Let us set out with JOY!

Let us set out with joy upon the season of the fast,

and prepare ourselves for spiritual combat.

Let us purify our soul and cleanse our flesh;

and as we fast from food, let us also abstain from every passion.

Rejoicing in the virtues of the Spirit may we persevere with love,

and so be counted worthy to see the solemn Passion of Christ our God,

and with great spiritual gladness to behold His holy Passover.

-stichera of Forgiveness Vespers

I am immensely grateful for the start of lent. It is a time of renewal. It is a time of growth. It is a time to learn.

Learn to pray more. Learn to give more. Learn to “abstain” more (from “every passion”). All with joy.

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