Mother Laura from over at Revgals says: Ready or not, Lent is upon us! And asks us to consider these questions:
1. Did you celebrate Mardi Gras and/or Ash Wednesday this week? How?
We did not do "Mardi Gras" on Tuesday, but our church held our annual "Mardi Gras" brunch on Sunday. We have egg bake, cake walk, face painting and silent auction for a variety of homemade theme baskets. All of the proceeds go toward our congregation's participation in community organizing for social justice.
On Ash Wednesday, we had three services here at church: 12:15, 5:30 and 7:00, with imposition of Ashes and Communion; also our first soup supper. It's a busy time.
2. What was your most memorable Mardi Gras/Ash Wednesday/Lent?
One year our campus pastor at Gustavus read T.S. Eliot's poem Ash Wednesday. That was memorable. And the first time I participated in the imposition of ashes, as an intern, was memorable for me, as I reflected here.
3. Did you/your church/your family celebrate Lent as a child? If not, when and how did you discover it?
Although we were a church-going family, I don't remember us doing much for Lent. Sometimes we had a cardboard bank on our kitchen table, for "almsgiving", although I don't think we called it that. Probably it was for World Hunger. We always went to Good Friday services, though. We had 7:30 Tenebrae, and it was very sad and solemn.
4. Are you more in the give-up camp, or the take-on camp, or somewhere in between?
I think I fall into more the "take on" camp, although sometimes you have to "give up" something to take on something else! At least, that's my take on it. Anything, whether it be "giving up" or "taking on" that helps us to realize what is Most Important -- is a good discipline.
5. How do you plan to keep Lent this year?
Well, for one thing, I am going to read the daily selections from Bread and Wine. I hope also to read from Emilie Griffin's new book, Small Surrenders. I think that preaching all of the midweek and Sunday services will keep me pretty busy, so I'm thinking that I need to "give up" something to accomplish those things.
Hmmm. Maybe I should give up self-defeating attitudes for Lent.