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Forgiveness Sunday 2011

is today. This starts Great Lent for Orthodox christians.
Our clery changed clothes during the service and they remain in black-silver for seven weeks coming. Clery and parochians use today’s occasion to ask each other of mercy to forgive their wrongdoings. There is a special Rite for this, traditionally involving a deep bow. Both souls and spines have to work today.

We have heard the Efraim Sirin’s prayer that will help us
for each day of the Lent:

  • O Lord and Master of my life,
    the spirit of emptiness, despair, domination or idle talk
    do not let me have it.
    (Prostration).
  • But give rather a spirit of purity, humility, patience and love, give me to Thy servant.
    (Prostration).
  • Yea, O Lord and King,
    grant me to see mine own faults and not to judge my brother,
    for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.
    (Prostration).
  • O God, cleanse me a sinner,
    (12 times, with a bow made for each).

And,om this occasion, dear reader, I ask you to forgive me any offences and wrongdoings I may have done to you: either in course of direct communication or by writting. Wish me a good Lent.

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