Here are the results to the question, “Are you observing Lent?“
29% said “I believe. Got my ashes. Made my vows.”
36% said “I believe, but we don’t do this church calendar thing.”
0% said “I don’t know if I believe, but I’m doing the ash thing.”
36% said “The question is irrelevant to me.”
I find it interesting that I don’t seem to have any readers who identify themselves as nominal Christians in liturgical churches—in other words, people who attend Catholic or traditional Protestant churches out of obligation or habit. I suspect that nominal Christians are disappearing from all churches, whether liturgical or no.
There were some lively and interesting comments on the original post. But no one offered any examples of Lenten rituals that can be done as a family. This seems like a strange omission to me. Is it that Christian rituals tend to be church-centric and not family-centric? If you know of any family Lenten rituals (or want to take a creative stab at making something up), please leave a comment below.