First Sunday in Lent
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First Sunday in Lent

Quadragesima Sunday (also known as Invocabit Sunday or Invocavit Sunday) is the first Sunday in Lent, occurring after Ash Wednesday.

The term Quadragesima is derived from the Latin word for "fortieth", as there are exactly forty days from Quadragesima Sunday until Good Friday. However, like Quinquagesima, Sexagesima and Septuagesima, the numeral is more likely an approximation of how many days there are until Easter Sunday, in this case 42. While Quadragesima includes both Sundays and weekdays, the beginning of Lent was later changed to the preceding Wednesday, "Ash Wednesday", to get in forty weekdays.

'Invocabit' or 'Invocavit' is the opening word of the introit for the day.

Quadragesima Sunday may occur as early as February 8 or as late as March 14.

In both the ordinary form of the Roman rite and common English parlance it is known as the First Sunday of Lent.

The buergbrennen festivities centred on a large bonfire are celebrated in the towns and villages of Luxembourg on the first Sunday of Lent to herald the coming of spring.[1]


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Quadragesima". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

  1. ^ "Die Geschichte des Buergbrennens", Neuspelter Buergbrenner a.s.b.l.. (in German) Retrieved 22 February 2011.

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