Holy Apostle Matthias; Post-feast of the Transfiguration

Dormition Fast.

GREAT VESPERS

At Psalm 140

In Tone 2

  1. Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord;* O Lord, hear my voice!

Come, let us faithfully celebrate the brilliant, divine Transfiguration.* Having been renewed in spirit,* we shall climb to the summit of virtue;* and having learned with the apostles* the revelation of the strange mysteries,* we shall glorify the Lord and Saviour.

  1. Let Your ears be attentive* to the voice of my prayer.

Rejoice and be happy, O faithful!* The Church now celebrates this precious and bright feast.* The Master of all is transfigured.* He is resplendent in the dawn of ineffable splendour,* shining more brightly than the sun.

  1. If You mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?* But with You forgiveness is that You may be revered.

This is the God and the Creator of all.* Through his great mercy He took on the appearance of a slave.* He now heals the wounds of ancient times.* By his gleaming countenance* He revealed the glow of divinity in his body.* The terrified apostles fell to the ground;* they bowed before the Master of all.

In Tone 1

  1. I have waited for You as You have commanded; my soul patiently relies on Your promise,* for it has trusted in the Lord.

O holy apostle Matthias,* you filled the choir from which Judas fell away.* You cast out the darkness of idol-worship* with the splendour of your wise words.* Now pray that Christ may grant peace and great mercy to our souls.

  1. From the morning watch until night* let Israel trust in the Lord.

O holy apostle Matthias,* you filled the choir from which Judas fell away.* You cast out the darkness of idol-worship* with the splendour of your wise words.* Now pray that Christ may grant peace and great mercy to our souls.

  1. For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him there is plentiful redemption;* and He shall redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

O blessed Matthias,* you flowed like a river filled with divine water* and watered the earth with your mystical streams,* thus causing it to bear much fruit.* Pray that Christ may grant peace and great mercy to our souls.

  1. Praise the Lord, all the nations;* proclaim His glory, all you people.

O blessed Matthias,* you flowed like a river filled with divine water* and watered the earth with your mystical streams,* thus causing it to bear much fruit.* Pray that Christ may grant peace and great mercy to our souls.

  1. Strong is the love of the Lord for us;* eternally will His truth endure.

O God-inspired Matthias,* the universe shines in the brightness of your inspired teaching;* for your instructions have illumined and enlightened all.* They have guided all to an understanding of God;* they have transformed into dwellings of brightness* those who had lived in the darkness of vain illusions* and in the darkness of life without God.

In Tone 6

Glory…

Grace was poured out through your lips, O glorious apostle Matthias.* You were a luminary in the Church of Christ.* You taught the disciples to believe in the consubstantial Trinity,* in the one divinity.

In Tone 2, Now…

O God of goodness, your light has sanctified the whole universe,* and You were transfigured on the high mountain,* revealing your power to your disciples.* You have redeemed the world from sin.* Therefore, we cry out to You:* O Lord of mercy, save our souls!

Readings

(1) Acts 1:15-26; (2) 1 John 3: 21 through 4: 6; (3) 1 John 4: 11 -16

Aposticha

In Tone 6

In your compassion, O Christ,* You appeared from the Virgin* in the humanity of the first Adam;* indeed, You became the new Adam.* O my Saviour, You were transfigured on Mount Tabor,* and thus You revealed your divinity.

The heavens are yours; the world is yours.

The crowns of grace and the law* were amazed to see your holy Transfiguration* on Mount Tabor, O Christ.* Together with them we bow down to You,* to the Father, and the Divine Spirit.

Tabor and Hermon shout with joy at your name.

Creation is brightly illumined by your Transfiguration* in the presence of the holy apostles on Tabor, O Christ.* Indeed, You revealed to Moses and Elijah* that You are God, more radiant than the sun.

In Tone 2

Glory…

Filled with divine ambition, O apostle Matthias,* you laboured zealously for God the almighty* who revealed you worthy of divine miracles.* Now you abide with the heavenly hosts and behold our God.* Pray to the Word, Christ our God,* to grant his great mercy to us.

Now…

You were transfigured in glory on Mount Tabor, O Christ our God,* and You showed your disciples the glory of your divinity.* Now also pour out the light of your knowledge upon us* and, in your goodness and your love for all of us,* guide us in the way of your divine commandments.

Troparia

In Tone 3

O holy apostle Matthias, intercede with the all-merciful God* that He may grant us forgiveness of our sins.

In Tone 7

Glory… Now…

You were transfigured on the mount, O Christ God,* showing Your glory to Your disciples as much as they could bear.* Make Your eternal light shine* also on us who are sinners,* through the prayers of the Mother of God* O Giver of Light, glory to You!

 

DIVINE LITURGY

Antiphon 1

Shout to the Lord, all the earth, sing now to His name, give glory to His praise.

Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Saviour, save us.

The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; Your lightning lit up the world.

Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Saviour, save us.

You have clothed Yourself in praise and splendour; You robe Yourself in light as with a cloak.

Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Saviour, save us.

Glory… Now… Only-begotten Son…

Antiphon 3

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord, let us acclaim God, our Saviour.

Son of God, transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.

Let us come before His face with praise, and acclaim Him in psalms.

Son of God, transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.

For God is the great Lord, and the great king over all the earth.

Son of God, transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.

Entrance

Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ.

Son of God, transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.

Troparia and Kontakia

Troparion, Tone 7: You were transfigured on the mount, O Christ God,* showing Your glory to Your disciples as much as they could bear.* Make Your eternal light shine* also on us who are sinners,* through the prayers of the Mother of God,* O Giver of Light, glory to You!

Troparion, Tone 3: O holy apostle Matthias, intercede with the all-merciful God* that He may grant us forgiveness of our sins.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Kontakion, Tone 4: Your radiant message,* O wondrous apostle Matthias,* has shone like the sun throughout the world* enlightening the Church of the nations with grace.

Now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Kontakion, Tone 7: You were transfigured on the mount, O Christ God,* and Your disciples saw Your glory as much as they could;* that when they saw You crucified* they might know that You suffered willingly*, and might proclaim to the world* that You are truly the brightness of the Father.

Prokeimenon, Tone 4

How great are Your works, O Lord, You have made all things in wisdom.

verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord, my God, You are exceedingly great. (Psalm 103:24,1)

Prokeimenon, Tone 8

verse: Their utterance has gone forth into all the earth, and their word unto the ends of the world. (Psalm 18:5)

Epistle

Acts 1:12-17, 21-26

Alleluia, Tone 8

verse: Yours are the heavens, and Yours the earth.

verse: Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, they will walk in the light of Your countenance, O Lord. (Psalm 88:12,16)

verse: The heavens shall confess our wonders, O Lord, and Your truth in the church of the saints. (Psalm 88:6)

Gospel

Luke 9:1-6

Hymn to the Mother of God

O my soul, magnify the Lord transfigured on the mountain.

And the Irmos: Your giving birth was revealed as incorrupt; for it was God who came forth from your womb; He appeared on earth in the flesh, and made His dwelling among us. Thus, O Mother of God, all of us magnify you.

Communion Hymn

We will walk in the light of Your face, O Lord,* and rejoice in Your name forever.* Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 88:16,17)* Their utterance has gone forth into all the earth,* and their word unto the ends of the world.* Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 18:5)