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Lent 2014: essence, rules of behavior, food calendar

On Monday, 3 March Orthodox around the world began Lent 2014, it is called Lent. This is a time of humility, prayer and penance for sins committed, and not just a diet, as many imagine. The meaning of these seven weeks - in the purification of the soul and in the victory of the spirit over the flesh, and the goal - preparing for the celebration of Christ's Resurrection, Easter.

Lent - this is the time when Christians renounce worldly amusements and subordinate his soul repent, and serve the Lord. Lent lasts seven weeks and ends Easter. This year, Easter or Christ light falls on a Sunday in April 20.

Post to commemorate the fact that Jesus Christ fasted in the desert 40 days (so Lent). This period of repentance and worship dedicated to circumcision, as well as prayers and sermons about the passion of the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

Lent 2014 observed in memory of 40 days that Jesus fasted in the desert. It is important to remember that the main component of the post - not physical (refusal skoromnoy food), and spiritual - a victory over the earthly needs of the spirit over the flesh.

This, in general, the only post of the church, which itself is a special church service and special guards. Because, say, worship Petrova post has no features compared with conventional, ordinary services. Assumption of worship and Christmas fast - in fact, the same.

Themselves Christians fasted during Lent is not, not in Lent, and in those days they were fasting in the Holy Week. And, in fact, still our post consists of two parts - is the Holy Lent, and then Holy Week.

Passion Week - it is not Lent and, in general, it's not even a Lent - a separate time. One can say that Lent (first 40 days) - is the time when we go out to meet God. Passion Week - a time when the Lord comes to meet us. Goes through suffering, through the arrest, the Last Supper, Calvary, the descent into hell, and finally Easter It overcomes the last barriers that separate us from God.

In today's world many people are fasting not only for religious reasons: for some, it is an occasion to reflect and understand their domestic needs, for others - just a diet. Whatever the motives did not move you, remember that any restrictions on food should not go to the detriment of health, as well as must be accompanied by a non-physical limitations, whether the rejection of some familiar entertainment, watching TV, profanity, bad thoughts and actions - Everyone chooses for themselves their personal austerity of Lent.

What not to eat

At Lent, Orthodox Christians refuse all meat and dairy products and do not eat eggs (they are replaced in baking, for example, starch - potato or corn). Fish is allowed only on Palm Sunday, which this year falls on April 13. Alcohol is also banned, but on weekends you can drink wine, but in very small quantities.

What can I eat in the first week of Lent 2014 year:

3 March - abstaining from food
4 March - boiled food without oil
5 March - raw food, do not add oil (laity desirable blessing his confessor)
6 March - boiled food without oil
7 March - raw vegetables and fruits, without oil
8 March - boiled food with oil, you can drink wine
9 March - boiled food with oil, you can drink wine

Food in the second week of Lent

10 March - raw food without oil
11 March - boiled food, do not add oil
12 March - raw fruits and vegetables without oil
13 March-boiled food, do not add oil
14 March - raw fruits and vegetables without oil
15 March-boiled food with oil and wine
16 March - boiled food with oil and wine

Third Week of Lent

17 March - raw vegetables and fruits, with no added oil (can porridge, mushrooms, sauerkraut)
18 March-boiled food without oil
19 March to raw food without oil
20 March-boiled food without oil
21 March-food without cooking and adding oil
22 March-boiled food, you can add oil
23 March (Annunciation) - cooked food with oil and wine.

The fourth week, Week, all (except Saturday and Sunday) should not eat butter

24 March - food without cooking and adding oil
25 March - cooked food
26 March - food without cooking and adding oil
27 March - cooked food
28 March - food without cooking and adding oil
29 March - cooked food with oil, can be a little wine
30 March - cooked food can be a bit of oil and wine

Fifth Week of Lent

31 March - food without cooking and adding oil
1 April - cooked food
2 April - food without cooking and adding oil
3 April - cooked food
4 April - food without cooking and adding oil
5 April - cooked food can be a bit of oil and wine
6 April - cooked food can be a bit of oil and wine

On materials: delfi.lv

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