 Clean   Monday

Monday,   March 3, 2014

 Ash   Wednesday

Wednesday,   March 5, 2014

 First   Sunday of Lent

Sunday,   March 9, 2014

 Second   Sunday of Lent

Sunday,   March 16, 2014

 Feast   of Saint Patrick

Monday,   March 17, 2014

 Feast   of Saint Joseph

Wednesday,   March 19, 2014

 Third   Sunday of Lent

Sunday,   March 23, 2014

 The   Annunciation of the Lord

Tuesday,   March 25, 2014

 Fourth   Sunday of Lent
(Laetare   Sunday)

Sunday,   March 30, 2014

 Fifth   Sunday of Lent
(Passion Sunday)

Sunday,   April 6, 2014

 Palm   Sunday

Sunday,   April 13, 2014

 Holy   Thursday

Thursday,   April 17, 2014

 Good   Friday

Friday,   April 18, 2014

 Holy   Saturday

Saturday,   April 19, 2014


Sunday,   April 20, 2014

From:  The Holy Season Of Lent 2014

Here’s a Lenten and Easter Calendar for 2014.  Just click on each week for the Daily Reflections, Daily Lenten Questions, Daily Actions and Daily Prayers for each of the forty days of Lent (Ash Wednesday is shown below).  There are also sections that describe Fasting and Abstinence, Holy Days during Lent as well as a section on the Stations Of The Cross.  Just click on Lent & Easter 2014.

I went to Parochial school and have always fasted (just clear liquids—no alcohol) on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  It’s the only time of year where I don’t mind going without food for 24 hours.  Fasting gives me a clearer mind and makes me feel closer to God.  I go through these daily exercises every Lenten Season, and really look forward to it—it’s so inspiring.  Why not try it, or at least read the daily prayers?  I find a lot of strength in these prayers, and it also sustains my soul.

I will receive my ashes today and will look forward to each and every glorious day that God gives me.  I will show my gratitude every day and pray that people will look to God for guidance, for He alone is our salvation.  We simply cannot allow anyone to remove God and all His Goodness and Glory from our hearts or from our country.  America is God’s country, and this is the world that He created.  It is not man-made.  God will give us comfort and strength to carry on, and He will be the One to deliver us from all this evil that surrounds us as well.  After all, he sent his Only Beloved Son to die for our sins.  The least we can do is honor Him for all He’s given us…


Here is the reading for today, Ash Wednesday (March 5, 2014)…

Wednesday, March 5, Ash Wednesday

“Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.” Gn. 3:19
Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. (Joel 2:13)


The liturgical use of ashes originated in the Old Testament times. Ashes symbolized mourning, mortality and penance. In the Book of Esther, Mordecai put on sackcloth and ashes when he heard of the decree of King Ahasuerus to kill all of the Jewish people in the Persian Empire (Esther 4:1). Job repented in sackcloth and ashes (Job 42:6). Prophesying the Babylonian captivity of Jerusalem, Daniel wrote, “I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes” (Daniel 9:3).

Jesus made reference to ashes, “If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, they would have reformed in sackcloth and ashes long ago” (Matthew 11:21).

In the Middle Ages, the priest would bless the dying person with holy water, saying, “Remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.” The Church adapted the use of ashes to mark the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, when we remember our mortality and mourn for our sins. In our present liturgy for Ash Wednesday, we use ashes made from the burned palm branches distributed on the Palm Sunday of the previous year. The priest blesses the ashes and imposes them on the foreheads of the faithful, making the sign of the cross and saying, “Remember, man you are dust and to dust you shall return,” or “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” As we begin this holy season of Lent in preparation for Easter, we must remember the significance of the ashes we have received: We mourn and do penance for our sins. We again convert our hearts to the Lord, who suffered, died, and rose for our salvation. We renew the promises made at our baptism, when we died to an old life and rose to a new life with Christ. Finally, mindful that the kingdom of this world passes away, we strive to live the kingdom of God now and look forward to its fulfillment in heaven.

Lenten Question

Q: What is Lent?
A: Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). [This traditional enumeration does not precisely coincide with the calendar according to the liturgical reform. In order to give special prominence to the Sacred Triduum (Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) the current calendar counts Lent as only from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, up to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Even so, Lenten practices are properly maintained up to the Easter Vigil, excluding Sundays, as before.]

Lenten Action

Invite a non-practicing friend to Mass with you.


Almighty and everlasting God, you despise nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our brokenness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Ash Wednesday is a day of both fasting and abstinence.


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