my supervisor told me that the big boss is considering hiring me as a supervisor for next year. guess i’m not as bad at my job as i thought.
is the semester over yet?
I want flowers at my wedding but I don’t want to pay 800 dollars.
Jeremy got a real life grown up job with regular hours, decent pay, and benefits. We are over the moon.
One may ask, however: Why should I perform this rite when I have no “enemies”? Why should I ask forgiveness from people who have done nothing to me, and whom I hardly know? To ask these questions, is to misunderstand the Orthodox teaching concerning forgiveness. It is true, that open enmity, personal hatred, real animosity may be absent from our life, though if we experience them, it may be easier for us to repent, for these feelings openly contradict Divine commandments. But, the Church reveals to us that there are much subtler ways of offending Divine Love. These are indifference, selfishness, lack of interest in other people, of any real concern for them — in short, that wall which we usually erect around ourselves, thinking that by being “polite” and “friendly” we fulfill God’s commandments. The rite of forgiveness is so important precisely because it makes us realize – be it only for one minute – that our entire relationship to other men is wrong, makes us experience that encounter of one child of God with another, of one person created by God with another, makes us feel that mutual “recognition” which is so terribly lacking in our cold and dehumanized world.
Fr. Alexander Schmemann
Today is Forgiveness Sunday, the Sunday right before the start of the Lenten season for Orthodox Christians. It was my first time experiencing this service, so hopefully I represent it accurately in this post:
After Vespers, the priest makes a full prostration to each member of the congregation, saying “forgive me, a sinner” (or some variation thereof), and the other person says “May God forgive us all,” or “God forgives.” It’s done again, in reverse, with the congregant prostrating themselves in front of the priest and asking for forgiveness. The members of the congregation then do this with each other, until everyone has prostrated themselves in front of everyone.
It was so incredibly beautiful, because I’ve failed these people and they have failed me. Not intentionally, of course, but I have been short and sarcastic or apathetic towards them, or I’ve judged their character without first bothering to understand their pain.
I found myself face-to-face with people that I’ve prematurely judged or assumed things about. I prostrated myself in front of the teenage boy who struts around and says snotty things and asked him for his forgiveness. I looked in the eyes of the mother who doesn’t tell her children to be quiet during liturgy as she asked me for my forgiveness.
I have formed friendships here on tumblr, and whether or not you are religious, I would like to ask you for your forgiveness. I’m sorry if I’ve said anything that has offended you, triggered you, or marginalized you in any way. Please forgive me.