Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we approach and enter the Great Fast, let us ponder the following hymn (Cheese-Fare Week, Tuesday Vespers, Aposticha)
Let us receive with joy, O faithful, the divinely inspired announcement of Lent. Like Ninevites of old, like harlots and publicans who heard John preaching repentance through abstinence, let us prepare for the Master’s communion performed in Zion. Let us wash ourselves with tears for its divine purification. Let us pray to behold the fulfillment of Pascha, the true Revelation. Let us prepare for adoring the Cross and Resurrection of Christ our God! Do not deprive us of our expectation, O Lover of Man!