APOSTICHA OF MONDAY IN THE FIFTH WEEK
OF THE GREAT FAST
I am like the man who fell among the thieves, O Master of all, for I have fallen among my sins and have been cruelly wounded by them. Yet leave me not without healing, O Lord who camest not from Samaria but from the pure Virgin. Jesus, Name that means salvation, have mercy upon me.
Vespers, Tone 7
Like the man who fell among thieves and was wounded, I have also fallen because of my sins, and my soul has been wounded. To whom shall I fly for healing, but to Thee, Physician of souls and bodies? Pour out upon me thy great mercy, O God.
Through the sin of long ago, we have lost the joys of Paradise and are brought down to a life of shame. Stripped of holiness and virtue, sunk in sin, we have fallen among thieves; straying from Thy saving teachings, we have become half dead. Yet we entreat Thee, Master born of Mary, who with dispassion hast shared in our passions: bind up our wounds that come from sin, and pour upon us in Thy love Thy boundless mercy and Thy healing care.