When did fasting for Lent start and why?

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Roman Catholic Answer

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.

When does Lent start?

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

When do you stop fasting during Lent?

Lent lasts for forty days and unlike similar fasts last through the nights as well. Sundays are not counted in the forty days as each Sunday is seen as a celebration of the re

When did Lent start?

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

When does fasting end for Lent?

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

Why do people fast during Lent?

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

How did Lent start?

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.

Who started lent?

Jesus. He went in the wilderness for 47 days without eating or drinking.

Why did Lent start?

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.

What is lent and when did it start?

Lent is a time of preperation. It prepares us for Easter, therising of our Savior. In this, we deny ourselves certain thingsthat give us pleasure, for example, the Orthodox fo

What are the terms of fasting 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