SAINT JOHN OF THE LADDER
Vespers, Tone 7
Having planted His vineyard and called the labourers, the Saviour is at hand. Come, all who have striven to keep the Fast, and let us enjoy our reward; for the Giver is rich and full of compassion. After labouring a little, let us receive His mercy on our souls.
Adam fell among thieving thoughts: his mind was robbed, his soul wounded, and he lay naked with none to help. The priest that was before the Law did not attend him; the Levite that came after the Law did not look upon him. Thou alone hast helped him, O God who camest not from Samaria but from the Theotokos: glory be to Thee.