Source: www.omhksea.orgA GUIDE TO THE TRIODION AND LENT
There is more to Lent than Fasting, and there is more to fasting than food. This principle lies at the heart of the Lenten Triodion, the main hymnbook of Orthodox Lent. For the Orthodox Church, Lent is without doubt the richest and most distinctive season of the ecclesiastical year. The Lenten services, the spiritual lessons of the Triodion, and the biblical readings for the season invite us to simplify our lives and to immerse ourselves in the “bright sadness” of repentance.
Orthodox Lent begins on Clean Monday, seven weeks before Pascha, when Orthodox Christians celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection. But before Lent begins, it is announced in advance. This preparation for Lent is made above all through the Lenten Triodion, which makes its appearance in the liturgical life of the Church three weeks prior to Lent, on the Sunday of the Tax-Collector (or Publican) and the Pharisee. The Triodion remains a regular feature of the Church’s liturgical life until the end of Holy Week.
Written for the devout Christian, the Triodion is full of warnings against pride and hypocrisy - the ultimate spiritual sins to which religious folk are so susceptible. Its hymns teach us the true nature and purpose of fasting and of Lent itself.
** CONTENTS **
General Rules of the Lenten Fast 1. First Sunday of Triodion - Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee 2. Second Sunday of Triodion - Sunday of the Prodigal Son 3. The Saturday of Souls 4. Third Sunday of Triodion - Sunday of the Last Judgment 5. Fourth Sunday of Triodion - Forgiveness Sunday 6. Clean Monday 7. First Sunday of Great Lent - Sunday of Orthodoxy 8. Second Sunday of Great Lent - Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas 9. Third Sunday of Great Lent - Sunday of the Holy Cross 10. Fourth Sunday of Great Lent - Sunday of Saint John Climacus 11. Fifth Sunday of Great Lent - Saint Mary of Egypt 12. The Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete 13. The Akathist Hymn 14. The Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts
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