February 18; First Sunday of the Great Fast: The Sunday of Orthodoxy, Tone 4; Our Holy Father Leo, Pope of Rome (461)
“Blessed is the man…” is sung.
At Psalm 140
In Tone 4
Lead my soul forth from prison* that I may give thanks to Your name.
We never cease to adore Your life-giving Cross, O Christ our God,
And we glorify Your resurrection on the third day.
For You, Almighty One, have thereby restored the corrupted nature of all
and reopened the way to heaven,
since You alone are gracious and You love mankind.
The just shall gather around me* when You have been good to me.
O Saviour, You have absolved the penalty of disobedience,
committed through the tree of Eden,
by willingly being nailed to the