Lent Approaches…

Time to start thinking about how to keep a holy Lent…

I always have a hard time with this. I try to take on too much and rarely sustain it well. I’m thinking of switching to Rite II for the Office and using the Kyrie Pantocrator for the first canticle OJN-style…

I’m also thinking about using Leo the Great’s Lenten sermons as my edifying reading. I may post a section a day with thoughts and comments—but I haven’t fully committed to that one yet.

Update:
For the sake of completeness, I’ll throw in some links to M’s thoughts on keeping Lent and my two-part series at the Episcopal Cafe on fasting: part 1 and part 2.

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8 Responses to Lent Approaches…

  1. brian m says:

    Are you suggesting that Rite II is a form of penance?

  2. brian m says:

    ” . . . and also with me.”

  3. Scott K says:

    Well, I guess I should take on Rite I, then! (Will this be the year I follow through on a promise to make a sacramental Confession?)

  4. bls says:

    I was just thinking about Confession, Scott K.; I’ve never done it either and would like to.

    I guess in the old days we’d do this by Tuesday, but probably these days we could do it anytime during the season.

    I’m going to really try to do that this year, and thanks for reminding me.

  5. Scott K says:

    I’ve probably made a confession about five times, total, in my life. Possibly four. I’ve got a lot of ground to cover; it’s been about 20 years since my last one. I wrote it all down in a notebook on a retreat two years ago. Better update it and do the confession, I guess! Then I can burn that and start over.

  6. bls says:

    Oops, sorry – I misread your first post and thought you meant you’d never done it.

    (But I’ve done Step 5 several times, if that counts…. :-)

    And it does, I think!)

  7. John-Julian, OJN says:

    As the Ashes approach, I have always tried to ask myself in what positive spiritual direction my life seems to be moving (without clear intention) — and simply to make that direction more intentional in Lent.

    I’ve always wanted Lent to be a “building on” something rather than an entire volte-face (although there surely have been times when a sin has required just that).

    Poetically, it’s always seemed a little like the coming of twilight, i.e., a normal “down time”, requiring only that I act accordingly.

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