These All-revered Days

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“O Almighty Lord, who hast made all created things in wisdom, and by thine inexpressible Providence and great goodness has brought us to these all-revered days, for the purification of soul and body, for the controlling of carnal passions, and for the hope of the Resurrection; who, during the forty days didst give into the hand of thy servant Moses the Tablets of the Law, in characters divinely traced by thee: Enable us also, O Good One, to fight the good fight; to accomplish the course of the Fast; to preserve inviolate the faith; to crush under foot the heads on invisible serpents; to be accounted victors over sin; and uncondemned to attain unto and adore the holy Resurrection.  For blessed and glorified is thine all-honorable and majestic name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now, and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.”  -The Prayer before the Ambon at the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

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