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Holy and Glorious Pascha Cycle - Pre-Preparation - Triodion - Prophonisimon - Third Sunday of the Triodion: Sunday of the Last Judgement also known as Sunday of Meat fare or Meat-fare or Meatfare - Eighth Day Before Great Lent - Preparation for Great Lent

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Pascha
Cycle
Triodion Prophon-
isimon
Sundays
1st 2nd 1st
All
Souls
Sat.
3rd 4th Great
Lent
Palm
Sun.
Sha-
nee-
neh
Great
and
Holy
Week

 

 

Triodion or Pascha Cycle
SundayNameDay
before
Great
Lent
ApostolosGospelGospel
Action
Impor-
tant
that
day
Fasting
follow-
ing
week
ThirdMeat fare

Last
Judgement
81 Cor.
8:8-13
9:1-2
Mt.
25:31-46
Hear
about
judgement
that those
who do
not repent,
and
who do
not obey
God's will,
bring upon
themselves
Tradition
last
day
flesh
(skin and
meat)
from a
vertebrate
and shellfish
is
eaten
until
Pascha
Normal
fasting
(Wed.
and
Fri.)
No
meat

The Third Sunday has the name "Last Judgement" because the Gospel of this Sunday is about the Last Judgement.
The Third Sunday has the name "Meat fare" because traditionally this Sunday was the last day on which flesh (skin and meat) from a vertebrate, which is an animal with a spine / backbone (mammals, birds, fish, etc.), and shellfish was eaten until Holy and Glorious Pascha.

Apostolos 1 Cor.8:8-9:2

The Epistle reading reminds us of the proper spirit of fasting.

Gospel Mt. 25:31-46

The Gospel for the Third Sunday of the Triodion, the Sunday of the Meat fare, describes the Last Judgement. At the Last Judgement, Holy God will judge all people according to their deeds and sins, deciding who will be saved to eternal life in Heaven and who will be damned to eternal fire in Hell. We need to think about the consequences of how we act in our life, especially how we treat other people.
Also, the purpose of this Gospel is to remind us of the right way of treating every other person--with the love and respect we would give to Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. This Gospel should lead us to have compassion and love for one another and seeing Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ in every person.

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon

VESPERS STICHERON (TONE 6)
The trumpets shall blast and the tombs emptied; all men shall arise trembling with fear. Those who have done good shall rejoice with gladness, expecting their reward; those who have done evil shall tremble mightily, moaning and shaking as they are sent to their pain and separated from the elect. Wherefore, O Lord of Glory, be compassionate towards us and make us worthy to be counted among those You love, for You are good.

Fasting
  • Third Sunday, Sunday of Meat fare
    • Traditionally, Sunday of Meat fare is the last day on which flesh (skin and meat) from a vertebrate, which is an animal with a spine / backbone (mammals, birds, fish, etc.), and shellfish is eaten until Holy and Glorious Pascha.
    • During the week following this Sunday, there is the normal routine of fasting on Wednesday and Friday.
    • Traditionally during the period following this Sunday until Holy and Glorious Pascha, traditionally no flesh (skin and meat) from a vertebrate, which is an animal with a spine / backbone (mammals, birds, fish, etc.), and shellfish is eaten. Then, we are "vegaterian".
    • Traditionally, the week following this Sunday is the last week during which 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) are eaten until Holy and Glorious Pascha.

Pascha Cycle

The Triodion is within the Pascha Cycle.
Third Sunday of Triodion: Sunday of Meat fare is the third Sunday of the Pascha Cycle.This Sunday is the eigth Sunday before Holy and Glorious Pascha.
The Third Sunday of Triodion is the day after the First All Souls Saturday.

How to determine when the Third Sunday of Triodion: Sunday of Meat fare occurs

A count back from the date of Pascha is made.

More Information

Meat-fare Sunday Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Triodion

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Meat-fare Sunday Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Triodion

Prophonisimon
SundayNameDay
before
Great
Lent
ApostolosGospelGospel
Action
Impor-
tant
that
day
Fasting
follow-
ing
week
FirstPharisee
and
Publican
222 Cor.
4:6-15
Lk.
18:10-14
Hear
about
how
to pray
and act
 No
fasting
SecondProdigal Son15Heb.
7:26-8:2
Lk.
15:11-32
Heard
about
God's
eagerness
to
forgive
us sinners
when we
repent
 Normal
fasting
(Wed.
and
Fri.)
First
All Souls
Saturday
 9     
ThirdMeat fare

Last
Judgement
81 Cor.
8:8-13
9:1-2
Mt.
25:31-46
Hear
about
judgement
that those
who do
not repent,
and
who do
not obey
God's will,
bring upon
themselves
Tradition
last
day
flesh
(skin and
meat)
from a
vertebrate
and shellfish
is
eaten
until
Pascha
Normal
fasting
(Wed.
and
Fri.)
No
meat
FourthCheese fare
/
Forgiveness
1Rom.
13:11b-14:4
Mt.
6:14-21
Short
Service
Forgiveness
Hear
about
helping
someone
who is
needy or
sick or
suffering,
we are
helping
Christ-
God
Himself
Tradition
last
day
products
from
animal
with
spine /
backbone,
such as
milk,
eggs,
butter,
cheese,
yogurt,
cottage
cheese,
are
eaten
until
Pascha
Great
Lent
fasting

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