Okay! It’s probably cold where you are and Spring is the last thing on your mind. Gee! we just finished celebrating the Presentation of Christ which is Jesus’ Forty Day Blessing… forty days following Christmas. And just recently the Groundhog predicted another 6 weeks of Winter. But the Moveable Feasts of the Orthodox Christian Calendar tell us we are about the begin the Triodon, the three weeks before Great Lent, which means Easter is coming early this year.
What is the Triodion?
The Triodion is what Southerners refer to as “fixin’ to get ready.” It’s the three week period where we slowly get into the right mindset for Great Lent. You see the difference in the Sunday Gospel Readings and the fasting schedule.
Triodion Gospel Themes
You know the stories, they repeat every year but here’s a quick reference.
First Sunday: Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican The Gospel according to Luke 18:2-8
Second Sunday: Sunday of the Prodigal Son The Gospel according to Luke 15:11-32
Third Sunday: Sunday of the Last Judgement The Gospel according to Matthew 25:31-46
Triodion Fasting Rules
And in the finest expression of Orthodoxy, the church has a special fasting practice for the Triodion.
Week One- FAST FREE WEEK! Yup! No fasting this week! This is a good time to get it all out of your system.
Week Two- Regular (Wednesday and Friday) fasting. This is a good week to clean out the refrigerator.
Week Three- Start by removing meat from your diet. It’s a week to help you get in the mood. I imagine going cold-turkey from meat and dairy would be rather traumatic. This third week is the final step.
I hope you have a blessed journey this Lenten Season.
Come back for Lenten recipes in the coming weeks.