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Published on February 28th, 2017 | by Adrianna Cole

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The Lenten Season at FSC

“From dust you came and from dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

Those are the words used during Ash Wednesday services throughout the world. For the next 40 days [not including Sunday], some Christians give up or add something to their routine as part of the tradition.

But to various individuals, the Lenten season holds different meanings.

For many, it’s a yearly church tradition. To others, it’s a way to grow closer in their faith. A handful view it’s a New Year’s Resolution do-over, but some view this time as a preparation for Easter.

Florida Southern’s Chaplain Tim Wright said he sees Lent as a time to reflect on himself as Easter approaches.

“It reminds me that I’m in just as much need for grace in my life as anyone else is,” Wright said. “If I’m trying to compare myself to them, it’s fruitless. I don’t even live up to my own standards. The season of Lent reminds me that I don’t have my act together.”

He said it’s sometimes really easy to become smug as Christians, but Lent reminds people that they mess up, too.

“I mean, Ash Wednesday, from dust you came and dust you shall return. I mean, we’re all going to die, it’s going to happen,” Wright said. “Lent is sort of that equalizer to tell us we’re not above anyone.”

Freshman Reems Landreth believes Lent is also important in the faith because it brings him closer to God.

“To an extent, it shows what [Jesus] had to go through during his 40 days in the wilderness,” Landreth said.

He said he comes from a very liturgical church which focuses on these traditions and has practiced Lent almost every year. Landreth has witnessed that the more modern the church, the less Lent plays a role.

Some denominations such as Baptists do not participate in this tradition. Sophomore Alanna Fields has never practiced Lent.

“I always thought about doing it, but I never knew where to start,” she said. “I feel like it should be a year-round thing rather than something so temporary.”

Fields said she understands the season as a time to grow in her faith, and she does see it as important even if she does not practice it.

In his sermon this past Sunday, Wright said to strive to be consistently putting something into practice in this season of Lent.

“It’s all about reaping what you sow,” he said. “No farmer plants corn and expects potatoes come harvest time. That’s why it’s important to get into a good routine.”

Ash Wednesday is on March 1. The Fannin Center will host a service at 3:30 p.m.

 

*This story was produced for COM 4300 News Media Projects. Any comments regarding this story can be directed to the course instructor, Beth Bradford (mbradford@flsouthern.edu).

Read:

Ash Wednesday in Modern Times

See How Some Celebrate the Day Before Ash Wednesday

Behind the Symbolism of Ash Wednesday

Mardi Gras and Lent

 

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