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Today begins Holy Week

April 21 2008

Holy Week, named in memory of the last days of earthly life, suffering and death on the cross of Jesus Christ, begins on Monday with Orthodox Christians.

Holy Week is the Orthodox observe a strict fast and pay visit temples and pray more time than all the days of Lent. This time of preparation for Easter. All the days of Holy Week, believers are called Great.

Great Monday in the Church remembers the Old Testament patriarch Joseph, is a prayer service, sets the stage for a church rite chrism. Miro - a mixture of 50 substances based on olive oil, herbs and spices, resins. Miro is considered sacred, kept in the altar and prepares to once a year from Monday to Wednesday in Holy Week, on Thursday sanctified.

In the Great Tuesday, believers remember how Christ taught in the Temple.

Also the liturgical life of the Russian Orthodox Church is particularly intense. On Holy Liturgy will be held on Wednesday Presanctified, on Holy Thursday - St. Basil the Great and the Matins with the reading of the 12 Gospel passages that tell of the sufferings of Christ on Good Friday - Vespers with the veneration of the Shroud and matins with the rite of burial, writes RIA Novosti news agency .

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