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St. Dimitri Orthodox Church will host its Annual Blini Breakfast March 17.
Russian blini, a type of thin pancake, will be served in traditional style with smoked salmon, herring, butter and sour cream. Vegetable caviar, eggs, cheese and a variety of berry preserves will also be available.
Blini are traditionally served in Slavic households during the week before the beginning of the Lenten Fast. Thin crepe-like pancakes are traditionally eaten with fish, sour cream and butter in order to consume all these foods before the beginning of Great Lent.
Fish and dairy products, along with meat, are not eaten during the 40-day Great Fast period preceding Easter or Pascha, as it is called among Orthodox Christians. The practice was recorded in Biblical times, Christ having fasted in the desert for 40 days.
The practice of “fasting, together with prayer, almsgiving and the preparation that the additional services during Lent, is the true readying for the great feast of Pascha, the Resurrection of Our Lord,” said Fr. John Hennies, attached priest of St. Dimitri Orthodox Church.
The rite of Mutual Forgiveness, which gives the name of Forgiveness Sunday to the day, will be celebrated. On this last day before Great Lent, the rite of Mutual Forgiveness offers preparation for entering into the season of Great Lent through the spirit of forgiveness and repentance.
St. Dimitri is located at 2270 39th St., near the corner of Diamond Drive and 38th Streets. Blini Breakfast will be served from noon until 2 p.m.
Advance reservations may be made through March 13 by calling 660-9113. The cost is $9.75 in advance; $12.50 at the door; and $6 for children ages 6-12. There is no charge for children younger than six.