first day of the fast

come, o faithful! inspired by God, let us go to see the divine mercy

that is revealed in Bethlehem.

let us cleanse our minds and offer virtues in our lives instead

of myrrh.

let us prepare with faith to enter the feast of the Nativity,

storing up treasure in our soul as we cry aloud:

“Glory in the highest to God in Trinity, whose good will is now being revealed to men;

in His love for mankind He will set Adam free from the ancient curse!”

–Hours of the nativity

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2 thoughts on “first day of the fast

  1. This is my first “long” fast as an Orthodox christian, though technically I am still a catachumen.
    I really look forward to the struggle with the passions as a way to focus on the event of the Incarnation and salvation.

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