Compline with penitential Canon of St. Andrew on the first week of Lent

On February 25, on Wednesday of the first week of Lent the Rector of St. George Church, Archpriest Igor Tarasov served the Compline with the reading of penitential Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.

This Canon is composed as a conversation of a person with his own soul. It reveals that often we imitate sinners mentioned in the Scripture but do not wish to follow the steps of the righteous ones. It also calls us to bring the fruits of repentance and not to exalt ourselves.

Following the service the Rector preached a brief sermon about the meaning of penitential Canon. He pointed out that the Canon reassembles a mirror at which we should look and see our own sins. But the Canon gives us a positive message encouraging us to imitate the holy and just persons of the Scripture. Therefore, the Rector wished everyone to be instructed by penitential Canon to overcome the obstacles on the way to salvation.