Publican and the Pharisee

I am traveling right now so I thought I would quickly repost what I wrote last year about the beginning of the Lenten Triodion and the Publican and the Pharisee Sunday at Church. I love these pre-lenten Sundays as we begin to think about Great Lent approaching. And Pascha! Blessings to you all!

Kindler of Joy!

On Sunday, as I mentioned then, we in the Orthodox Church found ourselves on what we call the Publican and the Pharisee Sunday. Each year as we prepare for Great Lent, three weeks prior to its start, we are reminded of this parable.

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who…

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