The Chosen Fast

During the Lenten season the Christian Scientist is sometimes asked the question, "What do you deny yourself during Lent?" or, "How do you observe Easter?" The writer will try to answer this query briefly, keeping clearly in thought that it is not for the purpose of belittling or deriding our neighbor's mode of worship, but rather to elucidate our own.

The custom of abstaining from certain foods as an evidence of devotion to God is not a new one. There are records of fasts in the Old Testament, as far back as the time of Moses, who went without food forty days and nights while he received the Ten Commandments on the tables of stone. Also, in Leviticus we read that the Israelites were instructed to eat "neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears," after reaping the harvest, till they had made the customary thank-offering to God. Fasting can be traced down through religious history to modern times, when we still find the Jewish people giving up leavened bread at one fast; while converts to other beliefs eat no meat at certain seasons.

March 24, 1923

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