• 10 Women Share What They're Actually Doing For Lent This Year

    3 monthes ago - By Refinery29

    Today, known as Ash Wednesday within Christianity, marks the start of the Lenten season, the 40-day long period between now and Easter Sunday. Those who choose to adhere to traditional guidelines will celebrate by fasting (eating one full meal plus two smaller ones each day) and abstaining from eating meat on Fridays. Meanwhile, others will choose not to fast but still give up or avoid a source of pleasure until Lent ends. However a person celebrates Lent, the general goal is to remove distractions from their faith and to spend Lent recommitting themselves to God. Obviously, this isn't a...
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  • The Gritty Symbolism Of Ash Wednesday, Explained

    The Gritty Symbolism Of Ash Wednesday, Explained

    3 monthes ago - By Refinery29

    Today marks the first day of Lent, during which time Christians (mostly Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians) will fast, abstain from meat on Fridays, or simply do their best to refuse their earthly pleasure of choice. Of course, today is also known as Ash Wednesday , when worshippers attend services, start their fasting, and, most notably, wear ashes on their foreheads. Since Lent represents the time that Jesus spent wandering in the wilderness , it's an understandably solemn time. While worshippers are encouraged to reflect upon their commitment to their faith and the...
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