Sunday of Cheesefare – Sunday of Forgiveness, Octoechos Tone 8
March 2, 2019 - March 3, 2019
Sunday of Cheesefare – Sunday of Forgiveness, Octoechos Tone 8;
The Holy Martyrs Eutropius and His Companions Cleonicus and Basiliscus (286-305);
Romans 13:11-14:4; Matthew 6:14-21.
The Martyrs, who were from Amasia, were fellow soldiers and kinsmen of Saint Theodore the Tyro. They were betrayed to the Governor Asclepiodotus as Christians, during the reign of Diocletian (284-305). After many torments, Eutropius and Cleonicus were crucified; Basiliscus was not slain together with them, but was shut up in prison, in the hope that with time he might change his mind and sacrifice to the idols. He was beheaded on May 22.
Adam was banished from Paradise through disobedience and cast out from delight, beguiled by the words of a woman. Naked he sat outside the garden, lamenting, “Woe is me!” Therefore let us all make haste to accept the season of the Fast and hearken to the teaching of the Gospel, that we may gain Christ’s mercy and receive once more a dwelling-place in Paradise.
O precious Paradise, unsurpassed in beauty, tabernacle built by God, unending gladness and delight, glory of the righteous, joy of the prophets and dwelling of the saints, with the sound of your leaves pray to the Maker of all: may He open to me the gates which I closed by my transgression, and may He count me worthy to partake if the Tree of Life and of the joy that was mine when I dwelt in you before.
COMMUNAL RIGHT OF MUTUAL FORGIVENESS
When the disciples of the Lord asked him to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1-13), He left us with what we refer to as the Lord’s Pray, the “Our Father”. In this prayer we pray as a community or family, we do not say “My Father who are in Heaven…” we pray: “Our Father…”
We ask God to forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Before beginning our Great Fast (Lenten) Journey together, as a parish family community, it is important for us to express to each other our desire to forgive each other for anything that we may have done that may have hurt or offended someone over the past year, or indeed during our life time so that we can be free without these heavy burdens to walk together as a united family as true daughters and sons of God!
This Communal Right of Mutual Forgiveness is not the Mystery/ Sacrament of
Reconciliation (Confession) and does not replace that Mystery/Sacrament, but rather is a tangible sign to each other of our forgiveness and also the experience of being forgiven. Hence there is no need to name our offences, but rather with total sincerity in our hearts let us say to each other:
“Forgive me sister/ brother” and answer with sincerity and love, “May God have mercy on you and I know that I forgive you.”
Priest: Благословіть, Брати і Сестри, і простіть мені грішному, чим згрішив я в цей день і по всі дні життя мого словом, ділом, думкою і всіма почуттями моїми (вклоняється).
Bless me, my Sisters and Brothers, and forgive me, a sinner, whatever offences I may have committed this day and all the days of my life by word, deed and thought as well as by all my senses (bows to all the faithful).
Faithful: May God forgive you, Reverend Father. Bless us also and forgive our offences voluntary and involuntary (also bow).
Priest: May the Lord God by His grace forgive you all your sins and have mercy on you. Let us pray for our Most Holy Universal Pontiff, Francis Pope of Rome, for His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav, for our Most Reverend Metropolitan Lawrence, for our God-loving Bishop Bryan and all the Clergy
Faithful: May God save and have mercy.
Priest: For the noble benefactors and founders of this holy church, for those who serve and who have served in it.
Faithful: May God save and have mercy.
Priest: For those who are absent and for those who are travelling.
Faithful: May God protect and have mercy.
Priest: For our benefactors and those who are kind to us.
Faithful: May God reward and have mercy.
Priest: For those who hate us and for those who love us.
Faithful: May God forgive and have mercy.
Priest: For the sick and suffering.
Faithful: May God heal and have mercy.
Priest: For our departed relatives and faithful of our parish and Eparchy.
Faithful: May God grant them remembrance and rest and everlasting be their memory.
Priest: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.