Lent FAQs:

Q: Is Lent the preparation of the believer through prayer?

A: Yes, and doing penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement, and self-denial.

Q: Is Lent known as Passiontide?

A: Yes, and a period beginning on the Fifth Sunday in Lent, which in the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal is called the First Sunday in Passiontide and in earlier editions Passion Sunday.

Q: Was Lent called "Khamis el zakara"?

A: Yes, For Catholics, it was meant to be a day of remembrance of the dead ones.

Q: Is Lent called Mardi Gras?

A: Yes, and Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday.

Q: Is Lent seen as a last opportunity for excess before Lent begins?

A: Yes.

Q: Is Lent a season of grief that necessarily ends with a great celebration of Easter?

A: Yes.

Q: Is Lent traditionally described as lasting for forty days?

A: Yes, and in commemoration of the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry, after which he endured temptation by Satan.

Q: Was Lent more prominent in ancient times than today?

A: Yes.

Q: Is Lent a shortened form of the Old English word len ten?

A: Yes, and meaning "spring season", as its Dutch language cognate lente still does today.