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Cheese-Fare Sunday. Forgiveness Sunday
Vigil and Confession:  February 17, Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
Liturgy: February 18, Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and Vespers at 12:00 p.m.
Cheesefare Sunday, on which the "dismissal of cheese" takes place, i.e., the cessation of the eating of cheese, immediately before the beginning of Great Lent, is dedicated to "The Casting Out of Adam." On the hymns for this Sunday the fall of our first parents Adam and Eve is recalled, by which is explained the necessity of the labors of fasting. Adam and Eve fell through incontinence and disobedience, and now, through the willingly undertaken labor of abstinence and obedience to the Church, we may rise up once again and restore the paradisiacal blessedness which they lost. At the Liturgy a Gospel is read which inspires us to forgive neighbors their offences and fast, not in display, like the Pharisees, but sincerely, for God’s sake (Matt. 17).
Entering into Great Lent, the faithful, according to the ancient Christian practice, remembering the exhortation of the Lord regarding this in the Gospel, mutually ask forgiveness of one another. This rite of forgiveness takes place at the end of Vespers.
Great Lent: February 19 – April 7, 2018
Great Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation that comes before the most important Feast of the Christian year, Holy Pascha. The purpose of fasting is to remind us of the Scriptural teaching, “Man does not live by bread alone.” The needs of the body are nothing compared to the needs of the soul. Above all else, we need God, Who provides everything for both the body and the soul. Fasting teaches us to depend on God more fully.
Read more about the fast here.
Read all feasts description for the year on our website
*Dates listed are according to the civil calendar.
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