Great Lent is the period of preparation leading up to Pascha. Before Great Lent starts, Orthodox Christians prepare for it in turn with the Triodion, or three weeks preceding the start of Great Lent.
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