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  Great Lent
Great Lent is the greatest fasting period in the church year in Eastern Christianity, which prepares Christians for the greatest feast of the church year, Easter (or "Holy Pasch").
Although it is in many ways similar to Lent in Western Christianity, there are important differences in the timing of Lent (besides calculating the date of Easter), the underlying theology, and how it is practiced, both liturgically in the church and personally.
One prayer that is said often, accompanied by great prostrations, is the Prayer of St.
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 Lent - MSN Encarta
Lent, period of fasting, penitence, and self-denial traditionally observed by Christians in preparation for Easter.
Among many Christians today, Lent is a time for doing penance by praying, studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, refraining from sin, and giving time or money to charities.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Lenten season before Easter is generally called Great Lent because it is the most important of the four Lenten seasons observed by Orthodox Christians.
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 THE GREAT LENT - A Week by Week Meaning
Lent is the period of time for self-examination by the believer; of putting on the spiritual armor of the Militant Church; of applying the riches of prayers and almsgiving; of adopting deeply the meaning of repentance; of atonement and reconciliation with God Almighty.
Great Lent is like a "workshop" where the character of the faithful is spiritually uplifted and strengthened; where his life is rededicated to the principles and ideals of the Gospel; where the faith culminates in deep conviction of life; where apathy and disinterest turn into vigorous activities of faith and good works.
As such, Great Lent is the sacred Institute of the Church to serve the individual believer in participating as a member of the Mystical Body of Christ, and, from time to time, to improve the standards of faith and morals in his Christian life.
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 Great Canon - OrthodoxWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete is a lengthy penitential canon composed in the seventh century, which is sung during Great Lent.
During Great Compline on Monday, Tuesday, Wendesday and Thursday, one portion of the Canon is sung after the Little Doxology (Greek practice) or Psalm 69 (Russian practice) is read.
On Wednesday of the fifth week of the Great Lent, the Life of St. Mary of Egypt is read together with the entire Great Canon at Orthros.
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 Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center Holy and Glorious Pascha Preparation - Great Lent and Great Week - ...
Great Lent and Great and Holy Week are the time of preparation for celebrating Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha.
During Great Lent we kneel at certain prayers and touch our forehead to the ground as a sign of sorrow for sins, penance, humility, in imitation of the publican who "dared not life his eyes to heaven" and sent home justified.
Great Lent is Forty Days.   The 40-day count begins begins at the beginning of the Vespers of Clean Monday on the evening of the Sunday of Cheesefare/Forgiveness and ends just before the Vespers of Lazarus Saturday on the evening of the last Friday in Great Lent.
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 Excerpts from Fr Schmemann's "Great Lent"
And it is this vision, the foretaste of Easter, that makes Lent's sadness bright and our lenten effort a "spiritual spring." The night may be dark and long, but all along the way a mysterious and radiant dawn seems to shine on the horizon.
Great Lent is published by St Vladimir's Seminary Press, which holds the copyright © 1969-2001 and has granted permission to display these excerpts on this website.
Great Lent is available from the SVS Bookstore, 575 Scarsdale Road, Crestwood, NY 10707; or by phone on 1-800-204-BOOK.
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 Resources for Orthodox Great Lent
The great psalm of repentance, in English, Church Slavonic, Russian and Greek—to be said before entering the temple, before communion and confession, and in all times of repentance and need.
Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete, pt.
The great Hymn of St Romanos the Melodist on the raising of Lazarus—one of the most moving reflections upon Christ's gift of new life to His friend and to all the faithful, by tending to the 'tears of Mary and Martha'.
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 English Spiritual Articles
Great Lent is considered the holiest fast since our Lord Jesus Christ Himself had fasted it.
During the third Sunday of Lent, the Holy Church offers us the Gospel reading of the Prodigal Son as a model of repentance, which requires an awakening, confession of sins, leaving the place of sin, and returning to the Heavenly Father with confidence in His mercies and acceptance.
At the same time, she shows her great hope in our kind and merciful Lord, Who is happy with the return and repentance of the sinner.
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 Great Lent (Eastern Orthodox)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Great Lent is an Eastern Orthodox holiday which always begins on a Monday between February 15 and March 21.
Great Lent is so named to differentiate it from the Advent fasting period which is known as Little Lent.
Great Lent is a period of self-denial and is observed with strict abstinence from meat, dairy products, wine, and olive oil.
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 Great Lent at Russian Foods .com
Lent is called Great because of its importance and is kept in memory of 40 day lent of Jesus Christ who, after his baptism, retired in a desert.
Lent is considered as a deeping into spiritual world where you can appreciate the value of a word, as a word is silver, but silence is gold.
There were special Lent dishes - Turya (salted water with bread pieces and chopped onion), Tolokno (fried oats with salted water), Kulesh (thin gruel made from peas, potatoes and groats).
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 Lent: All About Lent
In basic terms, Lent is the 40-day season before Easter (Sundays, as feast days, are excluded from the count of 40), in the West lasting liturgically from Ash Wednesday until the morning of Holy Thursday.
Lent, which comes from the Teutonic word for springtime, can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our corporate and personal relationships with Jesus Christ and our service to him.
Lent is a time of extra intense spiritual house cleaning, where the focus on prayer, fasting and almsgiving becomes the most important and supersedes all else.
www.churchyear.net /lent.html   (2929 words)

  
 Resources for Great Lent
Includes a week by week description of the Great Lent, the Institute of Lent, the origin of fasting, the further development of fasting, the meaning of the feast days of Lent, the four preparatory weeks Before Lent, the seven Sundays of the Great Lent, and the significance of Lent.
Lent is a wonderful time to help young people learn more about their faith by gathering regularly and doing activities related to the particular Sunday in Great Lent.
The Great Canon is one of the great works, if not the great work, of the Church's "hymnography of repentance." The Canon brings each of us into the story of Scripture; stirs us with moving imagery to realize the depths of our sin.
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 Orthodox Christian Fellowship - OCF   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Great Canon is called to be sung and read twice during Lent: in four parts at Great Compline on Monday through Thursday of the first week; and again completely at Matins on Thursday of the fifth week.
While the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of Lent are dedicated to the memory of the holy martyr Theodore of Tyron, and the fifth is the Saturday of the Akathistos to the Theotokos all these Saturdays are days of commemoration of the departed.
The second Sunday is dedicated to the memory of St. Gregory Palamas, a great mystic and theologian of the 14th century, who centered his teaching on the high calling of man to deification (the process of becoming closer and closer to God) in Christ.
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 Saijiki for Europa ..... (WKD - EUROPE): Lent
The season of Lent is a 40-day period of fasting and prayer, which leads up to the great feast of Christ's resurrection, Easter, in the Christian calendar.
Lent is the period of forty days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar.
At first this season of Lent was observed by those who were preparing for Baptism at Easter and by those who were to be restored to the Church's fellowship from which they had been separated through sin.
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 Great Lent
Great Lent is the most important and most ancient of the fasts which extend over more that one day.
Great Lent then serves as the God-ordained tenth of the year, for it equals approximately thirty-six days, excluding Sundays, during which we separate ourselves for a time from the distractions of life and all its possible enjoyments, and dedicate ourselves primarily to the service of God unto the salvation of our souls.
During Great Lent each Sunday is dedicated to the commemoration of a special event or person which calls the sinful soul to repentance and hope in the mercy of God.
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 Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter
Lent began in the apostolic era and was universal in the ancient church.
We end Lent with the celebration of Easter, with the awareness that Christ is victorious over death and that we have the possibility of being new creations, new creations in Christ.
So Lent is a period when we individually and corporately ask the questions about what it means to be human, what does it mean to be a part of the body of Christ, to be baptized people.
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 The Season of Lent
Lent begins on 21 February 2007 and ends on 7 April 2007, which is the day before Easter.
In the Roman Catholic Church, Lent officially ends at sundown on 5 April (Holy Thursday), with the beginning of the mass of the Lord’s Supper.
The Great Lent is followed by Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday, which are feast days, then the Lenten fast resumes on Monday of Holy Week.
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 Great Lent - OrthodoxWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Lent is a Middle English word meaning "spring." The Great Fast has come to be called Lent by association; it is called "great" to distinguish it from the other fasts.
Great Lent is followed by Holy Week, the week beginning with Palm Sunday and preceding Pascha.
The original purpose of the pre-Pascha fast (now known as Great Lent) was the fasting of catechumens who were being prepared for baptism and entry into the Church.
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 Great Lent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Great Lent is the greatest fasting period in the church year in Eastern Christianity, which prepares Christians for the greatest feast of the church year, Easter (or "Holy Pascha").
During the weekdays of Great Lent, there is a liturgical fast when the eucharistic Divine Liturgy is not celebrated.
One prayer that is said often, accompanied by great reverences, is the Prayer of Saint Ephrem.
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 Lent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Lent begins on 9 February 2005 and ends on 26 March 2005.
Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism.
The ancient church that wrote, collected, canonized, and propagated the New Testament also observed Lent, believing it to be a commandment from the apostles.
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 Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center Holy and Glorious Pascha Preparation - Great Lent and Great and Holy ...
They are especially urged as a strict minimum to observe the mandatory fast and abstinence on the first day of Lent, and on the last three days of the Holy and Great Week, and to abstain from meat on all the Fridays of Lent.
It is not OK to decide not to fast at all during Great Lent: that makes the idea of Great Lent as preparation for Pascha just a theoretical concept.
Great and Holy Thursday, Great and Holy Friday, and Great and Holy Saturday are days of strict fasting in honor and memory of the Passion and Death of the Lord.
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 A Family Lesson (Onest)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Often Great Lent is taught as a series of "shoulds" - we should go to Church, we should fast, we should pray, we should give alms.
Originally, Great Lent was the final preparation of the catechumens for their baptism at Pascha.
Great Lent is the time to increase your family's frequency of receiving the Eucharist, if it is not already your practice.
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 Ways to Share Great Lent and Pascha (Gidus-Mercera)
This service is celebrated several times during Great Lent, and gets it title from St. Andrew, a Jerusalem monk who lived during the seventh and eighth centuries, and became archbishop of Crete.
Great and Holy Friday is the most somber day of Holy Week; thus, the Entombment service helps us express our sorrow over Christ's death on the cross.
We sing loudly and with great excitement many times: "Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life." This is the happiest service of the year and we are glad to be part of it!
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 Fasting and Great Lent
Great Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation that comes before the most important Feast of the Christian year, Holy Pascha (which means “Passover” and is commonly called “Easter”,).
During Great Lent, the Church teaches us how to re­ceive Him by using the two great means of repentance— prayer and fasting.
From the second through the sixth weeks of Lent, the general rules for fasting are practiced.
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 Meaning of Great Lent
Great Lent provides this opportunity, when we are also preparing ourselves to be crucified with Christ so that we may be resurrected with Him.
One theme of Great Lent is that we are in exile in this life, and that our true home is with God in His Kingdom, and that we must return as the prodigal son or daughter to our heavenly Father.
If during this special holy season of Great Lent, it is life as usual, we are missing the opportunity of getting our lives straightened out.
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 Great Lent and Holy Pascha
Lent is a preparation for the Resurrection of Christ resting on a tripod of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.
The “great and saving forty days” are to wake us up to all times and seasons of all year.
Great Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation that comes before the most important Feast of the Christian year, Holy Pascha (which means “Passover” and is commonly called “Easter”,).
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