Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

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    • The Publican And Pharisee
      2007-01-28
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      2009-02-08
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    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      Theme Of Great Lent
      2010-01-24
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    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      2011-02-13
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    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      Do Not Judge
      Luke 18-10-14
      2011-02-13
      SYNOPSIS:The major thrust of Great Lent is given many times in the services for the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, such as "Vainglory brings to nothing the riches of righteousness, but humility scatters a multitude of passions. Grant then that we may seek humilty, O Savior, and do Thou bestow upon us the portion of the publican; (Matins canon, Ode 3). This time is for the pursuit of humility, because without humilty we will not be saved. What can we glean from the publican and pharisee? The worst sin of the pharisee was his judgment of the publican. Above all things, we must not judge others. Since this sin is so pervasive, how can we learn to not judge others?
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    • By The Waters Of Babylon
      Dashing The Infants Against The Rock
      Psalm-136
      2011-02-20
      SYNOPSIS:"By the waters of Babylon", Psalm 136 is sung only the 3 Sundays before Great Lent, at matins. It is historical, being a lament of the exiled Jews in Babylon for their beloved Jerusalem, but like everything in the Scriptures, there is also a deep spiritual meaning. This is especially true at the end of the psalm, which talks of "dashing thine infants against the rock". What does this mean? This is really important!
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    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      He Came To Himself
      Luke 15-11-32
      2011-02-20
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    • Pride Humility Boasting Self Condemnation Tears
      Our Example Expect Persecution Power Of Scripture
      2 Timothy 3-10-15
      2012-02-05
      SYNOPSIS:The first 3 hymns of Vespers from the Triodion teach us the meaning of the Publican & Pharisee parable. We also examine the epistle for this day, and tremble regarding our example to others. We look at the expectation of persecution that a Christian must have and example from the current news of how "evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived" is being fulfilled in our day. Also the power of scripture and the necessity of reading it.
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    • Process Of Repentance
      God Be Merciful Merciful To Me A Sinner The Jesus Prayer
      Luke 18-10-14
      2012-02-05
      SYNOPSIS:This is really two homilies. The first is about the simple meaning of the parable of the Publican and Pharisee. It is that we will not be saved if we are proud and judge others. We discuss some of its nuances. We also discuss the prayer of the publican "God be mercy to be a sinner", and the Jesus prayer. There is a lot of practical detail. This is really important stuff.
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    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      Open Unto Me O Giver Of Life The Gates Of Repentance
      Triodion-Hymns-After-The-Gospel
      2013-02-23
      SYNOPSIS:"Open unto me, O Giver of Life, the gates of repentance: for early in the morning my spirit seeks Thy holy temple, bearing a temple of the body all defiled. But in Thy compassion cleanse it by Thy loving-kindness and Thy mercy." This hymn is sung after the Gopel at Matins during the period of the Lenten Triodion. It teaches us to tell the truth about ourselves, not as the world speaks, and to become free. We look at this hymn closely.
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    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      This Man Went Down To His House Justified Rather Than The Other
      Luke 15-11-32
      2013-02-24
      SYNOPSIS:Our hymns regarding the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee are quite important, and mainly teach about the evils of pride, and its wicked child, judgment of others, and the virtues of humility. The most important "take home" from the parable is much more than this; it is the only path to true happiness, and it is capable, as one of our hymns says, of delivering us from our sins, "against all expectation". Let us TELL THE TRUTH about ourselves to God without fear, and become free! Let us examine this path, and the joy that it will bring to us. "The Pharisee was exalted in his righteousness, and so he fell. The Publican was abased, defiled by many sins; yet he was exalted and ***against all expectation, he was justified***."
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    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      Spiritual And Psychological Pain
      2014-02-08
      SYNOPSIS:The parable of the Publican & Pharisee teaches us how to experience spiritual pain, and its great power to give us confidence in prayer and consolation. An evaluation of several of the hymns for this Sunday, which teach this necessary and critical skill. ... "Brethren, let us not pray as the Pharisee: for he who exalts himself shall be humbled. Let us humble ourselves before God, and with fasting cry aloud as the Publican: God be merciful to us sinners!" ... "Mine eyes are weighed down by my transgressions, and I cannot lift them up and see the height of heaven. But receive me Savior in repentance as the Publican and have mercy on me." ... "The Pharisee was exalted in his righteousness, and so he fell. The Publican was abased, defiled by many sins yet he was exalted and, against all expectation, he was justified."
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      This Man Went Down To His House Justified
      Luke 18-10-14
      2014-02-09
      SYNOPSIS:The parable of the Publican & the Pharisee may be broken down into 3 "take home" messages. We all know the first 2: do not judge & pray with repentance. These are essential, but minor aspects of the parable - it is actually teaching us the path to spiritual consolation; this is different than mere happiness. The world does not understand this skill - to obtain spiritual consolation through repentance, and self-abasement. This parable, and all our services, esp. those in Great lent, teach this critical skill - to recognize useless psychological pain, and turn it into spiritual pain, which always leads to consolation. Let us learn to be like this publican, who " went down to his house justified".
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      Orthodox Way To Pray For The Deep Heart
      Luke 15-11-32
      2015-02-01
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Publican and Pharisee has an obvious and important teaching, and a less obvious, more important one. The external meaning is of course, that we are to be humble and not judge others. Pride and judgment clearly kills the soul. The deep ,mystical teaching is how we are to approach God in prayer and how to learn to be humble. This is prayer for the man with the "deep heart". We learn about what we should think of ourselves and expect in prayer. to the uninitiated (those without frequent experience), these things seem to be impossible to coexist together. Our church blesses us with the way to pray deeply, honestly and with expectation and confidence. We discuss the Jesus pray, and numerous citations from the Canon for this day, which teaches this mystical teaching. This is truly the Gospel - the "Good News"!
    • Humility comes about through a relationship: the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee. (mp3 format)
    • Parable of the Publican and Pharisee
      Luke 18:10-14
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The external teaching of the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee is a warning against pride and an example of humility. There much more. We discuss what humility is. It is not trying to not be proud! it is a relationship. the prayer of the publican illustrates this relationship. in the midst of our discussion, we define some important words which are not well understood - "hope" and "justified", and "humility".
    • The way of Life is simple. Sin is complex. Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee. (mp3 format)
    • Luke 18:10-14
      20176
      SYNOPSIS:The parable of the Publican and the Pharisee. Life is simple. If you know a few simple things, and do them, you will be saved. A description of the complex ways of sin, modeled by the verbosity and judgment of the Pharisee, and the simplicity of righteousness, as shown by the publican.



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