Daily Lenten Matins
(every day until Lazarus Saturday)
The weekday services of Great Lent are characterized by special Lenten melodies of a penitential character. The royal gates to the altar area remain closed to signify man’s separation through sin from the Kingdom of God. At all Lenten services the Prayer of St Ephraim of Syria is read which supplicates God for those virtues especially necessary to the Christian life.