Day Twenty Three | The Great Fast

We need great faith. And the more we fast, the purer and clearer our faith can be, for it is by fasting that we see the world as God does.

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 31 [32 in some translations]

Blessed is he whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the man to whom the Lord hath not imputed sin, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

Because I was silent my bones wasted away, as I cried out all day.

For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me: I am twisted in my affliction whilst the thorn is fastened upon me.

I have acknowledged my sin to Thee, and my guilt I have not concealed.

I said "I will confess my injustice against myself to the Lord:" and Thou hast forgiven the wickedness of my sin.

For this shall every one that is holy pray to Thee in due time.

Though in a flood of many waters, they shall not reach him.

Thou art my refuge, from the tribulation which surrounds me: my joy, deliver me from those surrounding me.

I will give thee understanding, and I will instruct thee in the way in which thou shalt walk: I will fix my eyes upon thee.

Do not become like the horse and the mule, who have no understanding.

With bit and bridle bind them fast, else they will not come near to thee.

Many are the sorrows of the sinner, but mercy shall surround him that hopeth in the Lord.

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye just, and glory, all ye of righteous heart.

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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