Easter Message from the Deacons
Sally wrote a beautiful article in last month’s Parish Visitor about the significance of Lent, but I thought it might be interesting to investigate the association of Mardi Gras with Lent. At first blush, it would appear that Mardi Gras has nothing to do with the Christian period of Lent, so I did some research. The words “Mardi Gras” mean “Fat Tuesday” in French, which is the day before Lent starts, always on a Wednesday. Lent has historically been a period of fasting, or at least denying oneself of a favorite food. Mardi Gras became the time to empty cupboards of sweets, meats and other tempting foods so a huge feast was prepared to use up all these foods before entering Lent. In modern times Mardi Gras has just become more of an excuse to party.
In today’s world, fasting for 40 days is not a viable option. However, people can eliminate distractions “such as candy, tv, or meat as a way to purify their bodies and lives” according to the publication, The Upper Room. In keeping with this tradition, our church offers simple Lenten Soup Suppers followed by worship. During this Lenten season, may you find time for reflection and prayer.