Monday, February 12, 2007

Sunday of the Last Judgment

On this day we commemorate the inescapable second coming of Christ, ordained by the most divine Fathers to be observed after the second parable of the Prodigal, so that no one who has learned of the love of God for mankind from it will live in laziness saying, "God loves mankind, and when I am separated from Him by sin, all is prepared for my restoration".

This fearsome day of judgment has been designated for commemoration at this point in time, that through fear of death and the expectation of future torment, those who live in laziness may be encouraged to the virtues, not trusting only in the love of God, but also realizing that He is the righteous Judge who will judge all men according to their deeds. In other words those souls who have passed over are obliged to undergo judgment.


The commemoration is appointed for this day of Meatfare, that in awe of this event we should limit our intake of earthly food, not giving ourselves over to gluttony, and be encouraged to love our neighbor. In other words, since we were banished from Eden, cursed and condemned through eating of the fruit, so the present event has been ordained at this time, as next Sunday we will be banished through Adam, until Christ comes again to raise us up to Paradise.

- Synaxarion of the Last Judgment

And so, it was on this day that our little band went down to Carnivore, a Brazilian churrascaria at VivoCity, to have all the meat we wanted before Great Lent.

Typical for churrascarias, one pays a fixed price and waiters bring an offering of food to each customer at several times throughout the meal, until the customers signify that they have had enough (here it was done with a card, red on one side and green on the other).

Our little band.

Michael has some vegetables before gorging on meat.

Servers come to the table with skewers, on which great cuts of meat are speared, which they carve out slices with knives.

Edward liked his roast beef rare.

Conversation after dinner dealt with 80s music, liturgics for Holy Week, Valentine's Day, dogs, the Sarum rite and various languages.

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Blogger Francis said...

Hm, looks good (though I don't eat my meat that raw...)!

When can I try it? =P

Tue Feb 13, 01:33:00 am 2007  

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