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February 13, 2013

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Happy Lent! Thank you for the prayer
Scripture for The Church today:
Joel 2:12-18 "Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning..."
Psalm 51 "Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned."
2Corinthians 5:20-6:2 "Brothers and sisters: We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you, on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God"
St Matthew 6:1-18 Jesus said to his disciples, "Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them..."
Shalom, Jane

Thanks for the prayer :)

But you must know Ash Wednesday/Lent are a Catholic invention.
According to Alexander Hislop:

“It ought to be known,” said Cassianus, the monk of Marseilles, writing in the fifth century, and contrasting the primitive Church with the Church in his day, “that the observance of the forty days had no existence, so long as the perfection of that primitive Church remained inviolate.” Whence, then, came the observance? The forty days’ abstinence of the Lent was directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess. Such a Lent of forty days, “in the spring of the year,” is still observed by the Yezidis or pagan Devil worshippers of Koordistan, who have inherited it from their early masters, the Babylonians. Such a Lent was held of forty days by the pagan Mexicans, for thus we read in Humboldt, where he gives account Mexican observances: “Three days after the vernal equinox… began a solemn fast of forty days in honour of the sun.” Such a Lent of forty days was observed in Egypt, as may be seen on consulting Wilkinson’s Egyptians. This Egyptian Lent of forty days, we are informed by Landseer, in his Sabean Researches, was held expressly in commemoration of Adonis or Osiris, the great mediatorial god… Among the Pagans this Lent seems to have been an indispensable preliminary to the great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz… (The Two Babylons, pp. 104-105)"

Wow! Thank you! I constantly wanted to write on my site something like that.

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