The Great Fast is the most important and ancient Christian fast. During this period, the believers are preparing for an important Orthodox holiday - Christ's Resurrection, which must be met with a pure soul. Therefore, fasting calls on a person not only to bodily purification, but also spiritual deliverance from impure thoughts. According to the church canons, fasting is a saving tool for the soul, opening the door to God. How many weeks does the Great Lent in Russia last? The duration of Fasting is 48 days, of which forty days (the Fourteenth Day) and the last week before the Bright Sunday are Holy Week. On the eve of this long period, many are interested: what can one eat by the days of Lent? The food calendar for 2016 will help you decide what to cook in the post.

So, the Great Lent lasts from March 14 to April 30, 2016. According to church canons, during a strict fast, it is not allowed to eat:

  • meat and meat dishes
  • fish and fish dishes (except for the days of the big Orthodox holidays)
  • eggs
  • dairy products
  • baking, candy
  • mayonnaise
  • alcoholic beverages

So, how to properly hold the Great Post 2016? The table of the post details the features of food by day.

The days and week (week) of Lent

May 1 - Bright Sunday (end of fasting)

First week of Lent: what can I eat?

Before the start of Lent, on the Forgiven Sunday or the Sour, the believers are still allowed to eat dairy products and eggs. In the days of the first week of Lent, from Monday to Thursday, evening services are held. This time for special repentance, zealous prayers, and strict abstinence in food. The church only allows for short meals, without heat treatment.

According to the church regulations, on Monday it is recommended to abstain completely from food, and drink only water. Bread, vegetables and fruit in the post can be eaten on Tuesday, and the believers' menu on Wednesday and Friday should include raw food without butter. Tuesday and Thursday are days in which cooking is allowed on the fire, but also without the addition of oil. But on Saturday and Sunday of the Great Lent some loosening is allowed in the form of a small amount of wine, and when cooking food you can add vegetable oil.

Calendar of meals during the fast in 2016

The second week of Lent - food specialties

This week is dedicated to the memory of Gregory Palam, the champion of monastic life. These days the church services are held, on which eternal Orthodox truths are preached - prayer, faith and good deeds.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday the second week of the Great Lent you should adhere to dry eating, without vegetable oil. Ready meals can be added to the diet on Tuesday and Thursday (all also without oil). Saturday and Sunday are allowed days for consuming dishes with vegetable oil, and a little (about 200 ml) of red wine without alcohol content can be added to the meal.

The clergy throughout the week only once a day to eat. But the laity are allowed some breaks and changes the rules of fasting, depending on the health and General well-being.

Third week of Lent 2016

On the third week of the fast, the Parental Sabbath falls (April 2), and on April 3 the Holy Cross is taken away, which the worshipers worship - in memory of the earthly suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

How to fast during the third week of Lent? As in the second week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday should adhere to dry thinking. On the other weekdays it is allowed to eat hot food without vegetable oil. The weekend menu is as usual.

Lenten food in Lent - on the calendar of food

Fourth week of Lent

This week is called the Crusader, as the Holy Cross continues to remain in the temple and believers can worship. In 2016 on April 7, the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated - on this day it is allowed to eat fish and drink red wine (food without vegetable oil).

Sunday, April 10 is the day of the commemoration of St. John of the Ladder, who left believers Lestvitsa (the leadership of the Christian life about gradual spiritual ascent). In the days of the fourth week should follow the usual rules in the diet, with the exception of holidays.

Fifth week of Lent – like fasting

During this period, the memory of the martyr Mary of Egypt, the repentant and forgiven God of the former sinner, is commemorated in the church. All days fasting is observed as usual.

Sixth week of Lent

On Saturday, the sixth week (April 23), the Orthodox celebrate Lazarev Saturday - in the menu you can add fish eggs. The next day, on Palm Sunday, laymen can eat fish and fish dishes, as well as red wine.

Seventh week of Lent 2016 (Holy Week)

The last week before Easter or Passion Week is the strictest week of fasting. Every day of Holy Week is dedicated to the remembrance of the last days of the earthly life of Jesus Christ, His suffering, death on the Cross and burial.

According to Church canons, Holy week is not included in lent. This is the time when God comes to meet us, overcoming suffering, Golgotha, and other obstacles – until the Bright Day of Easter. In Christianity the most important days of Holy week are the last three days before Easter. Especially strict fast day – good Friday, during which it is expected full abstinence from food. As stated in the Church, it is Friday Jesus was crucified Christ, offering Himself as a sacrifice for human sins.

On Saturday, one should adhere to moderation in food (dry eating), and on Easter comes the Easter holiday, when all restrictions in food are lifted. In 2016, the faithful celebrate Easter on May 1.

So, what can you eat by the days of Lent? The calendar for 2016 always tells you about those or other important Orthodox dates. And already hold fast or not - everyone decides for himself. After all, the goal of any fast is not only bodily purification, but also spiritual perfection.

Orthodox Calendar 2016 - meals on the days of Great Lent