Apostles' Lent

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Dear Thirumeni,

Hope you are doing fine.

Kindly guide me on the evolution and significance of Apostles Lent.

With lots of love and prayers



Dear (?)
Thank you for the mail and question. Yes I am doing fine and am in San Francisco. Hope you are doing fine the by the grace of God.

The Apostles lent was probably started in the 5th century. This was instituted to thank God for the work of the Apostles in our midst. The idea behind the lent is, Jesus had asked them to wait in Jerusalem till they received the Holy Spirit. After Pentecost, they had to go out to witness Christ. The Church assumes that they had a period of fasting and preparation for their mission.  The disciples never fasted, as the Pharisees did, while Jesus was with them.  Because Jesus had said ‘the children of the bride-chamber cannot fast when the groom is present and a time will come when he is gone and they will fast’(Matthew 9:15 , Mark 2:19-20, Luke 5:34-35).  Similarly, we the apostles of Christ in today’s world who have observed the Pentecost and are renewed in H. Spirit, have to fast and then go out and spread the good news about God’s saving work in Christ. These days we only observe these practices, but never do what should follow that.

With regards and prayers


Dear Thirumeni..

I have one doubt. This year, apostles lent will be start from what time? 15th June, 6 PM or 16th 6PM?


Strictly speaking it should start on 16th which means 15th after 6 pm. But Sunday in any case is a day of the Lord and hence there is no lent on that day. The lent concludes on 28th evening and the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul will be on 29th.