March 10, 2016

Celebrating the Easter Season

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , , , at 9:56 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen…” (Matthew 28:5)

Easter, unlike Thanksgiving or Independence Day, is not celebrated on a single day. Instead, the Easter season begins with Lent, a 40-day period of prayer, reflection, and penance that leads up to Easter Sunday. It represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry. Read the rest of this entry »

February 17, 2015

Season of Lent

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , , , at 10:21 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him…” (Mark 1:12-13)

Even though I grew up in church, we didn’t celebrate Ash Wednesday or Lent. Easter was always a big deal, though, especially the new clothes. In fact, in spite of having Catholic and Methodist family members, all of whom celebrate Lent, I don’t remember hearing much about Ash Wednesday or Lent until I was in my 20s. In my defense, these family members live several hundred miles away. Then, when I was in my 20s, one of my mom’s friends, who is Lutheran, introduced us to the custom of Lent. Read the rest of this entry »