Lenten Sacrifices

I want to start out by saying that I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual. I was baptized as an infant in a Catholic church, and again in a non-denominational Protestant church as a kid. I appreciate what the church has done for my upbringing, but it’s not my cup of tea for community gatherings.

Now with that being said, I am not afraid to walk into, and sit through a church service, and appreciate what sense of self it does for tons of people. I’ll more likely be appreciating the architecture, especially in Catholic and Lutheran churches.

To get to the meat of what I want to talk about is this: I’m spending time with my father doing all things Easter this year. It started yesterday, with Ash Wednesday. Well, it really started two days ago, on Mardi Gras.

We had dinner at a local Japanese restaurant, and boy was it packed! Never mind the fact that it took the both of us to realize that the red and pink balloons were for Valentine’s day, and not for Lent. This year, Valentine’s day and Lent were the same day. It was decent, especially for the fact that we had to rush, because service started at 7, and we got seated minutes after 6.

Once food was done, we found ourselves a few minutes late to church, but then again, who hasn’t been late to church before? Or is that just us?

Church lasted about an hour, and we were even able to partake in communion and the ash-on-the-forehead thing. I don’t mean to insult here, I just don’t know the proper term, and am not coming up with anything on Google. Comment below, to tell me what it’s called, if you know.

I guess I should say that we went to a Lutheran church, if that wasn’t implied. Lutherans are a tad different than the Catholics. They branched off with Dr Martin Luther King, hence the name of the denomination. If you’re interested in me writing a post about the different denominations, let me know!

Truly, I wish I could’ve had the church to myself to appreciate the architecture and take some photographs. As much as I’m not a religious person, it doesn’t mean I lack appreciation for things. Knowing the back stories to why things the way they are, is something I keep seeking after.

To give you a heads up, I’ll be spending time with my dad in DC over Easter weekend, and I hope to snap some amazing pictures there. I feel like the amazing detail in churches is something to appreciate, regardless of if you’re a follower of that faith.

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