Religiously, the beginning of Great Lent is traditionally tied to the beginning of Spring, an association found in the ''[[Triodion]]'' (containing hymns for the Lenten season). The ancient hymns refer to the "Lenten Spring," a natural link because of the time of year during which Lent always occurs in the
[[temperate ]] regions of the [[Northern Hemisphere ]]. The church services during this week are very similar to those served during Great Lent itself, though they are shorter. This is also the first time the [[Prayer of Saint Ephrem]] is said and the [[Divine Liturgy]] is forbidden on Wednesday and Friday (as it is on every weekday of Great Lent).
==Sunday of Forgiveness==