Let us set out with joy upon the season of the Fast, and prepare ourselves for spiritual combat. Let us purify our soul and cleanse our flesh; and, as we fast from food, let us abstain also from every passion. Rejoicing in the virtues of the Spirit may we preserve with love, and so be counted worthy to see the solemn Passion of Christ our God, and with great spiritual gladness to behold His holy Passover.
Hymn from Forgiveness Vespers
O Guide to wisdom, O Giver of Understanding, * O Instructor of the Ignorant and Protector of the poor: * strengthen and enlighten my heart, O Master. * Give a word to me, O Word of the Father, * for I shall not restrain my lips from crying out to You: * “I have fallen, O Merciful One, have mercy on me!”
Kontakion of Forgiveness Sunday