Apostle Zacchaeus

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Holy '''Apostle Zacchaeus''', one of the [[Apostles#The_Seventy|Seventy]], is commemorated on [[April 20]]
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The holy '''Apostle Zacchaeus''', one of the [[Apostles#The_Seventy|Seventy]], is commemorated on [[April 20]].
  
The holy Apostle Zacchaeus was a rich publican at Jericho. Since he was short of stature, he climbed a sycamore tree in order to see the Savior passing by. After the [[Ascension|Ascension of the Lord]], St Zacchaeus accompanied [[Apostle Peter|St  Peter]] on his travels. Tradition says he became the [[Bishop]] of Caesarea in Palestine, where he died in peace.  
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The Apostle Zacchaeus was a rich publican at Jericho. Since he was short of stature, he climbed a sycamore tree in order to see the Savior passing by. After the [[Ascension|Ascension of the Lord]], St Zacchaeus accompanied [[Apostle Peter|St  Peter]] on his travels. Tradition says he became the [[Bishop]] of Caesarea in Palestine, where he died in peace.  
  
 
==Sunday of Zacchaeus==
 
==Sunday of Zacchaeus==
 
[[Image:Calling Zacchaeus.jpg|left|225px|Calling Zacchaeus]]  
 
[[Image:Calling Zacchaeus.jpg|left|225px|Calling Zacchaeus]]  
The Church also remembers Zacchaeus on the '''Sunday of Zacchaeus''' when the [[Gospel  of Luke]] 19:1-10 is read, describing his encounter with [[Christ]].  The Sunday of Zacchaeus is the Sunday before the [[Lenten Triodion|Triodion]] begins.
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The Church also remembers Zacchaeus on the '''Sunday of Zacchaeus''', when the [[Gospel  of Luke]] 19:1-10, which describes his encounter with [[Christ]], is read.  The Sunday of Zacchaeus is also the Sunday before the [[Lenten Triodion|Triodion]] begins. It is read at this point in the liturgical year, immediately before [[Great Lent]], to teach that one should turn away from sins.  
 
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It is read before [[Great Lent]] to teach that one should turn away from sins, and atone for them. That the real proof of sorrow and repentance is not just a verbal apology, but when correcting oneself  and one should amend for the consequences of evil actions.  
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The Lenten journey begins with a recognition of sinfulness, just as Zacchaeus recognized his. He promised to make restitution by giving half of his wealth to the poor, and by paying to those he had falsely accused four times as much as they had lost. In this, he went beyond the requirements of the Law (Ex. 22:3-12).  
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In this way the Lenten journey should begin with a recognition of sinfulness, just as Zacchaeus recognized his sins. He promised to make restitution by giving half of his wealth to the poor and by paying to those he had falsely accused four times as much as they had lost. In this, he went beyond the requirements of the Law (Ex. 22:3-12).  
  
 
Just as Zacchaeus "sought to see who Jesus was" (Luke 19:3), that same desire and effort to see Jesus starts the movement through Lent towards [[Pascha]]. It is the first movement of [[salvation]].
 
Just as Zacchaeus "sought to see who Jesus was" (Luke 19:3), that same desire and effort to see Jesus starts the movement through Lent towards [[Pascha]]. It is the first movement of [[salvation]].

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Apostle Zacchaeus

The holy Apostle Zacchaeus, one of the Seventy, is commemorated on April 20.

The Apostle Zacchaeus was a rich publican at Jericho. Since he was short of stature, he climbed a sycamore tree in order to see the Savior passing by. After the Ascension of the Lord, St Zacchaeus accompanied St Peter on his travels. Tradition says he became the Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine, where he died in peace.

Sunday of Zacchaeus

Calling Zacchaeus

The Church also remembers Zacchaeus on the Sunday of Zacchaeus, when the Gospel of Luke 19:1-10, which describes his encounter with Christ, is read. The Sunday of Zacchaeus is also the Sunday before the Triodion begins. It is read at this point in the liturgical year, immediately before Great Lent, to teach that one should turn away from sins.

In this way the Lenten journey should begin with a recognition of sinfulness, just as Zacchaeus recognized his sins. He promised to make restitution by giving half of his wealth to the poor and by paying to those he had falsely accused four times as much as they had lost. In this, he went beyond the requirements of the Law (Ex. 22:3-12).

Just as Zacchaeus "sought to see who Jesus was" (Luke 19:3), that same desire and effort to see Jesus starts the movement through Lent towards Pascha. It is the first movement of salvation.

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