Today is Forgiveness Sunday in the Byzantine Orthodox Churches, meaning that Lent, for them, begins tomorrow, Clean Monday. The first service of the Great Fast is called Forgiveness Vespers and is celebrated this afternoon or evening. This service generally includes a time in which all present, both clergy and people, each ask for the forgiveness of all present, one person at a time.
As Lent begins for Byzantine Orthodox Christians, OCA priest Fr. Stephen writes more about forgiveness and the fact that fundamentally, real forgiveness is not rooted in the legal concepts of guilt and innocence.
To Care of the Heart