Month: August 2015

The Journey of Lent at St. John’s Cathedral: An Insight into the Christian holy season

Click here for an Interactive Multimedia Timeline.     Ceremonial flames are lit, ashes imposed on the foreheads of the faithful and solemn prayers are recited. The high ceremonies and formalities of Lent commemorate the life, and death, of Jesus Christ and marks one the holiest seasons in the Christian calendar. For nearly two months, beginning around mid-February, there are various church services unique to this season. There are gatherings in honor of The Last Supper and Jesus’s crucifixion, as well as joyous, colorful services on Easter Sunday which celebrate his resurrection. But what does all this religious pomp and circumstance represent? What does Lent mean to Christians and, honestly, how does the Easter Bunny fit into all this, if at all? Lent is often stereotyped as 40 days of self-denial where people give up something as a sign of faith, the long stretch of discipline ending on Easter Sunday with its chocolate eggs and pastel colored everything. Peter Eaton was the Dean of St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, an Episcopal church in Capitol Hill, for 13 …