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Cheesefare Sunday/Forgiveness Sunday - Orthodox Christian

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Sun, 11/02/2018 (All day)

 The last Pre-Lenten Sunday is called both Cheesefare Sunday and the Sunday of Forgiveness.  This is the last day dairy products are eaten before the Fast.  The Gospel lesson (Matthew 6:14-21) read on this day tells us that our fast must not be hypocritical or “for show.”Our work and our appearance are to continue as usual and our extra efforts are to be known only by God.  The Gospel reading also reminds us that God the Father will forgive us in the same manner as we forgive our brother.  With this promise of forgiveness, Great Lent begins on the next day, which is called Clean Monday.  Clean Monday is a total fast day, except for a little water.  No other beverages or food are taken. 

GENERAL RULES OF THE LENTEN FAST 

The Lenten Fast rules that we observe today were established within the monasteries of the Orthodox Church during the sixth through eleventh centuries.  These rules are intended for all Orthodox Christians, not just monks and nuns.