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abstinence

abstinence  

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The practice of not eating certain foods: see also ASCETICISM; CELIBACY. As a Christian technical term it is distinguished from fasting (eating little or nothing).
ash

ash  

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A tree, from whose wood spear-shafts were traditionally made, which has given its name to an Old English runic letter, , so named from the word of which it was the first letter.
Commination

Commination  

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The service drawn up by the compilers of the BCP for use on Ash Wednesday and other days appointed by the ordinary. It consists of an exhortation (in the course of which the Curses against various ...
Ember Days

Ember Days  

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Four groups each of three days, namely the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after St Lucy (13 Dec.), the first Sunday in Lent, Whitsunday, and Holy Cross Day (14 Sept.) respectively, which have been ...
Fetter Donnerstag

Fetter Donnerstag  

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(Ger., ‘Fat-Thursday’).The Thursday preceding Ash Wednesday, traditionally observed, like the following Monday and (Shrove) Tuesday, as a day of feasting. (Fr. jeudi gras.)
Green Thursday

Green Thursday  

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The usual name in Germany, also occasionally found elsewhere, for Maundy Thursday.
Lent

Lent  

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In the west, the 40-day period of fasting before Easter, beginning with Ash Wednesday. (Sundays are not counted.) Each day has its own proper prayers, lessons, and chants. Penitential features ...
Memoriale Rituum

Memoriale Rituum  

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An obsolete liturgical book containing rites for Candlemas, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, and the last three days of Holy Week in the shortened form previously used in smaller RC parish churches.
Paenitemini

Paenitemini  

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(1966). An Apostolic Constitution which revised the rules of penitential observance in the RC Church. It reduced the number of days of fasting and empowered episcopal conferences to substitute for ...
Quadragesima

Quadragesima  

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The forty days of Lent. The name comes from ecclesiastical Latin, ultimately from Latin quadraginta ‘forty’.Quadragesima Sunday the first Sunday in Lent.
Quinquagesima

Quinquagesima  

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In modern usage, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. The name was dropped in the RC Church in 1969 and later in some modern Anglican liturgies.
seven penitential Psalms

seven penitential Psalms  

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Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143.
tempus clausum

tempus clausum  

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(Lat., ‘closed time’). The seasons in the Christian year in which, because of their solemn or penitential character, marriages might not normally be celebrated with solemnity or at all. The periods ...

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