Day Twenty Four | The Great Fast

In the Gospel today, we see the power and the insufficiency of the Old Law. And in one moment, we see how quickly and fittingly Christ, the Son of God, perfects this law.

This is part of The Great Fast, our program for Lent, 2024. You can find the rest of the program content here.


A reflection on Lenten fasting to guide you into a deeper relationship with Christ.



(To be prayed in light of the Daily Aspiration.)


Remember, not O Lord our or our parents' offences: neither take vengeance of our sins.

Psalm 37 [38 in some translations]

Lord, rebuke me not in Thy furor; nor chastise me in Thy wrath. For thy arrows are fastened in me: and Thy hand hath descended upon me.

There is no health in my flesh in the face of Thy wrath: there is no peace for my bones in the face of my sins. For my iniquities are gone over my head: and are a heavy burden too heavy to bear.

My wounds are putrid and corrupt, in the face of my foolishness. I am miserable and am bowed down: all the day long I walked in sadness .

For my insides are filled with mocking; and there is no health in my flesh. Greatly am I afflicted and humbled: I roared with the groaning of my heart.

Lord, before Thee are all my desires, and my groaning is not hidden from Thee. My heart is troubled, my strength hath left me, and the light of my eyes themselves is not with me.

My friends and my neighbors have drawn near me and stood against me. And those who were near me stood afar:

They laid snares, those who sought my soul. And they that sought evil for me said wicked things, all day long they planned deceitful things.

But I, as a deaf man, heard not: and as a dumb man not opening his mouth. And I became like one that heareth not: and that hath no reproofs in his mouth.

For in Thee, O Lord, have I hoped: Thou wilt hear me, O Lord my God. For I said, "May my enemies never rejoice over me: when my feet stumble, they speak great things against me."

For I am ready for the whip: and my sorrow is continually before me. For I will declare my inequity: and I will be sorry for my sin.

But my enemies live, and are stronger than I, and they that hate me wrongfully multiply. They that render evil for good, have humiliated me, because I followed goodness.

Forsake me not, O Lord, my God, depart not from me. Hasten unto my help, O Lord, God of my salvation.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


Listen to this when you are able. For a true monastic experience, try playing it while you are breaking your fast (during your meal of the day).


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