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At Bridegroom Orthros on Great and Holy Tuesday, the Orthodox Church sings the following hymn by St. Kassiane:
O Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins, perceiving Thy divinity, fulfilled the part of a myrrh-bearer; and with lamentations she brought sweet-smelling oil of myrrh to Thee before Thy burial. ‘Woe is me,’ she said, ‘for night surrounds me, dark and moonless, and stings my lustful passion with the love of sin. Accept the fountain of my tears, O Thou who drawest down from the clouds the waters of the sea. Incline to the groanings of my heart, O Thou who in Thine ineffable self-emptying hast bowed down the heavens. I shall kiss Thy most pure feet and wipe them with the hairs of my heads, those feet whose sound Eve heard at dusk in Paradise and hid herself for fear. Who can search out the multitude of my sins and the abyss of Thy judgments, O Saviour of my soul? Despise me not, Thine handmaiden, for Thou hast mercy without measure.

simplyorthodox:

At Bridegroom Orthros on Great and Holy Tuesday, the Orthodox Church sings the following hymn by St. Kassiane:

O Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins, perceiving Thy divinity, fulfilled the part of a myrrh-bearer; and with lamentations she brought sweet-smelling oil of myrrh to Thee before Thy burial. ‘Woe is me,’ she said, ‘for night surrounds me, dark and moonless, and stings my lustful passion with the love of sin. Accept the fountain of my tears, O Thou who drawest down from the clouds the waters of the sea. Incline to the groanings of my heart, O Thou who in Thine ineffable self-emptying hast bowed down the heavens. I shall kiss Thy most pure feet and wipe them with the hairs of my heads, those feet whose sound Eve heard at dusk in Paradise and hid herself for fear. Who can search out the multitude of my sins and the abyss of Thy judgments, O Saviour of my soul? Despise me not, Thine handmaiden, for Thou hast mercy without measure.

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Only too often wrong reasoning is applied to prayer, for many believe that preparatory steps and great virtues lead us to prayer. In fact it is prayer that gives birth to all the virtues and sublime deeds. The fruits and consequences of prayer are wrongly taken for the means of attaining it.
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The way of a Pilgrim
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Come true light / Come eternal life / Come hidden mystery / Come nameless treasure./Come ineffable deed, /Come inconceivable person/ Come endless bliss,/ Come un-setting sun/ ….Come untarnishing crown/ Come purple of our great King and God/Come crystal belt studded with gems/ Come unapproachable sandal/Come royal purple and right hand of the King/ Come you whom my poor soul has longed for, and longs for still……I give you thanks that you have become one single spirit with me. 
—Symeon the New Theologian

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Come true light / Come eternal life / Come hidden mystery / Come nameless treasure./
Come ineffable deed, /Come inconceivable person/ Come endless bliss,/ Come un-setting sun/ ….
Come untarnishing crown/ Come purple of our great King and God/
Come crystal belt studded with gems/ Come unapproachable sandal/
Come royal purple and right hand of the King/ 
Come you whom my poor soul has longed for, and longs for still……
I give you thanks that you have become one single spirit with me. 

—Symeon the New Theologian

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