Why do Catholics go through 40 days of Lent? We asked these young adults — but can you guess the correct answer?
Armando: I thought there was no more Sundays in Lent.
Derrell: It’s 40 days of Lent. So ain’t that mean they’re cherry picking the Sundays?
Anna: Lent to said to last 40 days, even though the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter is 46 days. Why is this?
Brian: Do you know?
Sean: Oh boy.
Brian: I know.
Maria: Okay, so …
Derrell: I was thinking it’s because it’s supposed to be representing Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. So we got 40 days for Lent.
Coty: Do you get the weekends off or something?
Anna: Oh, is it Sundays don’t count?
Anna: The Sundays don’t count.
Sean: Do you know why that is?
Armando: I thought it has to do with Good Friday.
Sean: You can cheat on your Lenten, whatever you promised to give up on Sunday. I don’t know if that’s because God rested on Sunday or I don’t know.
Brian: No, I think that’s in the Bible. “You can cheat.”
Anna: Every Sunday’s a little Easter.
Anna: My mom would be so proud.
Lester: Which is the last Sunday of Lent?
Tara: A) Palm Sunday.
Brian: B) Gaudete Sunday.
Lea: Or C) the Triduum.
Anna: This is a tough one.
Sean: I’m not gonna lie. I only know what Palm Sunday is.
Derrell: Oh yeah.
Armando: There are no Sundays of Lent. It doesn’t even count. That’s a trick question.
Derrell: What do you mean? It’s 40 Days of Lent, we’re not talkin’ about—
Armando: You just said there’s 40 days, but there’s no Sundays.
Derrell: What do you mean?
Brian: Because the Triduum is the Holy Thursday, Good Friday and uh…
Sean: Oh yeah. Yeah.
Brian: Holy Saturday? Holy Saturday.
Lea: When do we celebrate Gaudete though?
Anna: Oh, that’s the third one in Advent, isn’t it?
Derrell: I thought Palm Sunday was when Jesus came in on the donkey. Y’all remember that, right? That’s Palm Sunday and that is the last Sunday in Lent, because I went to Catholic school. A.
A: Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent.
Armando: All right, wait. Okay, Palm Sunday’s before Easter. Okay, that makes sense.
Derrell: That’s Easter Sunday you’re talkin’ about, man.
Armando: I was thinking— I was thinking— I was messed up.