Faith/Spirituality Forum: Lent

Lent QUESTION from Ricky Graves February 28, 2001 Can you tell me of any Biblical references concerning the practice of Lent? I am a new Catholic and am trying to learn some of the important things of our practice, through the bible.
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on April 26, 2001 Dear Mr. Graves:
The Practice of Lent is based upon the Biblical notion of 40 days of preparation that we find in the Old Testament.
The actual practice of Lent itself, is not in the Bible, but was practiced by the Church as a time of preparation and penance leading to Easter.
An article in the 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia may help:
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