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                             SUNDAY, February 17, 2019

            Theodore the Tyro; Mariamne, sister of Philip

 Orthros:  First                               Gospel: Luke 24: 12-35
  Epistle: II Timothy 3:  10-15        Page: 128  (Red Books)                                                              Gospel:  Luke 18:  10-14            Page: 129  (Red Books)

                     Lent is Approaching

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

 Are you familiar with the structure of Lent?  The ten week period of the Triodion begins with the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and ends with the Saturday of Holy Week.  Thus, in addition to the forty days of Lent (six weeks), it includes three pre-Lenten weeks and Holy Week up to Saturday.  The four pre-Lenten Sundays are known as: (1) The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee; (2) The Sunday of the Prodigal Son; (3) The Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare), and (4) The Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare). 

Fasting, that is “eating sparingly and abstaining from certain foods,” begins gradually during the pre-Lenten season.  The week after the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is fast free.  During the week after the Sunday of the Prodigal Son only regular fasting on Wednesday and Friday is prescribed.  Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare) is the last day on which meat is permitted.  Then fish, eggs, and milk products may be eaten through the next Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare).  On the next day, Clean Monday (Kathara Deftera), Lent begins, a period of strict fasting. 

 However, physical fasting from food is only one aspect of Lent.  It should not excessively dominate our thinking.  It is worthless without spiritual fasting from evil.  Spiritual fasting is the breaking with sin through repentance and the practice of positive disciplines such as prayer, daily reading of the Bible, regular worship, and frequent Holy Communion — leading to spiritual renewal. 

 Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos, A Year of the Lord, vol. 3, p. 2. 

 

1. RESURRECTION APOLYTIKION
          (Plagal First Mode)
    Let us worship the Word Who is unoriginate
    with the Father and the Spirit,
    and from a virgin was born
    for our salvation, O believers,
    and let us sing His praise.
    For in His goodness He was pleased
    to ascend the Cross in the flesh,
    and to undergo death,
    and to raise up those who had died,
    by His glorious Resurrection.

 2. HYMN OF OUR CHURCH (Fourth Mode)
    Today is the beginning of our salvation,
    and the revelation of the mystery of ages.
    The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin.
    And Gabriel proclaims this gift from God.
    Together with him we cry out to You,
    O Theotokos: “Hail thou full of grace,
    the Lord is with you.”

3. KONTAKION YOU APPEARED TODAY
                 (Fourth Mode)
    Let us flee the Pharisee’s exalted
    parlance; let us learn the Publican’s
    humble demeanor, and with sighs
    unto the Savior cry out and say,
    To us be gracious, O only forgiving Lord.

 

1. ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΜΟ ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. Πλ. α)
     Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι,
     τὸν ἐκ Παρθένου τεχθέντα εἰς σωτηρίαν ἡμῶν,
     ἀνυμνήσωμεν πιστοὶ καὶ προσκυνήσωμεν,
     ὅτι ηὐδόκησε σαρκί, ἀνελθεῖν ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ,
     καὶ θάνατον ὑπομεῖναι, καὶ ἐγεῖραι τοὺς  
     τεθνεῶτας, ἐν τῇ ἐνδόξῳ Ἀναστάσει αὐτοῦ.

2. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΤΟΥ ΝΑΟΥ (Ηχ. Δ’)
    Σήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τό Κεφάλαιον,
    καί τοῦ ἀπ᾽ αἰῶνος Μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις·
    ὁ Υἱός τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱός τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται,
    καί Γαβριήλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται.
    Διό καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ τῇ Θεοτόκῳ βοήσωμεν·
    Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.

3. ΚΟΝΤΑΚΙΟΝ ΕΠΕΦΑΝΗΣ ΣΗΜΕΡΟΝ (Ηχ. Δ’)
    Φαρισαίου φύγωμεν ύψηγορίαν, καί
    Τελώνου μάθωμεν, τό ταπεινόν έν
    στεναγμοίς, πρός τόν Σωτήρα
    κραυγάζοντες  Ίλαθι μόνε ήμίν
    εύδιάλλακτε.

 

 

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