Ease yourself into it. Add a service every two weeks. Make sure you have the strength for the Holy Week Marathon.Good advice. Everything we do in Lent prepares us for Holy Week. In fact, if you can spare the time off work to go at least to Holy Friday, I highly recommend it. It's one of the most beautiful and meaningful services of the year--and that's saying a lot in Orthodoxy.
The triple-play on Holy Friday (Royal Hours, Great Vespers, and Matins with the Lamentations) is just phenomenal. It can be physically and emotionally draining, but well worth the time and effort. And then, just when your energy is totally sapped... Meat! (Pascha)
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"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.