As I noted last week, the Great Lent had begun for those who follow the Coptic Rite on the 20th of February. For adherents of the Byzantine Rite, it starts today and for those who follow the Roman Rite, it begins on Ash Wednesday which is only two days away.
No matter what tradition we follow, we have to remind ourselves of how much of a blessing it is to enter this solemn period. We should act is if this was our very last Lent. Let us purify our hearts and enter into the mystery of our salvation.
This Lent, I will attempt to connect the three traditions that I have found solace in (Byzantine, Coptic, and Roman) and will make posts alternating between the three liturgical traditions. I will start tomorrow on a post about the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete (Byzantine) and then, God Willing, continue down the line.
Let us pray for another.