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Great Lent and Pascha

by Fr Kyril , on 21 February, 2012

Great Lent and Pascha The Forty Days of Great Lent commemorates Israel's forty years of wandering in the Wilderness the forty years of painful struggle as Israel longed for and then received entrance into the Promised Land (Exodus 16: 35) Moses remained fasting on Mount Sinai for forty days (Exodus 34: 28) and the Prophet Elijah (Elias) ...

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Preparing for Great Lent 2

by Fr Kyril , on 13 February, 2012

Preparing for Great Lent 2 We usually think of this preparatory time as the period of Great Lent, but in fact it begins three weeks earlier with the Sundays of the Tax-Collector and Pharisee, the Prodigal Son and the Last Judgment. Since we are not fasting yet, we tend to pay less attention to these preparatory Sundays than we do to the Sunda...

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Preparing for Great Lent 1

by Fr Kyril , on 08 February, 2012

Preparing for Great Lent 1 Cheesefare Week (Monday after the Sunday of the Last Judgment to Forgiveness Sunday) is when we give up meat, but still have dairy products. Then at the end of the third preparatory week there is Cheesefare Sunday. This is the final day before the beginning of Great Lent which begins Sunday evening. This is when we ...

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