Vespers, Tone 2
Passing from one divine Feast to another, from palms and branches let us now make haste, ye faithful, to the solemn and saving celebration of Christ’s Passion. Let us behold Him undergo voluntary suffering for our sake, and let us sing to Him with thankfulness a fitting hymn: Fountain of tender mercy and haven of salvation, O Lord, glory to thee!
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God: for He is Judge of the thoughts and meditations of the heart. Let no man draw near in order to make trial of His surpassing faithfulness; but let us come to Christ in meekness and in fear, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
O evil and adulterous synagogue, thou hast not kept faith with thine own Lord. Why then dost thou hold fast to the Testament of which thou art not heir? Why dost thou glory in the Father, since thou hast rejected the Son? Why hast thou not accepted the prophets who proclaim the Son? Be thou ashamed when thine own children cry aloud, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord.’