Let us amass the riches of Repentance

“Let all of us who wish to enter the sacred gate of the holy fast erase and banish all earthly thoughts from our hearts; and let us pass the whole of it in holy fashion in good works. We fast by abstaining not from food only, but also from bitterness and malice; and from every place let us gain and amass the riches of repentance; and with hot tears let us all beg and entreat Christ our God to bestow upon us, in His mercy, true participation and communion in the holy Passover, and the riches of his great mercy.” St. Severus of Antioch, Hymn 26, a Hymn on Holy Lent as in Patrologia Orientalis, Volume 6.

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