A Lenten Vocabulary

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by Jean Grant

Unscramble each set of letters to form a word associated with Lent. Then find the definition of the word below and complete the definition by writing the word in the blank.

stainbence    _______________        smalinigvg    _______________

stingfa        _______________        hAs sendeWday ______________

sampl        _______________        encapen    _______________

treeds        _______________        repayr        _______________

secarific    _______________        loveit        _______________


1. Acts of fasting, prayer, and giving alms are ways of doing ___________, especially during Lent.

2. During Lent, ______________ refers to eating no meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays.

3. The season of Lent reflects the 40 days that Jesus spent in the __________.

4. _______________ is the giving of money or goods to the poor as a form of penance.

5. ______________ is an act that shows our love for God and others by putting God and others before ourselves.

6. _____  _____________ is the first day of Lent.

7. When we eat only one regular-sized meal and two smaller meals during the days of Lent we are ______________.

8. ___________ from the previous Palm Sunday are burned to be used as ashes for Ash Wednesday.

9. __________ is the color of vestments worn on four of the six Sundays of Lent.

10. ______________ is the lifting of our hearts and minds to God.

ANSWER KEY: 1. penance   2. abstinence   3. desert   4. Almsgiving   5. Sacrifice   6. Ash Wednesday   7. fasting   8. Palms   9. Violet   10. Prayer

Permission is granted for use in your program and with your students’ families. To review the correct definitions, go to catechist.com, Support for Catechist, Article Archive, and enter keyword vocabulary and author Grant.

Jean Grant teaches second grade at St. Charles Borromeo School, St. Charles, MO.

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This article was written by the Catechist Staff and appeared in Catechist magazine, January 2011.

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