The Palm Leaves have been burnt from last Easter, and now is the time of Lent. Through the internet driven world where church can be seen on television, computer pod casts, and so on – it is not unprecedented to think that Lent is overlooked. Lent, as many of you may not know, is the time that Christians repent for the forgiveness of the times without God. The main reason for this repentance is for the period of time when God was not in the lives of humans on earth – a time before the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. It was during this time that humans were indulging in lust, acting in fraudulence schemes and other actions that were disseminating atheism. It is from the atheistic actions that Jesus was given as a gift to metamorphosis the actions of Christians and be liberated from sin.
Thus forth, this anniversary of atheism is observed exactly forty-six days before Easter, just after Ash Wednesday. Holy Sundays are excluded from this observance; therefore there are exactly forty days of repentance. These forty days resemble many events in the bible however the forty days of Lent are to mirror the two events that lead to the crucifixion of Jesus. The first of the two events were the forty days that Jesus was in the wilderness combating the temptations created by the devil. During this time, Jesus fasted from material blessings (food) and fed his appetite with Spiritual blessings (prayer). The second event was the forty hours that Jesus was said to be entombed before his resurrection. The resurrection presents the defeat over sin, death and the atheistic temptations. These two events manifest the importance of repentance and forgiveness of sins.
Since we were given the gift of forgiveness of our sins on Easter Sunday, Christians are to spend this anniversary observance before Easter repenting. Some traditional methods are as follows:
1. Only eat one meal a day. Basically, you can eat one meal a day and two small snacks. Snacks are not to succeed the amount of a second meal. Adults aged sixteen to sixty have commonly practiced this fast however not children, Christians sixty years or older and those with medical conditions that do not allow such a fasting diet.
2. One day of abstinence from meat. The date of this abstinence is chosen by your church. Christians that are older than fourteen years of age have commonly practiced this abstinence.
3. Fasting and Abstinence should be observed also on Good Friday.
4. Almsgiving: Acts of goodwill towards of others each day of Lent should be practiced.
5. Daily voyages to the church for confessions (if Catholic).
1. Giving up one thing that is important to you. For example: stop eating junk food during the forty-six days, stop watching television or whatever is important to you.
2. Read up on the forty days of temptation Jesus went through.
4. Read about the crucifixion.
5. Almsgiving: Acts of goodwill towards of others each day of Lent should be practiced.
As you are thinking about what you should fast, it is also important to keep these following things in mind while choosing:
1. Ampleness: Is what you are fasting enough?
2. Legitimateness? Is what you are fasting something that really is something that is in your everyday life. It needs to be something on a daily basis you usually can not live without. Make sure also that you are not giving up something for an excuse not to do something. For instance, you can not give up vegetables for the sake of the holiday.
3. Up-to-date? Maybe something you did when you were younger doesn’t really work today.
4. Will -power? Will you be able to stick to the plan?
Now even the most technologically advanced Christian should know the basics of the meaning, the date of observance and how to properly observe the anniversary of Lent. Lent the old English term that stands for “spring” means not only the current season however the cleansing of the soul and the upbringing of our Christianity and forgiveness of sins. Therefore, spring forth into a cleansing of the soul and nourish your body with the spiritual food.