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The '''Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas''' is the Second Sunday of [[Great Lent]]. It commemorates St. [[Gregory Palamas]] (+1359).  It falls between the [[Sunday of Orthodoxy]] and the [[Sunday of the Holy Cross]]. 
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==Themes==
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Each of the Sundays of Great Lent has its own special themes.  These can be seen as historical and spiritual.  This Sunday's theme is that men can become divine (''[[theosis]]'') through the grace of God in the [[Holy Spirit]].
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===Historical theme===
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It was St. Gregory ([[November 14]]), who bore witness that by [[prayer]] and [[fasting]] human beings can become participants of the uncreated light of God's divine glory even in this life.  After his [[glorification]] in 1368, a second commemoration of St. Gregory Palamas was appointed for this Second Sunday of Great Lent as a second ''Triumph of Orthodoxy''. It celebrates the condemnation of St. Gregory's enemies and the vindication of his teachings by the Church.
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This Sunday was originally dedicated to St. [[Polycarp of Smyrna]] ([[February 23]]).
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===Spiritual theme===
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The spiritual theme adds to the First Sunday of Great Lent's theme, ''faith''. In addition to faith, one needs ''effort''.  The scripture readings are [[Book of Hebrews|Hebrews]] 1:10-2:3 and [[Gospel of Mark|Mark]] 2:1-12. The [[epistle]] says to ''give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away... how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?''  The Gospel lesson has the image of ''effort and desire'' in the paralytic who is brought to [[Christ]] through the roof.
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==Hymns==
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[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 8) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?SID=13&ID=12]
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:O light of Orthodoxy, teacher of the Church, its confirmation,
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:O ideal of [[monk]]s and invincible champion of [[theologian]]s,
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:O wonder-working Gregory, glory of Thessalonica and preacher of grace,
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:Always [[intercession|intercede]] before the Lord that our souls may be saved.
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?SID=13&ID=12]
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:Now is the time for action!
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:Judgment is at the doors!
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:So let us rise and fast,
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:Offering alms with tears of compunction and crying:
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:"Our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea;
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:But forgive us, O Master of All,
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:So that we may receive the incorruptible crowns."
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Kontakion (Tone 8) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?SID=13&ID=12]
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:Holy and divine instrument of wisdom,
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:joyful trumpet of theology,
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:together we sing your praises, O God-inspired Gregory.
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:Since you now stand before the Original Mind, guide our minds to Him, O Father,
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:So that we may sing to you: "Rejoice, preacher of grace."
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==Source==
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*''Great Lent: Journey to Pascha'', by Fr. [[Alexander Schmemann]] (1974), St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. ISBN 0913836044
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==External links==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=12 2nd Sunday of Great Lent: St Gregory Palamas] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://lent.goarch.org/saint_gregory_palamas/learn/ The Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas] ([[GOARCH]])
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*[http://www.holy-trinity.org/liturgics/synaxarion/6-gregorypalamas.html Lenten Synaxarion: Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas]
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[[Category:Feasts]]
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[[Category:Lent]]
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[[Category:Liturgics]]
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