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Great Lent: 23 February – 11 April 2015
Great Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation that comes before the most important Feast of the Christian year, Holy Pascha. The purpose of fasting is to remind us of the Scriptural teaching, “Man does not live by bread alone.” The needs of the body are nothing compared to the needs of the soul. Above all else, we need God, Who provides everything for both the body and the soul. Fasting teaches us to depend on God more fully.
Great Lent 2015
The Rules of Great Lent: According to the Ustav adopted by the Russian Church, fish is eaten on the Feast of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem (April 5) and Annunciation (April 7). Wine and oil are consumed on all Saturdays and Sundays of the Fast (except on Great Saturday (April 11), when wine but not oil is permitted). On all of the remaining days of the Great Quadregesima, we abstain from fish, wine and oil.
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Saturday of the Akathist Hymn. Laudation of the Mother of God
Matins with the Akathist to the Most-holy Theotokos: March 27, Friday at 6:30 P.M
Liturgy: March 28, Saturday at 9:30 A.M
5th Sunday of Great Lent. Commemoration of Venerable St. Mary of Egypt
Vigil: March 28, Saturday at 6:00 P.M.
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Liturgy: March 29, Sunday at 9:30 A.M.
St. Mary, who is known as Mary of Egypt from a great sinner became, with God's help, a very great saint and left such a striking example of repentance. Her memory is marked on the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent