O Most-merciful Lord, Glory to Thee!

When the Lord was coming to His voluntary Passion, He said to His apostles in the way: Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man shall be delivered up, as it is written concerning Him. Come, therefore, let us also accompany Him, with purified minds, and let us be crucified with Him and die for Him to the pleasures of this life, that we may also live with Him, and that we may hear Him crying: No longer do I go to the earthly Jerusalem to suffer, but I ascend unto My Father and your Father, and unto My God and your God; and I will raise you up together unto the Jerusalem on high, in the Kingdom of the Heavens.

Behold the Bridgegroom cometh, go ye out to meet Him

Having reached the saving Passion of Christ our God, O ye faithful, let us glorify His inexpressible long-suffering; that, by His compassion, He may raise us up, who were dead because of sin, since He is good and the Friend of man.

From Vespers of Holy Monday

Having realized the hour of the end, O my soul, and having feared at the cutting down of the fig tree, labour with the talent that was given thee, O hapless one, and be watchful and cry: Let us not remain outside the bridal chamber of Christ

On Holy and Great Tuesday, we make remembrance of the parable of the Ten Virgins, as related in the sacred Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

Verses
Great Tuesday bringeth ten virgins,
Of whom five bear the victory of the inexorable Master.
Yet, O Bridegroom Christ, number us with the wise virgins, and unite us with Thine elect flock, and have mercy on us. Amen.

 

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