This Is Life!: Revolutions Around the Cruciform Axis

Pure Monday

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Let us joyfully begin the all-hallowed season of abstinence; and let us shine wih the bright radiance of the holy commandments of Christ our God, with the brightness of love and the splendor of prayer, with the purity of holiness and the strength of good courage. So, clothed in raiment of light, let us hasten to the Holy Resurrection on the third day, that shines upon the world with the glory of eterna life . . . (Lenten Triodion, Matins for Monday of the First Week of Lent)

How shall I now lament my fall? Where shall I begin the work of my salvation? I have lived as the Prodigal: O compassionate Lord, in the ways that are Your own, do You save me. Be hold, the appointed time; behold, all the doors through which the passions enter, and look up towards the Lord. (II Cor. 6:2). Storm-tossed by the tempest of sin, I am dragged down into the depths of despair; but I flee to the wide sea of Your mercy. Save me, O Lord. I alone have become a slave to sin; I alone have opened the door to the passions, O Word are are ready to forgive. But in Your tender mercy turn back and save me . . . (Lenten Triodion, Matins for Monday of the First Week of Lent)

Come, O you people, and today let us accept the Grace of the Fast as a gift from God and as a time for repentence, in which we may find mercy with the Savior. The time for combat is at hand and has begun already; let all of us set forth eagerly upon the course of the Fast, offering our virtues as gifts to the Lord. (Lenten Triodion, Matins for Monday of the First Week of Lent)

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