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All you need to know about the Orthodox Lent 2016 years

In the year 2016 14 Lent begins in March and lasts until April 30. This is a long post, which consists of two parts: 40 days - a Holy Lent and then Passion Week (respectively 7 days.

Lent begins immediately after Shrovetide, with strictly enforced especially in the very first week, as well as in Holy Week.

Time to prepare for Lent includes four Sundays (in Church - Week): Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Sunday of the Last Judgment and the Forgiveness Sunday, but between 21 February (the start of preparation for the post) and on March 14 (first day post in 2016 year) - just three weeks.

The main purpose and the essence of fasting - penance, preparing souls to a happy Easter meeting. Lent is also aimed primarily at cleansing the soul, getting it from the madding crowd. It is believed that it is important not the formal implementation of the requirements of the church, and their informed decision. About fasting do not speak, do not boast - it kept for its own sake, not rising above others.

Post a missionary origin. These days 40 first post is not the Christians and the pagans - those pagans who wanted to be baptized.

Meals during Lent, on days of the week, shall be as follows. Monday is called pure because it does not eat. Suhoyadnymi designated on the calendar Wednesday and Friday, that is bread and water. The second and fourth day - without food hot butter. Saturday and Sunday - the days when permitted to use sunflower oil.

March 14-15 and 29-30 April Church recommends and does refuse food. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only dry food is acceptable - without cooking: raw and canned fruits and vegetables, brown bread; drink fruit drinks and water.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, and fasting, eating hot food without oil: soups, porridge, steamed vegetables and rassolnik. On Saturday and Sunday Orthodox take food twice allowed to prepare hot food in vegetable oil. This soup, steamed vegetables and salads.

At the Annunciation and Palm Sunday, that is, April 7 24 and fasting you can eat fish, drink grape wine. On Lazarus Saturday, April 23 allowed to eat eggs - not the fish.

It is believed that abstinence from carnal pleasures helps a person to focus on spiritual quest. It is possible that because of hunger spoils the character, and the person becomes irritable. So, the purpose of fasting is not achieved - in fact it should fill the soul with joy and light thoughts.

Post - it is also a purity in thought and deed. Join in the path of self-sacrifice help 13 Forgiveness Sunday of March, when the soul asking for forgiveness for all the wrongs caused to a year. From this day begins the path of spiritual perfection.

The calendar

The first week (read Great Penitential Canon of St. Andrew of Crete):

Monday, March 14 - complete abstinence from food.
Tuesday, March 15 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Wednesday, March 16 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Thursday, March 17 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Friday, March 18 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Saturday, March 19 - cooked food with the addition of vegetable oil, wine.
Sunday, March 20 - cooked food with the addition of vegetable oil, wine.

Second week:

Monday, March 21 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Tuesday, March 22 - cooked plant foods without oil.
Wednesday, March 23 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Thursday, March 24 - cooked plant foods without oil.
Friday, March 25 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Saturday, March 26 - cooked food with the addition of vegetable oil, wine.
Sunday, March 27 - cooked food with the addition of vegetable oil, wine.

Third week:

Monday, March 28 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Tuesday, March 29 - cooked plant foods without oil.
Wednesday, March 30 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Thursday, March 31 - cooked plant foods without oil.
Friday, April 1 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Saturday, April 2 - cooked food with the addition of vegetable oil, wine.
Sunday, April 3 - cooked food with the addition of vegetable oil, wine.

Fourth week:

Monday, April 4 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Tuesday, April 5 - cooked plant foods without oil.
Wednesday, April 6 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Thursday, April 7 - cooked plant foods without oil.
Friday, April 8 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Saturday, April 9 - cooked food with the addition of vegetable oil, wine.
Sunday, April 10 - cooked food with the addition of vegetable oil, wine.

Fifth week:

Monday, April 11 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Tuesday, April 12 - cooked plant foods without oil.
Wednesday, April 13 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Thursday, April 14 - cooked plant foods without oil.
Friday, April 15 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Saturday, April 16 - cooked food with the addition of vegetable oil, wine.
Sunday, April 17 - cooked food with the addition of vegetable oil, wine.

Sixth week:

Monday, April 18 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Tuesday, April 19 - cooked plant foods without oil.
Wednesday, April 20 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Thursday, April 21 - cooked plant foods without oil.
Friday, April 22 - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Saturday, April 23 - cooked food with the addition of vegetable oil, wine, caviar.
Sunday, April 24 - are allowed to eat fish.

Seventh week:

Holy Week - Week of Lent strict 2016, each day has its own name. It should also be noted that the post is amplified and is really strict in Holy Week.
Monday, 25 April (Easter Monday) - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Tuesday, April 26 (Holy Tuesday) - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Wednesday, April 27 (Holy Wednesday) - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Thursday, April 28 (Holy Thursday) - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Friday, 29 April (Good Friday) - complete abstinence from food.
Saturday, April 30 (Holy Saturday) - xerophagy (bread, raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, honey, nuts).
Sunday, May 1 (Resurrection) - Easter, the end of Lent.

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