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How and why fast?

Each year Lent begins after the holiday of Maslenitsa, or, as it used to be called in Russia, Cheese Week.During this period, should limit itself to the use of meat products.So is quietly preparing for the post.

What you need to know before you fast?
Carnival ends Forgiveness Sunday, this day you must sincerely forgive all, forget grudges, malice.You should not embark on the road to reform with a load on the heart and in the mind.That is why priests should ask the blessing of the post.This will help to comply with all the rules and canons.

In 2013, the post lasts 48 days, is the Holy Week are a great meaning.Every day, the person who is fasting, is approaching to God, and the last week of God Himself comes to meet man.This is the great Holy Week - the most severe time.

rules of fasting
Many believe that the most important thing in the post - to refuse food and alcohol, and that will be enough.In fact, everything is much more serious.Your thoughts, that you put on the heart, must be clean.And this
is possible if the limit themselves in entertainment, pleasure and learn how to pray sincerely.It is best to start each morning with a prayer to the grace of God came into your heart and accompany you throughout the day.Prayer will help find peace.

Few people know that the Lent are prepared in advance, starting in three weeks.And this tradition of helping advance focus and prepare yourself for a good cause.

What products can be, and what is not
During Lent should limit itself to the use of certain foods.Such austerity will focus on cleansing, not on satisfying their needs.At first glance, it seems that you can eat only bread and water.This is a misconception, as during the post a lot of authorized products and delicious recipes.

What can I eat during Lent?

various cereals - of which you can prepare delicious porridge, but no milk.Fruits and vegetables, fortunately, they are always on sale.Mushrooms, pickles, vegetable and berry harvesting.So nice to sit and drink tea with jam.The Orthodox Church blesses every dish prepared during Lent.So give thanks and pray before and after meals, this tradition will give you strength and saturate all your loved ones.

While fasting is to abandon the following products:
  • meat
  • milk
  • sdobny bread
  • pastries and sweets
  • eggs
  • alcohol, tobacco and drugs
As you know, post - it limitsbody, mind and spirit from worldly pleasures and temptations.But not everyone can follow all the rules, it is difficult to maintain the will power and abandon of what for so long accustomed.Therefore, there are several degrees of fasting.

first degree is very strictly adhere to the elders and monks, they completely refuse to eat, and daily prayers.This austerity is not everyone's strength.But thanks to this post, many people descends the grace of God and the power of providence.Others eat cold food without cooking it in oil, this degree is called xerophagy.Others may eat heated food.You can still add the fish instead of meat.And the mild - is the use of all products, except meat, dairy.

Every man for himself chooses how fast.And before you start be sure to talk with the priest and consult, as you do better.

There are exceptions for people who are fasting.It is the sick people, the elderly, pregnant women and nursing mothers.For them, the best option - to read the sincere prayers and to thank God.

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