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Psalm 50 (51)
Be merciful to me, God, because of your constant love; wipe away my sins, because of your great mercy! Wash away my evil, and make me clean from my sin!
I recognize my faults; I am always conscious of my sins. I have sinned against you – only against you, and done what you consider evil. So you are right in judging me; you are justified in condemning me. I have been evil from the time I was born, from the day of my birth I have been sinful.
A faithful heart is what you want; fill my mind with your wisdom. Remove my sin, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear the sound of joy and gladness; and though you have crushed and broken me, I will be happy once again. Close your eyes to my sins, and wipe out all my evil.
Create a pure heart in me, God, and put new and loyal spirit in me. Do not banish me from your presence; do not take your holy spirit away from me. Give me again the joy that comes from your salvation, and make my spirit obedient. Then I will teach sinners your commands, and they will turn back to you.
Spare my life, God my Savior, and I will gladly proclaim your righteousness.
Help me to speak Lord, and I will praise you.
You do not want sacrifices, or I would offer them; you are not pleased with burnt offerings. My sacrifice is a submissive spirit. God; a submissive and obedient heart you will not reject.
God, be kind to Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will be pleased with the proper sacrifices, and with all burnt offerings; and calves will be sacrificed on your altar.
Psalm 69 (70)
Save me, God! Lord, help me now! May those who try to kill me be defeated and confused! May those who are happy because of my troubles be turned back and disgraced! May those who make fun of me be dismayed by their defeat!
May all who come to you be glad and joyful! May all who love your salvation always say, “How great God Is!”
I am weak and helpless; come quickly to me, God!
You are my helper and Savior – do not delay, Lord!
Psalm 142 (143)
Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my plea! You are righteous and faithful, so answer to me! Don’t put me, your servant, on trial; no one is innocent in your sight.
My enemy has persecuted me, and completely defeated me. He has put me in a dark prison, and I am like those who died long ago. So I am ready to give up; I am in deep despair.
I remember the days gone by; I think about all that you have done, I bring to mind all your deeds. I lift up my hands to you in prayer; like dry ground my soul thirsts for you.
Answer me now, Lord! I have lost all hope! Don’t hide yourself from me, or I will be among those who go down to the land of the dead. I trust in you; in the morning remind me of your constant love. My prayers go up to you; show me the way I should go.
I go to you for protection, Lord; rescue me from my enemies. You are my God; teach me to do your will. May your spirit be good to me and guide me on a safe path.
Save me, Lord, as you have promised; in your goodness, rescue me from my troubles! In your love for me, kill my enemies, and destroy all my oppressors, because I am your servant.
Glory to God in the highest and on Earth peace good will to men.
We praise You; we bless You; we worship You; we glorify You; we thank You; for Your great glory.
O Lord King, God in Heaven, the Father Almighty. O Lord, Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit.
O Lord God, Lamb of God, the Son of the Father, Who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us; You, Who takes away the sins of the world;
Receive our prayers, You, Who sits at the right hand of the Father, and have mercy on us.
For You alone are Holy, You alone are the Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God, the Father, Amen.
Every evening I will bless You, and praise Your Name; forever and ever, and unto the Ages of Ages.
O Lord, You have been our refuge, from generation to generation. I said: Lord, have mercy on me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.
O Lord unto You I have fled; teach me to do Your will. For You are my God.
For with You, is the Fountain of life; in Your Light we shall see light.
Extend Your loving mercy to those who know You.
Grant, O Lord, that we may be kept this night without sin.
Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our Fathers, and blessed and glorified is Your Name forever and ever. Amen.
Let Your mercy O Lord, be upon us, as we have hoped in You.
Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your commandments.
Blessed are You, O Master, grant, that I may understand Your commandments.
Blessed are You, O Holy One, enlighten me with Your commandments.
O Lord, Your mercy is everlasting. Despite not the works of Your hands.
To you belongs praise, adoration, and glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit now and ever and unto the Ages and Ages. Amen.
Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him. And His righteousness to children's children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving kindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me. But those who seek my life, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. They shall fall by the sword; they shall be a portion for jackals. But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him shall glory; but the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped. I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me. I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.
LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, "There is no help for him in God. "Selah But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O LORD; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people.
1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 3So the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered together for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4Then a herald cried aloud: "To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; 6and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace." 7So at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music, all the people, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
8 Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and accused the Jews. 9They spoke and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live forever! 10You, O king, have made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the gold image; 11and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 12There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up." 13Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king. 14Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? 15Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?"
16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up." 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22Therefore, because the king's command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Hymn of the Three Youths
Blessed are You, O Lord, The God of our father; the most praised and most exalted to all ages; and blessed is the Name of Your Glory, the Holy and most praised, and exalted above all, to all ages. Blessed are You in the Holy Temple of Your Glory; the most praised, and exalted above all, forever. Blessed are You, Who looks over the depths, and are seated on the Cherubim; the most praised and exalted above all, forever. Blessed are You on the Throne of Your Kingdom, the most praised and exalted above all, forever. Blessed are You in the firmament of Heaven, and praised and glorified to all Ages.
Hymn of Kassiani
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, perceiving Your Divinity, O Lord, assumes the role of a myrrhbearer; and lamenting, she brings the myrrh before Your burial. “Woe to me!” she said; “For me, night is an ecstasy of excess, dark and moonless, and full of sinful desire. Receive the sources of my tears, You, Who gathers into clouds the water of the sea. Incline the groanings of my heart, You, Who in Your ineffable condescension bowed down the Heavens. I will embrace and kiss Your sacred Feet, and wipe them again with the tresses of the hair on my head. Your Feet, at whose sound Eve hid herself in fear, when she heard Your footsteps while You were walking in Paradise in the twilight. O my Saviour and soul-Saver! Who can track down the multitude of my sins, and the depths of Your judgment? Do not disregard me Your servant, You, Whose mercy is boundless.
Epistle Reading #2 - Holy Wednesday
We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me."For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
Epistle Reading #4 - Holy Wednesday
2 Corinthians 6
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people." Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you." "I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty." Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Epistle Reading #6 - Holy Wednesday
Galatians 5 & 6
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.