40th Day of Great Lent (7th April 2022) - Smiocbristol
St. Marys Indian Orthodox Church
1B Bank Rd, Pilning, Bristol BS35 4JG
The 40th day of the Great Lent which is always a Friday, the church commemorates the tempting of Jesus and His triumph over Satan. Our parish will be celebrating Holy Qurbana on 7th April 6:30pm starting with evening prayer.
Jesus fasted for forty days and at the end of the fast he was tempted by the devil. (St. Matthew 4: 1). We who are baptized into the Lord should not be surprised if we are also tempted like Jesus. We should not be defeated when temptations come, but triumph over Satan; like Jesus aided by Holy Spirit.
In Matthew 4:6, we could see Satan quoting the Holy Scripture (especially from Psalm 91: 11 - 12) and mis-interpreting it. This is a fair warning to us, who have received the true faith, not to fall into the trap, of someone quoting the Scripture and challenging our true faith of Orthodoxy.
Lazarus’ Saturday, we remember how our Lord Jesus Christ raised His friend Lazarus from the dead.
Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that marks the beginning of Holy Week, the holiest of weeks, in which the most important moments of Christ's life take place, which includes the suffering and torture.
We remember the last supper Jesus Christ shared with his disciples and while doing so we are in the upper room with Jesus and the Apostles.
Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, the day on which Christians annually observe the commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.