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The Fifth Monday of Great Lent: How to Strengthen Your Lenten Prayer Life

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, February 9, 2018  The traditional acts of asceticism associated with Great Lent (and the whole of the Christian life) are prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and repentance. In my experience, Orthodox faithful tend to concentrate on fasting and perhaps making a good confession. If we have weaknesses, they are found in our prayers and almsgiving. These two belong together. Christ said: And I say to you, make friends for

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Orthodox Christians will begin observing the Great Lent on Monday, March 15th, in preparation for Easter, the most sacred and holy day of the Orthodox Church’s ecclesiastical calendar, which will be observed this year on May 2nd.

 

The Orthodox date for Easter is based on a decree of the Council of Nicaea, Asia Minor, held in 325 A.D. under Emperor Constantine the Great. According to this decree, Easter must be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon of the vernal equinox but always after the Hebrew Passover to maintain the Biblical sequence of events of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. The Orthodox Christian churches have adhered strictly to this formula, but the Easter of other Christian churches is not necessarily preceded by the Passover.

 

The Eastern Orthodox Lent always begins on Monday, which is designated as “Clean Monday” or literally translated, the “Monday of cleansing or purification”. The day when Orthodox faithful begin a spiritual and moral purification through fasting, prayer, meditations, repentance, attending Lenten religious services and partaking of the Sacraments of Confession and Communion.

 

 

 

 

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