Lent is a 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter observed by the Christian faith. During Lent, observers typically choose something (food or behavior) to give up or fast from during the 40 days.

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Is the post office open on Good Friday?

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Yes. Good Friday is a religious holiday that is not recognized as a Federal Holiday. Banks and post offices will be open.
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Why is it called Good Friday if the day was supposed to be sad?

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Good Friday and Jesus Our Lord Good Friday is the day commemorating Jesus Christ's death on the Cross, which is probably to be dated April 3, A.D. 33. In the liturgical calendar of the Western church, it is the Friday before Easter. The exact origins of the name are uncertain; some argue it stems from the use of "Good" as an adjective applied to the day, which is an Old English synonym for "holy." Others argue it is a corruption of the word "God," in the same way that "Good Bye" comes from the phrase "God be with ye." Christians believe the day is "good" because the message of Easter is of Christ's victory over sin, death, and the devil; as the Apostle Paul wrote: "Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us." It is believed that, in Jesus' death on the Cross, He took once and for all the sins of all mankind upon Himself, in our place. This gift He extends to everyone who will believe in Him. Believing in the Good News of the Gospel is our hope. Jesus, the Son of God, who died for our sins, was raised again for our justification, we who believe being made in right stead with God. However, the term "Good Friday" is only used by Western Christians, and not by Eastern Orthodox Christians. The Orthodox refer to this sacred day as "Great and Holy Friday."
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Who celebrates Ash Wednesday and Lent?

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Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Anglicans.
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Where do palms for Palm Sunday come from?

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From the trees just outside Jerusalem. It's called Palm Sunday because this is when the Jews laid palm leaves on the road as Jesus entered Jerusalem. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Palm Sunday is a Christian feast which is the Sunday before Easter Sunday. It is also called Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion. In many Christian churches on Palm Sunday Palm leaves, often tied into the shape of crosses are given out to everyone who attends. In some places, palm leaves are unobtainable, and other trees like box, yew, willow or other native trees have to be used instead. Th Sunday was sometimes called Yew Sunday if they were using yew trees or sometimes Branch Sunday. On the first Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and people put their cloaks and Palm leaves on the ground, to make it more comfortabe to walk on, and waved them as he went past. that's my re homework. :)
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Is McDonalds open on Good Friday?

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Yes. McDonald's is open 365 days a year.
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Why are you asked to give up something for Lent?

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The practice of "giving something up for lent" mirrors the practice of Pagan priests giving up sexual relations for 40 days prior to the impregnation of the Earth Mother on Ishtar Sun-day (Easter). The term "Lent" comes from the Germanic word "lengten," which describes the lengthening of the day as winter turns to spring. Worshipers received the mark of Tammuz (like a + sign) on their foreheads at the beginning of the 40 days. The Catholic teaching is that "You are sacrificing something you like as atonement for your sins." . Catholic Answer Lent, and every Friday of the year, (and to a lesser extent, Advent) are considered the seasons and days of penance and are intense moments of the Church's penitential practice (Council of Trent {1551}: Denzinger-Schönmetzer, Enchiridion Symbolorum, definitionum de rebus fidei et morum {1965}) These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signed of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works). from The Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, English translation 1994 Please note, that this has never had anything whatsoever to do with any pagan practices, it is rooted in the Jewish law, and in Jesus Christ's practices and instructions to His infant Church. You are asked to give up something, particularly at Lent to more perfectly conform yourself to Our Blessed Lord in His Passion and Crucifixion.
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When is Lent officially over?

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Lent officially ends with the beginning of the Triduum (three das) celebration of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday evening. However, fasting is maintained on Good Friday and modesty in food on Holy Saturday.
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Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?

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Generally, people in English and Dutch speaking countries, who are part of Christendom, call Friday of their spring Holy Week "Good Friday." In early modern English, the meaning of "good" had the sense of "Holy." The Oxford dictionary puts the reference under "good" as: a) Pious, devout; worthy of approbation from the religious point of view. b) (of books, etc.) Tending to spiritual edification. the good book: spec. the Bible. c) of a day or season observed as holy by an orthodox "Christian" church. Good tide: (a) Christmas; (b) Shrove Tuesday. Merriam-Webster says under the etymology of good: "from its special sanctity." American-Heritage gives "[From good, pious, holy (obsolete).]" So, "good" as used here is an archaic form of "holy". Other opinions: One of the common friendus to the above question is that it was the day (evening, actually) on which Christ Jesus died as a propitiatory covering for the sins of all mankind - by far the greatest "good" anyone has ever done (or could ever do) for anyone else. At that point, God's covenant was fulfilled. and people the whole world over could attain to repentance and have the hope of everlasting life if they would choose to accept Jesus' sacrifice, imitate his ways, and obey him continually. There is no definite fact on the origin of the name, but I did find this: The name may be derived from 'God's Friday,' in the same way that good-bye is derived from 'God be with ye'. Good Friday is considered good to those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross on a Friday during passover to pay the price required from God the Father for the sin we have committed. His death burial and resurrection allows all who receive Jesus as their Savior to have a reconciled life with God. Catholic Answer Good Friday is a very good day because on this day Jesus saved all of mankind from its sins and enabled them to enter heaven. It is a solemn day as it is the day that Jesus suffered and die, but it is the day that God fully showed His love for mankind.
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How many days of Lent are there?

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40 Days of Lent Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, lasts 40 days not counting Sundays and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. There are 46 days because Sundays are not included during Lent. Some say that Sundays aren't counted in the 40 days of Lent, because every Sunday carries with it a part of the glow of Easter Sunday. So it's not all gloom and doom. But even on the Sundays, the theme of repentance (turning from our ungodly ways) holds true. When you repent, you please God whether you fast or not, and that is what most counts for Lent. Others say that Sundays are not included because Lent is a serious time but Sundays are always a day of celebration in the Christian Church.
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Can you eat meat on Good Friday?

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This question seems to be addressed towards all people, not just Catholics,first off only about a 2/7 of he worlds population is Christian. To the other 5/7 there is no need to know about or follow potential Christian rules. Of the 2/7 that are Christian only half (1/7 of the worlds population) are Catholic and would care about that organization's rules. Of the 1/7 of the population in the USA that is Catholic many are lapsed and no longer follow the organizations rules, Levels of lapsed Catthocs world wide is not available. So any injunction would only be of interest to less tan i/7 of the worlds population. This makes it likely that any random member of the worlds poulation can eat meat on Good Friday. For the Cathic Christians who are observant the eating of meat on Good Friday is grounded on but there is no mechanism to enforce the rule, Also there are circumstances where even the most staunch follower might have to eat meat on that day for medical or social reasons,
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Can Catholics eat beaver during Lent?

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I assume you are referring to the industrious rodent of dam-building prowess. In that case- of course not, the Beaver is a mammal and flesh of animals is considered meat- banned on fast days in Lent- Good Friday, Ash Wednesday, and all Fridays in Lent. Fish is exempted - hence the use of fish symbols on old church calendars- but meat of ground animals- somebody asked about Turtle- that:s an animal, not a fish, would be off-limits. However, there is a tradition in some parts of Michigan where muskrat is allowed. Evidently sometime in the past the priest said it was alright, so there are places that serve it during Lent. BUT...... The 17th century Catholic Church actually declared beavers to be a fish according to dietary restrictions, meaning they are ok to eat on both Fridays and throughout Lent. Beaver meat was a common dish by Native Americans and French settlers to America, so the decision was believed to be important to these people's behaviors. The church decisions are based more on an animal's environment than their physical characteristics
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Is Bank of America open on Good Friday?

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Bank of America is open but Merrill lynch is not
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Why is the stock market closed on Good Friday?

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The New York Stock Exchange has been closed in observance of Good Friday since its inception. Due to extraordinary circumstances, it was open on Good Friday in 1898, 1906 and 1907. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq are not Federal or State institutions.
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Is Morrisons open on Good Friday?

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Yes, It Is, According To The Shop Openings. I Think The Times Are 8 o'clock In The Morning Until 8 o'clock At Night
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Can you show an acrostic poem for Lent?

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L oveable E nviable N otable T riggers friendship
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Should you go to confession during lent?

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Yes, so you can be as pure as possible for Easter.
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Why do some people only eat fish on Good Friday?

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Catholics fast on Good Friday, and traditionally eat fish and not meat on Fridays during Lent. They used to be forbidden to eat meat every Friday, and depending upon their location and diocese, some still are. Good Friday is a fast day, where one goes without the usual luxuries as a form of penance, purification and remembrance of God's laws. Christ died on Good Friday, so we observe that every Friday in Lent including Good Friday.
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What Are The Three Days Before Lent Known As?

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Lent is a long event.It takes about forty days.It starts during the Ash Wednesday.There is no 3 days before lent that is connected in this event, and the 3 days only meant to the Good Friday to the Easter Sunday.
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What is the last day of Lent?

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According to the Roman Catholic Church, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday at the beginning of the Lord's Last Supper. Protestant churches tend to recognize midnight on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter) as the end of the Lenten season.
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Do Methodists eat meat on fridays during Lent?

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The Methodist church does not prohibit the eating of meat at any time.