Arkansas Catholic’s Lenten Trivia Answer Key

1. B

Lent lasts 40 days excluding Sundays, from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday.

2. B

False. Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation. While we aren’t obligated to go to Mass, it is the beginning of Lent and one of the most attended Masses annually.

3. B

Traditionally, Good Friday services are held at 3 p.m., the hour when it is believed Jesus died.

4. B

Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday because it is the day that we commemorate Our Lord’s real sacrifice on the cross, according to St. Thomas.

5. C

During Lent, adults should fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means one full meal and two smaller ones that do not equal one full meal. 

6. A

Baptists do not traditionally observe Lent. Lent is observed by Catholics, Anglicans/Episcopalians, Orthodox, Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians.

7. C

Holy Thursday is sometimes also called Maundy Thursday. It is derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.” 

8. A 

Lent means spring or the lengthening of days. It is traced to the Old English word lencten (related to “lengthen,” or lengthening of days or season of spring).

9. C

Confirmation is not usually associated with Lent. During Lent, reconciliation is emphasized, and catechumen prepare to be baptized and received into the Church.

10. B

Chrism Mass is the annual Mass during Holy Week where holy oils are blessed by the bishop. Chrism is a mixture of oil and fragrance used in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and holy orders, as well as consecrating new churches and altars.

11. A

Alleluia is never said during Mass in Lent. Alleluia is the Greek and Latin form of the Hebrew word Hallelujah and means “praise the Lord.”

12. C

Violet is the liturgical color during most days of Lent. Violet (purple) is also used during Advent.

13. B

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday. The season officially ends when Holy Thursday Mass begins.

14. C

At Masses during Lent, the Gloria is always omitted, except for solemnities. Like Alleluia, the Gloria usually is not permitted.

15.  C

Laetare is Latin for “rejoice.” On the fourth Sunday of Lent, we express hope and joy during our time of penance and fasting. 


14-15 correct: Excellent work! We can tell you have been studying.

13-14 correct: Great job! Your grasp of Lent is commendable. 

11-12 correct: You have a solid foundation in the faith.


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