Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

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The '''Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas''' is the Second Sunday of [[Great Lent]]. It   commemorates St [[Gregory Palamas]] (+1359) .
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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]]. 
  
==Spiritual  theme==
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==Themes==  
Each of the Sundays of Great Lent has its own special theme. This Sunday’s theme is that men can become divine through the grace of God in the Holy Spirit.  It was St. Gregory 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.
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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]].
  
This Sunday was originally dedicated to St [[Polycarp of Smyrna]] ([[February 23]]). After his glorification in 1368, a second commemoration of St Gregory Palamas ([[November 14]]) was appointed for this Second Sunday of Great Lent as a second ''Triumph of Orthodoxy''.
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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.  
  
==Hymns==
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This Sunday was originally dedicated to St. [[Polycarp of Smyrna]] ([[February 23]]).
[[Troparion]] (Tone 8)  
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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]
 
:O light of Orthodoxy, teacher of the Church, its confirmation,
 
:O light of Orthodoxy, teacher of the Church, its confirmation,
:O ideal of monks and invincible champion of theologians,
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:O ideal of [[monk]]s and invincible champion of [[theologian]]s,
 
:O wonder-working Gregory, glory of Thessalonica and preacher of grace,
 
:O wonder-working Gregory, glory of Thessalonica and preacher of grace,
:Always intercede before the Lord that our souls may be saved.
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:Always [[intercession|intercede]] before the Lord that our souls may be saved.
 
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4)
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?SID=13&ID=12]
 
:Now is the time for action!
 
:Now is the time for action!
 
:Judgment is at the doors!
 
:Judgment is at the doors!
 
:So let us rise and fast,
 
:So let us rise and fast,
:Offering alms with tears of compunction and crying:
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:Offering [[alms]] with tears of compunction and crying:
 
:"Our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea;
 
:"Our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea;
 
:But forgive us, O Master of All,
 
:But forgive us, O Master of All,
 
:So that we may receive the incorruptible crowns."
 
:So that we may receive the incorruptible crowns."
  
Kontakion (Tone 8)
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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,
 
:Holy and divine instrument of wisdom,
 
:joyful trumpet of theology,
 
:joyful trumpet of theology,
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:Since you now stand before the Original Mind, guide our minds to Him, O Father,
 
:Since you now stand before the Original Mind, guide our minds to Him, O Father,
 
:So that we may sing to you: "Rejoice, preacher of grace."
 
: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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Latest revision as of 04:26, February 20, 2011

St. Gregory Palamas

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

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.

Historical theme

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.

This Sunday was originally dedicated to St. Polycarp of Smyrna (February 23).

Spiritual theme

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 Hebrews 1:10-2:3 and 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.

Hymns

Troparion (Tone 8) [1]

O light of Orthodoxy, teacher of the Church, its confirmation,
O ideal of monks and invincible champion of theologians,
O wonder-working Gregory, glory of Thessalonica and preacher of grace,
Always intercede before the Lord that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion (Tone 4) [2]

Now is the time for action!
Judgment is at the doors!
So let us rise and fast,
Offering alms with tears of compunction and crying:
"Our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea;
But forgive us, O Master of All,
So that we may receive the incorruptible crowns."

Kontakion (Tone 8) [3]

Holy and divine instrument of wisdom,
joyful trumpet of theology,
together we sing your praises, O God-inspired Gregory.
Since you now stand before the Original Mind, guide our minds to Him, O Father,
So that we may sing to you: "Rejoice, preacher of grace."

Source

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