Help me to fast joyfully…
With fasting I gladden my hope in You, my Lord, Who are to come again.
… Fasting hastens my preparation for Your coming, the sole expectation of my days and nights.
… Help me to fast joyfully and to hope joyously, for You, my Most Joyful Feast, are drawing near to me with Your radiant smile.
- Excerpts from “Prayers by the lake” by St. Nikolai Velimirovich