Lent is a season when the church focuses on preparation of baptismal candidates and the continual process of conversion for everyone. It is a solemn and penitential period. Many churches even retire or bury their Alleluias for the duration of the season. Lent is grounded in and modeled after the forty days Jesus spent in the desert, tempted by the devil. As people of faith, we lay aside those practices and material goods that lead us into temptation, and we take up the full armor of God, especially scripture, prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. We do this not to enamor ourselves of our own sanctity, but rather to gather with the whole Christian community as it practices its participation in the death of Christ—that we might know the alleluia of the resurrection with Christ. (Sundays and Seasons, 2013)
This year’s Lenten Dramas delve into the theme of the “seven deadly sins” as they have been passed down in the church over the centuries. Lent is of course a time of repentance and examination of ourselves and our relationship with God. The church has identified these as “deadly” because they lead to other sins. Greed leads to stealing, for instance. Wrath can lead to violence. These dramas all center around a priest, who is simply called “father” by all those who know him.