How long Lent lasts: when it starts and when it ends
A neighbor for the last five years has hit the faith: goes to services, observes fasting, prays a lot. Recently we meet on the staircase: I have a full package of all yummy.
She looked at me, at the bag and asked: «You do not fast?». It became a little embarrassing, because I am a believer, but I rarely come to church: everything is business, business. And so I lost sight of her that she decided to find out when the Lent begins and how long it lasts, and by all means repent, which I succeeded.
I share the information received and invite everyone to join.
The beginning of Lent is marked by the end of the Pancake Week. The secular understanding of Shrovetide includes noisy celebrations, total eating of goodies. In fact, like the other week, in addition to moral and physical rest, it involves spiritual preparation for long-term abstinence.
Lent consists of the Fourth and Holy Week.
Great post: history of origin
The tradition of fasting dates back to the Old Testament. For a long time the Jews fasted twice a week: Tuesday and Thursday, while the Christians who came to faith accepted Wednesday and Friday for themselves.
This institution is still valid, but not all who walk in the world observe it.
The origin of Lent has a missionary character. Initially, fasting was the test of faith, fortitude, and faith of the pagans, ready to be baptized.
Then they baptized at a conscious age and only for Christian holidays like Christmas or Easter. On the eve of such events, pagans who were ready to reject their gods should strengthen their spirit, test themselves.
Christians did not pray.
Now imagine how difficult and unfair the test seemed to the pagans: when they came to visit fellow Christians, they saw meat and other food that they couldn’t fast, and listened to Christ while the Christians devoured all this food. Therefore, Christians joined the “recruits” with a strong-willed decision to demonstrate support, instill confidence in them and help with prayers and deeds.
Christians in those days limited themselves to food and entertainment on Passion Week — the most severe week of Great Lent, when nothing is possible, even with holy spirit eat on the eve of Easter. Perhaps that is why there is a division of the post itself into the Forty-week and Passion Week.
March 11 — the day when Lent begins in 2019, and April 27 — when it ends. At this time, even the prayers are read differently, testifying to the peculiarity of the moment.
Why observe Lent
Like others, Lent carries a purpose, a task for the sticking of constraints.
- First of all, at this time, we renounce worldly fuss and communicate with God, with prayers and actions we are strengthened in faith.
- Great Lent helps to cleanse the body and soul, to prepare for the bright holiday of Easter. It’s not about a strict diet on bread and water, but about finding harmony. Let go of problems, free your mind and heart from old offenses and offenders. All is rewarded according to their works. God would like to see us dwelling in love, not hate.
Last week of Lent
The events that occurred a century ago during the Holy Week (week) are remembered during the post. Four initial Sunday services are served with the Akathist Passion.
The church and believers remember how the Savior suffered and died on the cross.
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the Eucharist Mysteries conclude the church year, where in the end they utter a reminder of Christ’s voluntary decision to accept the sins of humanity, to suffer and die in order to save people.
Great Friday is the day of observance of the strictest post; it should be held in complete abstinence. The service of Great Saturday, on the eve of the Paschal matins, will be marked by the reading of the canon before the Shroud.
How to fast: what are monks and laity
The church statute says: one should not eat animal products (talking about milk, eggs, meat, etc.). On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, dry food is practiced. You can eat bread, fruits and vegetables, drink water or compote. Tuesday and Thursday — hot food is allowed, but you can not add oil to it.
On weekends (Saturday and Sunday), oil can be added to food. At the Annunciation and the Entrance of the Lord, you can pamper yourself with fish, and Lazarev Saturday gives you the opportunity to eat caviar. Monday of the very first week implies a complete refusal to eat, and Great Friday of Good Week — abstinence until the shroud is taken out.
Please note: all the above rules are obligatory for the clergymen within the framework of the monastic charter. The rules of the post for the laity are much softer.
Wishing to take part in the Great Lent and accomplish a spiritual feat, the layman relates this decision to life circumstances, physical health and consults with a spiritual mentor. As a rule, the practice of dry eating on the laity does not apply, and the use of food without vegetable oil on weekdays happens only on some days or is completely excluded.
Fish and seafood — a controversial issue in the menu of the laity: some argue that they should be completely eliminated, someone insists on the need for an introduction to the diet.
Women in position or nursing, children, aged people and the sick have special privileges. A sufficient condition for the observance of fasting is the refusal of meat (before starting a fast, it is better to consult with your doctor). I do not think that the Lord is pleased that you lose your health or life in order to follow the subtleties of the monastic charter.
If there are separate instructions from the doctor about animal products, think, perhaps it makes sense to give up something harmful for the time of fasting, but something so delicious and loved — sweets, baking, etc.
There is no separate charter for the laity, it is not provided for by the Church, and therefore I propose to seek advice from the pastor. And before turning, look at the monastic calendar, which gives an understanding of the level of severity of fasting days according to church traditions.
Many aspects can be corrected for themselves, taking into account the advice and recommendations proposed by the mentor.
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