In the East, Lent is called “The Season of Bright Sadness” since it is both a time of penance but also anticipation. Learn how we got to the 40 days; why fasting, penance, and abstaining from meat and/or dairy are such a big part of Lent; customs of the season and where they come from (like hot cross buns); and how to have a good Lenten journey.

Father Christopher Zugger was born in Buffalo, New York. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University and The Washington Theological Union, he was ordained a priest in the Byzantine Catholic Church in 1981. He was pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help until medical retirement directed him into new pastoral work. He has been presenting for Oasis for many years on a wide variety of topics.