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From Mother Pippa 2.24.2020

The origins of Lent are ancient, and more than a bit complex. While Lent has always been referred to as being forty days in length, there has been disagreement about which days are counted. In Episcopal tradition, Lent lasts forty days if you don’t count the Sundays, or if you don’t count Holy Week (but do include Palm Sunday). However, the Eastern Orthodox tradition counts neither Saturdays nor Sundays, so their Lent runs seven weeks to our six weeks.

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