Letter to Clergy and Faithful - The Special Three-Day Fast

Beloved Concelebrants and Faithful,

Christ is in our midst. 
 
Tomorrow we start the Trimeron that I’ve asked the clergy and faithful of our Metropolis to fast.
 
We stress that this is a fast of repentance; indeed, fasting is a fruit of repentance. We must also pray for our Metropolis, parishes, and monasteries. 
 
Everyone will have the opportunity to follow the monastery livestream. People can read the supplicatory canons, such as the canon of repentance, or the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete that we read during Great Lent, on their own. We can use our prayer ropes to pray to the Savior and Mother of God. In general, take the time to pray!
 
The following prayer of the Holy Prophets Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, are quite appropriate and should be read often during the three-day fast (it can be read by the priests in our churches too, after Vespers, or Matins):
 

"Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: thy name is worthy to be praised and glorified for evermore: For thou art righteous in all the things that thou hast done to us: yea, true are all thy works, thy ways are right, and all thy judgments truth. In all the things that thou hast brought upon us, and upon the holy city of our fathers, even Jerusalem, thou hast executed true judgment: for according to truth and judgment didst thou bring all these things upon us because of our sins. For we have sinned and committed iniquity, departing from thee. In all things have we trespassed, and not obeyed thy commandments, nor kept them, neither done as thou hast commanded us, that it might go well with us. Wherefore all that thou hast brought upon us, and every thing that thou hast done to us, thou hast done in true judgment. And thou didst deliver us into the hands of lawless enemies, most hateful forsakers of God, and to an unjust king, and the most wicked in all the world. And now we cannot open our mouths, we are become a shame and reproach to thy servants; and to them that worship thee. Yet deliver us not up wholly, for thy name's sake, neither disannul thou thy covenant: And cause not thy mercy to depart from us, for thy beloved Abraham's sake, for thy servant Issac's sake, and for thy holy Israel's sake; To whom thou hast spoken and promised, that thou wouldest multiply their seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that lieth upon the seashore. For we, O Lord, are become less than any nation, and be kept under this day in all the world because of our sins. Neither is there at this time prince, or prophet, or leader, or burnt offering, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense, or place to sacrifice before thee, and to find mercy. Nevertheless in a contrite heart and an humble spirit let us be accepted. Like as in the burnt offerings of rams and bullocks, and like as in ten thousands of fat lambs: so let our sacrifice be in thy sight this day, and grant that we may wholly go after thee: for they shall not be confounded that put their trust in thee. And now we follow thee with all our heart, we fear thee, and seek thy face. Put us not to shame: but deal with us after thy lovingkindness, and according to the multitude of thy mercies. Deliver us also according to thy marvellous works, and give glory to thy name, O Lord: and let all them that do thy servants hurt be ashamed; And let them be confounded in all their power and might, and let their strength be broken; And let them know that thou art God, the only God, and glorious over the whole world."

May God protect our Metropolis and families. May The Lord grant you zeal to do your best to fast and pray “lest ye enter into temptation.”

In Christ,

+M Demetrius

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