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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 3/05/2024

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Epistle Reading:

1 John 3:11-20

Gospel Reading:

Mark 14:10-42

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The Lenten Triodion: Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the first Sunday of a three-week period prior to the commencement of Great Lent. It marks the beginning of a time of preparation for the spiritual journey of Lent, a time for Orthodox Christians to draw closer to God through worship, prayer, fasting, and acts of charity. It is also on this day that the Triodion is introduced, a liturgical book that contains the services from this Sunday, the tenth before Pascha (Easter), to Great and Holy Saturday. Read more...

 

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First Hour Prayer

O Christ the True Light, which enlightens and sanctifies every one coming in to the world, let the light of Your countenance be signed on us, that in it we may see the unapproachable Light: and guide our steps to the doing of Your commandments, through the prayers of Your most pure Mother and all Your saints.  Amen.

Sayings From The Church Fathers

Thanksgiving for the benefits received from God is made acceptable by humility and not looking down on those who lack them. It is rendered unacceptable, however, by being conceited, as if those benefits resulted from our own efforts and knowledge, and by condemning those who have not received them.

- St. Gregory Palamas, from The Homilies Vol. 1: Homily Two Para. 8; St. Tikhon's Seminary Press Pg. 13.


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