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                                                                  The Church’s calendar
The Easter cycle:
Lent – Passiontide - Eastertide
The Easter cycle begins 6 1⁄2 weeks before Easter Day on Ash Wednesday with the season of Lent. Lent lasts for 40 days, reminding us of the 40 days and nights Jesus spent in the wilderness (Matthew 4: 1–11). The first Christians used Lent to prepare for their baptism, and Christians today still use this time to draw closer to God. To help them do this, some people give up luxuries during Lent, take on extra study or prayer, or commit to doing things to help others.
For some good ideas for things to do in Lent, have a look at www.livelent.net
The last part of Lent is sometimes called Passiontide, a name which comes from the Latin word passio, meaning ‘I suffer’. This is the season when we think about Jesus’ death for us on the cross.
The week before Easter is Holy Week - the most important week of the Christian Year. In Holy Week, the Church commemorates in its worship the events that happened leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, when we recall Jesus being welcomed by the crowds as he rode into Jerusalem (Mark 11: 1–10). The Thursday of Holy Week is called Maundy Thursday (from the Latin
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