Lenten Agreement

The Orthodox Church sticks to the traditional doctrine of fasting of the Church. The rules of fasting are monastic rules. Fasting in the Orthodox Church is more than giving up certain foods. During the Great Lent, the Orthodox faithful intensify their prayers and spiritual exercises, go more often to divine services, study in depth the scriptures and works of the Fathers of the Church, limit their entertainment and editions, and focus on charity and good works. The idea of Easter fasting dates back to the time of the early Church, 2000 years ago. A few years after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Christians fasted in front of all meals and drinks, marking the period between his death and the discovery that his tomb was empty. Lent as we know it today has its origin about 900 years after Jesus. There was an international consensus that there should be a period of prayer and forgiveness that lasts 40 days – more sunday – until Easter Sunday. The importance of time was that, just before the beginning of his years of travel and learning, Jesus moved 40 days in the wilderness to reflect on the future of his life.

« Before they decide to give up candy or fries, or even Facebook, I encourage you to take Odell`s advice: don`t do anything. Instead of optimizing your Lent with a quick-sized conscience or a bold test of your will, just take the time to do nothing every day… Maybe even if you eat french fries. – Jake Braithwaite, The Jesuit Post We offer here a summary of our statement on the return of Jesus. More than it has been since its release in 2018, it`s time to renew it now. In 2020, it`s time to win back Jesus. In today`s Western societies, the practice is considerably relaxed, although in Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches, abstinence from all animal products, including eggs, fish, poultry and milk, from animals (. B for example, cows and goats, unlike milk from coconuts and soybeans) is still often practiced, so that, where this is observed, only 45 days in the Byzantine rite. The practices of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church require a much longer Lent, and there are controversies over whether fish consumption is permitted. Fasting sacrifice refers to a pleasure or luxury that Christians (especially Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Morains and Reformed) abandon for the liturgical Lent that begins each year on Ash Wednesday. [3] The tradition of fasting sacrifice has its roots in the fasting of Jesus for forty days in the Jewish desert. [4] When Lent is over and Easter Sunday arrives, the faithful will be able to surrender to what they sacrificed during Lent.

[4] On a level, the external and visible form of divisions and tensions between us as a nation is political, social and even ideological. But the root and invisible causes are spiritual and moral. If selfishness about sacrifices is high for the good of the other, the soul of the nation is at stake. If the lie is increased and the truth is killed in the public square, the soul of the nation is at stake. If toxic policies manipulate the public faith, the soul of the nation is at stake. When fear, hatred and violence determine our politics and our anger, it is the soul of the nation that is at stake. God invites us to take our cross and follow this path, the way of the cross. He invites us to walk with others, forced to follow a path of suffering, humiliation and death. It invites us to know our own weakness and insanity and not be afraid to keep running.