A small voice, yet great faith

AND one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest in thy kingdom.

And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Lk 23:39-43

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O LORD, who took the malefactor* as a fellow-traveller, who had stained his hands in blood, number us with him, for thou art good, and lovest mankind.

The malefactor let forth but a small voice upon the cross, yet he found great faith, and was saved in an instant: and as the first to open the gates of paradise, he entered in. O thou who didst accept his repentance, glory be to thee.

GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Now and for ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion

Rejoice, thou who didst receive the joy of the world by the angel.
Rejoice, thou who didst bear the Lord thy Maker.
Rejoice, thou who wast made worthy to become the mother of God.

The Service of the Holy And Immaculate Passion, Vespers for Good Friday (sung on Thursday evening). From Analogion.

*The Greek word λῃστής is traditionally translated as ‘thief”, but really it refers to robbery with violence, e.g. a highwayman or pirate.

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