A blessed begining to the fast

“Let us begin the all-holy season of fasting with joy; let us shine with the bright radiance of the Holy Commandments of Christ of God: with the brightness of love and the splendor of prayer, the strength of good courage and the purity of holiness! So clothed in garments of light, let us hasten to the holy resurrection on the third day, that shines on the world with the glory of eternal life!”

–Sessional Hymn, Matins of Clean Monday