Thursday, March 01, 2007

From the Triodion

Hanging on the Tree with Your side pierced, You poured forth life on me, who through the evil of the serpent had been put to death by the food taken from the tree. Therefore, I call out to You, O Christ, and flee to Your compassion. Grant that I may finish the course of the Fast in repentance, and thereby worship Your Passion and Resurrection!

From Lord, to You I call, Friday, Second Week of Lent

Our first parents did not fast from the tree of knowledge, as the Creator had commanded them. Because of their disobedience, they harvested the fruits of death, being banished from the Tree of Life and the delight of Paradise. Therefore, O faithful, let us fast from food that perishes and from the passions that destroy us, that we may reap life from the divine Cross, returning with the Good Thief to our ancient fatherland and receiving great mercy from Christ our God.

From the Aposticha, Vespers, Friday, Second Week of Lent

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