Thought-Of-The-Day: April 9th 2017

“Chocolate ice-cream isn’t really chocolate.”

If you’ve been following my Year of Motivation posts you’re probably aware that I gave up chocolate for Lent. And I’ve been doing pretty well despite it occasionally being a bit of a struggle. Today though… husband tempted me.

See, on Friday I made the mistake of counting the days since pancake day and discovered that 40 days ends this Sunday. As in, today. Lent is representative of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, and is about giving something “luxurious” for that time frame. (As I side note, I am not myself religious and I don’t do Lent for religious reasons – it’s just another challenge to me.) Lent is often counted from Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a. pancake day) until Easter. But Easter is still another week away.

Anyway, long story short. The 40 days ended today, and Easter is still a week ago. I wanted chocolate. Husband pointed out with the 40 days having ended I could technically have chocolate. My resistance began to crack. Then he said, well, the quote at the start of this post.

I had that ice cream. It was delicious.


Lady Joyful

7 thoughts on “Thought-Of-The-Day: April 9th 2017

  1. Today is Palm Sunday. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Worship on Palm Sunday often includes a procession of the faithful carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. In Finland, it is popular for children to dress up as Easter witches and go door to door in neighbourhoods for coins and sweets. This is an old Karelian custom called Virpominen.
    The palm leaves are often folded into the form of a cross. I used to remember how to make them. Depending on denomination the leaves are collected and kept for Ash Wednesday when they are burnt and an ash cross applied to worshippers foreheads.
    I do not know why lent continues to Good Friday when Jesus was out of the desert now, as you have noticed with the 40 days.

    • According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter. Every Sunday was seen as a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ’s resurrection and so as a feast day on which fasting was inappropriate. Accordingly, Christians fasted from Monday to Saturday (six days) during six weeks and from Wednesday to Saturday (four days) in the preceding week, thus making up the number of 40 days. Orthodox Christians do this 40 days in a row.

      (So perhaps chocolate should be allowed on Sundays!)

      Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”

    • We did have one visit from children today! They gave us the traditional twig/branch thing (which I believe is to ward off witches) and we gave some little chocolate eggs.

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