Sunday of the Prodigal Son

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The '''Sunday of the Prodigal Son''' is the second Sunday of [[Lenten Triodion|pre-Lent]], the weeks of preparation preceding [[Great Lent]].  It is the Sunday after the [[Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee]] and Sunday before [[Meatfare Sunday]].  This pre-Lent is the start of the [[Easter]] cycle of worship in the Orthodox Church.
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On this Sunday in the preparation for Great Lent, Orthodox Christians are read [[Christ]]’s parable about God's loving forgiveness ([[Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 15:11-24).  They are to see themselves as being  in a foreign country far from the Father's house and to make the movement of return to [[God]], where we truly belong.  The parable gives assurance that the Father will receive them with joy and gladness in their journey through Great Lent, their journey home.
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==Hymn==
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 3)
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:I have recklessly forgotten Your glory, O Father;
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:And among sinners I have scattered the riches which You had given me.
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:Therefore, I cry to You like the Prodigal:
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:"I have sinned before You, O compassionate Father;
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:Receive me a penitent and make me as one of Your hired servants."
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==External link==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=3 Sunday of the Prodigal Son] from [[OCA]] web site.
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[[Category:Feasts]]
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[[Category:Lent]]
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[[Category:Liturgics]]
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