APOSTICHA OF TUESDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK
OF THE GREAT FAST
Matins, Tone 7
I confess to Thee, O Lord, that I have sinned as the Prodigal. I dare not raise my eyes to heaven, whence I have fallen in my wretchedness. I have sinned against heaven and before Thee, and am not worthy to be called Thy son. I openly proclaim my guilt; I have no need of others to accuse me or bear witness; for my own life of sinful prodigality triumphantly condemns me; my evil habits cry aloud against me; my nakedness puts me to shame, and the rags which clothe me bring disgrace upon me. O compassionate Father, only-begotten Son, and Holy Spirit, receive me in repentance and have mercy upon me.
Vespers, Tone 2
Though I am a creature born on earth, yet sharing in Thine image, O Lord, I dare to call upon Thee, the Creator, as my Father. Living as the Prodigal I have lost the grace of sonship, and forgetful of Thy gifts I have wasted mine inheritance. Yet disown me not, for Thou wast pleased to send Thine only-begotten Son, to suffer for my sake crucifixion in the flesh and death: but in Thy love for man bring me back from evil and make me Thine own.