Ode Seven

Kontakion 7

Unto Thee in heaven I lift up mine eyes, O Word of God, but my weak nature draws me down, O my Saviour. O Creator of heaven and earth and of all that is in them! Raise me up in thought and deed toward that which is above, so that I may always victoriously sing to Thee with heart and lips: Alleluia.

Ikos 7

I have an eye that is evil and filled with every impurity, and am ever captivated by the delusion of this world, wherefore I entreat Thee, O All-good One, turn mine eyes away from seeing vanity, that I may call out to Thee in supplication:

Have mercy on me who am thirsting to serve Thee faithfully.
Have mercy on me who desire to worship Thee in spirit and in truth.
Have mercy on me who bring Thee the tears of my repentance as a sacrifice for my sins.
Have mercy on me who ask of Thee forgiveness for the slaying of my children.
Have mercy on me who look to Thee for deliverance from my passions.
Have mercy on me who am weeping intensely over my grievous mortal sins.
Have mercy on me, a murderer deserving judgement both Divine and human.
O Lord, my Lord, my joy, have mercy on me who am fallen.

Ode Eight

Kontakion 8

Spare me, O Lord my Saviour, O Thou Who came into the world to save sinners of whom I am worst of all, but I entreat Thee, O my All-compassionate God, incline Thy heart of mercy, hearken to the groanings of my heart, accept my flowing springs of tears, the fervent prayers of my soul, O my beloved Saviour, so that I may sing to Thee: Alleluia.

Ikos 8

Evil thoughts like robbers attacked me while my conscience slept-woe is me! for my sins I have been deprived of the radiant vesture given me at my Baptism. I committed the murder of my children and have remained stripped of virtue, but I try hard to raise mine eyes on high-cast down because of the multitude of the cruel deeds committed before Thee, O Lord-and I cry out thus to Thee:

Have mercy on me who have committed a mortal sin.
Have mercy on me who up till now have persisted in sins.
Have mercy on me who am filled with every kind of evil.
Have mercy on me who am stained with iniquities contrary to nature.
Have mercy on me who have not preserved the purity of my virginity.
Have mercy on me for I have deprived myself of pious motherhood.
Have mercy on me who have cast my children out of the womb before the fullness of their time.
O Lord, my Lord, my joy, have mercy on me who am fallen.

Ode Nine

Kontakion 9

Grant me streams of tears, O my God, that I may weep over my sins, and thus rejoicing may cry out: Alleluia.

Ikos 9

I have defiled my body with sinful secrets, I have darkened my soul with indecent acts; my body is enfeebled, enfeebled also is my soul. Falling down before Thee Who alone rememberest not wrongs, my merciful Judge and God, I pray Thee:

Have mercy on me, a murderer: for the remembrance of the fate of my aborted children brings me fear and trembling and unspeakable astonishment-how Thou, O merciful Lord and most righteous Judge, dost continue to endure me and do good to me, an inhabitant of hell, even up to this very day and hour, awaiting my repentance.
Have mercy on me who more than once have promised to amend, but again returned to sins as a dog to its vomit.
Have mercy on me who have committed a number of murders.
Have mercy on me for without the fear of God or maternal love for children but with the fury of a wild beast have I torn apart my children.
Have mercy on me for of mine own free will have I committed my sins.
Have mercy on me who have defiled my spirit with foul thoughts.
Have mercy on me for I have led a sinful life even to this very day.
O Lord, my Lord, my joy, have mercy on me who am fallen.

Ode Ten

Kontakion 10

I have been wounded by the seductive charm of this world and have bent my knees before it, having chosen the ruinous path of its disgusting law, having forgotten my baptismal vows; and committing trespasses one after the other, doing whatever the world whispered to me, I ultimately reached the very peak of mortal sins: the murder of children. But, O Father, open to me Thine embrace, O my God, hasten, so that at least before my end I may offer Thee a sacrifice of praise, exclaiming: Alleluia.

Ikos 10

Robbers, murderers, thieves, and all unrepentant sinners shall not inherit the kingdom of God. And by every unrighteousness and all detestable sins have I defiled my body and soul; because of this misery of my soul, falling down before Thee I cry:

Have mercy on me who was born in the New Testament and Thy grace-filled Kingdom.
Have mercy on me who was received into the Church fashioned by Thee.
Have mercy on me who was sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on me who was nourished by Thy most Pure Body and Thy Life-giving Blood.
Have mercy on me who was baptized in Christ and clothed in Christ.
Have mercy on me who cast away all these benefactions and chose a life of sin.
O Lord, my Lord, my joy, have mercy on me who am fallen.

Ode Eleven

Kontakion 11

Grant me a spirit of chastity, O Lord and Master of my life, for from my youth have I been bereft of virtue, have I enslaved myself to passions: I have defiled my spirit and soul and have corrupted my body. O God of mercies and compassion! Disdain not to cleanse me, a detestable sinner-I am Thy creature, have mercy on me, and purify me from all defilement of flesh and spirit, and vouchsafe me to sing to Thee with boldness: Alleluia.

Ikos 11

Reject not, O Lord, the hope of my heart which trusts in Thee; and put me not to shame before angels and men at Thy Just and Dread Judgement. Judge me not then according to my deeds, but according to Thy mercy forgive all my sins as I cry to Thee:

Have mercy on me who have an unclean heart.
Have mercy on me who am taken captive by demonic captivity.
Have mercy on me who was born in sins, washed clean by Baptism, and again like a swine, have fallen into iniquity.
Have mercy on me who bear the fetid sores of my soul’s fall into sin.
Have mercy on me who from my grievous and mortal falls have fallen into despondency and despair.
Have mercy on me who have committed every sin and deserve every punishment.
Have mercy on me, O my Creator, and receive me in repentance who am fallen.
O Lord, my Lord, my joy, have mercy on me who am fallen.

Ode Twelve

Kontakion 12

With the breadth of Thy love, O my God, cover all the sins of my transgressions, accepting my repentance, so that in love for Thee I may ever cry: Alleluia.

Ikos 12

I have passed my youth in senselessness and wasted all my life in sins, in slothfulness and disregard of repentance; but mine old age, through fear of death and Thine inescapable Judgement, has brought me to repentance. Reject me not, O my Saviour, who even at the eleventh hour have come to Thy Fatherly embrace, crying out in repentance:

Have mercy on me, for the blood of mine innocent children cries to Thee, bearing witness to my having slain them.
Have mercy on me, O my God Triune in Nature; have mercy on me, O Lord Who art most wondrous in compassion.
Have mercy on me, O Master, Who art longsuffering concerning our transgressions.
Have mercy on me, O Holy King, Who healest our infirmities.
Have mercy on me, O Thou Who art abundant in love, Who with Thy love warmest even despairing sinners.
Have mercy on me, O Almighty, Who hast borne our infirmities.
O Lord, my Lord, my joy, have mercy on me, who am fallen.

Ode Thirteen

Kontakion 13

The sign of the Son of Man, the Most Precious and Life-giving Cross, shall appear in the heavens on that day of the terrible Second Coming of the Son of God, the Judge of the living and the dead. Then shall all the tribes of the the earth begin to weep. O Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Judge, and King of all! Grant me before that day tears of repentance, that I may more fervently weep over my evil deeds and destructive actions by which I have befouled my soul and bitterly offended Thy Most Pure Blood of Thy Testament! So that thus, together with the angels and all the saints and righteous ones I may then sing to Thee: Alleluia. (Repeat three times)

(And again, Ikos 1 and Kontakion 1)