Today at the Sixth Hour we heard:
"And then come, and accuse me, saith the Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool. If you be willing, and will hearken to me, you shall eat the good things of the land."-Isaias 1:18-19
We fast to gain self control over our passions. While we lament our passions, we rejoice in our fasting, since by it we conquer the passions.