Ash Wednesday- our Lenten Journey
In old English “lencten” meant spring and as in March the days begin to lengthen the Saxons called it “lencten monath”. Usually most of the days of fasting between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday fall in March and so this period was given the name “Lencten Faesten”, or Lent.
In the earliest days of the Church there were only two or three days of fasting before Easter. It was not until around the fourth century that the longer period was introduced. At first, it was thirty six days but later became forty days to correspond with Christ’s fast in the wilderness.