Preparing for Great Lent: Forgiveness Sunday.
Although Great Lent doesn’t begin until Monday (tomorrow), we’ve been in a pre-lenten mode. Last Sunday was meatfare Sunday also known as the Sunday of Final Judgement. The following day we began the meatfast or cheesefare week. Orthodox Christians abstain from meat (except fish) during this but may partake of dairy, eggs and fish.
Lent is so much more than just a fast. It is a spiritual journey: an opportunity for reflection and a time of renewal. We all stray from the path. We all get caught up in the daily cares of the world. Lent provides the framework for re-training our flesh to seek first the Kingdom of God. The fast isn’t just about abstaining from certain foods. It’s a training ground for taking back control of our flesh.
Today is Forgiveness Sunday. It is the day we remember Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden. It is the day we stand before our brothers and sisters and ask for forgiveness.
I would like to ask all my dear readers to forgive me for any offenses or hurts I may have caused. Please forgive me, a sinner.