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Greg Laposa wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Are there any specific provisions related to Catholic doctrine and practice that suggests Sundays are not officially a day of Lent, thereby allowing those practicing the 40-day sacrifice to choose whether, or not, to refrain from engaging in a penitential practice during Sundays in Lent?

Greg

  { Are Sunday's during Lent an exception to the 40-day Lenten, penitential period? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Greg —

Thanks for the question.

Yes, there are!

In answering your question we have to separate doctrinal issues from disciplinary issues.

On the doctrinal side, the forty days of Lent exclude all Sundays during Lent because when we attend Sunday Mass, we are celebrating a "mini-Easter" throughout the year.

On the disciplinary side, you don't have to refrain from your Lenten penance of choice, but as you suggested, it doesn't make up one of the forty days of Lent, so you may refrain from any penitential practices on Sundays of Lent as well as on special feast days during Lent, like on the Feast of St. Joseph (March 19) and the Solemnity of the Annunciation. (March 25)

Hope you have a Holy Lent and Happy Easter!

Mike

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