Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare)

    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness
      1999
      Also in Format: Word DOC
      SYNOPSIS:Today is the Sunday of Forgiveness, and it is also the day we enter Great Lent. After we pray the Vespers service of Forgiveness early this afternoon, we will then be in the Holy Fast. Why is it that we fast? We have a blueprint for our life, and why we fast, in the Gospel today.
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Forgiveness Sunday And Cheesefare Sunday
      2007-02-18
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness
      2009-03-01
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Forgiveness Sunday And Cheesefare Sunday
      2010-02-14
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Forgiveness Sunday And Cheesefare Sunday
      Triodion Teaches How To Think
      2011-03-05
      SYNOPSIS:An exposition of two hymns from the Triodion for Forgiveness Sunday, after Vespers. It is important to know how to think about ourselves and God, and how to approach God in prayer. More than any other season, the Triodion teaches this in almost every hymn. We look in detail at the hymns: "Adam was cast out of Paradise through eating from the tree. / Seated before the gates he wept, / lamenting with a pitiful voice and saying: / 'Woe is me, what have I suffered in my misery! / I transgressed one commandment of the Master, / and now I am deprived of every blessing. / O most holy Paradise, / planted for my sake and shut because of Eve, / pray to Him that made thee and fashioned me, / that once more I may take pleasure in thy flowers.' / Then the Savior said to him: 'I desire not the loss of the creature which I fashioned, / but that he should be saved and come to knowledge of the truth; // and when he comes to me I will not cast him out.'" and "O Master, Guide to wisdom, / Giver of prudent counsel, / Instructor of the foolish and Champion of the poor, / make firm my heart and grant it understanding. / O Word of the Father, give me words, / for see, I shall not stop my lips from crying out to Thee: / I am fallen, // in Thy compassion have mercy on me."
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Forgiveness Sunday And Cheesefare Sunday
      Instructions For Great Lent
      Romans 13-11-14-Matthew 6-14-21
      2011-03-06
      SYNOPSIS:The Epistle and Gospel for today provide excellent instructions for the beginning of Great Lent, as a thorough exegesis of these readings shows. Let us understand what the purpose of Great Lent is and understand how we can "make no provision for the flesh" in order to learn to forgive completely.
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness
      Now It Is High Time To Awake Out Of Sleep
      Romans 13-11-14-4
      2012-02-25
      SYNOPSIS:The Epistle for the Sunday of Forgiveness is a perfect introduction into the purpose and aim of Great Lent.
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness
      How To Learn To Forgive
      Matthew 6-14-21
      2012-02-26
      SYNOPSIS:On Forgiveness Sunday, on the precipice of Great Lent, we hear in the Gospel the last important piece of essential information for preparation for Great Lent and salvation in general. Forgiveness is the most important topic here, after we have been taught about in the preceding Sundays about the Judgment, the process of sin and repentance, and the deadly sin of judging others. The first and last Sundays of preparation are like bookends, because the man who judges will not forgive, and the man who forgives will not judge. We talk about, mainly, how we can learn to forgive others. This is mostly from us knowing ourselves. This skill is not optional, because our Lord said "if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses".
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness
      Fasting And Forgiving
      Matthew 6-14-21
      2013-03-17
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness And The Casting Out Of Adam From Paradise
      Triodion Textbook Of Repentance
      2014-03-01
      SYNOPSIS:We examine the following characteristic hymns from the Triodion and learn the pattern of all repentant, expectant and confident prayer and the purpose behind abstinence.

      "Adam was cast out from the delight of Paradise: bitter was his eating, when in uncontrolled desire he broke the commandment of the Master, and he was condemned to work the earth from which he had himself been taken, and to eat his bread in toil and sweat. Therefore let us love abstinence, that we may not weep as he did outside Paradise, but may enter through the gate.".

      "Now the season of virtues has come, and the judge is at the door. Let us not hold back with a darkened face, but offering tears, contrition and giving of alms let us keep the fast, and let us cry: our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea, but forgive each of us, that we may receive an incorruptible crown, Savior of all!"

      "O Master, Guide to wisdom, Giver of prudent counsel, Instructor of the foolish and Champion of the poor, make firm my heart and grant it understanding. O Word of the Father, give me words, for see, I shall not stop my lips from crying out to Thee: I am fallen, in Thy compassion have mercy on me"
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Forgiveness Sunday
      Now Is Our Salvation Nearer Than When We Believed
      Romans 13-11-14-4
      2014-03-02
      SYNOPSIS:"Now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." Such are perfect words to introduce the time of our renewal, which is at hand! It is unfortunate that we think first of fasting with Great Lent, because it is primarily a time of joy and expectation. there is hard work to be done, and we are to become closer to our salvation. Changes will happen. We look in detail at the words of St Paul from this perspective.
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness
      Why Great Lent Why Fast Why Forgive
      Romans 13-11-14-4-Matthew 6-14-21
      2015-02-22
      SYNOPSIS:On the threshold of Great Lent, it is critical to understand what Great Lent is for and to have a proper goal. Since we fast in this season, along with the question "Why Great Lent?", we also answer "Why fast"? and since it is Forgiveness Sunday., "Why forgive?". The reasons apply to all three. This is an exciting time. We are going to get better!
    • Now is the time to awaken out of sleep ... and pursue paradise (mp3 format)
    • Romans 13:11-14:4
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:Today most people know by "Cheesefare" or "Forgiveness Sunday" , or the day we eat blini, but the liturgical theme of the day is the casting out of Adam and Eve from paradise. Most people at least acknowledge that we must forgive to be saved, but the hymns of today teach another truth - you will forgive if you are *being saved*. Today we lament about the greatest catastrophe in creation -- the fall of mankind in paradise -- and we enter into a period when we lament the loss of paradise and seek after it. Let us look at some of the hymns from the Triodion from this day, and the exciting call of the Apostle Paul to action: "Now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed" and "put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh". All these things teach us what our goal should be in great Lent and that we can reach it - to regain some of paradise.



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