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Postby Hector's House » 23 Feb 2009, 5:38pm

...it starts tomorrow!

I'm giving up facebook. I'm definately going to have withdrawl symptoms, but my other half and I have swapped passwords and will be changing them tonight so that we can't log in...! 8)

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Postby patricktaylor » 23 Feb 2009, 6:50pm

Whisky.

When does Lent end?

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Re: lent

Postby Michael R » 23 Feb 2009, 7:21pm

Hector's House wrote:...it starts tomorrow!

I'm giving up facebook. I'm definately going to have withdrawl symptoms, but my other half and I have swapped passwords and will be changing them tonight so that we can't log in...! 8)


No it starts on Ash wednesday

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Postby yakdiver » 23 Feb 2009, 9:00pm

No it starts on Ash wednesday

thank you :D

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Postby dan_b » 24 Feb 2009, 2:22am

And, as all good Catholics can tell you, doesn't include Sundays. Can't fast on a feast day, you see

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Postby pigman » 24 Feb 2009, 8:39am

Whats the point ? What does it prove?

Giving up something for the sake of it proves nothing. Is the idea some form of self-torture?

I could understand it, if by giving up something, the money saved went to charity, or the time usually spent doing an activity went to helping others, but on its own depriving oneself seems futile.

What am I missing?

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Postby yakdiver » 24 Feb 2009, 9:18am

Lent is the period of forty days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the forty days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for forty days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.

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Postby Wildduck » 24 Feb 2009, 9:43am

Perhaps Mr.Numbnuts, for lent you would like to join us on a Hares and Tortoises ride or one of the Winchester easy rides for a change? :D

We don't bite, honest! One this weekend from Winchester, or the following weekend from Romsey out to East Winterslow.

Give up solo cycling and join us!
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Postby yakdiver » 24 Feb 2009, 10:00am

Joining the Hares and Tortoises rides was one of my new years resolutions ...........I fell at the first hurdle and for Lent I'm giving up swearing at motorist and no hand gestures, that has to be harder than fasting in the desert for forty days

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Postby Wildduck » 24 Feb 2009, 10:23am

Too difficult giving up the rude words and gestures.

However, come and relax on one our rides..... (Mrs.Wildduck can't say I haven't tried now!).
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Postby Kevin K » 24 Feb 2009, 12:03pm

pigman wrote:I could understand it, if by giving up something, the money saved went to charity, or the time usually spent doing an activity went to helping others, but on its own depriving oneself seems futile.
Many people do give money saved to charity. Others choose, as you suggest, to do something positive with their time. There's a good article here that explains more elegantly than I can what it's all about: http://www.licc.org.uk/culture/lent. Kevin

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Postby skrx » 24 Feb 2009, 12:09pm

pigman wrote:Whats the point? What does it prove?

Giving up something for the sake of it proves nothing. Is the idea some form of self-torture?


It's religion, it's not supposed to make sense!

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Postby Jeckyll_n_Snyde » 24 Feb 2009, 6:33pm

skrx wrote:It's religion, it's not supposed to make sense!

ditto :wink: :wink:
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Postby Michael R » 24 Feb 2009, 6:57pm

Jeckyll_n_Snyde wrote:
skrx wrote:It's religion, it's not supposed to make sense!

ditto :wink: :wink:


Just two points

1. Much religion does make sense.

2. Few evolutionary scientists worth their salt call themselves Darwinists.

To clarify your neurons please read some things by Sir John Polkinghorne , who is both a scientist (FRS and all that) and a Christian, or you could read Francis Collins formerly boss of the Genome Project.

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Postby eileithyia » 24 Feb 2009, 7:34pm

So if I can celebrate on "feast" days can my birthday be included as a feast day? It always falls either in lent or just at Easter, means if I give up alcohol or chocolate I can't indulge on my birthday!!!!
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