Pope Francis in a recent Papal Audience talked broadly about the nature of fasting during the Lenten season. It is a good reminder that we are able to “fast” from many things and not necessarily just food. Take a few minutes to watch/listen to the teaching from the Pope.
As the parish gets ready for the Lenten season, one of the things that always catches me by surprise – it shouldn’t, but it does – are the two very distinct liturgical omissions. It is as though the liturgy is also fasting right along with us. During Lent the Church does not sing (recite) the Gloria or speak the word “Alleluia” (right before the Gospel). It is as though they gave them up for Lent! Ever wonder why we observe these Lenten traditions? Continue reading