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I observed lent this year even though I'm not Catholic and none of the churches I've ever gone to observe it. It was great. I was able to focus more on Jesus. Setting aside more time in bible study, devotions, fasting and prayer. I plan to make fasting a more regular part of my life.

I really enjoyed watching the different Holy week Masses on EWTN. Very beautiful.
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I observed lent this year even though I'm not Catholic and none of the churches I've ever gone to observe it. It was great. I was able to focus more on Jesus. Setting aside more time in bible study, devotions, fasting and prayer. I plan to make fasting a more regular part of my life.

I really enjoyed watching the different Holy week Masses on EWTN. Very beautiful.
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Ditto. I'm not Catholic, either
@naturalmermaid and @JeterCrazed I think its a good thing that you got to experience the Lenten Season. I have a couple of non Catholic friends who belong to a Baptist Church that encouraged its members to observe Lent. Some members agreed to do so and some adamantly resisted. (My friends observed it by praying and fasting. I went with them for the Stations of the Cross on 2 fridays).

This had me researching on this new trend where non apostolic churches are slowly adapting to practicing Lent.

Below is from some church's website taking about Lent.

http://www.walkingtogetherministries...erve-Lent.aspx

"Last Sunday I mentioned to Central Baptist Church that this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, marked the beginning of Lent. I mentioned that we Baptists have traditionally observed portions of the Christian calendar while ignoring or rejecting other portions, but that there may be good reasons to observe some portions we have traditionally neglected.


Over the last couple of days, I've received comments ranging from appreciation, to curiosity, to questioning of Lent and my mentioning it from the pulpit. So I thought I might just share a few thoughts on the question of whether or not Baptists should observe Lent. In no particular order:
  • The short answer: "Yes" if you find it helpful. "No" if you don't.
  • It is true that we do not find the observance of Lent in the New Testament, but neither do we find the observance of Christmas or one special annual day for Easter (every Sunday was an observance of Easter for the early believers!).
  • Concern is occasionally raised because Lent seems to be a Catholic observance. Sure enough, Catholics observe Lent, but so do and so have many Protestants, albeit moreso in the Magesterial Protestant tradition. (Catholics also, by the way, observe Easter and Christmas, days I'd like to keep around!)
  • It is curious to me that Baptist Christians have more interest in the secular and political calendar than in the historic Christian calendar. For instance, where in the New Testament do we see the early church observing something like Mother's Day, Father's Day, Veteran's Day?
  • Sure, the liturgical calendar presents us with very interesting symbols that we do not see specifically in the Bible. Tomorrow many Christians will be marked on the forehead with ashes for Ash Wednesday. But why, praytell, does this raise eyebrows (when, at least, it has some biblical founding - ashes as a sign of humility and repentance) when our wholesale embrace of clearly non-biblical (not un-biblical, just non-biblical) symbols does not? I speak, for instance, of the following symbols we embrace: the American flag, the Christian flag, the iconic symbol of the cross, the symbol of the fish. Moreso, we embrace culturally-defined symbols all the time: wedding bands, sports symbols, the favorite chants, cheers, dances, motions of our favorite teams, etc.
  • View Lent as a running start to jump into Easter, if that helps.
  • The greatest irony in all of this is the current fad of observing "40 Days of _____" (fill-in-the-blank: Purpose, Prayer, Stewardship, etc.) in Baptist churches. I mean, if we can observe 40 Days of Purpose for Rick Warren why can't we observe the season of Lent, which has a grander historical pedigree, is, I dare say, even more biblically robust (NO knock on Rick Warren intended!), and has been a useful tool for Christians all over the world through the ages? I'll wager my left leg that if LifeWay took Lent, renamed it, put in a package, called it "40 Days of Repentance and Reflection", and created a Leader's Guide and student workbook, Baptists would gobble it up in droves, wear the pre-printed t-shirts, armbands, headbands, etc. Meaning, if we can observe 40 days of kitsch, we can certainly observe 40 days of Lent.
  • NONE of this is to say you should or must observe Lent or you're wrong if you don't. Again, if you find it helpful, do so. If you don't, don't. But it's something to consider.
  • Just thinking aloud..."
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The only thing I don't do is Ash my forehead. Jesus said that we don't need everybody to know we're fasting and look "dismal like the pagans," so I omit that ritual.

But why, @Rsgal, do your friends adamantly resist? I don't understand.

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The only thing I don't do is Ash my forehead. Jesus said that we don't need everybody to know we're fasting and look "dismal like the pagans," so I omit that ritual.

But why, @Rsgal, do your friends adamantly resist? I don't understand.

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@JeterCrazed, I wrote that some members of my friends church refused to participate in the observance. From what they told me, I gathered its because like many, they think that is this Catholic thing, yet the Episcopals, Methodists, Presbyterians and Lutherans among others observe it too.
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The list on books I need/plan to read is growing exponentially

I just came across No Price to High: A Pentecostal Preacher Becomes Catholic. Anyone read this one? It's about a black pentecostal pastor who starts researching worship styles and tries to model his service after the way early Christians worshiped. Lo and behold, it looked eerily similar to Catholicism. So he left his church and took about 50 people in his congregation with him. Oh, and because he was married, he became a deacon, not a priest.

I also want to read Rome Sweet Home. I also received Life of Christ for Easter. So much to read and so little time!

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[*]The greatest irony in all of this is the current fad of observing "40 Days of _____" (fill-in-the-blank: Purpose, Prayer, Stewardship, etc.) in Baptist churches. I mean, if we can observe 40 Days of Purpose for Rick Warren why can't we observe the season of Lent, which has a grander historical pedigree, is, I dare say, even more biblically robust (NO knock on Rick Warren intended!), and has been a useful tool for Christians all over the world through the ages? I'll wager my left leg that if LifeWay took Lent, renamed it, put in a package, called it "40 Days of Repentance and Reflection", and created a Leader's Guide and student workbook, Baptists would gobble it up in droves, wear the pre-printed t-shirts, armbands, headbands, etc. Meaning, if we can observe 40 days of kitsch, we can certainly observe 40 days of Lent.
This is SO true! If Joel Osteen said it, people would be all over it lol. So sad people see something associated with Catholicism and automatically shut down.
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Ditto. I'm not Catholic, either

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I'm not Catholic but I've always been taught to observe lent. I didn't realize ppl assumed that was something Catholic

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This is SO true! If Joel Osteen said it, people would be all over it lol. So sad people see something associated with Catholicism and automatically shut down.
Is the "Lawd" gif allowed in the Christian forum?

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@naturalmermaid and @JeterCrazed I think its a good thing that you got to experience the Lenten Season. I have a couple of non Catholic friends who belong to a Baptist Church that encouraged its members to observe Lent. Some members agreed to do so and some adamantly resisted. (My friends observed it by praying and fasting. I went with them for the Stations of the Cross on 2 fridays).

This had me researching on this new trend where non apostolic churches are slowly adapting to practicing Lent.

Below is from some church's website taking about Lent.

http://www.walkingtogetherministries...erve-Lent.aspx



  • Sure, the liturgical calendar presents us with very interesting symbols that we do not see specifically in the Bible. Tomorrow many Christians will be marked on the forehead with ashes for Ash Wednesday. But why, praytell, does this raise eyebrows (when, at least, it has some biblical founding - ashes as a sign of humility and repentance) when our wholesale embrace of clearly non-biblical (not un-biblical, just non-biblical) symbols does not? I speak, for instance, of the following symbols we embrace: the American flag, the Christian flag, the iconic symbol of the cross, the symbol of the fish. Moreso, we embrace culturally-defined symbols all the time: wedding bands, sports symbols, the favorite chants, cheers, dances, motions of our favorite teams, etc.
  • View Lent as a running start to jump into Easter, if that helps.
  • The greatest irony in all of this is the current fad of observing "40 Days of _____" (fill-in-the-blank: Purpose, Prayer, Stewardship, etc.) in Baptist churches. I mean, if we can observe 40 Days of Purpose for Rick Warren why can't we observe the season of Lent, which has a grander historical pedigree, is, I dare say, even more biblically robust (NO knock on Rick Warren intended!), and has been a useful tool for Christians all over the world through the ages? I'll wager my left leg that if LifeWay took Lent, renamed it, put in a package, called it "40 Days of Repentance and Reflection", and created a Leader's Guide and student workbook, Baptists would gobble it up in droves, wear the pre-printed t-shirts, armbands, headbands, etc. Meaning, if we can observe 40 days of kitsch, we can certainly observe 40 days of Lent.
  • NONE of this is to say you should or must observe Lent or you're wrong if you don't. Again, if you find it helpful, do so. If you don't, don't. But it's something to consider.
  • Just thinking aloud..."
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I at the bolded because it is soo true!
Thank you for this.

I agree with everything the writer wrote. I don't see anything wrong with observing certain times/traditions/holidays as long as I am doing it to honor Christ. I like having special days where we can unite as believers to remember the events in the life and death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Jesus fasted for 40 days. Why can't we if we choose?


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Jesus fasted for 40 days. Why can't we if we choose?
Let the church say, "Amen."
I don't care what your beliefs are- Atheist or Zoroastrian. Everyone should strive to be more like Jesus and if he can resist the Devil making rocks into hot, buttered rolls in the desert, I'll be aiight.

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The list on books I need/plan to read is growing exponentially

I just came across No Price to High: A Pentecostal Preacher Becomes Catholic. Anyone read this one? It's about a black pentecostal pastor who starts researching worship styles and tries to model his service after the way early Christians worshiped. Lo and behold, it looked eerily similar to Catholicism. So he left his church and took about 50 people in his congregation with him. Oh, and because he was married, he became a deacon, not a priest.
Thanks for posting this. Will have to look for it. (Will post my review are reading it.)
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Today is april 17 and we are remembering the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

I googled her, read the wiki page and all that.
Does anyone knows anything about her ?

@auparavant do you know her ?
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Today is april 17 and we are remembering the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

I googled her, read the wiki page and all that.
Does anyone knows anything about her ?

@auparavant do you know her ?

I've read of her. She has a very inspiring story. I think Kateri is canonized now (or will be this year). I wish I could go to Rome to see it.

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.
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Today is april 17 and we are remembering the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

I googled her, read the wiki page and all that.
Does anyone knows anything about her ?

@auparavant do you know her ?

Yes, Mohawk. She's one of my saints and actually answered one of my prayers with 2 white plumes. I go to her many times.
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How do you all feel about the recent issue with the nuns?
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ANIMA CHRISTI. (another favourite prayer of mine)


Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from thee.
From the malignant enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come unto Thee,
That with all Thy saints,
I may praise thee
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How do you all feel about the recent issue with the nuns?
It bothered me to be honest. Nuns do so much behind the scenes. The public reprimand bothered me.
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So May is a month to honor/celebrate Mary. What are you doing this month?
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Nuns? They received their proper reprimand. I say, follow the bishops, as this is the appropriate decorum. The great falling away...either submit to Christ or find your merry way elsewhere. They cannot force such a change mandated by Christ Himself on His Church.
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