APOSTICHA OF MONDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK
OF THE GREAT FAST
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.