As we move closer to Great Lent, this Sunday in the Eastern Rite reminds us of the Prodigal Son.Heavenly Father, and God of truth, Who sent Your beloved Son to seek the sheep that was lost, I have sinned against heaven and in Your sight, recieve me back like the prodigal son, and put on me the first robe of innocence which I lost by sin. And have mercy on me a great sinner. Amen.
Kontakion, Tone 3 (Metropolitan Cantor's Institute)
**According to the Eastern custom this is the last week that meat is allowed on non-fasting days. Next Sunday is the Sunday of the Last Judgment, also known as Meatfare Sunday. It will be the last day that meat can be eaten prior to the fast of Great Lent.