"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis

Monday, April 8, 2013

Fourth Monday of the Great Fast



APOSTICHA OF MONDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK
OF THE GREAT FAST
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Matins, Tone 6
Thou Thyself hast shown us, O Christ, that the best path to exaltation is humility; and Thou hast emptied Thyself and taken the form of a servant. Thou hast not harkened to the arrogant prayer of the Pharisee, but in heaven Thou hast accepted the contrite sighing of the Publican as a blameless sacrifice. Therefore I also cry to Thee: Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, my Saviour, and save me.

Vespers, Tone 8
The proud-speaking Pharisee was rejected for his boasting, but the humble-minded Publican was justified through his silent prayer. Learn, O my soul, the difference between the two; choose humble-mindedness and accept it in thine heart: for Christ has promised to give grace unto the humble, in His love for mankind.

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