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February 25, 2024
Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican
Tarasios the confessor, archbishop of Constantinople;
Hieromartyr Markellos, bishop of Apamea in Syria
On February 25 in the Holy Orthodox Church, we commemorate Tarasios the confessor, archbishop of Constantinople; and Hieromartyr Markellos, bishop of Apamea in Syria.
On this day, we make remembrance of the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican, which occurs in the Holy Gospel according to Luke the Evangelist.
If you resemble the Pharisee, run far away from the Temple;
For inside is Christ before Whom only the humble are acceptable.
Verses for the Triodion
O Creator of everything heavenly and earthly, receive Thou from the Angels a Trinitarian song,
And from us men a noble and reverent Triodion.
In our Savior’s parable, Jesus uses a Pharisee, a leader of the synagogue, who was regarded in public opinion as virtuous; and a publican, a tax collector, who was regarded as oppressive, greedy and a sinner. In their prayers to God, we discover the real hearts of these two men. We thus learn of the harm that comes from pride and the good that comes from humility. The divine Church Fathers sought to alert and prepare the Christ-loving clergy and laity for the upcoming period of the Great Fast. Therefore, on this Sunday we are reminded that humility is the greatest weapon against pride, as we imitate the humility of the publican to ascend to the divine heights.
Through the intercessions of the wonderworking Saints, O Christ our God, have mercy upon us and save us. Amen.
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