Great Lent

Today is the first day of Great Lent in the Maronite Church. It is a day of celebration before Ash Monday (or Clean Monday), when the period of fasting and abstinence begins.

The Season of Great Lent marks the Church’s period of preparation for the feast of feasts, the Resurrection of our Lord. This season recalls the forty day period the Lord spent in the desert in prayer and fasting and, at the same time, it invites us to personal conversion through penance, fasting, prayer and alms-giving.  During this season we follow the Lord as he goes up to Jerusalem to suffer, die and rise to a glorious new life.

The seven Sundays of Great Lent are:

Cana Sunday: Entrance into Lent

Sunday of the Leper: Second Sunday of Lent

Sunday of the Hemorrhaging Woman: Third Sunday of Lent

Sunday of the Prodigal Son: Fourth Sunday of Lent

Sunday of the paralytic: Fifth Sunday of Lent

Sunday of Bartimaeus the Blind: Sixth Sunday of Lent

Hosanna Sunday

These Sundays of Great Lent place the miracles of the Lord before us, especially his healing miracles, which are the messianic signs of his power over sin and death. They point to the greatest wonder of God, the resurrection of Christ from the dead. Each of these miracles are signs of the faith of the one being healed. We are called to respond to Jesus as they did by deepening our faith in the Lord and giver of life.

The weekdays of Great Lent have their own proper prayers which are given in the Common of the Week: Great Lent. These prayers speak especially of fasting and prayer and of the cross as the beacon which leads us to the harbor of salvation.

The independent weekday cycle composed of six weeks divided into three stages initiating the pattern of Christ’s public life. They include the Week of Lent, the Week of Miracles and Hosanna Week.

 - from the “Prayer of the Faithful” Vol. 2; Choice of Office; Season of Great Lent

Announcement

Hey guys! 

I’ve decided to give up Tumblr and Pinterest for Lent 2016. I did this last year and it really helped me focus on my prayer life and other responsibilities since I didn’t have any distractions. 

Lent starts on Wednesday, February 10th so my last day on here is Tuesday, February 9th. The only posts you might see on my blog after that day will be from queued posts I currently have saved, which will not be putting out posts very often. 

I feel the need to say thanks to those of you who are following me! Thanks for sticking with me for so long and listening to my ramblings. 

I’ll be back on Easter Sunday on both medias so I guess it can be considered a temporary hiatus until then. 

God bless and have a wonderful week! 

“When de Soto and his party arrived at Casqui, the area was in the midst of a prolonged drought. The High Miko (or chief) of the town, greeted de Soto and told him that he had heard of the great power of the Spanish and their god. He asked de Soto if he could give the people of Casqui a sign of the Spanish god and perhaps that would help with the drought.

De Soto ordered his Genoese carpenter and shipwright to cut down a cypress tree and use it to build a large cross. This was then erected in front of the High Miko’s house on top of the mound. The Spanish and Indians held a solemn procession to the cross where the Spanish priests celebrated mass. According to the Spanish accounts, a big rainstorm broke that night.

When the top of the mound was excavated by archaeologists in the 1960s, they found a large cypress wood post in place in front of the remains of the structure. Radiocarbon assays on the charred wood date it to the 1540s, making a good case that this is the base of the cross." 

Some days, you have a string of experiences in a given time period and suddenly, the link between them becomes clear. I had one of these moments today.Originally, I thought today was about my friendship with Justin (that’s been an ongoing pattern this week), but that wasn’t it. The purpose of my day was fellowship and fostering relationships with women whose vocations parallel mine.

I spent time with a friend and her kids after cleaning the church and I was able to talk to her and play with her children. After the rosary, another friend, her boyfriend, and Justin went to the park with her kids (which I was totally not dressed for). 

I went to Sarah’s bridal shower. As the married women there were sharing their insights about how to make a marriage work, I realized that this advice was for me, too. I need to know makes a marriage work, too, so that when I eventually have a family of my own, I am also armed with this information, too (hey! God is doing what I requested of my boss: giving me information that is going to make me successful). 

Female friendships are important, especially those across vocational and generational lines and today was for showing me this important fact.

“The monumental greatness of the Roman Mass,” writes Joseph Jungmann, the greatest historian of the Roman Mass. “lies in its antiquity which reaches back to the Church of the martyrs, and in its spread which, with its Latin language, spans many nations. Nowhere else is it so plain that the Church is both apostolic and catholic.”

in: Anne roche Muggeridge, The Desolate City, Revolution in the Catholic Church.

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In the Christian view, chastity by no means signifies rejection of human sexuality or lack of esteem for it: Rather it signifies spiritual energy capable of defending love from the perils of selfishness and aggressiveness, and able to advance it toward its full realization.

 –Pope St. John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio