The Purpose of Lent
March 09, 2006 Length: 60:39
O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faintheartedness, lust for power and idle talk.
-Lenten Prayer, St. Ephraim the Syrian
The Lenten Season, or the Great Fast as the Church calls it, comes each year as part of the Paschal celebration. It is a forty day fast, a time of preparation during which we come face to face with ourselves in the light of extraordinary prayers and insights into our spiritual condition, given as only the Orthodox Tradition is able. Here we discuss Lent, the school of repentance and what God intends for us by it.
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