APOSTICHA OF FRIDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK
OF THE GREAT FAST
Matins, Tone 8
Killing the passions, the present Fast brings promise of healing to those wounded by sin. God has given this Fast to help us: let us honour and accept it as the divinely-written tables of the Law, given through Moses. Let us not choose wanton self-indulgence, because of which the tables once were broken; let us not perish with those whose carcasses fell in the wilderness. Let us not be like the Jews, of a sad countenance, but let us rejoice with the Church. Let us not be hypocrites like the Pharisees, but in the spirit of the Gospels let us put on the beauty of holiness, glorying in the Cross of Christ the deliverer of our souls.