Today we celebrate the beginning of the Triodion Period, the season 3 weeks before the beginning of Great Lent. This period has been placed at this time of the year in order to prepare us for Great Lent which is a preparation for the greatest Feast of the Orthodox Calendar, the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ. For the weeks before Great Lent, the Church ordains specific Gospel readings on each Sunday, all having to do with repentance and turning to God. Today, we remember the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee. Christ spoke this parable: Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a Publican, or a Tax-collector (the latter were considered among the most sinful of men). The Pharisee boasted loudly in his prayer about his fasting, prayer, and charity. He also thanked God that he was not sinful like the Tax-collector in the Temple. The Tax-collector, however, at the very back of the Temple, did not dare to lift his eyes to heaven but cried out, “Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Christ said that the Tax-collector returned to his home justified by God, and the Pharisee did not. This parable teaches us to do all with humility and not to judge or compare ourselves to others, but to be thankful for the mercy and love that God has shown us. For this reason, this week we do not fast from anything, even Wednesday and Friday, so that we too might not fall into the sin of the Pharisee and fast in vain.
The chanting in this video is by our very own University chaplain, fr. Gerasimos!
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