On this day, everyone apologizes for the wrongs inflicted, even if they were caused accidentally.

In accordance with the Gospel reading, Christians have a pious custom to ask in this day each other for forgiveness of sins, the slave and an unknown offense. After evening worship in the temples performed a special rite of forgiveness, when clergymen and parishioners mutually ask each other forgiveness, to enter into lent with a pure soul, having been reconciled with all our neighbors.

Sunday, the rite of forgiveness will be held traditionally in the Cathedral of the Nativity (street Brivibas 23) Almegrahi on service at 17.00. This will be the first service of Great Lent.

The tradition of asking forgiveness on the last Sunday before Lent dates back to ancient Egyptian monks. Their life was difficult, and going all 40 days of fasting in the wilderness, none of them was sure of coming back. Saying goodbye to each other, as before death they asked each other for forgiveness the day before.

An ancient tradition before lent to ask each other for forgiveness meant before the request for forgiveness and not getting it, and not reconciliation. Of course, this request combines both personal repentance, and it was important not just to ask the person for forgiveness, and be reconciled with him in the shower. Even if the person is very unpleasant, even if this is a man who wishes you evil, even if it is the person who is willing to manipulate you, to laugh... you need It!

Ask forgiveness and be reconciled inside is the man himself, it is his spiritual exercise, and the beginning of the Lenten acts of penance.

On this day last non-Lenten food is consumed.

Does it make sense to apologize in social media?

Different priests refer to this in different ways. Here is the opinion of one of them, Igor Outbid.

"On the eve of Great Lent facebook and other platforms for communication to blossom individually addressed and drawn into the free air of ritual requests-responses for forgiveness. On the one hand — wonderful: the world wide web is filled with good, and well, joking apart, that's good, when people ask forgiveness from each other. Personally I like it, but I very well understand those, who the abundance of the draft "Forgive me, brothers and sisters!" annoying.

And it's not that appealing to all requests for forgiveness of senseless, irresponsible, frivolous and formal. This is not so. Man fully aware he could inadvertently be expressed, to formulate a thought or temper, be sarcastic, thereby hurting not only the interlocutor (the interlocutor may, he does not confused, because to each other they got it right, talking in one key), but someone from the readers of the topic or comments unwittingly upset. Realizing this, he asks for forgiveness. The question is really whether his remorse and repentance, or is it a virtual image repents and asks forgiveness. And this is a problem not only of social networking. After all the usual password-feedback "sorry-God will forgive you" sometimes also pronounced without any claim to the sacrament, and without the slightest sense of responsibility. So is it worth it? Apparently everyone decides for himself the question itself, in accordance with its own understanding of the world and its laws.