Lent - why do we keep punishing ourselves?
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Is the ancient tradition of Lent moving the same way as Christmas or Easter in the extent to which people are forgetting about its historical origins? How many people know, for example, that the six Sundays during Lent are traditionally supposed to be a break from the fast –a mini Easter, in anticipation of the actual event? Or that the entire period is in fact supposed to be a time for ‘sorrowful reflection’ (according to Wikipedia), between the death of Jesus and his resurrection? I certainly didn’t, until I read up on it in said Wikipedia article. I’m guessing most of us will be depressed not about the death of Jesus Christ (bit deep and heavy for us students to be contemplating, after all) but because our rent has just come out, we’re skint, and the exam timetables have just been published. Revision time is looming ever closer. It’s probably raining too. And since we aren’t fully aware of the rules of Lent, we probably won’t even be able to heal our woes with mountains of chocolate on soggy Sunday afternoons. A quick survey revealed that my friends are not planning on any ground breaking changes this Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on 9th March. Suggestions include Facebook, procrastination, Greggs, chocolate ...and food, in general.
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