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The Etymology of the Word Lent Part 1

The Etymology of the Word Lent Part 1

African-American soldiers on a soup line at a YMCA in 1917, Courtesy of the New York Public library

African-American soldiers on a soup line at a YMCA in 1917, Courtesy of the New York Public library

The word Lent originally meant spring. And people called it the spring fast. “From very early times of the Christian church, Lent has been observed in commemoration of Christ's 40 days of fasting as a special season of penitence in preparation for the Easter feast," One reads in the pages of a 1916 in edition of the Boston Globe

Beans Soup Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup of white beans

Salt

Pepper

Butter

Water

Instructions

Soak 1 cup of white beans in water overnight. In the morning pour the water off and cover with freshwater, then simmer gently in uncovered in a pot until tender, which will require from 2 to 3 hours. When soft rub through a colander, or sleeve return to the pot, season with salt, pepper and butter, bring to a steaming point and serve hot.

The Hartford Courant, Mar 17, 1903

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The Etymology of the Word Lent Part 2

The Etymology of the Word Lent Part 2

Why fast during the Lenten season?

Why fast during the Lenten season?