Announcements from Sunday, February 17, 2008

Looking Ahead:
“Our Journey to the New Creation” — Lenten Retreat with Dr. Vigen Guroian, Friday evening & Saturday, March 14 & 15.

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Triodion Hymns of Repentance (sung at Sunday Matins through the 5th Sunday of Lent):

Open the gates of repentance to me, O Giver of Life, for my spirit rises early in the morning to your holy temple, bearing a temple of the body all defiled. But as you are full of pity, cleanse it by your compassionate mercy.

Guide me to paths of salvation, Mother of God, for I have befouled my soul with shameful sins and have squandered all my life in sloth. By your intercessions deliver me from all uncleanness.

Have mercy on me, O God, in accordance with your great mercy. According to the multitude of your compassion blot out my offences.

As I ponder the multitudes of dreadful things that I have done, wretch that I am, I tremble for the fearful day of judgment. But confident in your merciful compassion, like David I cry to you, ‘Have mercy upon me, O God, in accordance with your great mercy.’