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LENT the Fast of Forty Days before Easter. From Ash-Wednesday to Easter are forty-six days; but the six Sundays are not counted, because it is not the custom of the Church to fast on Sundays, when we commemorate so great a blessing as our Saviour's resurrection.
HOLY WEEK - the week before Easter.
PALM SUNDAY day of Christ's Entrance into Jerusalem, is the next before Easter.
day of the Crucifixion, is the third
GOOD FRIDAY day before Easter.
EASTER day of the Resurrection. Easter Day, on which the other Movable Feasts and Fasts depend, is the first Sunday after the full moon which happens upon, or next after, the 21st day of March, the Vernal Equinox. If the full moon is on a Sunday, Easter Day is the Sunday after. Easter Day, from being nearly coincident with the Jewish Passover, and also because of the analogy between the sacrifice of Christ and that of the lamb of the Paschal feast, is often alluded to in the same terms; and most nations give it a name derived from the Greek name of the Passover, Pascha.
ASCENSION DAY, called also Holy Thursday, is the fortieth day after Easter.
WHITSUNDAY giving of the Holy Spirit, is the fiftieth day after Easter. Whitsunday is probably so called because, this day being one of the stated times for baptism in the ancient Church, those who were baptized were clothed in white garments, as a type of spiritual purity.
The coincidence of this feast with the Jewish Festi
val of Pentecost, held in commemoration of the giving of the Law from Sinai, on the fiftieth day of the departure of the Israelites from Egypt, has caused this feast to be recognized as analogous to that, and often to be called by that name.
After Whitsunday, twenty-eight Sundays, or fewer, from about the middle of May to Advent, complete the year.
ALL SAINTS' DAY is the first day of November.