Bishop Gideon read the canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Bishop Gideon read the canon of St. Andrew of Crete

15 March 2021

On March 15, 2021, on the first day of Great Lent, His Grace Gideon Bishop Makarovsky led Great Compline with the reading of the canon of repentance of St. Andrew of Crete.

During Great Lent, from Monday to Thursday of the first week, the canon of repentance of St. Andrew of Crete is read at Great Vespers. This canon is called Great both by the multitude of thoughts and memories, it contains prisoners, and by the number of troparia contained in it - about 250 (in the usual canons there are about 30 of them). Each troparion ends with a psalm chorus: "Have mercy on me, God, have mercy on me." The text of the canon is permeated with a sense of repentance for sins and covers the events of the entire Old Testament: from the fall of Adam and Eve to the earthly life of Jesus Christ. Moreover, the Old Testament and New Testament plots are refracted here through the feelings of a person: the narration comes from the first person. Parting with God and longing for Him; feeling that you are defenseless against sin; understanding that only a righteous life and sincere prayer to the Lord can save you ... According to Andrew of Crete, we have the only opportunity to return to paradise and reunite with God - repentance.