Prayers for Great Lent

Hymn of Saint Kassiani

(Plagal of the Fourth Tone)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the Ages of Ages. Amen.

The woman who had fallen into many sins recognizes Thy Godhead, O Lord. She takes upon herself the duty of a myrrh-bearer and makes ready the myrrh of mourning, before Thy entombment. Woe to me! saith she, for my night is an ecstasy of excess, gloomy and moonless, and full of sinful desire. Receive the sources of my tears, O Thou Who dost gather into clouds the water of the sea; in Thine ineffable condescension, deign to bend down Thyself to me and to the lamentations of my heart, O Thou Who didst spread out the Heavens. I will fervently embrace Thy sacred feet, and wipe them again with the tresses of the hair of my head, Thy feet at whose sound Eve hid herself for fear when she heard Thee walking in Paradise in the cool of the day. O my Saviour and soul-Saver who can trace out the multitude of my sins, and the abysses of Thy judgement? Do not disregard me Thy servant, O Thou Whose mercy is boundless.

Lenten Prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.

(prostration)

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.

(prostration)

Yea, Lord and King, grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages.  Amen.

(prostration)

Paschal Greeting

English           Christ Is Risen!                Truly He Is Risen!

Greek              Christos Anesti!               Alithos Anesti!

Arabic             Al Massih Qam!                Haqan Qam!

Romanian      Hristos a Inviat!                Adevarat a Inviat!

Russian           Khristos Voskrese!           Voistinu Voskrese!

Spanish.          ¡Cristo ha resucitado!      ¡En verdad ha resucitado!

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website; Greek Orthodox Holy Week & Easter Services. Compiled by Father George L. Papadeas, Protopresbyter (Daytona Beach, FL, 1979), pp. 104-105.