GREAT LENT: The First Day
"Let us begin the fast with joy!" (Forgiveness Vespers)
Lent means "springtime" - though that may not sound very convincing today. But since it is still winter and will be for more than another month, we can appreciate one of the hazards of such an early Lent. Be that as it may, I hope and pray that this beginning of Great Lent finds everyone prepared and ready for the lenten journey towards Pascha. A "good beginning," based on a sense of commitment - sustained by the grace of God - has a much better prospect for a "good ending" when our journey culminates with Holy Week and the Resurrection of our Lord.