Thursday, 26 February 2015

A sermon for Lent...

"But there are three things which most belong to religious actions, namely prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, in the exercising of which while every time is accepted, yet that ought to be more zealously observed, which we have received as hallowed by tradition from the apostles: even as this month brings round again to us the opportunity when according to the antient practice we may give more diligent heed to those three things of which I have spoken. For by prayer we seek to propitiate God, by fasting we extinguish the lusts of the flesh, by alms we redeem our sins: and at the same time God's image is throughout renewed in us, if we are always ready to praise Him, unfailingly intent on our purification and unceasingly active in cherishing our neighbour. This threefold round of duty, dearly beloved, brings all other virtues into action: it attains to God's image and likeness and unites us inseparably with the Holy Ghost. Because in prayer faith remains steadfast, in fastings life remains innocent, in almsgiving the mind remains kind. On Wednesday and Friday therefore let us fast: and on Saturday let us keep vigil with the most blessed Apostle Peter, who will deign to aid our supplications and fast and alms with his own prayers through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen." St Leo the Great, Pope of Rome.


  1. O dear, that does seem to contradict the view of some people who seem to want to stuff their face as much in Lent as outside of it and rip people off for as much as they can get.

    1. It also contradicts modern Roman fasting rules. Wednesdays and per Orthodox praxis. Notice also the allusion to Saturday vigils, another Orthodox feature sadly absent from modern Romanism.