Services for Pure Week
The first week of the Great Fast (Lent) is marked by evening services which are both penitential and joyful. Each day of the week has its evening services. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, the service of Great Compline is chanted along with the Great Canon of Repentance by St. Andrew of Crete. On Wednesday morning and Friday evening the hauntingly beautiful Divine Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts is served. It is imperative for us to attend as many services this week as we can in order to "make a good beginning" in the Fast. May we forgive each other; may God forgive us; and may we "set sail across the sea of the Fast" in peace.