Lenten Challenge 2020
A Plant Based, Energy Driven Lent
The first of January has come and gone. Many of us made yet, another New Years resolution to diet, exercise and create a new me. Realistically, many of us didn’t make it past January with our resolution. Resolutions are difficult to keep, but not impossible. March 2nd, which is called clean Monday, is the beginning of our Great Lenten fast. The authentic fast asks us to abstain from eating meat and all meat by products. Some will call this fast vegan. Popular culture calls our old fasting practices “plant based”.
Imagine, for centuries we Orthodox have been practicing a diet that today's society has just discovered. The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes tells us that “nothing is new under the sun”. A plant based well balanced diet has become a well researched eating alternative. So for the next seven weeks we are asking the Orthodox faithful to go plant based. It’s a practice that is not only good for the soul, but good for the body.
St. Paul said ‘”the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:19 ). When Jesus told us to fast, He did so to teach us to sacrifice as He sacrificed. Further, we have a responsibility to take care of ourselves body and soul. How does this translate to the Lenten fast? It translates into making a decision that ultimately keeps our bodies healthy and our minds and hearts clear and functioning at their best. Thus, during this years Lenten period, we will also ask the parish to start exercising faithfully.
Coupled with diet, exercise is a sure fire way of helping us feel our best and to remain as healthy as possible. Its been proven that staying fit and eating correctly will prolong our lives and keep us functioning at our best. So, this Great Lent will take us on a journey of eating well and staying fit. We will offer you recipes, food plans and exercise routines that will help us build strength and stamina. Coupled with our prayer life, which should increase during this period of time, we will complete this Lenten period understanding why Paul said to take care of the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Lenten Challenge Created by:
Rev. Fr. James C. Pappas- Protopresbyter
Rev. Fr. Christian Burkhard- Associate Presbyter
John Strzelecki- Pastoral Assistant/ Youth Director
Gregory Johnson Jr.- Certified Personal Trainer/Licensed Physical Aide with a BS in Kinesiology