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Lent: nutritional rules

Even a person who is far from the belief that in modern society has long ceased to be a rarity, this concept has somehow, but been familiar, somehow, yes, but people who believe in God often do not really fully understand that It represents the Great Lent. After all, a believing person does not mean fasting, fasting: you can go to church, put candles, keep the commandments, but at the same time do not go deep into faith and do not consider obligatory the observance of such standard norms of the Christian religion as fasts. With the phrase “Great Lent”, many represent only a strict restriction in the choice of food, even more stringent than in regular posts, devoid of the prefix “Great”. Some also know that Lent is the preparation of the Christian for Easter, and, accordingly, for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So what is Lent at its core? What is it for and what is it “invented” for? And why do some foods go out of use during fasting? We’ll try to figure it out.

To begin with, in order: Lent in Church Slavonic is Four-Decade, which means a quantitative period of fasting – 40 days. Lent is not only observed by the Christian church, it is the central post of all historical churches, as well as several Protestant denominations. The most common version explaining the installation of fasting is the fasting of the son of God Christ, lasting 40 days of Jesus in the wilderness. Fasting is a preparation for a holy holiday, it is celebrated in the service with prayers of repentance, the remembrance of the cross death of Jesus Christ, however this is a generally accepted version of the origin of “fasting with a capital letter.

Some theologians are also inclined to regard as true the variation in the emergence of fasting, initially as the preparation of the Gentiles for the adoption of Christianity. Lent became a kind of feat in the name of religion, the former pagan had to go a certain way of purification, proving that he was able to suffer for Christ, those baptized on the Fourteenth Day began to fast out of solidarity, seeing how hard it was for their “neighbors” pagans, aspiring to enlightenment and one God.

But why is this post so “great” apart from the breadth of its distribution? What is the difference between a fasting diet and ordinary people?

The fasting itself is preceded by four introductory weeks (weeks), which serve as the spiritual preparation of the Christian for the main and only meaning of fasting – repentance. Each of the weeks preceding Great Lent has its own name associated with the figures and events mentioned in one way or another in the scriptures: Week of Zacchaeus, Week of the Publican and Pharisee, Week of the Prodigal Son, Week of the Last Judgment.

The penultimate Sunday, preceding Great Lent, the fall of Adam and Eve, is dedicated to the coming Judgment Day; this is the last day when it is allowed to eat meat (“conspiracy” for meat). The next week after the Last Judgment, the week is called Meat-Puster, the name is speaking, but these people are better known as Shrovetide for seven days. In Meat, fish, eggs, cheese and dairy products are allowed; following certain rules, it is also allowed to eat bread. The preparation for the fasting ends on the last Sunday of Shrovetide – Forgiveness Sunday, also known among Christians as “Cheese Week” – it is not difficult to guess which product is allowed for food on this day.

Great Lent itself lasts six weeks, plus Holy Week. The first and last weeks of it are the most stringent.

Under the ban are such products as:
• Meat and meat products
• Fish and fish products (except for a few days).
• bird
• eggs
• Milk and dairy products
• Sweets
• Bakery products
• fast food
• Alcohol

The first day of fasting – Clean Monday and the last – Good Friday – days when you can’t eat anything in principle: only spiritual food is allowed, which is necessary for the soul, not for the body. Many believers also prefer to refuse food on Holy Saturday (the last day before the Holy Easter). Fish and fish products are not banned on the Annunciation (April 7), unless it coincides with Holy Week, and Palm Sunday. Caviar is allowed on Lazarev Saturday, however, fish is again banned.

As a result, the fasting weekly diet looks something like this:
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – cold food without oil once a day – in the evening.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays – hot food without oil, also once a day, also in the evening.
On Saturdays and Sundays, it is allowed to eat vegetable oil and even grape wine, eating twice – day and evening.

Weakening of the post is permissible for pregnant women, the elderly and traveling, however deeply religious people of all ages and positions prefer to observe Lent from beginning to end without deviation.

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