Feasting for Lent

Toby, Parish Assistant, writes: “Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has long ago approved what you do.” Ecc. 9.7

 Lent is often seen by people as a time for sombre thought, fasting and lacking in enjoyment, but doesn’t this miss the point a little – given how the story ends.

With that in mind Fiona and I put on a food evening for the parish with the twist of a Lenten theme. Following the ancient Christian tradition of giving up animal products for lent, and Fiona already taking the Vegan challenge herself, we plumped for a vegan night.

We organised a bring and share meal with the rule that there could be no meat from either fish, animal or bird, and that products like cheese and eggs had to be used only if absolutely necessary. Many people thought this would be impossible and that we would only be eating grass but the huge spread offered up yesterday evening showed that not only is there a huge variety of animal-free dishes available but that is is all incredibly tasty.

Vegan eve 06-03-2013 19-53-50.50 (1)Here is some of what was on offer: Vegan Pizza, Tortilla wraps – with Hummus and roasted vegetables, Tabouleh, salad with peppers, cucumber, avocado, grape fruit, Scrambled Tofu – Mixed with herbs and spices and fried with mushroom, Lentil paté …and Strawberry Black out chocolate cake

Once our plates where heavily laden with all sorts of food we milled about chatting with one another about food, lent and the public library redevelopment, which Dan started working on this week.

We finished the night off with compline by candle light; involving a reading from Genesis and some prayers of St Francis read by Fiona, but not before a slice of gooey vegan Chocolate cake courtesy of Philip, which Olly described as the perfect end to a perfect meal.

Whilst there may not have been any converts to full on veganism Ann said she would now try to eat a lot more vegetarian and vegan food and would not be put off by those labels as she has been in the past, which is exactly the way Fiona and I had hoped people would react after the meal.

Inspired by a lovely evening we are compiling some recipes for people to try out at home.

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St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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2 Responses to Feasting for Lent

  1. Rdr. James Morgan says:

    Good for you! Orhodox have been doing this for eons! Now just remember that fasting from meat and dairy food is to remind us from fasting from sins and earthly passions also! That is the whole point of the fast.

    • veganaut1 says:

      Thanks for your comment James. It’s certainly true that the vegan food evening didn’t really stay ‘simple’ and that we did all get quite passionate about the food, but, on the other hand, I found the positive attention brought to good food, and emphasis on making a choice instructive and ‘free-ing’ in many ways. I’ll still be eating vegan after Lent, and it’s really helped me to think about what it means to make a positive commitment to something, which has also informed my thoughts about Christian life.

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