Christians of Eastern Rite mark beginning of Great Lent

Source : 112 Ukraine

This year, the Orthodox and Greek Catholics start to observe the lent on March 14
10:12, 14 March 2016

According to an old Christian custom, believers abstain from eating meat, fish, eggs and milk products for seven weeks in a row; that’s the time when churchgoers recall the Christ’s sufferings. Immediately before the Great Lent begins, they ask for each other’s forgiveness on the Shrove Sunday.   

The period of the Great Lent ends with Easter – one of the most honored and beloved feasts in the Christianity, when people celebrate the resurrection of the Christ. Thisyear, EasterinUkrainefallsonMay 1.

Churchmen note that the Great Lent is about much more than merely setting limits on food and entertainment. According to them, the Lent is a period of repentance, coming to terms with God and spiritual self-perfecting. Thus, the Church recommends that believers pray, read the Holy Scripture, attend holy masses and be especially kind, merciful and patient to each other.  

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