Sunday, January 24, 2010

Andrei Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

2010 is one of the few years when Easter is marked on the same day by both Eastern and Western Christians - I really love it when that happens. Even more unusually the same thing will happen again next year.

That means for all of us, both Eastern and Western, Lent is four weeks away. And in light of this I would like to share my journey towards Easter with you with the Churches teaching for each of the Sundays which precede the Great Feast.

The Orthodox Church calls this part of the Church year the Lenten Triodion. It is a time of self reflection in preparation for Lent.

And to this end each of the Sundays in Triodion has a special theme and lesson.

Today is called the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the name coming from todays Gospel Reading: Luke 18:10-14.

And the lesson contained therein is clear, it is contained in the words of a hymn which will be sung in all Orthodox Churches around the world today
Let us flee from the pride of the Pharisee!
And learn humility from the Publican's tears!
Let us cry to our Savior,
Have mercy on us,
Only merciful One!

0 comment(s):

Post a Comment

Please be respectful. Foul language and personal attacks may get your comment deleted without warning. Contact us if your comment doesn't appear - the spam filter may have grabbed it.