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First Monday of Great Lent 2022

In the calendar of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, the penitential season of Great Lent commences on the Monday following the Sunday of Forgiveness (two days before the Ash Wednesday start of Lent in the Roman Catholic Church).

From Monday to Thursday this week, an evening service consisting of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete will be prayed at St Nicholas parish in Victoria and live-streamed here. Also known as the Canon of Repentance, Saint Andrew’s masterwork of penitential poetry chronologically recounts in 150 odes the Biblical history of humanity’s fall and redemption from the perspective of the individual sinner, encouraging recognition of the need for repentance and a turning again towards God. The Great Canon is divided into four sections, which are prayed across the first four nights of Great Lent.

The text of the service is available here [PDF].

Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete (day 1)