APOSTICHA OF THURSDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK
OF THE GREAT FAST
O Lord, Thou hast appointed repentance for me a sinner, wishing in Thy boundless mercy to save me though unworthy. I fall down before Thee and I pray: Humble my soul through fasting, for I flee to Thee for refuge, who alone art rich in mercy.
Vespers, Tone 4
If we desire to partake of the divine Passover that comes not from Egypt but from Zion, let us through repentance put away the leaven of sin. Let us gird our loins through the mortification of sensual pleasure; let us make our feet beautiful with shoes that keep us from straying into evil paths; and let us take as our support the staff of faith. Let us not emulate the enemies of the Master’s Cross, whose god is their belly, but let us follow the Saviour of our souls, who by fasting showed us how to gain the victory against the devil.