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The Triodion
"Let us not pray like the pharisee, O brethren, for he that exalteth himself shall be humbled. Let us humble ourselves before God, crying by means of fasting like the publican, saying: O God, be gracious unto us sinners."

Behold, the time of repentance draws nigh. The Church has asked us to partake of the spiritual treasure contained in the Triodion. The general tone and character of the Lenten Triodion is prayerful repentance. All the hymns and readings kept in the Lenten Triodion lead us to sincere prayer, causing feelings of repentance for sins, a thirst for fasting and repentance.

The readings direct us to recognize our weakness and that we have saddened our Father. Further, the readings call the sinner, each of us, to enter into himself and to understand his unworthiness; all to teach us to reject the highly praised pride of the Pharisee, to pray with humility like the Publican, to repent like the Prodigal Son, to tremble before the Dread Judgment of God, and to lament similarly to the fallen Forefathers. Wherefore, having taken up the saving works of the fast during the Holy Forty Day Lent we imitate the Savior, who fasted for forty days in the Jordan desert.

Let us add lamentation upon lamentation, pouring forth tears as we look to the great acts of our Lord, fulfilled by Him in the last days of His earthly life, so that our sins and passions are crucified with the Deliverer.


Let us all humble ourselves, O brethren, let us smite our conscience with sighs and laments, that at the eternal judgment then we may be seen to be guiltless there and obtain forgiveness, O ye faithful. For truly there is rest there, whereof let us now make entreaty, that we may behold it. For lamentation and sorrow and sighings from the depths are far removed there, in that wondrous Eden, whereof Christ is the Creator, Who with the Father is co-beginningless God.


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Sermons from Saint Philaret of New York
          
+ Prayer, Feasts, and Fasts - by Saint Philaret, the Metropolitan of New York       
          + Sunday of Zacchaeus
          + The Second Sunday - The Parable of the Prodigal Son
          + The Third Sunday - The Parable of the Last Judgement

Sermons from Bl. Andrei, Archbishop of Novo Diveyevo:
          + Sunday of Zacchaeus
          + The First Sunday - The Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee 

Sermons from Bl. Theophylact, Archbishop of  Ochrid and Bulgaria:




Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of Thy compassions, blot out my transgression. When I think of the multitude of terribley things I have done, wretch that I am, I tremble at the fearful day of Judgment. But trusting in the mercy of Thy compassion; like David I cry to Thee: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy.



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