On January 28, a week of the publican and the Pharisee, a Sunday worship was held in the Church of St. Michael the city of Baku.
Before the Great lent the Charter appoints three preparatory weeks, and the week about publican and the Pharisee is the first of them. After the Liturgy, the priest Andrew (Bezotosnyy) explained to believers the meaning of the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee.
He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others. “Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: ‘God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn’t even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”