Sunday, February 14, 2010

On Forgiveness Sunday and Great Lent



It may not be appropriate to express a preference for a favorite service of the church year. Even so, for me it must be Forgiveness Vespers, from which I have just returned home. And while I am in great need of all the services of the church, by the time this one comes around, believe me, I really need it.

I recommend Aaron Taylor's recent article on Great Lent published here in the Guardian, no less. Congratulations, Aaron.

I also recommend Fr. John Parker's homily, here, in Glory to God.

Also from Glory to God, Fr. Stephen on the Great Fast.

Forgive me, my brothers.

5 comments:

aaronandbrighid said...

Thanks, John! I like that icon you found.

God forgives. Forgive me, a sinner.

elizabeth said...

God forgives; forgive me a sinner!

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yes, a wonderful service and beginning.

Ian Climacus said...

"And while I am in great need of all the services of the church, by the time this one comes around, believe me, I really need it."

I can add my "Amen".


God forgives; forgive me, a sinner.

nothinghypothetical said...

Since becoming Orthodox, Theophany has really dug deep into me, but Forgiveness Vespers is a close second or third behind Holy Friday.

Mimi said...

Forgive me, my brother.
And, while Forgiveness Vespers ranks up there, I love Presanctified Liturgies a lot.