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Philip Kariatlis: The good life and Orthodox lend

faskes_mFor Orthodox Christians, like Western Christians, the education of desire into healthy directions is one key to the Christian Spiritual life. In the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter, fasting, prayer and almsgiving are undertaken by many Orthodox Christians.
There are four major annual fast times in Orthodoxy – but great Lent is the most significant of them. The right relationship between body and soul is a focus for Lent; and Lent starts this week- the same time as Western Lent. Apart from the special liturgies; targeted fasting is now one other way the orthodox ‘do’ Lent. Their diets change- and they abstain from meat, alcohol, poultry, fish and dairy products. Even oil is part of the deal on the toughest days. Observant Orthodox eat a largely vegan diet during Lent – the forty days they call the days of “radiant sorrow”.
Them says Philip Kariatlis from the Greek Orthodox theological college in Sydney to find out more about Greek Lent. Philip also happens to be quite a good singer – being well accustomed with the tones, semitones (and even quarter tones) of Byzantine chant.

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