[[Image:Parable of the Prodigal Son.JPG|frame|right|Parable of the Prodigal Son]] The '''Sunday of the Prodigal Son''' is the second Sunday of [[Lenten Triodion|pre-Lent]], the weeks of preparation preceding [[Great Lent]]. It is the Sunday after the [[Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee]] and Sunday before [[Meatfare Sunday]]. This pre-Lent is the start of the [[Easter]] cycle of worship in the Orthodox Church.
On this Sunday in the preparation for Great Lent, Orthodox Christians are read [[ Christ]] ’s parable about God's loving forgiveness ([[ Gospel of Luke| Luke]] 15 :11-24). They are to see themselves as being in a foreign country far from the Father's house and to make the movement of return to [[God]], where we truly belong. The parable gives assurance that the Father will receive them with joy and gladness in their journey through Great Lent, their journey home.
Hymn= =[[ Kontakion]] (Tone 3)
I have recklessly forgotten Your glory, O Father;: And among sinners I have scattered the riches which You had given me.: Therefore, I cry to You like the Prodigal: :"I have sinned before You, O compassionate Father;: Receive me a penitent and make me as one of Your hired servants. "
External link ==*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=3 Sunday of the Prodigal Son] from [[OCA]] web site. [[ Category: Feasts]][[ Category: Lent]][[ Category: Liturgics ]]