Today is “Forgiveness
Sunday” in the Russian Orthodox Church. This is the last day before Great Lent.
People ask each other to forgive them if they did anything wrong. It’s not easy sometimes and perhaps, this is why some just send messages instead of calling.
Do you have a similar tradition in your country? How important is it for you personally?
Hi Tiago:) thank you. I personally consider this tradition as one of the most important. It’s so hard sometimes to make a step. According to the Russian Orthodox Church, there is no point to keep any Lent if your heart is “ hard “. Otherwise it’s just a kind of pharisaism.
Thank you Aliph.
Omar, thanks to you, I’ve looked at “ Forgiveness Sunday” from different point of view. It’s a great opportunity for those who are afraid to be seemed as weak and humiliated. Personally, I live based on “ rational egoism” which means my conscienceis more important than how I look like; so even if we didn’t have this tradition in our religion, I would do it. In other words, If I have any remorse, I always step forward and try to change a situation.
Actually, there was a relevant Catholic tradition of confession at the beginning of Lent that was alive in pre-Reformation England. We call the day before the beginning of Lent "Shrove Tuesday". "Shrove" is the past simple form of "shrive". The past participle is "shriven". It was normal "to be shriven" on this day - to go to confession with a priest.
On Ash Wednesday itself (the start of Lent), it is normal - even now in the Anglican and Catholic churches - to have a service of penitence, sometimes including the imposition of ash on the forehead in the shape of the cross.
Hossein, Sarah, thank you for sharing.
Great idea, Pasha:)