Thursday, October 29, 2020 UTC

FEB 23, 26 & 28: FORGIVENESS SUNDAY (SUNDAY OF CHEESE-FARE), VESPERS OF FORGIVENESS & PRE-LENTEN READING PREPARATION

FEB 23: 3RD HOUR – 9:40 AM, TYPIKA – 10:00 AM (NOTE: mutual forgiveness part of Vespers service immediately following Typika); POTLUCK (BRING CHEESIEST DISH TO SHARE) – 12:00 PM; VESPERS OF FORGIVENESS – CANCELLED; FEB 26: CONFESSION – 4:30 – 5:30 PM, PRE-SANCTIFIED LITURGY – 6:00 PM, LENTEN POTLUCK TO FOLLOW; FEB 28: CONFESSION – 4:30 – 5:30 PM, PRE-SANCTIFIED LITURGY – 6:00 PM.

Reading from the “Journey Through the Great Fast” – Sunday of Cheese Fare: SundayofCheeseFare

Reading for Sunday of Cheesefare: PRELentenReadingSundayofCheesefare

Vespers of Forgiveness: Forgiveness_Vespers

The Gospel for this Sunday is Matthew 6: 14-21, which provides excellent instructions for the beginning of the Great Fast. Let us understand what the purpose of the Great Fast is and understand how we can learn to forgive completely. We are put in the right mindset for the fast and the Gospel of the Last judgment presents criteria for judgment. We are to learn to become like Christ. If we know this, the Great Fast is not a somber time, but a time of joy, expectation and change.

The Sunday of Cheesefare or Sunday of Forgiveness is the last Sunday prior to the commencement of the Great Fast.  This Sunday reminds us of our need for God’s forgiveness and guides our hearts, minds, and spiritual efforts on returning to Him in repentance. We recite the Prayer of St. Ephraem daily and during weekly Pre-Sanctified Liturgies.

PRAYER OF ST. EPHRAEM

O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)
Instead, grant to me, your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience and love. (Prostration)
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are blessed, now and ever and forever. Amen. (Prostration)

This is the last day that dairy products can be eaten before the Lenten fast.