Even though Lent began on Wednesday March 2, it is not too late to observe this fast. Over the years, and even this week, I have heard many people looking for other ways to observe the Lenten fast.
Instead of giving up caffeine or chocolate, how to mark this moment between the end of Carnival and the beginning of Easter?
Here are some non-traditional ways to observe.
One way many have suggested is to give time to help others. Make a point to improve someone’s life each day of Lent.
Visit bustedhalo.com/ministry-resources/2022-instalent-photo-challenge for its InstaLent Photo Challenge 2022. Each day, participants are invited to take a photo. Or consider creating a daily work of art in the medium of your choice. For Saturday, the prompt is “Prayer Intention”. For Sunday, it’s “Violet”. The website gives instructions on how to tag your photo on Instagram.
Van Gogh and Lent
Visit tinyurl.com/mrxacydv to purchase a Lenten devotional based on paintings by Vincent van Gogh. “In this 24-page devotional, biblical texts and Van Gogh’s paintings and letters illuminate each other, pointing to simple and powerful Lenten practices,” the site says. A single download costs $10, and options exist for more licenses.
Visit hallow.com/2022/02/05/lent-prayers/ for Hallow’s #Pray40 Lent challenge based on the seven last words of Christ. The app is available for iPhone and iPad users. There is a paid subscription for many of its features.
Rosanne Osborne, who headed the English, Journalism, and Languages department and was my academic advisor when I was a student at Louisiana College, is participating in the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project for March as part of her Lenten trip.
This fundraiser features different poets who have taken a month to do a poetry marathon as part of the publisher’s fundraiser. Each day of the month, they will write a poem. Visit tinyurl.com/mr3ay8bw to see the creations. On Facebook, Osborne said: “I have decided to write a series of sonnets whose central image will be suggested by a story published daily in the New York Times. In modernizing the Elizabethan form of the sonnet, I will adhere to the standard 14 lines, 3 quatrains and a couplet, but ignore the abab rhyme scheme of the quatrains, while retaining the rhyming couplet at the end. I will play with a variety of rhymes – perfect, approximate, oblique, ocular, etc. Rather than the standard iambic pentameter rhythm, I’ll opt for counting syllables, ten to a line.
Let me know in the comments or at [email protected] some meaningful ways you experienced Lent.