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"The resurrection of Jesus, celebrated as Easter or Pascha, is the most sacred day of the year for Christians. Many denominations take part in several weeks of spiritual preparation, called Lent. Here is a quiz on the practice. Thanks, hope you enjoy."
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In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the first Monday of Lent is a time of celebration. This is so people will not become downcast by the fasting, but see it as a time to make a 'new start' and draw closer to God. What is the day called?
On the first Wednesday of Lent, Roman Catholics attend services and have something placed on their foreheads. What is this?
Several churches observe similar guidelines about meals during Lent. These include reducing the size of meals, avoiding rich foods, and so on. People may also make changes in other ways. Which of the following is generally *not* true in these churches?
One may eat meat and dairy at any time
You can take medicines if they are necessary or prescribed
You can continue to drink water or non-alcoholic drinks
One should try to make more time for prayer and contemplation
Most churches that observe Lent will allow certain exceptions to the fasting standards, for those with a pressing need. They may be allowed to eat more of certain types of foods. Which of these people would *not* qualify?
A person with doctor's orders for their diet
Someone who is injured or ill
A person aged 25, with no known health issues
In some cultures, the day before the start of Lent, called Mardi Gras, or Carnival, is a celebration of one last time to do things not permitted during the fast. However, the day may be also called Shrove Tuesday. Why is that?
People were expected to start Lent by going to Confession
People were expected to sleep all day, to avoid temptation
People had to bring their sheep to be sheared
People were not allowed to eat onions
Lent is not only a time to fast, but also to pray. In the United Methodist Church, which of the following is the title of a Lenten meditation series written in 2010 by the Rev. Mark Price?
Going to Calvary
Bread on the Way to the Cross
The Journey to Redemption
The Long Loneliness
The object of Lenten fasting is not only to discipline oneself. In ancient times, one was expected to do which of the following?
Ask your neighbors to return things they borrowed from you
Get more physical exercise
Do seasonal cleaning at your house
Take the money you would have spent on extra food, and give it to the poor
The last day of Lent is Holy Saturday. In the Catholic Church, the policy is that the Easter Vigil Mass should begin at a particular time. What is that?
When the moon is visible
When any star other than the Sun is visible
In the Lutheran Church, the minister will wear vestments of a certain color, as a sign of the repentance that is the theme of the season of Lent. What color is that?
Among children, one of the most anticipated traditions of the Lenten fast is the opportunity to break it. Which of the following is a snack often given as a gift to celebrate the end of the Lenten restrictions?
Crosses made out of palm fronds
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Compiled Dec 04 13