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4th Sunday
of
Great Lent
Our Holy Father
John Climacus

 

Pascha
Cycle
Sundays Vespers
of
Clean
Monday
Service
of
Forgiveness
Clean
Monday
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Friday
after
5th
Sunday

 

Sundays of Great Lent or Pascha Cycle
SundayNameDay of
Great
Lent
Day before
Transition
Period
ApostolosGospelSaint
4Commemoration
of Our
Holy Father
John
Climacus
28th day
of
Great
Lent
13th day
before
Transition
Period
Heb.
6:13-20
Mk.
9:17-31
Our
Holy Father
John
Climacus

Our Holy Father John Climacus is commemorated because he wrote "The Ladder of Virtue" / "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" / "The Ladder of Paradise" / "The Stairway to Heaven".. This book is available on the Internet is read in monasteries during Great Lent. Our Holy Father John Climacus wrote "The Ladder of Virtue" to instruct monks on how to live a life of asceticism and penance. In this book, Our Holy Father John Climacus teaches souls how to ascend to the summit of union with God in a step a step manner through the practice of virtues. Each chapter has an exposition of a virtue. Our Holy Father John Climacus starts with the practical virtues and progresses to the theoretical or mystical virtues. "The Ladder of Virtue" describes Christian life like climbing a ladder from earth to heaven.

"The Ladder of Virtue" has 30 chapters. The reading of "The Ladder of Virtue" would be completed on the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. That is the reason why we honor him on the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.

Epistle

Hebrews 9:11-14 The reading is from St Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews. This reading reminds us that Holy God's promises can be believed because Holy God doesn't swear by any created thing to support his promise. He swears by Himself, unchangeable and unchanging.

Gospel

St Mark 10:32-45 In this reading, the father of the demon-possessed child asks Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ to help him, "if you can do anything." Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ answers that "all things can be done for someone who believes."
If we are together with Holy God in faith and prayer, all things can be done for us.

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon

KONTAKION (TONE 1)
O wise and blessed John, you gave us your teachings as fruits ever ripe to liven the hearts of those who hear them well. Your doctrine is like a ladder that leads to heavenly and everlasting glory the souls of those who honor you.

Eparch Cyrille Bustros's Message, Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States

2006

Pascha Cycle

The Sundays of Great Lent are between the Fourth Sunday of the Triodion: Sunday of Cheese fare - Forgiveness and the Transition Period between Great Lent and Great and Holy Week. Great Lent begins on Clean Monday and ends on the Friday after the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

How to determine when the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent occurs

Great Lent is Forty Days.   A count back from the date of Pascha is made.
Clean Monday can be as early as February 2 and as late as March 8.

A count back from the date of Pascha is made.

 

Sundays of Great Lent or Pascha Cycle
SundayNameDay of
Great
Lent
Day before
Transition
Period
ApostolosGospelActionSaint
Vespers
of
Clean
Monday
Service
of
Forgiveness
Vespers
of
1st day
of
Great
Lent
Eve of
40th day
before
Transition
Period
  Forgive 
Clean
Monday
1st day
of
Great
Lent
1st day
of
Great
Lent
40th day
before
Transition
Period
1 Cor.
3:18-23
Lk.
21:8-36
  
1Sunday
of
Triumph
of
Orthodoxy
7th day
of
Great
Lent
34th day
before
Transition
Period
Heb.
11:24-26,
32-40,
12:1-2A
John
1:43-51
Procession
with
holy ikons
and
presentation
for
veneration
 
2Sunday
of
Veneration
of
Holy Relics

Gregory
Palamas
14th day
of
Great
Lent
27th day
before
Transition
Period
2nd Cor.
4:6-15
Mk.
2:1-12
Procession
with
holy relics
and
presentation
for
veneration
All Saints
have Relics


St.
Gregory
Palamas
3Sunday
of
Veneration
of
Holy Cross
21st day
of
Great
Lent
20th day
before
Transition
Period
Heb.
4:14-5:6
Mk.
8:34-9:1
Procession
with
Holy Cross
and
presentation
for
veneration
 
4Commem-
oration
of Our
Holy Father
John
Climacus
28th day
of
Great
Lent
13th day
before
Transition
Period
Heb.
6:13-20
Mk.
9:17-31
 Our
Holy Father
John
Climacus
5Commem-
oration
of Our
Venerable
Mother
Mary
of Egypt
35th day
of
Great
Lent
6th day
before
Transition
Period
Heb.
9:11-14
Mk.
10:32b-45
 Our
Venerable
Mother
Mary
of Egypt
Friday
after
Fifth
Sunday
Last
day
of
Great
Lent
40th day
of
Great
Lent
1st day
before
Transition
Period
Eph.
2:4-10
Mt.
4:1-11
  

Traditions

Traditions of Great Lent and Holy Week Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton

More Information

Saint Ignatios of Antioch Melkite Greek Catholic Church Then click on Resources. The first category is Lenten Information.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Lent But Were Afraid to Ask St. George Melkite-Greek Catholic Church, Sacramento, CA

Fourth Sunday of Great Lent Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on The Triodion Celebrations for Great Lent

Ikon

Fourth Sunday of Great Lent Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on The Triodion Celebrations for Great Lent


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