What happens when we get rid of Lent?

Peter J. Leithart writes:

As a historical matter, the churches that have excluded Lent have not replaced it with a permanent atmosphere of joy… In Reformed churches, the suppression of Lent has been simultaneous with the suppression of Carnival and other seasons of playful joy. Suppression of Lent did not produce perpetual Easter; it produced a perpetual Lent.

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