Great Lent

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Great Lent is the period of preparation leading up to Holy Week and Pascha. The Lenten Triodion governs the divine services of Great Lent as well as those of the Weeks of Preparation preceding Great Lent. "Lent" is a Middle English word meaning "spring." The Great Fast has come to be called Lent by association.

Following Meatfare Sunday, meats are removed from the diet. Following Cheesefare Sunday (also known as Forgiveness Sunday), dairy is removed, initiating the strict fasting of Great Lent.


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Structure of Great Lent

Monday following Forgiveness Sunday (also called Cheesefare Sunday)
1. Sunday of Orthodoxy (John 1:43-51),
2. Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas,
3. Sunday of the Holy Cross,
4. Sunday of St. John Climacus, and
5. Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt.


Great Lent is followed by Holy Week, the week beginning with Palm Sunday and preceding Pascha.

Purpose of Great Lent

Church Fathers on Great Lent

See also

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