Today, on Forgiveness Sunday, I humbly implore your forgiveness for anything I may have done through word or action to offend you.
Tomorrow, on Clean Monday, we mourn and remember Adam and Eve's expulsion from Paradise. In some customs, no food or drink are eaten until sundown and prayer rules are doubled. After Holy Friday, Kathadi Devteda (Clean Monday) is considered the most sorrowful day in the Orthodox Church. It is when man was sentenced to death and the doors of Paradise were shut.
"Adam was cast out of Paradise through eating from the tree. Seated before the gates he wept, lamenting with a pitiful voice and saying: 'Woe is me, what have I suffered in my misery! I transgressed one commandment of the Master, and now I am deprived of every blessing. O most holy, Paradise, planted for my sake and shut because of Eve, pray to Him that made thee and fashioned me, that once more I may take pleasure in thy flowers.' Then the Savior said to him: 'I desire not the loss of the creature which I fashioned, but that he should be saved and come to knowledge of the truth; and when he comes to me I will not cast him out.'"
-The Lenten Triodion, Vespers of Forgiveness Sunday
Let us guard the doors of our soul with prayer and fasting during this Lenten journey. Let us remember that Adam was cast out by 'transgressing one commandment'. He, in a sense, broke his fast. During our fast, may we be strong where he was weak and let us find that strength in the promise He made us, for He will not cast out He who comes to Him.
Have a blessed Lent. Kali Dynami!!