The Great Lent

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Program: #05-12   Air Date: Mar 14, 2005

All of the music on this program is from the recording made by the Choir of the Monks of Chevetogne directed by Fr. Maxime Gimenez. You may reach the Abbey at their web site:

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As Fr. Maxime writes in his notes, "From the earliest centuries, in all of the Churches of East and West, the paschal solemnities have been preceded by a great fast of forty days. This period, favorable to an intense spiritual and religious preparation, gave rise in the Byzantine tradition to an extraordinary liturgical development. A thoughtful progression leads from Sunday to Sunday as through successive doors (three before Lent and six properly Lenten Sundays) in a spiritual ascent to Jerusalem, the paschal city. In the course of this interior pilgrimage, the soul is purified while meditating upon its exilic condition, remembering the future universal judgment of humanity, interceding for the dead, practicing vigilance and compassion, turning away from the sordid worries of worldly life, gathering nourishment from the great symbols of faith, enlivening its desire to participate in the great mystery of Christ's redemptive sufferings to the point of being deemed worthy to become a witness to the Resurrection."

--Psalm 136: "By the waters of Babylon."
--Great Prokimenon ("Turn not Thy face away from Thy servant").
--Litany of Fervent Intercession.
--Final Troparions at Vespers on Sunday Evening.

--The Typika:
--Song of the Beatitudes.

--Great Compline:
--"God is with us"
--Troparion: "Have mercy upon us."
--"O Lord of Hosts"

--The Liturgy of the Presanctified
--Psalm 140: "Let my prayer be set forth."
--Hymn of the Great Entrance ("Now the powers of heaven with us").
--Our Father.
--Communion verse ("Now taste and see").

--The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.

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