Set us free, Christ, we beg

ASSIST our ransomed hearts, Christ, our High Charity,
Pour warm tears, we beg, upon our voices.

To you we pour forth our prayers in faith, most pious Jesus,
Set us free, Christ, we beg, from the deeds of evil that we have done.

By the mark of the holy cross on your hallowed body,
Guard us everywhere like sons all, we ask.

St Bede, monk of Jarrow (+735). Source.


An icon of the Betrayal of Christ, at the Stavronikita monastery, Mount Athos

An icon of the Betrayal of Christ, at the Stavronikita monastery, Mount Athos

DO you yourself, Master, grant healing and alleviation of every pain, and remember your rich acts of pity and your mercy.

Remember that the thought of man is constantly bent on wicked deeds from his youth and that none is found sinless on earth, for you alone are without sin, who came and save the human race and freed us from the slavery of the enemy;

for if you enter into judgement with your servants, no one will be found pure of stain; but every mouth will be shut, having nothing with which to make defence, because all our righteousness is like a tattered rag before you.

Therefore do not remember the sin of our youth, Lord.

For you are the hope of the hopeless and the rest of those who toil and are heavy laden with iniquities, and to you we give glory, together with your Father who is without beginning and your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages.

Service of Holy Oils, widely served for the faithful at large on Great Wednesday. Translation from Anastasis.


BLESSED are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

See Mt 5:1-12.


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