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Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
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[[Image:Gregory Palamas Dionysiou.jpg|right|frame|St. Gregory Palamas]]
The '''Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas''' is the Second Sunday of [[Great Lent]]. It commemorates St. [[Gregory Palamas]] (+1359). It falls between the [[Sunday of Orthodoxy]] and the [[Sunday of the Holy Cross]].
Each of the Sundays of Great Lent has its own special themes. These can be seen as historical and spiritual. This Sunday's theme is that men can become divine (''[[theosis]]'') through the grace of God in the [[Holy Spirit]].
It was St. Gregory ([[November 14]]), who bore witness that by [[prayer]] and [[fasting]] human beings can become participants of the uncreated light of God's divine glory even in this life. After his [[glorification]] in 1368, a second commemoration of St. Gregory Palamas was appointed for this Second Sunday of Great Lent as a second ''Triumph of Orthodoxy''. It celebrates the condemnation of St. Gregory's enemies and the vindication of his teachings by the Church.
This Sunday was originally dedicated to St. [[Polycarp of Smyrna]] ([[February 23]]).
The spiritual theme adds to the First Sunday of Great Lent's theme, ''faith''. In addition to faith, one needs ''effort''. The scripture readings are [[Book of Hebrews|Hebrews]] 1:10-2:3 and [[Gospel of Mark|Mark]] 2:1-12. The [[epistle]] says to ''give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away... how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?'' The Gospel lesson has the image of ''effort and desire'' in the paralytic who is brought to [[Christ]] through the roof.
[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 8) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?SID=13&ID=12]
:O light of Orthodoxy, teacher of the Church, its confirmation,
:O ideal of [[monk]]s and invincible champion of [[theologian]]s,
:O wonder-working Gregory, glory of Thessalonica and preacher of grace,
:Always [[intercession|intercede]] before the Lord that our souls may be saved.
[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?SID=13&ID=12]
:Now is the time for action!
:Judgment is at the doors!
:So let us rise and fast,
:Offering alms with tears of compunction and crying:
:"Our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea;
:But forgive us, O Master of All,
:So that we may receive the incorruptible crowns."
Kontakion (Tone 8) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?SID=13&ID=12]
:Holy and divine instrument of wisdom,
:joyful trumpet of theology,
:together we sing your praises, O God-inspired Gregory.
:Since you now stand before the Original Mind, guide our minds to Him, O Father,
:So that we may sing to you: "Rejoice, preacher of grace."
*''Great Lent: Journey to Pascha'', by Fr. [[Alexander Schmemann]] (1974), St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. ISBN 0913836044
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=12 2nd Sunday of Great Lent: St Gregory Palamas] ([[OCA]])
*[http://lent.goarch.org/saint_gregory_palamas/learn/ The Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas] ([[GOARCH]])
*[http://www.holy-trinity.org/liturgics/synaxarion/6-gregorypalamas.html Lenten Synaxarion: Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas]
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