24th February 2019, Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and all Moldova celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of the Prodigal Son in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral in Chisinau.
Vicar Bishop Ioan of Soroca concelebrated to the first hierarch of the Orthodox Church of Moldova during the Divine Service, assisted by archpriest Vadim Cheibas, the Cathedral Dean, and a synaxis of priests and deacons of the holy settlement.
The Orthodox Church across the entire world uses the Gospel Reading about the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11-32) on this Sunday, preparing its members for the beginning of the Great Lent.
The Holy Gospel presents the parable of the a younger son of a father, who decided to claim his share of the heritage, while the father was still alive, in order to separate from the family. The son wastes his father’s earnings with prodigal living. Getting to the bottom of life, he came to his own senses and decided to return to his father, in repentance. The parable appeals to all of us to come to our senses, to abandon sinful life, and to return to our Heavenly Father in repentance and prayer.
The Gospel words inspire hope to humanity, showing that God is always waiting for any sinner’s return, and that angels rejoice in Heavens for the returning of even one single sinner. Lord Jesus also draws our attention to the fact that we should not resemble the elder son in his hatred and condemnation of his brother, accepting with love and joy the returning of a stray lamb to the Heavenly Father’s flock.
The coming week is the last before the Great Lent when Christians can have meat in their diet, preparing for stricter fasting before the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord.
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