...The word “Lent” comes from an old English word meaning the season of spring. The
Church’s Lent always occurs in the spring, of course, but since its beginning, Ash
Wednesday is determined by the date of Easter and Easter is a movable observance
reckoned by lunar calculation and can occur as early as March 22nd or as late as April
25 th . Lent itself begins at variable dates in the spring. The Lenten season actually
extends over a period of 46 days, but the Sundays occurring during that period are not
part of Lent but are feast days...