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I think you may be confusing the terms a little. There's a simple solution to your question. Easter is the joyful celebration of Christ's resurrection. Lent is the forty-day* period leading up to Easter. It is a time of penitence and fasting. Many Christians observing the Western-style liturgical calendar (this probably includes your friend) fast in some ...


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I know very little about the Orthodox church, but I am familiar with Lenten practices of other churches. Lent is not a time for giving up things which are sinful. Things which are sinful are bad for you, and should be 'given up' all the time. In other words if movies (or music) 'perpetuate sinful activity', then they should be avoided at all times, not ...


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This page (Lent 101 from the UMC) gives a guide to Lent from a Methodist perspective. It is very similar to other protestant traditions. Lent is a time for fasting and prayer, but fasting means different things to different people/denominations. From the page I linked to above: FASTING: Some people have been known to go without food for days. But ...


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is the intention to add fish to the diet or to remove all other meats from the diet? The answer is "Neither". The intention is to remind you of your need for, and dependence on God. Abstaining from meat is a specific example of the teaching on Abstinence. The Catholic Encyclopedia explains the purpose of abstinence in general as follows: ...


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I was baptized Orthodox in infancy and this is the first time I see this mentioned. No doubt it is good practice, but I've never seen any other Orthodox here avoid films or music during Lent. There's nothing wrong with pleasure as far as I'm aware; it is only sinful acts that tie you to this world that are to be avoided and most of them are accompanied with ...


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According to the edit, the essential question is why the Church prescribes a specific penitential action (abstaining from meat) on specific days, rather than just telling us to do penance (our own way). I think the reason for being so specific is that, although a general exhortation to do penance would be followed by some people, it would fail for a great ...



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