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Liturgy arrangements for New Year and Lent

HONG KONG (SE): Special liturgical prayers for a Thanksgiving Mass celebrated on the eve of the Lunar New Year of the Monkey and for the Mass of the Lunar New Year itself, which falls on February 8, have been approved for use by Hong Kong diocese.

Although Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, falls within the three-day New Year holiday celebration on February 10, the diocese has, as is its custom in other years, given a dispensation from the usual discipline of fast and abstinence.