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Old Feb 4, '08, 4:21 pm
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As Kids we gave up something for Lent. Now my Dad always said you could not have it until Easter Sunday. But one day this guy told me my Dad was wrong. You can have whatever you gave up Right after Good Friday. What is the correct answer?
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Lent ends with the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. A new liturgical season (the shortest one), The Paschal Triduum, begins at that point. The Paschal Triduum is NOT part of Lent.

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As a child I was always told it was midday on the Saturday.
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Good Friday is counted along with the Fridays of Lent for purposes of abstinence. Indeed it's a more penitential day than the other Fridays, being also a day of fast. Personally I don't think it'd be quite appropriate to take up whatever you gave up for Lent until Holy Saturday at the earliest.
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Personally, I don't even think it would be appropriate on Holy Saturday. It is the "dead" liturgical day of the year.
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27. Lent is a preparation for the celebration of Easter. For the Lenten liturgy disposes both catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery: catechumens, through the several stages of Christian initiation; the faithful, through reminders of their own baptism and through penitential practices. [13]

28. Lent runs from Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord's Supper exclusive.

Source: General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar
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As a child I was always told it was midday on the Saturday.
At one time it was because the Vigil was before noon on Holy Saturday. That changed in 1955.

It's true that Lent ends with the Mass of the Lord's Supper but we are still under obligation to fast on Good Friday and are called to maintain that fast until AFTER the Easter Vigil. In our parish we have a communal meal after the Vigil

Are there any here who have their Vigil starting after midnight?
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27. Lent is a preparation for the celebration of Easter. For the Lenten liturgy disposes both catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery: catechumens, through the several stages of Christian initiation; the faithful, through reminders of their own baptism and through penitential practices. [13]

28. Lent runs from Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord's Supper exclusive.

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This is correct, however I think people are wanting to know when can we indulge with what we gave up for Lent and that answer should be Easter Sunday.

Why is that, because what we give up should not only be "For Lent"

Why are we giving up anything at all? We are giving up for "Christ"

Until Jesus has risen, you should honestly keep giving up and abstain.
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Yes, Im sorry i should have been more specific I did mean on what you gave up, when you could have it. Also if we gave something up we could not have it until Easter Sunday, Now I was told I was also wrong on that too. That you could have in on Sundays during lent. We were taught not Until Easter Sunday Period.
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Yes, Im sorry i should have been more specific I did mean on what you gave up, when you could have it. Also if we gave something up we could not have it until Easter Sunday, Now I was told I was also wrong on that too. That you could have in on Sundays during lent. We were taught not Until Easter Sunday Period.
I grew up pre-Vatican II, and we never fasted on Sundays, and that is what we were taught in our religion classes. But we considered Lent as being over on Easter Sunday.
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I grew up pre-Vatican II, and we never fasted on Sundays, and that is what we were taught in our religion classes. But we considered Lent as being over on Easter Sunday.
We always had to give up candy and such for Lent when we were kids -- but if it hadn't been mentioned we wouldn't have noticed since candy wasn't found in our house except at Christmas and Easter. But the idea of not fasting on Sunday was strong so we were usually taken out for a treat on those days -- go figure, we looked forward to Lent.
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As a child I was always told it was midday on the Saturday.
Yes, that is correct. At that time, Evening Masses were not allowed and so the Mass of Holy Saturday (tech. the Vigil Mass of Easter) was celebrated in the morning. Since that Mass signaled the beginning of Easter, according to Canon law fasting ceased at 12 noon. Later, when permission was given for the midnight Easter Vigil (which eventually became the standard in 1955), the period was extended to the night.
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I grew up pre-Vatican II, and we never fasted on Sundays, and that is what we were taught in our religion classes. But we considered Lent as being over on Easter Sunday.
Wait till i get a hold of my dad he never mentioned the no fast on sundays.
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This is correct, however I think people are wanting to know when can we indulge with what we gave up for Lent and that answer should be Easter Sunday.

Why is that, because what we give up should not only be "For Lent"

Why are we giving up anything at all? We are giving up for "Christ"

Until Jesus has risen, you should honestly keep giving up and abstain.
Well.........

Actually Maundy Thursday needs to be a non-fast/abstinence day, as you need to prepare for the Triduum. (In the old days, when people didn't wash while they were fasting, they would get washed up in preparation for the Eucharist on that day)

And I see no theological reason to fast after the Exultet is sung and the bells are rung. He is Risen!!!

Also, all Sundays are supposed to be feast days. Just as every Friday is a representation of Good Friday (in a small way, as it is supposed to be a penitential day), all Sundays are a rememberence of the Resurrection.
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I always thought that technically Lent ended at midnight between Holy Saturday and Easter morning. But then there are the Easter Vigil Masses.

Also, depending on the ethnic customs, many either have their food blessed on Holy Saturday and/or in one parish that I know of, the Church used to ring its bells at noon on Holy Saturday - I think sort as an announcement. While I would assume midnight heralds the end of Lent, I usually will eat some of the Easter 'goodies' after noon time on Holy Saturday. But Good Friday is definitely not to be disregarded - the most solemn day in our Church's calendar is most assuredly part of Lent to my mind Remember, the 40 days of Lent are synonymous with Our Lord's fasting in the desert - 40 days and 40 nights.
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