"The gospel accounts give us a rare glimpse into the details of this week. They slow down their travelogue feel, with episodes strung together, and offer us a close-up look, frame by frame, at Jesus' confrontation with the powers that be, with sin, death, and the devil in Jerusalem."
"I do not want the ashes of sin and death smudging a forehead that has been cleansed forever by the waters of baptism. Given Scripture's presentation of our place in redemptive history, I experience many views and practices of Lent as anachronistic and cyclical."
"...in the midst of our impatient hurrying toward Easter it is God who has been patient with us."
The Prayer of St. Ephraim
O Lord and Master of my life,
Take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. +
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. +
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother.
For Thou art blessed unto the ages of ages. Amen. +