Monday, April 14, 2014

Great and Holy Monday

  • It is also called Holy Monday or Great and Holy Monday.
  • In Greek, Μεγάλη Δευτέρα, Megale Deutera.
  • It is the third day of Holy Week in Eastern Christianity, after Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday.
  • It is the second day of Holy Week in Western Christianity, after Palm Sunday.
  • One notable event that occurred is the cursing of the fig tree found in Matthew 21:18-22 and Mark 11:20-26 or the commemmoration of the withering of the fruitless fig tree which symbolizes judgement that will befall those who do not bring forth the fruits of repentance or those who think only of outward goodness that does not come from the heart.
  • Another notable event that occurred on Holy Monday is the questioning of Jesus' authority found in Matthew 1:23-27.
  • A very recognizable event that occurred is the cleansing of the Temple which is a prominent feature of all four Gospel readings wherein Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there and He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
  • In the Orthodox Church and those Eastern Catholic Churches that follow the Byzantine Rite, this day is referred to as Great and Holy Monday, or Great Monday.
  • In the Orthodox Church, Holy Monday commemorates Joseph the Patriarch, the beloved son of Jacob who is a major figure of the Old Testament in the final section of the Book of Genesis (chs. 37-50).
  • This tradition in the Orthodox Church during Holy Monday is a portrayal of Joseph as tipos Christou or as a prototype, prefigurement or image of Christ.
  • Commemoration of the story of Joseph by the Orthodox Church during Holy Monday is an illustration of God's providence, promise and redemption.
  • Blood Moon Tetrad will occur late evening today, April 14, 2014 which is a Holy Monday. A blood moon tetrad is an event in which the full moon will be darkened by the earth's shadow therefore making the moon look orange or red in color.
Lunar Eclipse by Oliver Stein


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