St. Luke both begins and ends his Gospel with the people God praying in the Temple. This suggests a priority for the Gospel writer. So too, the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican is story about the proper way to pray.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
This year is the first time I can remember that the Triodion begins before the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple. The Presentation of the Lord to the Temple is the end of the Christmas season, and that’s not until this coming Friday, but today we’re already starting our progression to Pascha. I don’t remember that—it may have happened some other time,…