Great Monday: what’s forbidden at the beginning of Holy Week, April 26

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Orthodox believers began Passion Week – the period before Easter, when the Church remembers the last days of Christ’s earthly life. What you can and what you absolutely must not do on Good Monday – in the material “MK in Volgograd”.

In 2021, Holy Week begins on April 26th. All days in this period are called great because of significant events for Christians: these are the miracles of the Savior, and the famous Last Supper, and the erection of Christ on Calvary and His crucifixion.

What is Good Monday dedicated to?

On April 26, believers remember the Old Testament Patriarch Joseph, whom some call a type of Christ. The elder brothers sold Joseph to a caravan of Ishmaelites for 20 pieces of silver.

Great Monday is also dedicated to the memories of Christ’s temptations of the barren fig tree. This is a symbol of the fact that a person’s life should bear spiritual fruits: good deeds and prayers.

Do’s and Don’ts on Great Monday

Lent continues, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, dry eating is allowed. On April 26, it is allowed to eat bread, fruits, vegetables, nuts and honey.

Commemoration is prohibited: all days of the week are held in prayers and special services, therefore, the commemoration of the dead on Holy Week is not performed.

It is not recommended to do hard work and gardening on this day in order to be in time for all the services. This prohibition does not apply to routine household work.

It is strictly forbidden these days to guess, quarrel with family and friends, arrange noisy gatherings and festivities.