Well, really, who knew? Lots of people, I’m sure, but I never realized that in Greece, the week preceding Lent is called “Apokreos”, which like its French counterpart,”Mardi Gras”, means without meat. It is Carnival, a celebration full of festivities, parties, and masquerades before the fasting of Lent. In Latin the roots of the word […]


Lent is that period of time before Easter during which Christians fast. Only two days of fasting (Friday and Saturday) were designated prior to Easter in the earliest days of Christianity. By the fourth century the period of fasting had been extended an additional forty days. Fasting disciplines have changed over the centuries. In early […]