This week, Orthodox Christians mark the final days of Great Lent, a time of repentance, fasting, and prayer in preparation for Orthodox Easter, or Pascha, on May 5. Iconographer Seraphim O’Keefe talks about how icons play a role similar to fasting in the Orthodox tradition.
(RNS) What would an “atheist Lent” look like? A group of young nonbelievers are finding out, observing the Christian practice minus its religious context.
(RNS) The Daniel Fast diet is gaining popularity during Lent, when participants will eat only food from seeds, drink only water and practice daily devotions. Proponents say it gives new meaning to Jesus’ sacrifice — and can be good for a nation that could afford to shed a few pounds.