Today is the day of Motherhood and Beauty, tomorrow Armenian Apostolic Church will celebrate St. Easter
The Great Lent is coming to end on some days.
As qahana.am spiritual web-site writes the period starting from the day following the Great Barekendan and lasting till the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, is called Great Lent. In the period of the Great Lent, people, refraining from bodily pleasures and sins, get prepared for the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ by means of abstinence and repentance. Both spiritual and moral and bodily abstinence are considered to be important.
Our church fathers have called the period of the Great Lend as “Karasnordats”, as the period of fasting lasts 40 days. This period of the Great Lent is also called “Salt and bread”, as in the past during the period of the Great Lent people have eaten only salt and bread.
In the New and old Testaments there are many testimonies concerning the period of Great Lent. Moses fasted for forty days and only then received the Lord’s rules and canons. However, this period is related to 40-day period of temptation of Christ in the desert, following which our Church fathers established this period of fasting.
Fasting may be of three kinds: usual fasting, rigorous abstinence and absolute fasting. In case of usual fasting people can eat only food of vegetable origin. In case of rigorous fasting people refuse to eat any food even of vegetable origin. And in case of absolute fasting people refuse to eat any kind of food, including even bread and water.
During the period of the Great Lent curtains in the churches are closed in commemoration of the fact that after sinning Adam was exiled from
Today, on April is the day of Motherhood and Beauty for Armenians. This day is also celebrated as the Welcoming day of St. Mariam Goddess. Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin the Second sent a congratulation letter on the occasion. His Holiness blessed everyone and wished the God to protest Armenian nation.
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