Last week of Lent. All about nutrition for this period

Lent is coming to an end. At the end of this week, Orthodox Christians will celebrate one of the most important religious holidays - Bright Sunday of Christ. Easter is the most revered and joyful holiday in the church calendar. A holiday that symbolizes the renewal and salvation of the world and man, the triumph of life over death, good over evil and light over darkness.

In the nutrition calendar, the last week of Lent has some features. So, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, dry food is allowed; on Thursday, hot food with butter is allowed. On Good Friday, complete abstinence from eating until the removal of the Shroud is required; dry eating is allowed in the evening.

We offer you a possible option for dishes that can be prepared this week.

Lenten carrot salad with oranges

• Carrots - 2 pcs. • Orange – 1 pc. • Raisins - a handful • Sesame seeds - 2 tablespoons • Vegetable oil to taste

1. Wash, peel and grate the carrots.
2. Peel and cut the orange, removing seeds and rough white membranes. 3. Rinse raisins in warm water. 4. Place carrots on a plate, sprinkle with orange slices, raisins and sesame seeds. Drizzle with vegetable oil and serve immediately. Detailed step-by-step

Cheese week: what it means and existing traditions

Cheese week is the last Sunday before the start of Lent, and it is on this day that cheese week ends, which has another name - Maslenitsa. During these seven days you cannot eat meat.

The word week in this phrase has a completely different meaning - it means the day of the week, that is, Sunday. Raw food means that you can eat dairy products, eggs and fish, but meat is already prohibited. And the meaning behind this is that these products seem to be released to make it easier to abstain during fasting. Thanks to this preparation, the human body makes it easier to switch to lean foods.

Lenten rolls with vegetables

• Nori seaweed - 4 sheets • Avocado - 1 pc. • Kohlrabi - 1 pc. • Cucumber – 2 pcs. • Salad • Salt to taste • Lemon juice to taste

1. Wash the kohlrabi, peel and grate on a medium grater.
Season the resulting mass with lemon juice and salt. 2. Cut the avocado in half and remove the bone. 3. Wash the cucumbers and cut them together with the avocado into thin slices. 4. Place the nori sheet on the kitchen board. Spread a layer of kohlrabi on top (it will act as boiled rice). Place lettuce leaves and slices of cucumber and avocado on the kohlrabi. 5. Roll the lean dish like a regular Japanese roll. Press the edge lightly with your hands. 6. Cut each resulting roll into 6 pieces with a sharp thin knife. Detailed step-by-step recipe
for lean rolls with vegetables

Preparatory period for Lent

(from February 13; ends with Forgiveness Sunday, March 6).

Week of the Publican and the Pharisee ( Luke 18:10–14) – February 13.

“Continuous” week (no fasting on Wednesday and Friday) (February 14 – February 19).

Sunday of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11–32) – February 20.

• Ecumenical parental (meat-free) Saturday – February 26th.

Meat week ( last

about the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31–46) – February 27.

Cheese week (Maslenitsa), “continuous” (February 28 – March 5).

Cheese week . Memories of Adam's exile. Forgiveness Sunday (Matt. 6:14–21) – March 6.


Cucumber and avocado soup

• Avocado – 4 pcs. • Lemon - ½ pc. • Cucumbers - 4 pcs. • Salt - to taste • Ground black pepper to taste • White wine vinegar - 1 tablespoon • Olive oil - 2 tablespoons • Red bell pepper - 1 pc. • Yellow bell pepper - 1 pc. • Tomatoes - 1 pc. • Onion – 1 head • Parsley – 4 stalks • Mineral water to taste

1. Remove seeds and skin from the avocado.
2. Cut the peel off three cucumbers. If the seeds are very large, remove them. 3. Cut the peeled avocados and cucumbers into large pieces and place in a blender. Add salt, pepper, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice. Grind to a thick puree. 4. Taste and dilute with water to the consistency you like. 5. Cut the peppers, cucumber and tomato into small cubes. 6. Place some of the chopped vegetables into plates and pour chilled soup. Decorate with herbs and other chopped vegetables. Detailed step-by-step

Bright Sunday

Lent in the Christian religion has two special meanings. Believers repeat the wanderings of Jesus Christ in the desert, during which he was purified physically and spiritually before fulfilling the Great Mission, this also includes concern for the salvation of his own soul and the purification of his body.

People come to this multi-day ritual only on a voluntary basis, with full awareness of the need to undergo it. The menu of each week depends on the requirements, on some days they are more severe, on others (for example, on major holidays), some relaxation is given.

Holy Week is the last seven steps that must be passed through patiently and with dignity, without violating the canons, if the purpose of fasting is to enter physically and spiritually prepared into the most significant holiday in Orthodoxy and rejoice at the Resurrection of the Lord.

Cucumber and celery smoothie

• Cucumber – 1 pc. • Celery (stem) - 2 stalks • Lemon juice - 1 tsp. • Parsley - 2-3 sprigs • Salt and pepper - to taste • Still mineral water - optional

1. Peel the celery stalks and cut into slices, cut the cucumber into strips.
2. Puree the cucumber in a blender first. Then add celery to the blender bowl. 3. Add parsley. You can replace it with lettuce leaves, spinach, sorrel, arugula - whatever your heart desires. 4. A little lemon juice will add a slight sourness to the smoothie. 5. Salt and pepper are also very appropriate, add them to taste. 6. Beat all the drink ingredients again until smooth. If you like thin smoothies, add some still mineral water. Detailed step-by-step

Relaxations in fasting

Along with the question of what can be eaten during Holy Week before Easter, believers are often interested in the following:

  1. Who is allowed to relax in fasting?
  2. Should children fast?
  3. Is it possible for a person suffering from diseases of the digestive system not to participate in fasting?

Here it is necessary to immediately make a reservation that the church has long determined the norm for fasting: restrictions on food are not allowed if this is harmful to human health. Each of us is obliged to take care not only of our soul, but also of our body. After all, if the soul is pure, but the body is not in order, then living in such a state will also not be easy.

Pregnant women, children and people in poor health

Suppression of one's natural needs can also be harmful in a psychological sense. A person becomes angry and can take it out on loved ones. And then it turns out that fasting leads to evil in the most literal sense of the word.

Is such a feat necessary? The answer is clear: no, fasting should only work for good. And pregnant women, children and people with poor health should not risk their bodies.

Relaxations for beginners

What should a person do if he has just started fasting? Of course, it will be especially difficult for him: he lacks experience, lacks patience and fortitude, which is quite normal. We, for example, cannot immediately get behind the wheel and drive. Everything takes time - no one has repealed this law.

The clergy believe that certain concessions for beginners are allowed. However, all questions, including what can be eaten in the last week before Easter and what cannot, should be discussed with the priest.

A conversation with the priest will help not only clarify the situation, but also recharge you with the right attitude. This one is almost like sharing something treasured with your best friend.

Sometimes a person needs very little: a few minutes of attention and a kind word. And in the case of spiritual issues, the importance of these gifts only increases.

If you haven't started fasting from the very beginning

This is another frequently asked question along with what you can eat in the last week of Lent before Easter. It seems that if a person did not initially fast, then does he have the right to join the ritual in the last (Holy) week? That is, how fair is this, and is there any sin in this?

In fact, everyone acts according to their own conscience. And even if a person (whether he is a beginner or not) begins to fast only in the last days before Holy Resurrection, the church welcomes such a decision. Sharing the sufferings of Christ in memory of the Savior is a pleasant duty, and not a heavy cross that should frighten and dishearten.

Thus, fasting is not a ritual, not an empty custom that a person observes simply because “it’s necessary.” Each of us is a rational being endowed with freedom of choice.

Therefore, the decision to fast should be meaningful and personal. This means that you cannot do without a positive attitude and blessing in this matter, as in most others.

Lenten buckwheat porridge with vegetables in a pot

• Buckwheat - 0.5 cups • Carrots - 1 pc. • Zucchini - 1 pc. • Onion - 2 pcs. • Tomatoes - 3–4 pcs. • Champignons – 150 g • Salt, pepper to taste

1. Rinse buckwheat, add water, add salt and boil until half cooked.
2. Peel the carrots and grate them on a coarse grater. Cut the zucchini into thin strips. Place the tomatoes in boiling water for a minute, peel the skin and cut the pulp into cubes. 3. Heat a frying pan with vegetable oil and fry the vegetables until soft. 4. Cut the champignons into thin slices, peel and chop the onion. Fry the mushrooms along with the onions in vegetable oil until golden brown. 5. Mix vegetables with mushrooms and buckwheat porridge, season to taste. 6. Place the porridge in pots, pour in a little water and place in an oven preheated to 200 degrees. Bring to readiness, cool slightly and serve. Detailed step-by-step recipe
for buckwheat porridge . Bon appetit!
You will find even more recipes for Lenten and other dishes here

The sacred meaning of fasting

Fasting is one of the main church customs. This is a time when believers consciously, voluntarily abstain from certain animal products and certain other foods. Through this abstinence people express their obedience and respect to God and the church.

Of course, the central place in the year is occupied by Lent, which is both the longest and the strictest (especially if we talk about the last days of Holy Week, when food is actually prohibited).

But what is the point of fasting? Why does it occupy a special place in the life of every Christian who strives to keep the commandments of God and the instructions of the church? Interestingly, Christ also fasted, for a full 40 days and 40 nights, after which he experienced an incredibly strong feeling of hunger and “was hungry,” as it is written in the Bible.

It is known that after fasting, a very difficult event awaited the Savior - he had to undergo three tests from the evil spirit, which were incredibly insidious. However, Christ managed to resist, including because he had already tested his spiritual strength while abstaining from food.

Thus, by fasting, a person undergoes his own test, and thanks to this, his spiritual strength increases many times over.

Abstinence is always a voluntary act. And in a broad sense, fasting can be associated with temporarily depriving oneself of any pleasure - TV, intimacy, parties, etc. And such self-control really leads to successful results.

For example, we have to deny ourselves a lot while studying or working. Sometimes you have to endure hardships in union with loved ones, but the trials you go through together only bring you closer. And in general, are there victories without a fight?

And another striking example is a diet to keep the body healthy and beautiful. Yes, a person can deny himself nothing, eat sweets, fried meat, pies and any other dishes that are truly incredibly tasty.

But what's the downside? Loss of external attractiveness, excessive stress on the stomach with corresponding consequences.

Of course, a diet is not a fast, but there are certainly similarities between them: in both cases, a person voluntarily pacifies his natural need. But the goals are different - the diet is designed to maintain beautiful shape, as well as to improve the health of the body.

Fasting is service to the Lord. Both goals are wonderful and undeniably motivating. They just differ from each other in essence.

As for Lent, at this time believers want to show their special respect to the Savior, as if to share his suffering (especially in the last week before Easter).

After all, how can you feel the pain of another person? Everyone can understand suffering. But only he will be able to feel for his loved one who sincerely shares his problems with him.

Maundy Tuesday

On Great Tuesday we remember how Christ came to the Temple of Jerusalem and preached for the last time to the people, denounced the scribes and Pharisees, talked and spoke in parables: about tribute to Caesar, about the resurrection of the dead, about the Last Judgment, about ten virgins and about talents.

Giotto. Scrovegni Chapel, fresco. Photo:

The Pharisees were preparing a trap for Jesus, wanting either to get a reason to report him to the Roman authorities, or to discredit him in the eyes of the Jews. They asked: “What do you think? Is it permissible to give tribute to Caesar or not?” (John 8:49) If Christ had answered “yes”, and the Pharisees would have accused him of supporting the Roman authorities, the answer “no” could have become a pretext to declare Jesus a rebel.

But Christ ordered to show them a Roman denarius and asked what they saw on it. The emperor was depicted on the coin, and the Pharisees replied that it was Caesar*. We know Christ’s answer well: “Render therefore the things that are Caesar’s to Caesar, and the things that are God’s to God” (Matthew 22:21).

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Maundy Thursday

On Thursday of Holy Week, during the divine service, they remember the most important gospel event: the Last Supper, at which the Lord established the sacrament of Holy Communion (Eucharist).

Leonardo da Vinci. Last Supper, 1495-1498. Photo:

The Gospel of Matthew says that during the meal, Jesus took bread, blessed it and, breaking it, gave it to the disciples with the words: “Take, eat: this is My Body.” Then he gave the apostles the cup and said: “Drink from it, all of you, for this is My Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

That is why on Maundy Thursday Christians partake of the Holy Mysteries of Christ by eating consecrated bread and wine.

During the Last Supper, Christ told his disciples that one of them would betray him. So it will be: Judas Iscariot, who had already sold his teacher for 30 pieces of silver, will show Him to the guards at night in the Garden of Gethsemane, coming up and kissing Him.

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On the morning of Maundy Thursday, the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great is served in churches, during which the rite of consecration of the world is performed. After the liturgy, there is the rite of washing the feet: the bishop, following the example of Christ, who washed the feet of his disciples, washes the feet of 12 clergy as a sign of humility.

On Thursday evenings they serve Matins of Good Friday (Service of the Twelve Gospels). During this service, 12 passages from the Gospels are read, which tell the story of the last hours of Christ's life, from his conversation with his disciples and prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane to his crucifixion on Calvary and burial in the tomb prepared by Joseph of Arimathea.

On Maundy Thursday, clergy and parishioners stand in the church with lit candles in their hands as a sign that glory and greatness did not abandon Christ during his suffering. After the service, the candles are not extinguished, but are brought home and kept lit in lamps until Easter.

From Monday to Thursday, the penitential canon of St. Andrew of Crete is read every evening in churches.


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Holy Week in 2021 lasts from April 10 to 16. The last week of the forty-day fast, which ends with Easter, is dedicated to memories of the last days of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. They call it Holy Week. The word “passion” in Church Slavonic means “suffering.” At this time, the believing people remember what torment the Savior experienced before his death, how his crucifixion and happy resurrection took place. All days of this week are usually called Great. Each is dedicated to a specific gospel event and is described in church canons and among Orthodox believers. Christians spend the entire Great Week in strict abstinence and fervent prayer, doing good deeds and showing mercy. The people have developed a huge number of signs and beliefs associated with the Great Week. During Holy Week, priests hold special church services in all churches. From Monday to Wednesday they prepare believers to worthily contemplate and sincerely participate in the sufferings of the Savior on the Cross. In morning prayers and liturgies, they reproduce pictures of the last days of the life of Jesus Christ, recall His instructions and call believers to patience and peace. GOOD MONDAY Maundy Monday marks the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem. Therefore, believers say prayers to meet the Savior. After morning prayer, people begin preparing their home and yard for the upcoming holiday. Men carry out minor repairs to residential and utility rooms and furniture. Women oil and whiten stoves, wash ceilings, walls, windows, remove curtains, take them outside and beat out beds and carpets. The houses begin to do a lot of laundry and sort through clothes. The winter one is put away for storage, and the summer one is taken out and prepared for wearing. Clear skies and bright sunshine on Maundy Monday foreshadowed a fruitful summer and a generous autumn. Young people who get married in the coming year will live happily, in harmony and prosperity. To maintain youth, health and to have money, people washed themselves from a silver or gold dish. GREAT TUESDAY On Great Tuesday, the church and believers remember how the Lord denounced the Pharisees and scribes. On this day, it is customary to reproduce his conversations and parables that he spoke in Jerusalem. On Tuesday, women and girls finish washing, ironing clothes, hanging curtains, sewing and preparing clothes for the holiday. Tablecloths and towels are chosen especially carefully. They should be light shades, preferably white. Ornamental embroidery with red, green, and golden thread is welcome. The tablecloth will be used to cover the festive table, and with the best towel they will go to the Easter service in the temple. GREAT WEDNESDAY Great Wednesday is the day when we remember the fact that Judas agreed to commit treason against the Lord for 30 pieces of silver. In the prayers of the Temples, love of money, self-interest, and imaginary concern for others are condemned. The priests reproduce the parable of the great sinner who washed with her tears and anointed the feet of the Lord with her tears, thereby preparing him for burial. On this day, Orthodox Christians finish cleaning the house and decorate it for the holiday. White tulle curtains are hung on the windows. Wreaths of flowers and greenery are attached to cornices and doorways. Bouquets with tulips, daffodils or other plants are placed everywhere. If you managed to bring blossoming branches of willow (willow) on Palm Sunday, then they become the first decor of the house. On Holy Wednesday, people buy eggs for the holiday. It is believed that they will not spoil for a long time, will be well colored and will be especially tasty. GREAT THURSDAY - CLEAN THURSDAY On the fourth day of Holy Week, the church remembers 4 Gospel events: the Last Supper, Communion, the Savior washing the feet of his disciples, the Lord's Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane and the Betrayal of Judas. This is a special pre-Easter day when the laity can repent of their sins and receive forgiveness, change their lives for the better. Water plays a big role in this. Rituals with water on Maundy Thursday Maundy or Holy Thursday is popularly called clean Thursday. Almost all the customs of this day are related to water. People perform ablution rituals in it. Believers try to wash themselves in a bathhouse or just at home before sunrise. It is believed that water on the night from Wednesday to Maundy Thursday has the same miraculous power as on Epiphany. If you can’t wash yourself completely, then you need to rinse your face, hands and feet, and wet your head. On Maundy Thursday, water can wash away all the sins accumulated over the year. Early in the morning, people went to natural water sources and brought water to their houses. She got rid of illnesses and provided health for the whole coming year. Some believers threw leaky clothes into running water, sending with them troubles, sorrows and illnesses. Preparing Easter dishes On Maundy Thursday, people were exclusively engaged in cooking. Eggs were colored with onion skins, natural vegetable dyes and other means. Now this can be done with the help of stickers and special ornamental wrappers. They made curd (cheese) Easter cakes with raisins, candied fruits and other sweet ingredients. They made dough and baked Easter cakes. If Easter baked goods rise well, turn out fluffy, beautiful and tasty, the hostess and her entire family will have a successful and happy year. Each action of baking Easter cakes was accompanied by prayer, noise, foul language and various indecent acts were not allowed. In the villages, cattle were slaughtered on this day to prepare meaty dishes for the festive feast. They prepared a lot of food for Easter, but it was eaten cold so that the hostess would not leave the table. The symbolism of “Thursday salt” On Maundy Thursday, knowledgeable people prepare, according to believers, healing “Thursday salt.” She must protect the household, livestock and the entire house throughout the year. To do this, each family member takes a handful of salt and puts it in a bowl, which is placed in the oven or on the fire. There they burn it out. Then, wrapped in clean cloth, they are carried to the church and blessed. In some areas, this salt was taken outside at night to show it to the stars. It is believed that in this way she will be cleansed of the filth that the traitor Judas brought upon her during the Last Supper. “Thursday salt” is used as needed, mainly to treat various ailments. Commemoration of Ancestors Maundy Thursday is a special day when the gates of heaven open and deceased ancestors descend to earth and remain on it until Trinity (Pentecost). Many Christian peoples have preserved the custom of visiting cemeteries on this day. Jugs of water or wine were placed on the graves. On the way home, water and unleavened cakes were distributed to the poor. On Maundy Thursday you can rid your house of evil spirits. To do this, they brought a fresh juniper branch, set it on fire in an iron vessel and fumigated all the rooms with it. Then they put her on the floor and stepped over the burning (smoldering) branches three times. Rituals for money On Maundy Thursday, bills and coins that are in the house are counted three times, shaken, rustling and rattling as loudly as possible; for livestock. The owners called all their pets by name in the chimney so that in the summer they would not wander off, get lost, and go home. Housewives hung pottery on the fence to scare away predators carrying chickens. Neighbors went to each other and asked through the window whether the cattle were at home, naming each type of animal. Holy Thursday is a magical day. To appease the brownie and gain his favor, they put food in the corners for him and treated him. Some especially brave ones went into the forest and asked the devil about their fate. At sunrise, the housewife sat on the porch with a spinning wheel and pulled out the thread, turning the spindle in the opposite direction. This thread was tied on the wrist for hand pain; men wove it into a fishing net for a big catch. The people believed that everything done on Maundy Thursday with good intentions would result in good luck, profit, happiness and joy. GOOD OR GOOD FRIDAY Good Friday is the most difficult day for believers. This is a day of sorrow, emotional sympathy for the death of the Savior. On this day, the clergy give the believers the opportunity to find themselves under the Cross of Christ and imagine his torment and suffering. At morning prayer they read the 12 Gospels of the Testament of the Holy Passion. At the end of the evening service, the ceremony of removing the Shroud of Christ takes place and the canon about the crucifixion of the Lord is read. After the release of Vespers, the Shroud is applied to the Shroud. Good Friday is a day of strict abstinence and prohibitions. At night, one is supposed not to sleep on it, but to pray. During the day no one worked, but spent time in the church or at home near the icon. This is one of the strictest days of Lent: you cannot eat anything all day. It was forbidden to speak loudly, sing, or have fun. You were supposed to cry. The more tears there were on Good Friday, the better the mourner felt. On this day, it was allowed to flog children so that they would cry and wash away their pranks of other days with tears. On Good Friday, they tried to completely refuse any communication and spent it in calm silence. It was not permissible to start quarrels and scandals, to swear and sort things out. Many people noticed that on the fifth day of Holy Week even the birds fell silent, and the animals were humble and calm. Signs and customs on Good Friday Housewives swept corners with a rag. They used this rag to save themselves from pain in the lower back and legs. The ash was raked out of the oven. It was used to treat drunkenness, binges, the evil eye, and mortal melancholy. In the morning we looked out the window. If the first person seen was a man or a young girl, a prosperous life is assured for the next three months. The old woman foreshadowed failure and ruin. A dog promised melancholy, a cat - an addition to the family or wealth, birds - guests and a new acquaintance. A sudden illness quickly passed. Any trouble or problem that has occurred will soon and successfully be resolved. On Good Friday, depressed and mentally unstable people were told off. A special ceremony was performed on them. 3 colored eggs, illuminated in the church, were dipped into Thursday water and given to the patient to wash with, while reading a conspiracy against depression. GREAT SATURDAY On the last day before the Great Resurrection of the Lord, the church holds services from morning until late evening. In churches they remember the burial of the Savior, his descent into hell in order to announce victory over death and deliver souls and take them to heaven. The Holy Saturday service turns into the Sunday, Easter morning service. This is a day of peace and quiet. People were forbidden to do household chores. Forced idleness made us even more horrified by what happened to Jesus Christ. It was forbidden to drink alcohol and make love, sing loudly and have fun. On Saturday, women baked pies, Easter cakes and prepared festive dishes. Easter baskets were collected in advance for lighting in the church. They contained a traditional set of products for breaking the fast and celebrating the end of Lent. Painted eggs, Easter cake, lard or cold home-cooked meat, a head of garlic, salt, and horseradish were placed on an embroidered towel (white towel). They put a candle in the Easter cake and lit it in the temple. It was believed that if the candle burns smoothly and goes out on its own when it burns out, there will be peace, tranquility and prosperity in the family. We didn’t go to sleep on Sunday night. It was necessary to defend the All-Night Vigil, go through the procession of the Cross and return home to the festive table. BRIGHT RESURRECTION OF CHRIST The miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ - the holiday of Bright Easter - is the most beloved among all Christians. On this day, believers rejoice that the Savior has found Eternal Life in Heaven and has become a faithful contemplator and guide for worldly souls. In all churches they serve the All-Night Vigil and perform the Procession of the Cross. At the end of the ceremony, the clergy announce the resurrection of the Lord with the words “Christ is risen from the dead.” People answer: “Truly he is risen” and sincerely rejoice at this event. After the priest illuminates the food supplies brought to the church, the believers rush home to celebrate Easter. Some Christian peoples have a custom when the owner must return home from church before all his neighbors. This promised his family peace and quiet, wealth and prosperity. Easter treat The housewives cover the table with a snow-white tablecloth and serve it generously and plentifully. An Easter cake lit in the temple must be placed in the center. He is a prototype of artos, Easter bread, which symbolizes the presence of the Savior in the world and human life. The rich cake speaks of the transition from the Old to the New Testament, from unleavened flatbread to yeasted, life-giving bread. The owner of the house must cut it with a sharp knife specially sharpened for the holiday and distribute it to every member of the household. Part of the Easter cake is left and used as a healing treat throughout the year. Good illuminated Easter bread does not spoil for a long time. The second treat is cheese Easter. It is made from cottage cheese, sour cream and butter with the addition of candied fruits, raisins and other sweet fillings. Easter is a tetrahedral pyramid. It is made in a special bean box, consisting of 4 wooden planks with the letters “XB” carved on the inside, a Cross, a spear and a cane with a sponge, symbolizing the suffering of the Lord. There is also an image of a dove and a palm branch - symbols of the Holy Spirit. The shape of the cheese Easter resembles Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher and symbolizes the greatest miracle - the Resurrection of Christ. Easter, made from modest products, becomes the first dish, which represents the transition from strict abstinence during Lent to breaking the fast. Cooking and giving colored and painted eggs for Easter is an ancient custom of Orthodox Christians. The egg is a symbol of life. Jesus Christ conquered death and rose again to continue eternal life. The red shell confirms the idea of ​​rebirth. This is the color of blood. In addition to traditional Easter dishes, everything that the housewives had time to prepare was put on the table. In the old days, in rich houses, 40 dishes were served according to the number of days of Lent. It was believed that the larger and more varied the Easter table, the richer and more generous the year would be. In the south of Russia, people go to the cemetery on Easter, bringing flowers and food to the deceased. However, the Church does not welcome this custom. For the commemoration of deceased ancestors, a special, ninth day of the Easter festivities, called Radonitsa, is set aside. Easter is the greatest event in the life of Christians. It is celebrated widely and solemnly. People firmly believe in the symbolic meaning of each day of Holy Week and try to observe all its customs and traditions.




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Christ's Resurrection

On the seventh day of Holy Week, Orthodox Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Christ from the dead. Jesus Christ died on the cross on Friday at about three o'clock in the afternoon. On the third day after the burial of Christ, early in the morning, several women (Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Salome and Mary of James and others with them) carried the incense they had bought to anoint the body of Jesus. Walking to the burial place, they grieved: “Who will roll away the stone from the tomb for us?” - because, as the Evangelist explains, the stone was great. But the stone had already been rolled away and the tomb was empty. This was seen by Mary Magdalene, who came first to the tomb, and by Peter and John, whom she called, and by the myrrh-bearing women, to whom the Resurrection of Christ was announced by a young man sitting at the tomb in luminous robes. The four Gospels describe this morning in the words of various witnesses who came to the tomb one after another. There are also stories about how the risen Christ appeared to the disciples and talked with them.

Alexander Andreevich Ivanov. The appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection. 1835. Photo:

On the night of Easter, the Acts of the Apostles are read in the church. Believers in festive clothes come to churches on the evening of Holy Saturday, at approximately 22:00. At the beginning of twelve, the Midnight Office begins - a service at which the canon of Holy Saturday is sung. At the end, the priests transfer the Shroud from the middle of the temple to the altar, where it remains until the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord (June 13, 2014) - in memory of the forty days of Christ’s stay on earth after His Resurrection.

Caesar's profile was on the denarius. Taxes in Judea were paid with Roman money. And the Jews donated special temple money to God in the temple, which they exchanged for Roman money from the money changers sitting right there.

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