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"Schnorr von Carolsfeld Bibel in Bildern 1860 024" by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld - Der Literarische Satanist. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Schnorr_von_Carolsfeld_Bibel_in_Bildern_1860_024.png#mediaviewer/File:Schnorr_von_Carolsfeld_Bibel_in_Bildern_1860_024.png

“Schnorr von Carolsfeld Bibel in Bildern 1860 024” by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

As a teenager, I looked up the meaning of my first given name. My then prudish temperament was somewhat taken aback to see that it was associated with Dionysus, the debauched Greek god of revelry and wine.

Had I been raised as an ancient Hebrew, it could have been far worse, for names were given to reflect something of the inner nature and projected destiny of its bearer. Hence the story in Genesis 17:1-16, of Abram’s name becoming “Abraham” – the “progenitor of many nations.” The world’s three great monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – look to Abraham as the foundation of a covenantal relationship with the Divine.

The Lenten journey, then, travels through this reflection and realisation that we continue to be part of this unbreakable covenant relationship with the Creator.

Oh, and I discovered that Dionysius, in the Greek pantheon, is also a source of new life, but modesty forbids me to reveal that! (And there are several Saints Dionysius I can choose to relate to as well)