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Was just wondering, what date does the Orthodox start their Lent?
Some of you may be interested in these poems based on the stations of the cross.
Each station must have a cross made of real wood.
A former Judicial Vicar has explained this to me in an email -- it is not Canon Law, but Liturigal Law that requires this.
One source I have on this is the co-founder of EWTN -- Father Michael McDonough -- he explained this to me about 12 years ago.
The other source is the following web page:
The second to last paragraph on this page has the following:
... fourteen crosses of real wood are required (pictures are optional); ...
My concern is that a Plenary Indulgence may not be granted to those who exercise this devotion in a church where the stations are pictures and do not have the required cross of wood at each station.
This is Liturgical Law, basically, the same law that governs that the consecration should use unleavened bread, for example...