When is the end of Lent?

Isn’t the last day of lent holy saturday? I always thought it lasted 40 days starting with ash wednesday and ending holy saturday not counting the sundays. A friend that says it ends holy thursday which I think is wrong. Who is right?

Dear Tinker,

I remember when I was a child, Lent ended at noon on Holy Saturday. But now it ends at the beginning of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy, Thursday. Forty days is an approximation.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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