Fasting during Lent
The first day of Lent will be Monday, February 15 on the Gregorian calendar, and Monday, March 15 on the Julian calendar. This day is a day of strict abstinence when those who celebrate on the respective calendar are expected to abstain from both meat and dairy products. The suggested practice of the Ukrainian Catholic tradition for Lenten fasting is to abstain from meat on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of Lent. Friday abstinence from meat is obligatory, as it is throughout the year. It is also traditional to abstain from loud parties and dances during this penitential time, and to receive the sacrament of confession before Easter.
Forgiveness Prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian
Traditionally said frequently throughout Lent, helps us to take control of our actions.
O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference, discouragement, lust of power, and idle chatter. Full prostration.
Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love. Full prostration.
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my own sins and not to judge my brothers and sisters, for You are blessed now and forever and ever. Amen. Full prostration.