The '''Lenten Triodion''' is the
period of three weeks preceding [[Great Lent]]. There are three [[ Sunday]] s involved, with appropriate readings from the [[ Gospels]] :
:1. Sunday of the [[ Publican and Pharisee]] ([[Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 18:9-14), :2. Sunday of the [[Prodigal Son]] ([[Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 15:11-32), and :3. Sunday of the [[Last Judgment]] (also called [[Meatfare Sunday]]; [[Gospel of Matthew|Matt]] 25:31-46).
During the first week of the Triodion, there is no [[fasting]]. During the second week, fasting is as usual (Wednesday and Friday). In the week following Meatfare Sunday, no meat is eaten. The Sunday following Meatfare Sunday is [[Cheesefare Sunday]] (also known as [[Forgiveness Sunday]]; during the week following, dairy is removed from the diet, initiating the strict fasting of Great Lent.
Triodion , and especially the Sunday [[ gospel]] readings , serves to exercise the mind, whereas the fasting of Great Lent focuses on the body , and Holy Week 's services exercise the spirit.
*[[February 20]], 2005 (Sunday of the [[Publican and Pharisee]]) [[sermon]] by Fr. Costin Popescu at St. [[Basil the Great|Vasilios]] [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America|Greek Orthodox Church]] in Peabody, MA.