Clean Monday

3 Mar

Go home and wash up.
Clean up your act.
Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings
so I don’t have to look at them any longer.
Say no to wrong.
Learn to do good.
Work for justice.
Help the down-and-out.
Stand up for the homeless.
Go to bat for the defenseless.

~Isaiah 1: 13-17

In the Greek Orthodox faith today is Καθαρά Δευτέρα — Clean Monday. Clean Monday is to Greek Orthodox believers what Ash Wednesday is to Catholic believers. It’s the start of Great Lent. Well, technically it begins at sunset the Sunday before.

Lent is thought of as a time of abstaining. We fast from meat and dairy. But it is more than that. It is also a time of taking on new, better habits. Today we not only wash ourselves from our past wrongdoings, but we work on behalf of those who need a helping hand.

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2 Responses to “Clean Monday”

  1. Maria March 18, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Love this Stephanie mou! It’s so incredibly easy to get caught up in the craziness of everyday life and forget about the important periods of time in life where we all must stop, analyze our lives and make changes so that we can become better people. Your post reminded me to slow down and regroup 🙂

    • Stephanie Nikolopoulos March 18, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

      Thanks for this, Maria. I’m a firm believer that creative and successful people need time to relax and dream!

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