Sunday, March 11, 2007

From the Triodion

Come, let us drink a new drink: not miraculously produced from a barren rock, but from the Fount of Immortality springing forth from the Tomb of Christ, in which we are established.

I glorify the One Divinity in Three Persons, without beginning and not divided: Father, Son, and Life-giving Spirit, in whom we are baptized.

Katavasia: By the power of Your Cross, establish me firmly on the rock of faith, O Christ our Master, that my spirit may not falter beneath the arrows of the Enemy: for You alone are holy, You alone are Lord.

From the third Ode of the Canon, Orthros, Third Sunday of Lent

The Angel's fiery sword will no longer guard the gate of Paradise, for the Cross of the Lord has put it out wondrously. The power of Death has been broken, the victory of Hades wiped out, and You, my Savior, have stood up and called out to all those bound in Hell: Come now; enter again into Paradise!

Kontakion, Orthros, Third Sunday of Lent

On this day, the third Sunday of the Fast, we celebrate the feast of the veneration of the precious and Life-giving Cross.

Let the whole creation bow down in worship before You, O Word, as it venerates Your Life-giving Cross.

Wherefore, through its power, O Christ our God, protect us against the snares of the Evil One, make us worthy to pass safely through the struggle of the Fast. May we adore Your divine Passion and Your Life-giving Resurrection. Have mercy onus,for You alone are good and the Lover of Mankind. Amen.

Synaxarion, Orthros, Third Sunday of Lent

O Lord, You willingly stretched out Your hand upon the Cross: fill us with Your light through fasting and through prayer, through abstinence and works of charity. Count us worthy to venerate Your Cross with contrite hearts, for You are good and the Lover of Mankind.

From O Lord, to You I Call, Vespers, Monday, Fourth Week of Lent

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