The Purpose of Lent
March 09, 2006 Length: 1:00:39
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.
"I am presently listening to your broadcast from Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, where I serve as an Army Chaplain. When I am at my desk, I am listening to the treasury of Orthodoxy that you send forth, and I wanted to thank you. I walk around humming the music all day long. No words suffice to express the comfort and connection that comes to me through you website and the broadcast. Just wanted to say thank you and God bless you all."