mid-13c., from O.Fr. sacrifise (12c.), from L. sacrificium , from sacrificus “performing priestly functions or sacrifices,” from sacra “sacred rites” (prop. neut. pl. of sacer “sacred,” see sacred) + root of facere “to do, perform” (see factitious). L. sacrificium is glossed in O.E. by ansegdniss .
What we do each Lent is not merely a “giving up” of something… We are performing a sacred rite in the sacrifice.
Your decision to enter into the sacrifice of the season is deeper than just not drinking coffee or beginning a new good habit. There are deeper and stronger forces at work in this. We are only a short distance into our 40 day journey…does seeing your sacrifice from this deeper perspective change the way you understand the season? Does it elevate your work for this 40 days? It should…because it IS work and because it IS more than a physical act.
This week take some time to pray in the position of Sacrifice, either sitting or back-lying. Pray and breathe this reality that when we engage in ancient practice with Believers the world over we tap into this deeper meaning, this sacred rite. Breathe that this week.