What Are You Giving Up For Lent?
We asked our Facebook followers what, if anything, they were giving up for Lent. Their answers ranged from the satirical to the sincere.
Lent starts on Wednesday. After Tuesday's blowout party that is Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday kicks off the 40-day period in which Catholics and other Christians practice denial and penitence, modeled on Christ's 40 days in the desert. Lent concludes the day before Easter.
It's traditional to give up something during Lent as a practice of abstinence. Some Christians choose junk food, TV, or, more lately, Facebook or the internet.
We asked Coventry Patch Facebook followers if they were going to give up anything for Lent, and if they would ever consider going on a digital fast. Their responses are below.
Read what other Patch followers had to say, then tell us in the comments: What, if anything, will you give up for Lent?
Daniel Slavin: Shoveling snow!
Debbie McCormick: Cleaning!
Suzanne Savoie Albro: Instead of giving something up...going to try to do things for others!
Dawn Webster: Not Catholic so nothing! But if I wanted to be funny I would say church!
Kristin Lynn: My friend is giving up fb!
Andrew Brennan: Lent.
Sandra Ranney: Sarcasm
Jared Walker: Jesus gives his life, Christians give up chocolate.
Mary Rogowski: Nothing i dont stick to it BUT I KNOW COVENTRY GAVE UP 5 FIRE STATIONS.
Moriarty's Fence Company: Snow shoveling
Donna Rustigian Nothing ... don't believe in it.
Linda Kalenkiewicz: Going to church.
Rebecca Ricci Simon: I am giving up FB!!! Ahhhh you will have to email me all the good stuff!!!!