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Publican and Pharisee

Let us bring to the Lord the sighs of the Publican * and, as sinners, let us fall down before Him as Master; * for He desires the salvation of all mankind. * He grants forgiveness to all who repent. * For us, He took flesh - though He is God co-eternal with the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Prodigal Son

When I foolishly ran away from Your fatherly glory, * I squandered in evil deeds the riches you had given to me. * Wherefore, I bring to you the voice of the Prodigal: * “I have sinned before You, O compassionate Father! * Receive me repentant and make me as one of Your hired servants.” (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Abbot Macarius was asked: "How should I pray?" The staretz answered: "There is no need to waste time with words; it is enough to hold out your hands and say: 'Lord, have mercy.'  If you are hard pressed in the struggle, say: 'Lord, save me!' He knows what is best for you, and he will have mercy on you."

Abbot Macarius, quoted in St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Spirituality, Meyendorff, 1974, SVS Press