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Wadena churches observe Lent

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Churches around Wadena began a 40-day season on this weeks Ash Wednesday.

The season is Lent and it is six weeks long. The word Lent has a few origins.

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The Rev. Orv Sauter, pastor of the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ of Wadena, writes in a handout to his congregation that for people in the Northern Hemisphere lent means the lengthening of days for this time of year. Others, he writes, suggest the word derives from lentare. Lentare means to bend.

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