...I was wondering if you could share with us a little about the meaning behind Ash Wednesday, and Lent. I know a lot of Christian denominations share in Advent during the Christmas holidays, but not so much with Lent. The Lord has been leading me to scripture lately on being "holy." And honestly, I feel the need to prepare my heart and observe this time of year differently some how this year. I always fast on Good Friday, but I feel the need to do something more...I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks - Tiffany Blessings on your day!
Interestingly enough, the Orthodox don't observe Ash Wednesday! In fact, Great Lent hasn't even begun for us! Our Easter (Pascha) isn't until the end of April. In addition, our Lenten practices are a bit different than those of other Christians.
Though it has taken me a long time to respond to your question, I have been thinking about it a lot. When I discussed it with one of my Roman Catholic friends, she suggested than rather than focusing on giving something up for Lent, you focus on working on a virtue you'd like to improve in yourself, increase the spiritual reading you do or even work on praying more. Lent is a great time to focus on drawing closer to God and all of those suggestions will help you work towards that!
Do any of my readers have other suggestions for Tiffany?