When I shall be sanctified in you, I will gather you from every land: and I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall cleanse from all your filthiness: and I will give you a new sprit. (Psalm) I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall be always in my mouth. Glory be to the Father. When I shall…
O God, Who through fasting grantest to the just the reward of their merits and the to sinners forgiveness: have this mercy on Thy clients, that confession of our guilt may enable us to obtain pardon of our sins. Through our Lord.
Lesson – Ezechiel 36:23-28
Thus saith the Lord God: I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the Gentiles, which you have profaned in the midst of them: that the Gentiles may know that I am the Lord, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the Gentiles, and will gather you together out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land. And I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness, and I will cleanse you from all your idols.
And I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit in the midst of you: and I will cause you to walk in My commandments, and to keep My judgments and do them. And you shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers and you shall be My people, and I will be your God: saith the Lord almighty.
Come, children, hearten to Me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Come ye to Him and be enlightened: and your face shall not be confounded.
Grant, almighty God, we beseech Thee, that these fasts which chasten may also fill us with holy joy: so that, with our earthly affections weakening, we may more easily lay firm hold on the things of heaven. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Isaias 1:16-19
Thus saith the Lord God: Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from Mine eyes: cease to do perversely, learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge for the fatherless, defend the widow. And then come and accuse Me, saith the Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool. If you be willing, and will hearken to Me, you shall eat the good things of the land: saith the Lord almighty.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: the people whom He hath chosen for His inheritance. By the word of the Lord the heavens were established: and all the power of them by the spirit of His mouth.
O Lord, repay us not according to the sins we have committed, nor according to our iniquities. O Lord, remember not our former iniquities, let Thy mercies speedily prevent us: for we are become exceeding poor. (Kneel) Help us, O God, our Savior: and for the glory of Thy name, O Lord, deliver us: and forgive us our sins for Thy name’s sake.
Gospel – John 9:1-38
At that time Jesus, passing by, saw a man who was blind from his birth: and His disciples asked Him: Rabbi, who hath sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind? Jesus answered: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of Him that sent Me, whilst it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle, and spread the clay upon his eyes, and said to him: Go, wash in the pool of Siloe (which is interpreted, Sent). He went therefore and washed, and he came seeing. The neighbors therefore, and they who had seen him before that he was a beggar, said: Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said: This is he. But others said: No, but he is like him. But he said: I am he. They said therefore to him: How were thine eyes opened?
He answered: That man that is called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes, and said to me: Go to the pool of Siloe, and wash. And I went, I washed, and I see. And they said to him: Where is he? He saith: I know not. They bring him that had been blind to the Pharisees. Now it was the Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Again therefore the Pharisees asked him how he had received his sight. But he said to them: He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and I see.
Some therefore of the Pharisees said: This man is not of God, who keepeth not the sabbath. But others said: How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say therefore to the blind man again: What sayest thou of Him that hath opened thine eyes? And he said: He is a prophet. The Jews then did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight and asked them, saying: Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said: We know that this is our son and that he was born blind: but how he now seeth we know not, or who hath opened his eyes we know not: ask him; he is of age, let him speak for himself. These things his parents said, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had already agreed among themselves, that if any man should confess Him to be Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore did his parents say: He is of age, ask himself. They therefore called the man again that had been blind, and said to him: Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner. He said therefore to them: If He be a sinner, I know not: one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see.
They said then to him: What did He to thee? How did He open thine eyes? He answered them: I have told you already, and you have heard: why would you hear it again? Will you also become His disciples? They reviled him therefore, and said: Be thou His disciple: but we are the disciples of Moses. We know that God spoke to Moses: but as to this man, we know not from whence He is. The man answered and said to them: Why, herein is a wonderful thing, that you know not from whence He is, and He hath opened my eyes: now we know that God doth not hear sinners: but if a man be a server of God and doth his will, him He heareth. From the beginning of the world it hath not been heard, that any man hath opened the eyes of one born blind. Unless this man were of God, he could not do anything. They answered and said to him: Thou wast wholly born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out: and when He had found him, He said to him: Dost thou believe in the Son of God?
He answered and said: Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him? And Jesus said to him: Thou hast both seen Him; and it is He that talketh with thee. And he said: I believe, Lord! (Here kneel) And falling down, he adored Him.
O ye Gentiles, bless the Lord our God, and make the voice of His praise to be heard: Who hath set my soul to live, and hath not suffered my feet to be moved: blessed be God, Who hath not turn away my prayer, nor His mercy from me.
We humbly beseech Thee, O almighty God, that by this Sacrifice we may be cleansed from our sins: for then indeed Thou bestowest upon us true health of mind and body. Through our Lord.
The Lord made clay of spittle, and anointed mine eyes: and I went ,and I wished, and I saw, and I have believed in God.
May the Sacraments we have received, O Lord our God, both fill us with spiritual food and uphold us with bodily succor. Through our Lord.
Prayer Over the People
Let the ears of Thy mercy, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thy suppliant people: and that Thou mayst grant the desires of those who pray, make them ask such things as please Thee. Through our Lord.