February 2024 Lion's Roar: All things Lent
In just a few short weeks, Lent will be here. Lent is a time for self-inventory, self-discipline, and self-improvement. We have some special events to help you on your journey.
through Mark with St. Mark’s” will upload to our Facebook page Monday through
Saturday at 7a. We’ll start with a
reading from the Gospel of Mark and I’ll make a few comments on the text. The entire Gospel of Mark will be read by the
end of the forty days.
(starting 2/21) Deacon Dorothy will lead our Lenten series. We’ll gather at 4p for a meal of soup and
bread. The program will be from
5-6p. Join us at All Saints’ or on Zoom.
4p Dorothy and Andy will lead us in a virtual Stations of the Cross via Zoom.
will be back. A bracket of 32 Saints has
been assembled. Read about each Saint at
lentmadness.org to fill out your bracket.
Each day during Lent (with a few exceptions), two Saints face off until
the bracket is down to two. Who will win
this year’s Golden Halo???
So, how do we determine when Lent starts and when is the date
for Easter? Christians celebrated Easter
at different times for the first several centuries. There was no common date. That gets confusing real fast!!
King Oswy invited theologians and other learned individuals
to gather at Whitby (Northumbria) in 664 of the Common Era (formerly A.D., or
Anno Domini, in the year of Our Lord).
The Council of Whitby allowed both the Eastern and the Western Churches
to make their case for the date of Easter.
After hearing both sides, Oswy sided with the Western date,
which is determined by the following formula:
first full moon
vernal (spring) equinox
Ash Wednesday is then 40 days before Easter—Sundays are not
included in the counting. Our brothers
and sisters in the East continue to follow the Eastern dating, which
differs. In 2024, Eastern Easter is over
a month after Easter in the West (5 May compared to our 31 March).