"Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight, and blessed is that servant whom He shall find watching, but unworthy is he whom He shall find heedless. Beware, therefore, O my soul, lest you be weighed down with sleep, lest you be given up to death, and be shut out from the kingdom. But rouse yourself and cry: Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O God, through the Theotokos have mercy on us!"
-Troparion of The Bridegroom Matins
"O Lord and Master of my life, a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not. But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love bestow upon me Thy servant. Yea, O Lord King, grant me to see my own failings and not condemn my brother; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen."
-The Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian
"My soul, O my soul, rise up! Why art thou Sleeping? The end draws near, and soon thou shalt be troubled. Watch, then, that Christ thy God may spare thee, for He is everywhere present and fills all things."
-Kontakion of the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete