Greetings for Lent?

Merry Christmas. Happy Easter. We Christians hit up our friends and some strangers on big feasts with pumped up versions of hi-how-are-you.

Nothing much for Lent, though. If you’re like me, same ol’, same ol’.

Have you ever wondered why we don’t extend Lenten greetings? Sure, “merry” and “happy” don’t seem to fit our annual practices of ashing ourselves and giving up sweets and warm-blooded animal dinners on Fridays. But could we say something while we’re wandering the desert tired, hungry, and without our internet connections?

What descriptive word or words could we attach to “Lent,” if we were ever to develop a greeting custom on which the secular culture could then declare war?

Holy Lent.

Maybe a bit too pious. Ditto for:

Blessed Lent.

Can Lent be “good,” like Friday?

A Good Lent to you!

The Lectionary makes mention of Lent as a “joyful” season, but I doubt any of us outside of Vox Clara are buying into that. The French have “Joyeux Noël,” but I can’t see them getting excited about

Joyeux Lënt!

Nope. Not at all.

Maybe we just pass each other on the street and give a thumbs-up, especially if that digit was dipped in ashes and we’re not washing ourselves whiter than snow.

Certainly, there is another strain that might suggest we give up on greeting other people at all. But assuming that a “season’s greetings” is needed for these 40 days, what would you suggest?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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4 Responses to Greetings for Lent?

  1. John McGrath says:

    “Have a Long Lent!” … or … “Repent, it’s Lent!” followed by a High Five … or … in Hip Hop celebratory style, “Give it up for Lent!” followed by a High Five.

  2. Liam says:

    Seasons greetings.

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