The One Word Never to Say During Lent
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Most Catholics are aware of the Lenten traditions of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. Besides eating meat on Fridays, there are a few other things that Church says we can’t do during Lent. There is one particular word that we don’t say during this Holy season simply because of it’s powerful meaning.
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Catholics choose to fast from saying this word, which means “praise Yahweh”, because we are saving up all of our joy and praise for the Lord on Easter Sunday.
It’s a beautiful tradition of our faith. Fasting from saying “Alleluia” during the Lenten time of sacrifice and repentance helps us appreciate the depth and meaning of the word. If you go through all of Lent, but don’t experience the release of great joy with the news of the Risen Lord on Easter Sunday, then you are missing the point of this season. This practice also serves to remind us that although this life may be filled with trials, sacrifice, and struggles, there is an incredible joy that awaits us when we reach heaven.
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If you have children, a meaningful way to help them understand the “why” behind fasting from this word is to bury the Alleluia on Ash Wednesday and then have them search for it on Easter Sunday. Find out more here.
“We are the Easter people and alleluia is our song.”
– St. John Paul II
Are you looking for a way to end Lent on a great note and welcome the Easter season with Joy? The Lanky Guys will take us on a journey through Holy Week, unpacking the Scriptures and walking with us along the steps of the Apostles to see what they saw. Even for those of us who have a hard time opening the bible because we are overwhelmed, this format is a great way to understand scripture in a way that invites us to dive deeper into the Word of God.
With great insight into context and historical application of the scriptures, the Lanky Guys will explain the profound journey of this very important and holy week leading up to the triumph of Easter. Looking at What went right and what went wrong (…or was it what went wrong then what went right?!)… knowing these details will help you personally and on a practical level, by explaining the connections and implications in scripture that are timeless and universal!
Who are the Lanky Guys?
The Lanky Guys have an awesome podcast called The Word on The Hill. The podcast goes over the weekly Sunday scriptures and gives context and profound insight into the meaning and connections of the readings. This podcast is not only smart and spiritually uplifting, it is funny! These guys make me laugh out loud every episode! Watching the video for the conference will make you wish that the audio podcast was video!
Dr. Scott Powell is a teacher and Director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought, an outreach to the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is also an adjunct professor at Denver’s Augustine Institute and has spent the last decade teaching Theology and the Scriptures to groups of all ages. He and his wife Annie are the directors and founders of Camp Wojtyla, a Catholic adventure program for youth, based in the Colorado Rockies. Scott also co-hosts and produces the popular Catholic podcast, “The Word on the Hill with the Lanky Guys.” He holds a PhD in Catholic Studies from Maryvale Institute/Liverpool Hope University in England. Scott, his wife Annie, and two children, Lily Avila and Samuel Isaac, live near Boulder, Colorado.
Father Peter Mussett is pastor of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center, which serves the University of Colorado at Boulder. Fr Peter was ordained in 2006 in the Diocese of Denver, Colorado. “My great joy is people in communion with God and with each other. This communion is my sole occupation in life. I am deeply privileged to do that here in Boulder Colorado at CU. My commitment along with my staff here is to facilitate loving God above all things, and our neighbors as we would love our selves. This journey is arduous, I pray that The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center can be a harbor in that storm and a second home to you.”
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What will participants receive?
- Conference: You will participate in a live, online conference (or “Webinar”) with Dr. Scott Powell and Fr. Peter Mussett.
- Questions and Answers: After the presentation, the Lanky Guys will respond to any questions that might have come to mind during the conference.
- Additional Material: During the days leading up to the conference, we will be sending you a series of spiritual resources (texts, videos, book extracts, etc.) that can help you to prepare for the conference.
- Recording: A few days after the conference, you will receive by email a link to a recorded version. This way you can go back to anything that you missed or would like to review. Also, if for some reason you weren’t able to make it to the live conference, no worries. You can watch it later when it’s most convenient for you.
- Video response to written questions: This is a new feature! Sometimes we’ve run out of time to address all questions after a talk. Or, maybe a question or a doubt occurs to you only after the conference had already finished. As a participant, you can send an email to the speaker(s) and he or she will respond with a final video.
The conference time for each city
To see what time the conference will happen where you live, click HERE. In any case, remember that the conference will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017: 10 AM in Los Angeles, 1 PM in New York, 1 AM (9th) in the Philippines.
Pacific Time Zone: 10:00 AM
Mountain Time Zone: 11:00 AM
Central Time Zone: 12:00 PM
Eastern Time Zone: 1:00 PM
Central European Time Zone: 7:00 PM
Philippine Time Zone: 1:00 AM
You can also take a look at a live countdown by clicking here.
**REMEMBER that if for any reason you are not able to make it, we will be emailing you a link to the recorded version after the conference.
How to participate?
If you would like to participate, all you have to do is make a voluntary donation to Catholic-Link. Immediately afterward, you will receive detailed information explaining how to access the platform that will host our workshop. Any donation amount is acceptable! This money will go to covering the costs of our websites and to maintaining our evangelization projects such as the series: “A Minute with Pope Francis.” After registering, be on the look out for other great offers from Catholic-Link and our partner organizations!
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