Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

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The '''Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee''', begins the [[Lenten Triodion]], the liturgical book used in the services of [[Great Lent]].  It is the Sunday after the [[Apostle Zacchaeus|Sunday of Zacchaeus]] and Sunday before [[Sunday of the Prodigal Son]]. This is the pre lenten  start of the [[Easter]] cycle of worship in the Orthodox Church.
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The '''Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee''' begins the [[Lenten Triodion]], the liturgical book used in the services of [[Great Lent]].  It is the Sunday after the [[Apostle Zacchaeus|Sunday of Zacchaeus]] and Sunday before [[Sunday of the Prodigal Son]]. This is the pre-Lenten start of the [[Easter]] cycle of worship in the Orthodox Church.
  
The focus this Sunday is on the [[Gospel of Luke]] 18:10-14, where  two men went to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee who was a very decent and righteous man of religion, the other a publican who was a truly sinful tax-collector who was cheating the people.  
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The focus this Sunday is on the [[Gospel of Luke]] 18:10-14, in which two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, an externally decent and righteous man of religion, and the other was a publican, a sinful tax-collector who was cheating the people.  
  
Though the pharisee was genuinely righteous, he boasted before [[God]] and was condemned.  The publican, although he was truly sinful, he begged for mercy, received it, and was justified by God.  
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Though the Pharisee was genuinely righteous under the Law, he boasted before [[God]] and was condemned.  The publican, although he was truly sinful, begged for mercy, received it, and was justified by God.  
  
On this Sunday in the preparation for Great Lent, Orthodox Christians are to see that they have neither the religious piety of the pharisee nor the repentance of the publican.  They are called to think about themselves, in the light of [[Christ]]'s teaching, as they really are and to beg for mercy.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.
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On this Sunday in the preparation for Great Lent, Orthodox Christians are to see that they have not the religious piety of the Pharisee, but the repentance of the publican.  They are called to think about themselves, in the light of [[Christ]]'s teaching, as they really are and to beg for mercy.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be exalted. <!-- Which epistle is this quote from? -->
  
 
==Hymn==
 
==Hymn==

Revision as of 21:32, January 30, 2007

The Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee begins the Lenten Triodion, the liturgical book used in the services of Great Lent. It is the Sunday after the Sunday of Zacchaeus and Sunday before Sunday of the Prodigal Son. This is the pre-Lenten start of the Easter cycle of worship in the Orthodox Church.

The focus this Sunday is on the Gospel of Luke 18:10-14, in which two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, an externally decent and righteous man of religion, and the other was a publican, a sinful tax-collector who was cheating the people.

Though the Pharisee was genuinely righteous under the Law, he boasted before God and was condemned. The publican, although he was truly sinful, begged for mercy, received it, and was justified by God.

On this Sunday in the preparation for Great Lent, Orthodox Christians are to see that they have not the religious piety of the Pharisee, but the repentance of the publican. They are called to think about themselves, in the light of Christ's teaching, as they really are and to beg for mercy. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.

Hymn

Kontakion (Tone 4)

Let us flee from the pride of the Pharisee!
And learn humility from the Publican's tears!
Let us cry to our Savior,
Have mercy on us,
Only merciful One!

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