Behold the Bridegroom comes in the middle of the night;
and blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching,
but unworthy is he whom He shall find in slothfulness.
Beware then, O my soul, and be not overcome by sleep,
lest thou be given over to death and shut out from the Kingdom.
But return to soberness and cry aloud :
Holy Holy Holy art Thou, O God
Through the prayers of the Theotokos have mercy upon us.
The service of Matins
Holy and Great Monday