I have a bit of a confession. I love liturgy and the liturgical calendar. Why is this shocking? I’m technically not “liturgical,” meaning I worship at a church/tradition that doesn’t observe the liturgical year formally. I don’t adhere to the liturgical calendar strictly, but I do believe that there are a few things that non-liturgicals can gain from it.
The purpose of the liturgical calendar is to draw us closer to Jesus by observing the year against the backdrop of His life. Since we tend to divvy up our year with special days and holidays anyway, we might as well do it through the lens of Jesus and Scripture, right? So, instead of “Sweetest Day” (that’s an actual thing), you might celebrate Epiphany.
Right now, we are entering the season of Lent. This marks 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Resurrection Day, or Easter, and begins on Ash Wednesday. In traditional Ash Wednesday services, you would “receive the ashes” in the form of a cross on your forehead to symbolize inner repentance of sins.
Because that is what Lent is all about. Many tend to focus on the “giving up” part of Lent without truly understanding the real purpose of it. The three main focuses of Lent are repentance, prayer, and almsgiving. You can fast from whatever you may chose during Lent, but if that is all you do, then you are missing some of the biggest blessings of this liturgical observance.
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