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March 4, 2015 + Become as Lightning

FIRST WEEK OF LENT, THURSDAY MATINS, CANTICLE FOUR: FIRST CANON, TONE 2 (By Joseph the Hymnographer)

Become as lightning, my soul,
receiving the flashing rays of abstinence,
and flee from the obscurity of sin:
that through the divine Spirit
the light of forgiveness may enlighten you as the rising sun.

The deceiver enticed and captured me with the hook of pleasure.
But, apostles, as by your preaching
you have caught the whole world in your net
deliver me from his malice.

Glorious apostles,
you shine as rays from the Sun of glory.
You dispel the eclipse of error.
Let your light also fall on me,
for I am darkened by every evil.

(Theotokion)
I cry out to you day and night in my affliction.
Encircled by your help and strength, Virgin, I shall be saved,
and shall leap over the wall of sensual pleasure.

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Venerable Gerasimus of the Jordan

Troparion, Tone 1

Dweller of the desert and angel in the body, you were shown to be a wonderworker, our God-bearing Father Gerasimus. You received heavenly gifts through fasting, vigil, and prayer: healing the sick and the souls of those drawn to you by faith. Glory to Him who gave you strength! Glory to Him who granted you a crown! Glory to Him who through you grants healing to all!

Kontakion, Tone 4

Father, you burned with heavenly love, preferring the harshness of the Jordan desert to all the delights of the world. Therefore, a wild beast served you until your death; he died in obedience and grief on your grave. Thus God has glorified you, and when you pray to Him remember us, Father Gerasimus.