Ash Wednesday ts Eliot - Lenten season 2020, Lent Dates, Calendar, Days 2020

Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. It occurs 46 days (40 fasting days, if the six Sundays, which are not days of fast, are excluded) before Easter and can fall as early as February 4 or as late as March 10. Ash Wednesday is observed by many Western Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Roman Catholics.

Ash Wednesday TS Eliot

Talking about T.S.Eliot, T.S.Eliot was a great poet. He has written many poems in his period. Out of which his conversion poem is "Ash Wenesday" because, it's one of the long poems he wrote after covering to Anglicanism, which is officially established Christian Church of England. The title refers to "Ash Wednesday", the first forty days of Lent, which is a time for self reflection, sacrifice, and repentance in many denominations of Christianity.
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  • There are total six sections in the poem, and each one deals with speaker's aspiration to move from a sense of spiritual salvation.
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Lets take a sneak peak of his poem:

Section 1:

Because I do not hope to turn again
Because I do not hope
Because I do not hope to turn
Desiring this man's gift and that man's scope
I no longer strive to strive towards such things
(Why should the aged eagle stretch its wings?)
Why should I mourn
The vanished power of the usual reign?

Because I do not hope to know again
The infirm glory of the positive hour
Because I do not think
Because I know I shall not know
The one veritable transitory power
Because I cannot drink
There, where trees flower, and springs flow, for there is nothing again

Because I know that time is always time
And place is always and only place
And what is actual is actual only for one time
And only for one place
I rejoice that things are as they are and
I renounce the blessed face
And renounce the voice
Because I cannot hope to turn again
Consequently I rejoice, having to construct something
Upon which to rejoice

And pray to God to have mercy upon us
And pray that I may forget
These matters that with myself I too much discuss
Too much explain
Because I do not hope to turn again
Let these words answer
For what is done, not to be done again
May the judgement not be too heavy upon us

Because these wings are no longer wings to fly
But merely vans to beat the air
The air which is now thoroughly small and dry
Smaller and dryer than the will
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still.

Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death
Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
In the above section, the speaker is sent to reject all worldly things. In the first two stanzas, he reflects the hope of any fulfillment in worldly diversions, any potential for joy in existance, and acknowledges that the 'one veritable transitory power' is insubstantial, porne to fading away into thin air.

Ash Wednesday Lenten Season 2020, Lent Dates, Days 2020, Calendar

Now talking abot Lent, Lent is a solemn religious observance in the litugical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. The purpose behind Lent is the preparation of the observed in Roman Catholic Churches.In Lent many Christians commit to fasting and giving up certain luxuries as a form of penance. Lent traditionally lasts for forty days.

Some important Lent dates:

  • Lent 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Lent 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 to Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Lent 2019
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 to Saturday, April 20, 2019
  • Lent 2020
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 to Saturday, April 11, 2020
  • Lent 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 to Saturday, April 3, 2021
  • Lent 2022
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 to Saturday, April 16, 2022
  • Lent 2023
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 to Saturday, April 8, 2023
  • Lent 2024
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 to Saturday, March 30, 2024
  • Lent 2025
Wednesday, March 5, 2025 to Saturday, April 19, 2025
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