Letting go of the pain

Out of Egypt..

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The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 6:14-21

Today in the Orthodox Church we celebrate forgiveness Sunday. If you are not familiar with this event, it is one of the most beautiful in all of the life of the Church. We start our Lenten journey by each asking every other person in the community for forgiveness as we offer them kisses on their cheeks. From the least to the greatest, from the oldest to the youngest, we exchange these holy kisses.

Part of being human is understanding that our actions matter. Each and every action we take has an effect on everyone around us. We come together and ask forgiveness of each other because we need the forgiveness of others and we need to forgive others. That is true in your own families and it is true here in the church. We spend quite a bit…

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