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Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Tone 6

February 16, 2019 - February 17, 2019

Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Tone 6; The Holy and Great-Martyr Theodore the Recruit (286-305);

1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Luke 15:11-32.

Let us learn the meaning of this mystery. For when the
Prodigal Son ran back from sin to his Father’s house, his loving
Father came out to meet him and kissed him. He restored to the
Prodigal the tokens of his proper glory, and mystically he made
glad on high, sacrificing the fatted calf. Let our lives, then, be
worthy of the loving Father who has offered sacrifice, and of
the glorious Victim who is the Saviour of our souls.

O what great blessings in my wretchedness have I
deprived myself! From what a kingdom in my misery have I
fallen! I have wasted the riches that were given to me, I have
transgressed the commandment. Alas, unhappy soul! You are
henceforth condemned to the eternal fire. Therefore before the
end cry out to Christ our God: Receive me as the Prodigal Son,
O God, and have mercy upon me.

Let us learn the meaning of this mystery. For when the
Prodigal Son ran back from sin to his Father’s house, his loving
Father came out to meet him and kissed him. He restored to the
Prodigal the tokens of his proper glory, and mystically he made
glad on high, sacrificing the fatted calf. Let our lives, then, be
worthy of the loving Father who has offered sacrifice, and of
the glorious Victim who is the Saviour of our souls.

The Sunday after the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. This parable of God’s forgiveness calls us to “come to ourselves” as did the prodigal son, to see ourselves as being “in a far country” far from the Father’s house, and to make the journey of return to God. We are given every assurance by the Master that our heavenly Father will receive us with joy and gladness. We must only “arise and go,” confessing our self-inflicted and sinful separation from that “home” where we truly belong (Luke 15:11-24).

After the Polyeleion at Matins, we first hear the Lenten hymn “By the Waters of Babylon.” It will be sung for the next two Sundays before Lent begins, and it serves to reinforce the theme of exile in today’s Gospel.

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Start:
February 16, 2019
End:
February 17, 2019
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