Adam sat before Paradise and, lamenting his nakedness, he wept: “Woe is me! By evil deceit was I persuaded and led astray. Now I am an exile from glory…”
The sun hid its rays, the moon and stars were turned to blood, the mountains were afraid, the hills trembled, when Paradise was shut. Adam departed, beating his hands upon his face and saying: ‘I am fallen: merciful Lord, have mercy on me.’
-Vesper Service of Forgiveness Sunday
Tradition tells us that today, Clean Monday, the Church mourns for Adam and Eve’s exile from Paradise. After Holy Friday, Clean Monday (Kathadi Thevteda) is the most sorrowful day of the Ecclesiastical year.
Most monastics keep a rule of eating nothing until sunset today and double their prayer rule (prostrations, etc).
Here are some of my favorite Lenten links:
I love this recipe for no-high-fructose-corn-syrup granola bars!
This Kyra Sarakosti (Miss Forty Days) is from Crayola! Cool huh? Thanks Presbytera Georgia!
I’ll also be posting a few of the new Lenten projects we’re working on soon! May you all have a blessed Lenten journey this year! Kali Sarakosti!