At this time of year we think about Lent. Lent actually means Spring and it is the name given to the great Spring fast of the Church. From a very early time there was a fast before Easter, but at first there was no general rule on how long it lasted. Since the Church of England was founded, it has kept the fast of forty days beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Eve (Easter Saturday).
During Lent we try to take up and give up things. You could think about something you like particularly that you could do without. Also try and think about something you could take up that would help others, make someone happy, whether it is in the classroom in the street or at home.
chosen by Laura, age 7
When the winter winds are cold,
And sheep are in the fold;
For my cosy home, and love,
Thank you, Father God, above.
THE LIGHT THAT YOU LIVE
IS THE TRUTH THAT YOU GIVE
When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorns,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.
With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devils walking parody
On all four-footed things.
The tattered outlaw of the earth
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.
Fool! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms about my feet.
G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936
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