Wednesday, April 24, 2024 UTC

JAN 21: SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE (4TH SUNDAY BEFORE THE GREAT FAST) AND PRE-LENTEN READING PREPARATION

     JAN 21: CONFESSION – 08:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM; DIVINE LITURGY – 11:00 AM.

Homily from Deacon Basilius: GOD’S BLESSING ON OUR TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY

PROPERS: 01-21-24_Sunday_Publican_and_Pharisee_DL

Streaming via Facebook Live.  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/directory

Sunday of Publican and Pharisee reflection from Father Mark: EvaluationfromFatherMark

Reading from the “Journey Through the Great Fast” – Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee: SundayofPublicanandPharisee

Readings for Sunday of Publican and Pharisee: PRELentenReadingSundayof PublicanandPharisee

OUR JOURNEY TO PASCHA 2024: https://stjosaphateparchy.com/our-journey-to-pascha-2024/

GOD WITH US ONLINE CATECHECAL RESOURSES – SUNDAY OF THE PHARISEE & THE PUBLICAN (from  January 29, 2023): https://godwithusonline.org/reflections/the-sunday-of-the-pharisee-and-the-publican-ruthenian/

The name for this Sunday is taken from the parable found in Luke 18:10-14, which is the Gospel Reading for today. Its a story about 2 men, one a Pharisee, a diligent observer of the Law, and the other a Publican, who collects taxes. Jesus affirms in the story the Publican returned home forgiven rather than the Pharisee, because “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” The parable’s theme is repentance. It signifies “renewal or to be transformed inwardly in our relationship with God and with others; rather than self-pity or futile regret over things done in the past.”  The Pharisee’s pride gets in the way of his desire to change his outlook; while the Publican, truly longs for a “change” and humbles himself as a sinner and knowing salvation is only found in the mercy of God. The Gospel reminds us of the dangers of hypocrisy and the need for true humility in order to come close to God which is essential to repentanance.

Countdown to Great Lent 2024 (ByziKids – for those with children): https://drive.google.com/file/d/10wwM6rFRy-xRHmf0fqUlhY4srLcuP0Xg/view

“Preparation for the Great Fast

As noted last week, the season of the Great Fast is preceded by preparation.  We are now four Sundays before its beginning, during which we prepare ourselves for abstinence, prayer, and repentance. We are reminded of our need for a “Lenten springime”, and of the spiritual pitfalls that can divert us from our goal of communion with God. This Sunday is the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. The Sunday Gospel reminds us of the dangers of hypocrisy and the need for true humility in order to come close to God.” From the Metropolitan Cantor Institute, Byzantine Eparchy of Pittsburgh – https://mci.archpitt.org/liturgy/Great_Fast.html

 

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