MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS./ The last preparatory week before the Great lent begins the Orthodox. Monday is already not used to eat meat but still eat dairy, why it is called the cheese week, or pancake week.

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“Folk traditions require during the Maslenitsa week to have fun and enjoy, and a Church – visit relatives and friends, to share hand-made treats, make peace with all before lent, and try to forgive the wrongs inflicted,” – said TASS, the famous preacher and writer, Archpriest Artemy Vladimirov.

“The Church service this week set up for spiritual reflection. And with the media sounds special Lenten prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian,” said the priest. He recalled that moved it in verse Alexander Pushkin – “the desert Fathers and wife chaste…”. This poem ends almost verbatim the words of the prayer: “But let me Mature my, Oh my, sins, Yes my brother from me will not accept condemnation, And a spirit of humility, patience, love and discipline my heart quicken”.

The Carnival ends with forgiveness Sunday, when made bows and kisses to ask each other for forgiveness.

Good carnival

Patriarchal Svyato-Danilov monastery together with social movement “Kursk station. Homeless, children,” invites volunteers to participate in large-scale charitable action “the Kind Shrove Tuesday”. “During the week we bake pancakes, pancakes collect and distribute them to homeless people at Moscow railway stations. For people living on the street, it is important to feel that people remember them or erased from ordinary life with its feasts and joys. Besides, homeless people are especially waiting for spring and warmth, because winter on the street to survive is very difficult,” he told TASS head of volunteerism, and chef Daniel monastery Oleg Olkhov.

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Daily pancakes collected in the point of care to the homeless at Moscow Church of St. James the Apostle in the state Sloboda near Kursk station. In the days of pancake week, they will be every evening to hand out at stations, and at the point of care to the homeless at the Church. On the day you plan to feed several hundred people.

In addition, collecting the pancakes and give it to the homeless will be in the Hangar of salvation on Nikoloyamskaya. This item of comprehensive care for the homeless is located on the territory of the Synodal Department for charity. Volunteers launched a social networks flash mob – publish a photo of freshly baked pancakes, which they prepare to help the needy.

Moscow sees off winter

According to tradition in the capital, the city government organized wide celebration of carnival. Until February 18 at the festival “Moscow carnival” opened 25 sites in the city centre, where you can participate in performances of the end of winter, master-classes and to try 170 kinds of pancakes, including Swiss, buckwheat, rice and bird-cherry flour. For the first time, organized the delivery of pancakes at home.

In addition, on the festival grounds offer recipes of the cuisines of the peoples of Russia and the world – pense and Korean kimchi, Vietnamese nem, Qutab Caucasian, Tatar gubevu. The highlight of this year will be colorful pancakes made with natural dyes: beet, spinach, and even coal.

In the framework of the Moscow festival will be theaters from all over Russia – the nominees and winners of the award “Golden mask”. The open air performances will feature seven national theatres from Yakutia, Chuvashia, and Mari El Republic. In honor of the holiday week in the cinema network “Moschino” – “birch”, “Spark”, “Youth”, “Salute”, “Saturn”, “Moon” and “Tula” – will be free screenings of Russian films.