Giving up and taking up
Vote in our poll to find out what the most popular Lenten observances:
What are you giving up for Lent? What are you taking up for Lent?
I am giving up Custard Creams. I carry a little extra padding about the middle and my children ascribe this to a predilection to eating (their) Custard Cream Biscuits.
I think they may be right. We shall see …
I am taking up learning the Lord’s Prayer in Greek. I learned Greek at school and university so this should not be as hard as it might seem, though I am very rusty…
What has struck me immediately about our beloved Lord’s Prayer is how poetic it is in the original. Lots of rhyming and a very strong lilt just like in the English:
For example the 3rd and 4th lines
ἐλθέτω ἡ βασιλεία σου
γενηθήτω τὸ θέλημά σου
Elthetor hair basilaira su
Generthertor to thelerma su
Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done
So far so good with both observances – but it is very early days!
How are you getting on?