Posted by Mo. Lyn on Mar 05, 2018
The traditional Lenten disciplines are fasting, almsgiving and prayer. Fasting can mean omitting certain meals, certain parts of meals, or certain foods from our diet. But it can also mean the giving up of a behavior or way of thinking which seems to be separating us from the awareness and presence of God.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Feb 05, 2018
In the early church, Lent was often the period of preparation for baptism on Easter Eve at the Great Vigil. It is the 40 weekdays and 6 Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Feb 09, 2016
Even early Christians observed a season of penitence and fasting as they prepared for the Paschal or Easter feast. The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning “spring” or the “time of lengthening days”) has a long history.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Feb 01, 2016
Ash Wednesday, the first of the forty days of the season of Lent, is named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of those who attend Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign our Lenten journey together, of penitence and a reminder that we are mortal beings.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on May 07, 2014
Have you ever noticed how noisy our lives are? Just spend a few moments listening to the world around you. Sometimes it is enough to make you crazy. And with all of our modern technology, you can’t get away from it. No matter where you go to escape, the cell phone keeps ringing. Even in a campground there is the sound of the generator and the television set in the RV next to you. The trouble with all this noise is that it limits our ability to listen to that inward part of ourselves from which all profound truths evolve. Listening to that inner self, and to the voice of the Holy One within is essential to our continued well-being. And so, many people seek out a silent retreat to expose themselves to an intentional quiet, a place, a time, committed to the practice of silence.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Mar 13, 2014
There’s something about wandering around in the wilderness of Lent that often results in new spiritual discoveries. Of course you have to avail yourself of a source for these new discoveries. They don’t often fall into your lap uninvited. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is offering a source for new discoveries each Thursday of Lent. The program is called Wine and Cheese and the Wind in the Trees. What? Wine and cheese at a church you ask. Well, Jesus drank wine. If you ask an Episcopalian about drinking wine they will most likely say quite wisely, “Everything in moderation.” Besides there are other beverage choices for those who prefer a non-alcoholic drink. And what is this about the wind in the trees?
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Feb 08, 2013
This year Lent starts February 13th. So what’s that all about? Lent is a traditional time in the Christian church to prepare oneself spiritually for Easter. There is documentation that this has been going on at least since the second century. But is it relevant today? Just because we’ve always done it this way, doesn’t mean we should keep doing it. Though it may need a bit of tweaking, it still has a lot to offer those of us living in the modern world. In fact it is perfect for us modern folk.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Mar 01, 2012
The Teutonic word Lent, originally meant no more than the spring season. It is 40 days plus 6 Sundays long and is the traditional time of spiritual preparation for the great Easter Feast. Holy Week, the last week leading up to Easter is considered a part of Lent. The purpose of Lenten preparations and disciplines is the renewal of one's relationship with God and a fresh and deeper commitment to the Christian life.
Posted by Mo. Lyn on Feb 07, 2012
Shrove Tuesday is noted in histories dating back to 1000 AD. The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb to shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins through confession and doing penance. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of Christians as a sign of mourning and repentance.