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Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan's Blog - February 26, 2017

THE GREAT LENT

The Meaning of Lent


The principles and practices of Lent in the Armenian Church are deeply rooted in the Bible, the ancient Christian traditions, the life-example of Christ and His disciples, and the lives of the great church fathers, all of whom contributed to the establishment of the canons of Lent. The focus of Lent is on "Man the Sinner": on his repentance, his spiritual cleansing, and his eventual salvation...
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The Sundays of Lent


The period of Great Lent in the Armenian Church begins with the Monday following the Eve of Great Lent, and continues to the Saturday preceding Holy Week. Each Sunday during this period is named after a parable embodying some spiritual truth, and the Scriptural readings for each Sunday underscore the day's lesson.
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Veil of Separation: The Altar Curtain in the Armenian Church


During Great Lent, the altar curtain remains closed in the Armenian Church to symbolize man’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden and to emphasize the spirit of repentance and forbearance characterizing the 40-day period preceding Holy Week. Many churches replace the traditional altar curtain with dark and simple drapery bearing little or no embroidery.
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QUOTES

Someone said, "All men desire peace, but few desire those things that make for peace." True peace comes through obedience to God and His Word and it flows like a river; it is unending, refreshing, and life-giving. As our Lord Jesus Christ says: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another COMFORTER, to be with you FOREVER.” (John 14:15-16) The inexhaustible source of peace is the life-giving presence of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit within us.
“Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, I conquered the world.” (John 16:33) Friends, when you are overwhelmed by difficulties, trials, and temptations, remember that you have a God who overcame it all. Pray to Him in these words: "If you have defeated the world, you will also be able to overcome the "distress" that I live in. For me, for my family, for my friends and colleagues, what happens to us seems to be an insurmountable obstacle, we feel like we’ll never succeed; But with you present in our midst, we will find the courage and the strength to face these adversities and to be "more than conquerors". (cf. Romans 8:37)
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