Archimandrite Luke reading the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete during the first week of Great Lent.

True Repentance is Joyful

Homily on the Eve of the Great Fast 

17 February / 1 March 2020

His Grace LUKE,
Bishop of Syracuse

In accor­dance with the typikon of Holy Trin­i­ty Monastery, the broth­er­hood take part in the Rite of For­give­ness on the night of Cheese­fare Sun­day (also known as For­give­ness Sun­day), at the end of the Order of Small Com­pline. Pri­or to ask­ing the for­give­ness of the broth­er­hood and of all present, the monastery’s abbot, Bish­op Luke of Syra­cuse, gave the fol­low­ing word on the com­ing lenten strug­gle.

The audio record­ing below begins with a Russ­ian-lan­guage ser­mon, sub­stan­tive­ly the same as the Eng­lish that fol­lows, begin­ning at 06:17.