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Do you have “Forgiveness Sunday” or a similar tradition in your country?

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?

Thank you 

Feb 18, 2018 8:09 PM
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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.

February 18, 2018

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.

February 19, 2018

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.

February 18, 2018
To be honest we don't have such a day in Egypt, but we have to remember that forgiveness is one of the best morals that human being should characterized to live a life of secure and intimacy, but some people misunderstand the meaning of the forgiveness and they consider it a sign of weakness and humiliation, but forgiving people has a very very profound meaning that I forgive people who abuse or insult me despite of my ability to take revenge, this is the genuine meaning of forgiveness as I learned
February 18, 2018

Hossein, Sarah, thank  you  for sharing.

Great idea, Pasha:)

February 19, 2018
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