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It’s not you, Lent, it’s me

Sometimes I feel like breaking up with Lent. (It’s not you, Lent … really, it’s me.)  It’s not that Lent has done anything wrong (other than being demanding, relentlessly there every, single year, with no regard for my emotional state as I…

Understanding Lenten sacrifices

Each year our family begins Lent in the kitchen. My wife rolls out three long and thick strands of salt dough that she then braids together. Next she attaches one extremity of the dough creation to the other to form a circle. Then the fun…

Eastern rite Lent: Pray early and often

Today we will not be talking about a who but a what. Let’s get down with Lent! Literally. What Father is chanting in Old Slavonic is: You suffered greatly for us Jesus Christ, Son of God Have mercy on us Just as in the West,…