Friday, February 27, 2015

40 days

The number 40 is a significant number in the bible because it signifies a preparation for something special like:
The rain lasted for 40 days in the mighty flood – Noah
Moses stayed on the Mount Sinai for forty days (Ex 24:18)
Jonah gave the people of Ninevah forty days to repent (Jon 3:4)
Jesus, before starting His ministry, spent forty days in the desert in prayer and fasting             (Matt 4:2)
The 40 days of Lent actually end on Palm Sunday, and then starts Holy Week. Thus the first three days of Holy Week are not part of Lent, but they are listed and referred to as Monday of Holy Week, Tuesday of Holy Week and Wednesday of Holy Week, also referred to as Spy Wednesday, referring to the fact that on that day Judas betrayed Jesus. The Holy Triduum of course include Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

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