Today is Monday February 22 and the 5th day of Lent. Note today is the 5th day of Lent because Sundays do not “count” as part of Lent. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lent for more information.
Lent, in Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan.
This practice was virtually universal in Christendom until the Protestant Reformation. Some Protestant churches do not observe Lent, but most, such as Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Anglicans, do.
and specifically regarding the Sunday’s not counting …
Most followers of Western Catholicism observe Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday (midday) and concluding at the Ninth Hour of Holy Thursday (44 days in the Catholic Church) or on Holy Saturday (46 days). One notable exception is the Archdiocese of Milan which follows the Ambrosian Rite and observes Lent starting exactly 6 weeks before Easter. The six Sundays in Lent are not counted among the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter,” a celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death. When Lent is to continue until Holy Saturday, this leaves exactly forty days of fasting.
I continue to encounter people who think lent is only for Catholics, which I find odd since all the friends i grew up with who went to other churches all observed Lent and every church I have gone to (and I have been to many besides the RCC) has observed Lent also.
Over the weekend I was challenged in my “water / milk only” devotion. Hubby got 3 2-litters for my birthday party. he never drinks soda, I love soda. I love sweet drink. So the temptation was real. It is still real — as they still sit here. I will be handing them off to a dear friend today or tomorrow as soon as the rural roads out here will allow me to get out and about. 🙂 I am however resisting them. I have such a weakness for sweet drink it is really sad.
for “school” today we worked on play choices that would develope fine motor in the hands for Big brother — both in strength and skill. We spent a long time on PLAYDOUGH which is a big fav around here. I was such a mean momma and did not allow any playdough at all till past 3 and i still insist that there is direct adult supervision. However, playdough has become a really enjoyed activity, Big Brother who doesn’t have a great attention span for much else (but being read to 🙂 🙂 ) has a great attentions span for playdough!!! However, despite the fact i keep reading that playdough is good for fine motor control and strength — i am not seeing any difference or any improvement 😦 I am looking for more ideas in this area.
Well we dropped the ball on 1/3 of our lent devotions today. 😦 I was good about my drinks, and I read the boys’ Bible to them (starting with the plague up to Samsam) but, 😦 I did not get my Bible read in front of them today. So tomorrow we will endeavor to make sure we get that done a lot earlier in the day so that we don’t stumble again.
NEW FEATURE: I am going to start, at the end of each day, listing out the books that the boys and I have read. Our Read-Out-Louds. I want to do this for a few reasons. Big Brother and I take turns picking books. I want to be able to look back after an amount of time and see what books we each come back to again and again. I especially want to make sure I am “feeding in” a good variety of book and blanching out the steady trickle of superhero books that others choose for their choices. Little Brother does offer a choice once in a while, and others that Big Brother or i choose will really get him excited. Library books are noted as such.
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket. Seuss. Little Brother request. 🙂 Big Brother can chant most of it with me. 🙂
The Beginner’s Bible. Exodus 7 (plagues) to 1 Sam 16. 64 pages — BUT there is only 1 or 2 sentences on each page. 🙂 I’d be happy to have a Biblical Scholar, but we don’t have one yet.
The Berenstian Bears Court Their Blessings
Curious George Makes Pancakes
Curious George and the Puppies
Good Night, Sleep Tight. By Penelope Lively
Llama Llama Red Pajama.