First let me say if this is in the wrong place, my apologies. I'm never sure when it comes to this type of post.
Forgiveness Sunday has always been very moving for me. I can't say that I enjoy humbling myself in front of everyone, but there is a certain joy of unburdening of past wrongs and making things right between my brothers and sisters in Christ. And since it won't be long before Forgiveness Sunday is here, I thought I'd ask some questions about it.
1. Corporate traditions- At our OCA parish, after the Divine Liturgy, the congregation forms a large circle. Beginning with the priest, everyone goes around the circle asking each other to forgive them for offending, hurting, angering etc them. After asking for forgiveness, each person does a full prostration (metania?) in front of that person. This goes on until everyone has asked and received forgiveness. This has never happened at my parish, but our priest always says that if you encounter someone you have trouble forgiving, he will come over and help.
My Romanian girlfriend explained to me that her village parish never did anything like this; they simply said a prayer on bended knees after the DL.
What other ways is Forgiveness Sunday 'celebrated' (for lack of a better word) in your Jurisdiction/Tradition.
2. Individual traditions- What do each of you do for the rest of the day after you've left the church? Do you have a 'mardi gras' attitude or is it more solemn? Do you have friends/family over?