Welcome! So you want to know more about Orthodox Lent? You’ve come to the right place. For historical and cultural insight into Great Lent, please see my comprehensive article, here. Unlike Catholic or Protestant Lent, where devout followers give up one particularly favorite food or pleasure, Russian Orthodox Christians adhere to a rigorous 40-day fast, eschewing major food groups such as meat, dairy, fish, oils, and alcohol. But not every day is the same! There are days when you can enjoy oil, alcohol, and even fish and meat! For a day-by-day guide, enter your e mail below to download your personal Lenten Calendar.
I’m often asked why Russian Orthodox Easter happens on different dates from Western Christian Easter. For a complete discussion of this issue, read my article on the Julian and Gregorian Calendars.
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