I come from a church tradition where the ecclesiastical calendar is not much valued. That may be putting it too weakly. I grew up in churches with such a strong adherence to the regulative principle that we did not observe any annual celebrations. A point was made of singing carols in July. But that is all by the by. Even my relatively relaxed current church, which does observe Easter and Christmas and makes occasional nods in the direction of Pentecost and the like, does not make much of the liturgical year.
So I decided to experiment. Since November, I've been imposing on myself the discipline of saying Morning Prayer, as set out in Common Worship, and I've been deliberately and very carefully observing the different seasons and (for the most part) festivals. I can't bring myself to celebrate particular persons, but I have been following the lectionary and trying to get into the 'feel' of the different passing seasons. Advent was a tremendous blessing, Christmas was enriched, and Epiphany (despite it's recent origin as a liturgical season) was a big help. I've enjoyed the experiment thus far.
It is very nearly Lent. I don't get Lent. I can see that in principle it may be useful to have a particular time when we remember our sins, and show our repentance. Lent, however, seems to involve remembering this whilst forgetting the gospel. Why can't I say Hallelujah until Good Friday? Has the gospel been suspended until then? At the very least I seem to have to assume, for the best part of six weeks, that the good news doesn't apply to me, at least not in its fulness.
Is there a way of doing Lent which is not anti-gospel? Or shall I just stay in 'Ordinary Time' until Holy Week?