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Lent: holidays, events, rules compliance

March 14 2006

Lent can confidently be called the most important of many days of posts, especially obliging the faithful to its enforcement. On Monday, the beginning of 2 nd week (or Week) of Lent. In this article we will talk about what holidays and events, it was marked, as well as compliance with the rules further meatless weeks.

In the 2 nd week of Lent the Church prayerfully remembers St. Gregory Palamas, who lived in the XIV century - ardent supporters and preachers of the monastic life and spirituality, the spokesman of the special church teachings on Tabor light - intangible grace of heavenly light, which brightened the Lord at the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor . This teaching is the opportunity for a person acquiring the grace of the Holy Spirit, of the ways to it - prayer and dobrodelanii, to which believers are especially encouraged by the Church in days of fasting.

Saturday 2 nd Week - All Souls' Day.

Week 3 of Great Lent - Veneration of the Cross. Adoration of the Holy Cross committed in this Sunday, reminds us that the path to resurrection - only through the Cross , and salvation is impossible without struggle with the sins and passions, without the suffering of sorrow and suffering. On Saturday night vigil in the middle of the church imposed Cross and committed reverential worship of him, back to the altar of the Cross is carried away on Friday.

Saturday 3rd Week - All Souls' Day.

In Week 4 th of Lent the Church makes the memory of St. John Climacus - the ascetic, who spent his whole life in monastic life. The main monument to his life - "The Ladder" (ladder) - he wrote a guide for the ascent to spiritual perfection.

Saturday 4 th Week - All Souls' Day.

At the 5 th Week Matins on Thursday (usually performed in churches on Wednesday night) called "the standing of Mary of Egypt." On this service is completely read by the Great Penitential Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, as well as read Life of St. Mary of Egypt - a great sinner, miraculously turn to God and spent his whole life in the great exploits.

Saturday 5 th Week - Saturday akathist. At Matins committed special moleben praising the Blessed Virgin Mary - Praise (later on a sample were drawn up and other akafistnye singing).

In Week 5 th of Lent the Church makes the memory of St Mary of Egypt.

6 th Week of Lent ends with Lazarus Saturday and feasts Entrance of the Lord in Jerusalem.

In a subsequent Sunday Orthodox Church celebrates Palm Sunday, after which begins Holy Week (this will be discussed in next time).


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