In vain do you rejoice in not eating, O soul!
For you abstain from food,
But your passions are not purified.
If you have no desire for improvement,
You will be despised as a lie in the eyes of God,
You will be likened to evil demons who never eat!
If you persevere in sin, you will perform a useless fast;
Therefore, remain in constant striving so as to stand before the Crucified Savior, or rather,
To be crucified with the One who was crucified for your sake!
Hymn from Cheese-Fare Wesnesday