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Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

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WITH LOVE FROM EBAUMS WITH LOVE FROM EBAUMS WITH LOVE FROM EBAUMS WITH LOVE FROM EBAUMS WITH LOVE FROM EBAUMS WITH LOVE FROM EBAUMS[[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]].  ==Themes== 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]]. ===Historical theme=== 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]]). ===Spiritual theme===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. ==Hymns==[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 8) []: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) []: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) []: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." ==Source==*''Great Lent: Journey to Pascha'', by Fr. [[Alexander Schmemann]] (1974), St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. ISBN 0913836044 ==External links==*[ 2nd Sunday of Great Lent: St Gregory Palamas] ([[OCA]])*[ The Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas] ([[GOARCH]])*[ Lenten Synaxarion: Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas] [[Category:Feasts]][[Category:Lent]][[Category:Liturgics]]

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