This Sunday, February 11, is the Sunday of the Last Judgement and the second Sunday before Great Lent. The readings for this Sunday are: Mark 16:9-20 (3rd Matins Gospel), 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2 (Epistle), and Matthew 25:31-46 (Gospel).
This day is also commonly known as Meatfare Sunday as this is the last day that meat can be eaten for those entering the Lenten fast. Dairy products are allowed on each day of this week, however, including Wednesday and Friday.
“The Sunday of the Last Judgment is the third Sunday of a three-week period prior to the commencement of Great Lent. During this time, the services of the Church have begun to include hymns from the Triodion, a liturgical book that contains the services from the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the tenth before Pascha (Easter), through Great and Holy Saturday. On this day, focus is placed on the future judgment of all persons who will stand before the throne of God when Christ returns in His glory”.