My First Lent

February 11, 2010

This year I will experience Lent for the first time. In my former life as a Protestant I knew that Lent was the period of time proceeding Easter. I had a friend who would give something up (usually a vice of some sort) during this time. Otherwise I was completely ignorant on the topic.

In Orthodoxy I am finding that Lent is a very big deal because it is a preparatory period leading up to Pascha (Easter). So now my ears are perked when I hear anyone mention something about Lent. Interestingly enough, Christianity Today just published several articles on this very topic:

Lent—Why Bother? To Lead Us to Christ

Lent—Why Bother? For Spiritual Exercise

Lent—Why Bother? To Take Up the Cross