Lesson from the book of Esther, `3, 8-11; 15-17
In those days Maradochai prayed to the Lord, saying, O Lord, Lord, almighty King, for all things are in Thy power; and there is none that can resist Thy will, if Thou determine to save Israel.
Thou hast made heaven and earth, and all things that are under the cope of heaven. Thou art Lord of all, and there is none that can resist Thy majesty.
And now Lord, O King, O God of Abraham, have mercy on Thy people, because our enemies resolve to destroy us, and extinguish Thy inheritance. Despise not Thy portion, which Thou hast redeemed for Thyself out of Egypt. Hear my supplication and be merciful to Thy lot and inheritance, and turn our mourning into joy, that we may live and praise Thy name, O Lord; and shut not the mouths of them that sing to Thee, O Lord our God.