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