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7 weeks of prayers

March 6 2006

Orthodox Christians came Lent. Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II, explaining the meaning of Lent, said that the main thing - to keep the heart and soul in peace and purity.

The first Lenten service - Reading of the Great Canon of Repentance Andrew of Crete - tonight the patriarch will make in the Church of the Transfiguration of Christ the Savior. The post will last for 49 days. The purpose of fasting - reconciliation with God.

The tradition of strict Lent originated in the ancient, still divided, the Christian Church, and now preserved mainly in the orthodox. Great post erected in memory of 40-day fast of Jesus in the desert. The most severe are the first week of Lent and the last - Holy Week.

Easter - the day of Easter the Resurrection of Christ - will come on April 23. Tells the Voice of Russia

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