Posted by: celticanglican | March 11, 2012

Never Far from the Empty Tomb

Lent is one of those Church seasons that I think troubles a lot of people. This seems to be especially true of some who not only don’t keep Lent, but actively discourage Christians from observing it. While for some people Lent turns into an effort to outdo the other guy spiritually, this isn’t really what the spirit of the season is about.

One thing that I think would help some more fully appreciate the value of Lent is to look at the significance it had for early Christians. This was considered to be a time of preparation for baptismal candidates, and many parishes still follow this custom for their adult baptismal candidates.

Yes, Lent has some stark images that remind us of mortality and Christ’s Passion. We see this in the ashes applied at Ash Wednesday (“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”), the lack of flowers at the altar, images such as the veiled cross and the crown of thorns. Yet, something far better waits around the corner – the empty tomb. Christ is risen.

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  1. Reblogged this on The Liturgical Christianity Portal and commented:

    Even though I wrote this as a general Lenten meditation, the message ties in with Good Friday and the “Queen of Feasts” we’ll celebrate Sunday


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