The Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. The traditional number of days is 40, recalling the 40 days and nights that Jesus spent in the desert. If you count the days between Ash Wednesday and Holy Thursday (when Lent concludes before the Mass of the Lord's Supper) there are more than 40 days. This is because the Sundays (6) are not counted as part of the 40 days. The Easter Triduum (a continuous celebration of the Pashcal Mystery of Jesus' suffering, death and resurrection) commences with the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday and continues to the Easter Vigil.
In early Christian times the candidates for Baptism (Catechumens) were prepared in the weeks of Lent for their final welcome into the Christian Community when they were baptised at the Easter Vigil by the Bishop. Nowdays Adult candidates for Baptism follow the same pattern and in the Sundays of Lent are gradually introduced to the Christian Community by a series of rituals at the Sunday Mass before they are baptised and particiapte fully in the Community Sunday Worship.
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