Thursday, March 15, 2007

From the Triodion

You have counted us worthy of beholding and embracing Your Holy Cross with joy. Now we entreat You, O God our Savior, to enable us also to attain Your most pure sufferings. By being strengthened through fasting, may we bow down and sing of Your Crucifixion: the spear, the reed, the sponge, by which You have taken us from death, returning us to the joyous life of Paradise. O Lover of Mankind, we now glorify You with thanksgiving.

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

O my soul, learn from the Lord: for your sake He humbled Himself even to death on a Cross; exaltation humiliates, but humility exalts. Do not become arrogant because of your good deeds; do not justify yourself by judging your neighbor, as did the self-praising Pharisee. Instead, strive in your broken reasoning to always remember the great number of your transgressions. Cry out with the Publican: Have mercy on me, a sinner, O God, have mercy on me.

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

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