Great Lent

In searching for material for this post, I happened across this brilliant Russian Orthodox (Lenten) chant:

Some of the discussion under this video led me to read up a little about some of the differences between Eastern and Western lent traditions. Of particular interest, I found that the eastern church tends to emphasize a joyful approach to lent, whereas in the west we often see a decidedly solemn observence. Glorias and Hallelujahs abound in the average Eastern Orthodox lent.

Philippians 3:13-14:

[…] forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

That is, perhaps a Lenten reflection can be a hopeful, forward looking one.

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