Tonight Anne and I went to a local Byzantine parish for Liturgy. Much was beautiful, but what struck me most were some of the proper prayers for the day, based on the gospel.
The gospel reading covered both the woman who poured her costly oil on Jesus' feet and Judas' agreement to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Those prayers beforehand drew out the connection between the two, highlighting the simplicity of her costly gift (amid her sinful life) in contrast to his greedy treachery (hidden by his facade of virtue). I wish I could reproduce the prayers for you here, because I simply cannot imitate the brilliance of the East with which they shone.
Instead I assure you of my prayers for you, and exhort you to keep in mind the model of the sinful woman.
Remittentur ei peccata multa quoniam dilexit multum.
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