Day 40 of 40 Days of Catholic Media: Math Woes

Here we are on day Day 39 of 40 Days of Catholic Media and there is still a whole week left in Lent. What happened?

Well, they say there are 3 kinds of people in the world: people who can do math and people who can’t. I’ve also heard that there are in fact 10 kinds of people: People who get binary, and people who don’t.

Back to Lent: We started on Ash Wednesday and on Day 40, we still have 6 days left. What’s up with that? In fact there is a simple explanation– The six Sundays in Lent don’t count. Sunday is always considered a day of commemoration of the resurrection (like a mini Easter all year long). I knew that going into this blog project, but decided that I would still blog daily during all of Lent, so you can look forward to Day 41 of 40 Days of Catholic Media tomorrow.

Heres a longer explanation about Lent from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lent, in most Christian denominations, is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting and prayer before Easter.[1]Jesus spent in the desert, where, according to the Bible, he endured temptation by Satan.[2] Different churches calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time

The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer—through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial—for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In Western Christianity, but with the exception of the Archdiocese of Milan which follows the Ambrosian Rite, Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday through to Holy Saturday.[3] [1] The six Sundays in Lent are not counted among the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter“, a celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.[2]

In those churches which follow the Byzantine tradition (e.g. Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholics), the forty days of Lent are calculated differently: the fast begins on Clean Monday, Sundays are included in the count, and it ends on the Friday before Palm Sunday. The days of Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday and Holy Week are considered a distinct period of fasting. For more detailed information about the Eastern Christian practice of Lent, see the article Great Lent.

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  • Doug M.  On March 16, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Actually, Sean, there are 4 kinds of people in the world; those who can do math, those who can’t, and those who invent it.

  • Mark Alves  On March 18, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    There are two kinds of people in the world – those who have a way with words, and those who, um, not have way.
    — Steve Martin