In the EO Church before Great Lent they have Cheesefare week, and Meatfare weeks, respectively, in which they stop eating dairy products during that week and then all meat/ poultry in the following week. The church adjusts the faithful to the great effort that will be required; a gradual build up to fast.
However in the COC our preparation week is EXACTLY the same as the actual Great Lent (40 days), i.e. we fast the preparation week to the same degree as the other 40 days.
So how's it really 'preparing' for the fast if we do the exact same thing as the fast??? IS there something different meant to be done?? Is there something that's changed??