Δευτέρα, 3 Μαρτίου 2014

Clean Monday - Καθαρά Δευτέρα


Clean Monday (Greek: Καθαρά Δευτέρα), otherwise called Pure Monday, Ash Monday, Monday of Lent or Green Monday, is the first day of the Eastern Orthodox Christian, Saint Thomas Christians of India and Eastern Catholic Great Lent. It is a portable devour that happens at the start of the seventh week before Orthodox Easter Sunday.
The regular term during the current day, "Clean Monday", alludes to the deserting of corrupt state of mind and non-fasting sustenances. It is here and there called "Powder Monday," by similarity with Ash Wednesday (the day when the Western Churches start Lent). The term is regularly a misnomer, as just a little subset of Eastern Catholic Churches drill the Imposition of Ashes. The Maronite Catholic Church and The Mar Thoma Nasranis of India-Syro-Malabar Catholic Church are remarkable around the Eastern ritual that utilizes the utilization of cinders on this day.
Ceremonially, Clean Monday—and subsequently Lent itself—starts on the former (Sunday) night,[1] at an unique administration called Forgiveness Vespers, which reaches a state of perfection with the Ceremony of Mutual Forgiveness, at which all present will bow down before each one in turn and ask pardoning. Thusly, the dependable start Lent with a clean inner voice, with absolution, and with reestablished Christian adoration. The whole first week of Great Lent is regularly alluded to as "Clean Week," and it is standard to head off to Confession throughout this week, and to clean the house altogether.
The subject of Clean Monday is situated by the Old Testament perusing named to be perused at the Sixth Hour on this day (Isaiah 1:1-20), which says, to some extent:
Wash yourselves and ye should be clean; secured the devilish courses from your souls before Mine eyes; stop to do abhorrence; figure out how to do well. Look for judgment, soothe the oppressed, think about the bastard, and argue for the widow. Come then, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: Though your sins be as red, I will make them white as snow; yet despite the fact that they be red like red, I will make them white as fleece (vv. 16–8).
 Lagana bread
Clean Monday is an open occasion in Greece and Cyprus, where it is commended with outside outings, the utilization of shellfish and other fasting food,[2] an extraordinary sort of azyme bread, heated just on that day, named "lagana" (Greek: λαγάνα) and the across the board custom of flying kites. Consuming meat, eggs and dairy items is customarily prohibited to Orthodox Christians all around Lent, with fish being consumed just on real devour days, yet shellfish is allowed in European divisions. This has made the convention of consuming showy dishes dependent upon seafood (shellfish, molluscs, fish roe and so on.). Generally, it is acknowledged to check the start of the spring season, a thought which was utilized typically within Ivan Bunin's basically acclaimed story, Pure Monday. Individuals on Clean Monday typically take their cookout crate and put inside fasting nourishments on the grounds that it is the day that Lent starts.
The joyful, springtime environment of Clean Monday may appear conflicting with the Lenten soul of contrition and discretion, yet this appearing inconsistency is a checked part of the Orthodox methodology to fasting, as per the Gospel lesson (Matthew 6:14-21) read on the morning some time recently, which counsels:
The point when ye quick, be not, as the frauds, of a tragic face: for they distort their confronts, that they may show up unto men to quick. Verily I say unto you, They have their prize. Anyhow thou, when thou quickest, anoint thine head, and wash thy confront, that thou show up not unto men to quick, yet unto thy Father which is in mystery... (v. 16-18).
In this way, the Orthodox praise the way that "The springtime of the Fast has dawned, the bloom of atonemen

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