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Kat Davis practicing picking up trash. Photo by Theresa Ceman

Kat Davis practicing picking up trash. Photo by Theresa Ceman

Kat Davis practicing picking up trash. Photo by Theresa Ceman

Kat Davis practicing picking up trash. Photo by Theresa Ceman

Evelyn Zhao and Theresa Ceman

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Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter. It is one of the most important times of year for many Catholics around the world. This year, Lent goes from Wed, Mar 6, 2019 to Thu, Apr 18, 2019. While Advent is a celebration and a time of joy, Lent is more frequently seen as a time of preparation for the celebration of death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. During these days, Christians around the world observe Lent in many ways. Some will observe the fast strictly, beginning with the abstinence of meat, fish, eggs and fats until Easter Sunday (with no meat whatsoever on Fridays). Other people will choose to give up just one thing for Lent, such as chocolate, meat, or alcohol.

As a Catholic high school, many girls at Rosary also chose to give up something for Lent.

We first interviewed Megan Darling ’20

Izzy praying more during lent.
Photo by Theresa Ceman

RR: What do you give up during Lent? Why?

Megan: During Lent, I fast, so I sacrifice extra snacks during the day and just eat meals. This helps me get closer to God and have better control over myself and my faith. I also make an effort to spend more time in prayer to talk with God.

RR: What does Lent means to you?

Megan: To me, Lent is a time of giving, whether it is giving up something or giving to someone in need.

RR: What does your family typically do during Lent?

Megan:  During Lent, my family and I typically spend more time praying together at night and making sure each of us doesn’t break our Lenten sacrifices.

Then, we interviewed Keqin Chen’20.

RR: what do you give up during Lent?

Keqin: Well, I am not a Catholic, so I actually do not know a lot about Lent stuff. But I want to try to give up something during Lent like everyone else in Rosary.

RR: Then what do you want to give up?

Keqin: I want to give up candies and chips if I can.

Then, we interviewed Maryann Compton ’20

Maryann giving up chips. Photo by Evelyn Zhao

RR: What do you give up during Lent?

Maryann: During Lent, I decided to give up buying unnecessary items.

Our last interview was with Kat Davis ’20

RR: What do you give up during Lent? Why?

Kat: I didn’t really give up anything; rather, I am doing something instead. I am working on cleaning up the environment more as I have become more aware of how much we pollute our environment. More specifically, going to beach clean ups.

RR: What does Lent means to you?

Kat: I think Lent is a time of giving up things and a time of penance. We should all do something to make us closer to God.

Lent is the greatest and most solemn period of fasting on the Christian church’s calendar. Royal Reporters really wish that every Royals in Rosary can have a great preparation for Easter, and have a great Lent.

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