My best wishes to you for Lent

We are on the cusp Lent, which word comes from Old English lencten, for "spring".  The Latin term is Quadragesima, which refers to "fortieth" as in more or less the fortieth day from Easter.  In Germany you say Fastenzeit and the French, sticking closer to Latin, say Carême (in French the circumflex usually indicates an  "s" which morphed out of the orthography) and in Spanish Cuaresma.  In Italy, where I am, we call this season Quaresima.  Some people, such as the Rita Skeeter of Catholic blogging might have lead you to think that in Italian you say "Quaresimo", as if the word were masculine in gender, but happily there are editing features in blog software.  I am happy for that nearly every day!

Each day of Lent has its proper Collect.  I will do my best to keep up with these.   This is not what I consider my lenten penance, though it might be for you to read them patiently.

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  1. James says:

    Grazie Fr. Z…

    Guess it’s that 50% Sicilian blood in my system…

  2. Jeff says:

    Thanks so much, Father Z. I’ll pray for you this Lent; whenever I come here I will say a prayer for you first. And don’t forget to pray for all of us with an especial fervor; we need it!

    “Inter vestibulum et altare plorabant sacerdotes ministri Domini, et dicent: Parce, Domine, parce populo tuo: et ne claudas ora canentium te Domine.”

    (I suppose it wouldn’t hurt if SOME of us had our mouths stopped when we sing, but you get the idea.)

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