Monday, March 19, 2007

From the Triodion

O Word of God, You have given us this season of the Fast that we may be converted and live, and may not perish. Grant that all of us may be pleasing to You, O Christ, serving You with ardent repentance like the wise and praiseworthy adulterous woman. She once receive forgiveness of her sins by the sweet-smelling ointment and the outpouring of her tears.

From O Lord, to You I Call, Vespers, Tuesday, Fifth Week of Lent

Through the sin of long ago, we have lost the joys of Paradise and are brought to a life of shame. Stripped of holiness and virtue, sunk in sin, we have fallen among thieves. Straying from Your saving teachings, we have become half-dead. But we entreat You, O Master, born of Mary, who with dispassion have shared in our passions: bind up our wounds that come from sin, and pour upon us in Your love Your boundless mercy and Your healing care.

From the Aposticha, Vespers, Tuesday, Fifth Week of Lent

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