If a man takes refuge from the tempest in this harbor,
will he not be saved?
If in his agony he kneels before this house of healing,
will he not be cured?
O Maker of all and Physician of the sick,
before I perish utterly,
save me, O Lord.
Lenten Sunday Vespers always includes a set of “penitential stichera” in the tone of the week. This one, for Tone 4, always especially moves me.