forgiveness…

From my Orthodoxy blog today…

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For if you forgive men their trespasses,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

-Matthew 6:14-15

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In the Orthodox tradition Lent begins like wading into water. We spend time transitioning from where we’ve been to where we want to go. We spend a week preparing to remove meat from our diet, offering prayer and awareness and culminating in the feast of Meatfare. The following week we do the same with dairy products, ending that week with what we call Cheesefare. But the last bit of preparation comes in the form of Forgiveness Sunday. In some communities the practice of Forgiveness Sunday comes at the end of the morning Liturgy. In ours, we hold a Vespers service that evening so that as my priest put it, “It takes effort and commitment to attend.” It’s…

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