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Great Lent Begins Today , Feb 11th 2013

posted Feb 10, 2013, 9:11 PM by StPaulsAlbany Church   [ updated Feb 10, 2013, 10:13 PM ]
Dear All,

Please see here for the Kalpana from His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, about the Great Lent.

The Great Lent begins today. The importance of this fast is much evident from the name itself.  This is observed to actively participate in the Resurrection of Christ through a life of passion and suffering. The Church prescribes the forty days of fast in seven weeks which ends on Friday (Nalpatham Velly) before the passion week. But the fast gets completed only with the Easter and therefore it is also called fifty days Lent (Anpathu Nombu). On Monday, the beginning of the Lent, All churches do a special service called the service of reconciliation (Subukono) and the purpose of which is that the faithful enter into the season  of  fast having reconciled with all. This means that the fast is holy and being holy it would become proper only if it is approached with preparation. To read more about Subukono and hear the hymns for the day please visit
https://sites.google.com/site/syrianorthodox/home/greatlent/shubhkono

You can find the Lenten Season prayer books at:
http://www.neamericandiocese.org/news.8/great-lent-prayer-books.aspx