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Holy and Glorious Pascha Preparation First Day - Great Lent - Clean Monday (40th Day before the Transition Period)

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Pascha
Cycle
Triodion Propho-
nisimon
Sun.
All
Souls
Sat.
1st
Great
Lent
Praying Fasting
Theology
Fasting
Guide-
lines
Doing
Charity
Vespers
Clean
Mon.
Serv.
For
give
ness
Clean
Mon.
Sun-
days
5
Fri.
after
5th
Sun.
Palm
Sun.
Sha-
neen-
eh
Great
Holy
Week

 

Sundays of Great Lent or Pascha Cycle
SundayNameDay of
Great
Lent
Day before
Transition
Period
ApostolosGospelAction
Vespers
of
Clean
Monday
Service
of
Forgiveness
Vespers
of
1st day
of
Great
Lent
Eve of
40th day
before
Transition
Period
  Forgive
Clean
Monday
1st day
of
Great
Lent
1st day
of
Great
Lent
40th day
before
Transition
Period
1 Cor.
3:18-23
Lk.
21:8-36
 
Friday
after
Fifth
Sunday
Last
day
of
Great
Lent
40th day
of
Great
Lent
1st day
before
Transition
Period
Eph.
2:4-10
Mt.
4:1-11
 

Great Lent begins on Clean Monday

Clean Monday is the first day of Great Lent.

The first day of Great Lent is called Clean Monday because we need to begin this holy season with clean hearts and good intentions, and because Great Lent is in a way a time of cleaning up or cleaning out in our spiritual lives. Clean Monday is a day of strict fasting--no food from midnight to noon, and no meat. Additionally, we should devote extra time especially on this day to prayer and reading of the Holy Bible--in fact, the whole time of Great Lent should be a time of increased prayer and reading the Bible. The Church especially recommends reading the Book of Genesis, the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, and the Book of Proverbs during Great Lent. The Psalms are always good spiritual reading, of course. In addition to fasting and prayer, we also should concentrate on doing good works of charity during Great Lent. As the Lord reminded us in the Gospel last Sunday, whenever we help someone who is needy or sick or suffering, we are helping Christ-God Himself.

Day of Strict Fasting

Clean Monday is a day of making a new or clean beginning in our spiritual lives. Because of this, even under the relaxed discipline of Great Lent, it is a day of strict fasting.

In strictest adherence, "fasting" includes two items "fasting" and "abstinence".

In strictest adherence, "fasting" includes two items "fasting" and "abstinence".

  • "Fasting" means not eating from midnight to noon, Monday to Friday.
    The reverse is: we eat from noon to midnight, Monday to Friday. One meal is permitted each day, Monday to Friday. No food is eaten in between meals, Monday to Friday. Fasting is not done on Saturday and Sunday (EXCEPT GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY) All the time, we drink water.

  • "Abstinence" means not eating certain foods from midnight to midnight.
    The foods and beverages are:

    • Meat from a vertebrate, which is an animal with a spine / backbone (mammals, birds, fish, etc.), and shellfish - Then, we are "vegaterian".
      Eating fish on Saturday and Sunday (EXCEPT GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY), Great Feast of the Annunciation (25 March), and Palm Sunday- Shaneeneh (One Sunday before Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha) is permitted.
    • Products from a vertebrate, which is an animal with a spine / backbone (mammals, birds, fish, etc.), such as milk, eggs, butter, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. (these items are often called dairy products in the United States) - Then, we are "vegan".
    • Olive oil.
      Eating olive oil on Saturday and Sunday (EXCEPT GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY), Great Feast of the Annunciation, and Palm Sunday - Shaneeneh is permitted
    • Wine.
      Drinking wine on Saturday and Sunday (EXCEPT GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY), Great Feast of the Annunciation, and Palm Sunday - Shaneeneh is permitted
    • Alcoholic beverages.

    The reverse is: from noon to midnight, we eat plants (fruits, grains, legumes (beans), vegetables, nuts, and fruits, etc.) and invertebrates, which creatures without a spine /backbone (sponges, hydroids, anemones, jellyfish, gorgonains, sea pen, sea fan, worms, squid, cuttlefish, octopus, sea lily, etc.) We drink water and juices.

Apostolos

First Cor. 3:18-23

Gospel

Lk. 21:8-36

Fast

Clean Monday is a strict fast day.

Pascha Cycle

Clean Monday is within the Pascha Cycle. Clean Monday is between the Fourth Sunday of the Triodion: Sunday of Cheese fare - Forgiveness and First Sunday of Lent: The Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Great Monday is the day after the Fourth Sunday of the Triodion: Sunday of Cheese fare - Forgiveness. Clean Monday is the first Day of Great Lent. Great Lent begins at the beginning of the Vespers of Clean Monday on the evening of the Sunday of Cheese fare / Forgiveness.

How to determine when Clean Monday occurs

Great Lent is Forty Days.
A count back from the date of Pascha is made.
Clean Monday can be as early as February 2 and as late as March 8.

Feasts of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha Cycle in Latin Catholic Dominated Countries

Some important dates in Feasts of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha Cycle in Latin Catholic Dominated Countries for the years 2000-2010.

 

Sundays of Great Lent or Pascha Cycle
SundayNameDay of
Great
Lent
Day before
Transition
Period
ApostolosGospelActionSaint
Vespers
of
Clean
Monday
Service
of
Forgiveness
Vespers
of
1st day
of
Great
Lent
Eve of
40th day
before
Transition
Period
  Forgive 
Clean
Monday
1st day
of
Great
Lent
1st day
of
Great
Lent
40th day
before
Transition
Period
1 Cor.
3:18-23
Lk.
21:8-36
  
1Sunday
of
Triumph
of
Orthodoxy
7th day
of
Great
Lent
34th day
before
Transition
Period
Heb.
11:24-26,
32-40,
12:1-2A
John
1:43-51
Procession
with
holy ikons
and
presentation
for
veneration
 
2Sunday
of
Veneration
of
Holy Relics

Gregory
Palamas
14th day
of
Great
Lent
27th day
before
Transition
Period
2nd Cor.
4:6-15
Mk.
2:1-12
Procession
with
holy relics
and
presentation
for
veneration
All Saints
have Relics


St.
Gregory
Palamas
3Sunday
of
Veneration
of
Holy Cross
21st day
of
Great
Lent
20th day
before
Transition
Period
Heb.
4:14-5:6
Mk.
8:34-9:1
Procession
with
Holy Cross
and
presentation
for
veneration
 
4Commem-
oration
of Our
Holy Father
John
Climacus
28th day
of
Great
Lent
13th day
before
Transition
Period
Heb.
6:13-20
Mk.
9:17-31
 Our
Holy Father
John
Climacus
5Commem-
oration
of Our
Venerable
Mother
Mary
of Egypt
35th day
of
Great
Lent
6th day
before
Transition
Period
Heb.
9:11-14
Mk.
10:32b-45
 Our
Venerable
Mother
Mary
of Egypt
Friday
after
Fifth
Sunday
Last
day
of
Great
Lent
40th day
of
Great
Lent
1st day
before
Transition
Period
Eph.
2:4-10
Mt.
4:1-11
  

Traditions

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