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The Origins of Lent - Early Church - Bible

The Order of Centurions was formed in part " to encourage the practice of a simple, ancient form of worship". 
I commend this article featured on Orthodoxy Today which clearly shows that fasting was practiced as a part of preparation for baptism in the New Testament and  Early Church. 
The tradition of the 40-days Great Fast of Lent was made part of the canon at Nicea in the first Ecumenical council in 325 called by the Emperor Constantine. The author, Patrick Henry Reardon, cites several ancient documents in this informative article.

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