Great Lenten Regulations in our Metropolia


-The law of abstinence forbids the use of meat, permitting the use of eggs and dairy products.
-All faithful of the Metropolia who are regular communicants are obliged to abstain.
-Abstinence is to be observed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the Great Fast.

Strict Abstinence:
-The law of strict abstinence (fast) forbids the used of meat, eggs and dairy products.
-All adult faithful of the Metropolia who are regular communicants are obliged to observe Strict Abstinence.
-Strict Abstinence is to be observed on the First day of Great Lent, Monday, March 6 and on Great and Holy Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22.

Those of a sterner discipline are greatly encouraged to keep the traditional fast of the church, that is the law of Strict Abstinence is applied throughout the season, with the usual mitigations for fish, wine and oil on the permitted days.

Laws of fasting and abstinence should never take the place of active, charitable deeds and generosity, which are to be practiced by all of the faithful.


-Pastors and Administrators may, with just cause, grant dispensations from the above fasting regulations to individuals or families for reasons of health or other serious matters. In these cases, other pious practices should be put into effect.

Liturgical Directive:

In keeping with our Typikon, the color of vestments worn on Sundays of Great Lent is to be bright. Red, or other penitential colored vestments are worn on Lenten weekdays and on the 3rd. Sunday of Great Lent (Veneration of the Holy Cross), only.

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is to be celebrated at least once a week in our parish churches. It is strongly encouraged to keep a full cycle of liturgical services during Great Lent.

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