Today is the last Sunday before Lent, and on this day Orthodox clergy and laity kneel one by one and ask one another for forgiveness. This Service of Forgiveness is an important reminder of the emphasis that Jesus placed on forgiving each other:
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”(Matthew 6:14-15)
Many Bulgarians will also use this day to ask their parents to forgive them for any wrongs they have committed. For some, however, this day has also become associated with pagan practices, including the kukeri dance.
Please pray that all Bulgarians would come to know Jesus, “in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14), and that they would then live a life of daily forgiveness.