Orthodox believers celebrate forgiveness Sunday
MOSCOW, 18 Jul — RIA Novosti. On the last Sunday before lent, which is also called forgiveness, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill will perform worship with the rite of forgiveness in the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior, told RIA Novosti in the Moscow Patriarchate.
On this day the Church remembers the tragedy, committed with mankind at the dawn of its history — the expulsion of Adam from Paradise — and calls to repent of their sins, as did the banished Adam. Therefore the second name of Forgiveness Sunday — the expulsion of Adam’s. Set in ancient times, the custom of believers in this day forgive mutual grievances and transgressions.
“At 17.00 in the Cheesefare Week — the remembrance of Adam’s exile (forgiveness Sunday), Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill will make Vespers with the rite of forgiveness at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow”, — said the press service of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Sunday ends with Mardi Gras, or Buttered week — the colloquial name of Cheese-fare week, the last before the lent. In its continuation of Orthodox Christians according to the Church Charter, do not eat meat, but eat fish and dairy products. In the folk tradition in the last four days of the week made pancakes, and Sunday to arrange celebrations.