We do not eat meat during Great Lent. We make an exception for tomorrow when our non-Orthodox family members celebrate their Easter. Back to no meat after that meal/family time. I was raised not to go to movies, plays, etc. during all four Lenten seasons. During Great Lent there usually isn't time to go to these things anyway. And we would never go to a movie, play, etc. when we could be at church instead. We try to attend Lenten church services but do not get to every one.
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I am with a Greek Orthodox Church. I think that our traditions are basically the same as any other Orthodox church: abstain from all animal products (meat, chicken, fish, eggs, butter, milk, cheese, etc) and wine/alcohol. Attend church as often as possible, especially the Pre-sanctified Liturgies and the Salutations to the Theotokos, give alms to the poor, and increase prayer.
I am the chanter and choir director at my church, so it's a given that I get to all the services! I abstain from animal products most all of the time anyway because I have high cholesterol and manage to keep it controlled through watching my diet and increasing my exercise.
The thing I find difficult is increasing my prayer time and I'd really like to cut down on my time with electronic devices (i,e, computer, Netflix, etc).
Here we go. I am a member of an OCA parish. In my family and in my house we do not eat any meat or dairy. I also do not eat any meat or dairy by-products. I try to cut back on tv and try not to participate in any extra activities. This was the running joke in the family that we couldn't do anything fun or else the fun police would be on to us. I try not to go to movies or the theater. I try to go to Presanctified on Wednesday and go to confession more frequently.
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Different jurisdictions within Orthodox Christianity have slightly different guidelines for fasting during Lent. Please share your tradition with us!
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