The cross is the sign of our salvation, a symbol of suffering, sacrifice and compassion, and an emblem of paradox and glory.Read more
Fr. Pádraig McCarthy has prepared a page with the current and the new translation of the four regular Prefaces for Lent, and the Preface for the First Sunday of Lent, side by side for purposes of comparison.Read more
Repentance. Renewal. Community.
Praying. Fasting. Giving.
Almost seems too easy, no?
Perhaps I am simply an incurable hedonist, but thinking of the Lenten fast as an occasion for moral and spiritual improvement strikes me as profoundly wrong.Read more
An Adams County blogger is planning to abstain from solid food for 46 days as he investigates an old tale about doppelbock beer, aka “liquid bread,” first developed for the Christian season of Lent more than 300 years ago by monks in Munich, Germany.Read more
How do we ask for forgiveness authentically? What is needed for the sound of our asking to ring true, and deeply so? (I remember a spectacularly naïve request for forgiveness I received a few years ago, and I still cringe in pain). One thing I do know: being able to say, straightforwardly, the words “forgive me” is a step in the right direction. The simple words say so much more than “I am sorry.” For one, “forgive me” voices a direct request to another, who by these two words is rendered visible as the one who has been wronged.Read more
There is a certain tension between the liturgical year and academic year. This tension becomes most pronounced when one places the season of Lent and the Spring semester in the same arena.Read more
“For those who do too much,” the lector read, “for those who eat and drink too much, or spend too much, or hurry too much, may the discipline of fasting bring simplicity and peace…”Read more
What is your congregation or community doing for Lent?Read more
What do you do when you have a mixed congregation mostly of Episcopalians and Roman Catholics, with varying traditions for greeting the gospel, gathered during Lent for a diaconal ordination?Read more