Lent: a time for meditating on the death of Christ - something we are reminded of by the crucifix.
Lent: a time for following Christ in his Passion - something we are reminded of by the Stations of the Cross, especially on Fridays.
Fr Z reports on three dumb ideas for Lent:
- Removing Holy Water and replacing it with sand (explicitly reproved by the CDW)
- Removing the Crucifix (a tradition in the parish, apparently)
- Not celebrating the Stations of the Cross on Fridays (because the priest thinks that it's against Vatican II)
These examples remind me of Christopher Derrick's definition of a liturgist:
A man sent by God so that in times when there is no direct persecution, the people of God may not be denied the opportunity of suffering for their faith.