Instructing Thy disciples in the mystery, O Lord,
Thou didst say to them:
My beloved, see that no fear separates you from me.
Though I suffer, it is for the sake of the world.
Let me not be a cause of scandal to you.
I came, not to be served, but to serve,
to give myself for the redemption of the world.
If you are my friends, then imitate me.
Let the first among you be last.
Let the master be like the servant.
Abide in me and bear fruit, for I am the vine of life.
From the Matins of Great and Holy Thursday