ProoimionDevote yourself, my soul, to repentance, be united to Christ by thought,
Crying out with groans, “Grant me pardon for my evil deeds,
That I may receive forgiveness and eternal life”.
Let us await the blessed hope through works and faith
As many of us as observe the teachings of the Lord and Saviour.
That is why we honour and love the achievement of fasting
That is honoured by Angels,
By keeping it Prophets, though earthly beings,
Became partners of the heavenly choirs.
Christ was not ashamed to accomplish
This; for he fasted willingly;
Through this he underwrote for us eternal life.