Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross. Octoechos 6. Our Venerable Father Eumenes, Bishop of Gortyna

Great Vespers, Festal Matins and Divine Liturgy


Kathisma Reading: “Blessed is the man…” is sung.

At Psalm 140

In Tone 6

Lead my soul forth from prison* that I may give thanks to Your name.

O Christ, You won the victory over Hades,* You ascended the cross so that You might raise up with Yourself* all those who dwelt in the darkness of death.* Almighty Saviour, You are free from death* and bestow life by Your divine light.* We, therefore, beseech You to have mercy on us.

The just shall gather around me* when You have been good to me.

Today Christ has conquered Death.* He has risen from the grave as He had foretold,* bestowing great joy upon the world.* Therefore, let us all lift up our voices and sing:* O Fount of Life, O Light whom no one can approach,* Almighty Saviour, have mercy on us.

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

O Lord, where can we sinners flee from You,* for You are present in all creation?* You are present in heaven, for it is Your dwelling place.* Your power prevails in Hades where You conquered Death.* O Master, Your sustaining hand touches even the depths of the sea.* Where, then, can we take refuge except in You?* We, therefore, prostrate ourselves before You and pray:* O Lord, risen from the dead, have mercy on us.

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

We exult in Your cross, O Christ,* and we sing the glory of Your resurrection.* For You are our God, and we have no other Lord but You.

In Tone 4

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

O Master, You were raised upon the Cross.* With You was raised the fallen nature of Adam.* For this reason, as we lift up your precious Cross, O Lover of Mankind,* we beg for your might from on high and call out:* O Most High, since You are the merciful God,* save all those who venerate the exaltation* of your precious, light-bearing, and heavenly Cross.

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

O Master, the psalmist saw, as though already present,* the footstool on which You rested your most pure feet.* Today we lovingly venerate your most precious Cross as we devoutly raise it.* Entreating You, we cry out:* O Most High, You have sanctified us by your divine Cross.* Make us partakers of your compassion and grace beyond words.

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

O Christ, we bow to your most holy Cross* as to the invincible armour,* an unconquerable shield, and a divine sceptre.* Through it the world is saved and Adam rejoices.* We on earth praise and venerate it with hymns.* We bless its raising, and we ask for cleansing.

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

Having purified your soul and body from its passions,* you became a temple of the Holy Spirit.* You adorned yourself with priestly oil.* O Eumenius, you were an outstanding intercessor* who spoke with the holy angels* and an heir to the glory of the Lord.* You supplicate for those who venerate you.

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

Your glorious life was illumined by virtues,* and it glowed through the splendor of miracles.* O blessed one, you were glorified to the ends of the earth.* O miracle-worker worthy of honor,* you were made free from error, a brilliant master,* a dweller with the saints,* a hierarch, and a citizen of the Holy City along with the angels.

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

We have gathered together to venerate the apostle of Crete,* the unshakable foundation of the Church, Bishop Eumenius.* He is magnified in miracles and glorified in many powers.* As a light of the faithful,* he illumined those whose hearts were darkened.

In Tone 2, Glory…

Hidden in the earth as a divine treasure,* the Cross of the Giver of Life now appeared in the heavens to the godly king,* and its inscription spiritually signified his victory over the enemy.* Rejoicing with faith and love,* he was inspired by God and hastened to raise on high* the Cross that he had seen in his vision.* With great zeal he brought it forth from the bosom of the earth* for the deliverance of the world and the salvation of our souls.

In Tone 6, Glory…

Who would not call you blessed, O Virgin most holy?* Who would not sing a hymn of praise* to the glory of your giving birth without pain or travail?* The Only-begotten Son Himself,* begotten of the Father before all ages,* was made flesh out of you in a manner* that cannot be explained, O Woman most pure!* And for our sake, He who is God by nature* assumed the nature of a man.* He is not divided into two persons;* He is understood to have two natures* without commixion or confusion.* O noble and blessed Woman,* intercede with Him that He may have mercy on our souls.


In Tone 6

O Christ our Saviour,* the angels in heaven sing the praises of Your resurrection;* make us on earth also worthy* to extol and purify You with a pure heart.

The Lord reigns, He is clothed in majesty. Robed is the Lord, and girt about with strength.

Almighty God, You destroyed the brazen gates and bars of Hades,* and raised up fallen mankind.* Therefore, with one accord, we cry out:* O Lord, risen from the dead, glory to You!

For He has made the world firm, which shall not be moved.

Christ willed to renew us from our corruption of old* by being nailed to a cross and placed in a tomb.* When the women came to anoint His body they tearfully cried out:* O, what sorrow afflicts us!* O Saviour of All, how could You consent to occupy a grave?* If you truly willed this, then why did You allow Your body to be stolen?* How were You removed?* What place now conceals Your life-bearing body?* O Lord, appear to us as You promised* and put an end to our tears.* As they were lamenting, an angel appeared and cried out to them:* Do not weep, but tell the apostles that the Lord is risen,* granting sanctification and great mercy to the world.

Holiness befits Your house, O Lord, for length of days.

O Christ, You were crucified of Your own free will,* and by Your burial You imprisoned Death.* As God, You rose in glory on the third day,* granting life and great mercy to the world.

In Tone 4, Glory… Now…

Moses prefigured the power of your precious Cross, O Christ,* when he conquered Amalek, his enemy, in the wilderness of Sinai.* When he stretched out his arms in the form of a cross,* the people were strengthened.* Now these images are fulfilled in us.* Today the Cross is exalted, and the devils are put to flight.* Today all creation is freed from corruption.* Through the Cross every gift of grace has shone upon us.* Therefore, rejoicing, we bow down before You and say:* How marvelous are your works, O Lord; glory to You!


In Tone 6

Angelic powers were upon Your tomb* and the guards became like dead men;* Mary stood before Your tomb* seeking Your most pure body.* You captured Hades without being overcome by it.* You met the Virgin and granted life.* O Lord, risen from the dead,* glory be to You!

In Tone 1, Glory… Now…

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance,* grant victory to Your faithful people against enemies,* and protect Your community by Your Cross.




Usual Beginning


Great Litany

God the Lord, Tone 6

Troparia, Tone 6

Angelic powers were upon Your tomb* and the guards became like dead men;* Mary stood before Your tomb* seeking Your most pure body.* You captured Hades without being overcome by it.* You met the Virgin and granted life.* O Lord, risen from the dead,* glory be to You! (2)

In Tone 7, Glory…

You enriched your life with fasting, O Father Eumenius.* You loved the poor and gave them all you had.* You were brighter than the sun in virtue,* cheering the sad and comforting the mourning.* By virtue of these riches and by your prayers,* now beg Christ to forgive our sins.

In Tone 1, Glory… Now…

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance,* grant victory to Your faithful people against enemies,* and protect Your community by Your Cross.

Psalter Reading

Stasis I: Psalms 9, 10
Stasis II: Psalms 11, 12, 13
Stasis III: Psalms 14, 15, 16

Small Litany

Sessional Hymn I, Tone 6

While the tomb lay open and Hades lamented,* Mary, cried to the Apostles who were in hiding saying:* “Come forth, you workers of the vineyard,* proclaim to the world the word of the Resurrection,* for the Lord is risen,* granting the world His great mercy!”

Arise, O Lord my God, let Your hands be lifted on high;* forget not Your poor to the end.

Mary Magdalene stood by Your tomb O Lord,* and mistaking You for the gardener,* weeping she cried aloud to You:* “Where have You hidden the Life eternal?* Where have You placed He who sits on the Cherubic Throne?* For those who were guarding Him have become as dead-men through fear.* Either give me my Lord or cry out with me:* O You who were numbered among the dead and have raised the dead,* glory be to You!”

Glory… Now…

Gideon foretold of your conception,* and David revealed your ineffable child-bearing, O Theotokos;* for the Word descended like a dew upon the fleece of your womb,* and you O Virgin full of grace,* like unto a holy and fertile earth,* budded forth without seed our salvation, Christ God.

Psalter Reading

Stasis I: Psalm 17
Stasis II: Psalms 18, 19, 20
Stasis III: Psalms 21, 22, 23

Small Litany

Sessional Hymn II, Tone 6

Life was laid in the tomb* and a seal was set upon the stone;* the soldiers stood guarding Christ like a sleeping King;* and having invisibly struck His foes the Lord arose.

I will confess You, O Lord, with my whole heart,* I will tell of all Your wonders.

Jonah foretold of Your tomb,* and Symeon revealed Your divine Arising, O immortal Lord;* for You descended as One dead into the tomb,* and having smashed the gates of Hades,* You arose without corruption as Master, for the salvation of all the world,* O Christ our God,* enlightening those lying in darkness.

Glory… Now…

O Virgin Theotokos, entreat your Son Christ our God,* who was willingly nailed upon the Cross,* and freed the world from deception,* that He have mercy upon our souls!



Small Litany

Hypakoe, Tone 6

By Your voluntary and life-giving death, O Christ,* You shattered the gates of Hades,* and as God You opened to us the Paradise of old;* and by arising from the dead,* You delivered our lives from corruption.

Gradual Hymns, Tone 6

Antiphon 1

Unto heaven I raise my eyes, even unto You, O Word;* have pity on me,* that I may live for You.

Have mercy upon us who are filled with contempt O Word,* repairing Your broken vessels* that we may be found useful.

Glory… Now…

In the Holy Spirit is the cause of all salvation,* if He sees fit to breathe on one of His creatures,* He swiftly raises him from the things of this earth, and having given him wings,* makes him to flourish and raises him on high.

Antiphon 2

If the Lord had not dwelt among us,* none could have withstood the attacks of the enemy,* for those who are victorious* are exalted by Him.

Let not my soul be taken like a sparrow by their teeth, O Word;* Woe unto me!* How shall I, the lover of sin, be delivered from the power of the enemy?

Glory… Now…

In the Holy Spirit all find divine inspiration,* goodness, understanding, peace, and blessing;* for He is equal in activity* to the Father and the Word.

Antiphon 3

They that put their trust in the Lord look upon high* and are thus fearful to their foes* and wondrous to all mankind.

Unto the pursuit of iniquities* the righteous stretch not the hands,* having You, O Saviour, as their helper.

Glory… Now…

In the Holy Spirit is sovereignty over all creation;* Him the armies of hosts above worship* and by everything that has breath below* is He worshiped.

Prokeimenon, Tone 6

O Lord, stir up Your might* and come to save us.

verse: O Shepherd of Israel, attend, You that lead Joseph like a sheep.

Let everything that lives, Tone 6


Luke 24:1-12

Hymn of Resurrection

Psalm 50

Verses at Psalm 50

Canon, Tone 6

Ode 1

Irmos: Israel, marching on foot in the sea as on the dry land,* saw Pharaoh the pursuer overthrown in the deep,* and raised a triumphant shout:* Let us sing to God a hymn of victory.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

O Good Jesus, with your arms stretched wide upon the cross, you have fulfilled in all things the Father’s good pleasure; therefore let us all sing to you a hymn of victory.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Death, the end of life, as a slave under orders, in fear approaches you, the Lord of life, whereby you award to us life without end and resurrection.

Glory… Now…

Pure one, who beyond understanding received your Creator, of his own will made flesh in your seedless womb, you are declared to be in truth creation’s sovereign Lady.


Ode 3

Irmos: None is holy but you, O Lord my God,* the one who is the Good;* you have exalted the horn of your faithful people,* and founded them on the rock of their confession of you.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Creation, seeing God crucified in the flesh, was dissolving in fear, but by the strong hand of the Crucified it was firmly held together.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Sorry death, destroyed by death, lies lifeless; unable to withstand the God-filled assault of Life, the strong one dies. And so to all is given resurrection.

Glory… Now…

O pure one, the wonder of your divine child-bearing surpasses the laws of nature: marvellous was your conceiving of God in your womb, and marvellous the birth and your abiding virginity.


Ode 4

Irmos: Christ, my strength, my God, my Lord,* most fittingly your holy Church keeps festival,* singing, dancing, crying out with pure minds,* feasting in the Lord.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Truly, O Christ, the tree of life has blossomed for the cross, planted in the earth, fed with blood and water from your pure side, has put forth life for us.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

No more the serpent’s lying whisper: You shall be like God; for Christ, divine Creator of man’s nature, now has opened out before me, with none to hinder, the pathway of life.

Glory… Now…

Ever-virgin Mother of God, truly beyond speech and incomprehensible to heaven and to earth are the mysteries of your God-befitting child bearing.


Ode 5

Irmos: Shine with your divine splendour, I pray you, O you who are good,* on the souls of those who rise early to you* and long to know you, O Word of God,* as in truth the God who calls them back from sin’s deep darkness.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Now the Cherubim withdraw from me, and the flaming sword is turned back at sight of you, O Word of God, in truth the God who makes for the Thief the path to Paradise.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

I fear no longer the return to the dust, Lord Christ, for in your great mercy through your resurrection you have led me, forgotten, from the dust to the heights of incorruption.

Glory… Now…

O good Lady of the world, keep safe those who from the heart confess you God-bearer, for we have gained you, true Mother of God, for our invincible protection.


Ode 6

Irmos: Watching life’s sea rising in the surging waves of temptations,* fast making for your calm harbour, I cry out to you:* Lead my life up from corruption,* O you of many mercies .

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Crucified, O Lord, by the nails which fastened you, you annulled the curse upon us; pierced in the side by the spear, you tore up the written scroll against Adam, and set the whole world free.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Deception tripped up Adam and brought him to the depth of Hell. But you, God and compassion by nature, came down to seek him and, lifting him up on your shoulders, raised him up with yourself.

Glory… Now…

All-holy Lady, who bore to mortal man his Lord and pilot, quieten the fearful and unresting tumult of my passions, and grant to my heart tranquillity.


With His life-giving hand* Christ our God, the Giver of life,* raised all the dead from the murky abyss* and bestowed resurrection upon humanity.* He is for all the Saviour,* the resurrection and the life, and the God of all.



O Giver of life, we sing and we worship your cross and your burial, for you entered Hell, O deathless one, as God of all power, and raising the dead with yourself and shattering the gates of Hell, as God you demolished the might of death. Therefore with love and with longing we who are born of the earth praise you as risen from the dead, overthrowing the might of the all-destroying foe, raising up all who believe in you, delivering the world from the stings of the serpent and us from the wiles of the enemy, as the one who alone possesses the power. Devoutly we sing, therefore, the praises of your resurrection, for by this, as God of all, you have saved us.


Ode 7

Irmos: As falling dew the angel made the furnace to the holy children,* and the command of God burned the Chaldeans;* and the tyrant was convinced, crying aloud:* Blessed are you, the God of our fathers.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

The sun lamenting your Passion, O Lord, drew darkness around him and the light of the day was darkened over the whole of the earth, which cried aloud: Blessed are you, the God of our fathers.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

At your descent, O Christ, the underworld was clothed in splendour; our first father, filled with gladness of heart, sprang up, dancing and crying out: Blessed are you, the God of our fathers.

Glory… Now…

Through you, O Virgin Mother, light has risen and joy to all the inhabited earth, for you gave birth to God the Creator of all; ask him for us, All-pure, to send down to your faithful people great mercy.

Ode 8

Irmos: Dew from the flames you shed on the holy ones,* burning thus with water the sacrifice of the righteous.* All things, O Christ, you bring about according to your holy will;* we highly exalt you throughout the ages.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Envy has finished its work on the people of the Jews: of old the slayers of the prophets now they are slayers of God; they set you upon the cross, O Word of God, you whom we highly exalt throughout the ages.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

O Christ, without leaving the courts of Heaven you came to Hell. Together with yourself you awakened the whole man, lying m corruption, and he highly exalts you now throughout the ages.

Glory… Now…

From light you conceived the light-giving Word, ineffably you gave him birth, and are glorified. For the Holy Spirit dwelt in you, O Maid, and therefore we praise you throughout the ages.



Ode 9

Irmos: No man can see God, on whom the ranks of angels dare not gaze;* but, through you, All-holy One, the Word made flesh is seen of mortal men.* Magnifying him with all the heavenly hosts,* we call you blessed.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Free from passions you remained, O Word of God, when you held converse with passions in the flesh. But having dealt to passion a Passion, you loosed man from his passions. For you alone are impassible and almighty, our Saviour.

Glory to your holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Accepting the corruption of death, O Lord, you kept your body from tasting corruption, and your soul, life-giving, divine, was not left in Hell. But, as from sleep arising, you raised us up with yourself.

Glory… Now…

With pure lips we mortal men give glory to God the Father, to the Son with him without beginning, and we worship the inexpressible power, most glorious, of the All-holy Spirit; for you alone subsist almighty, undivided Trinity.


Small Litany

Holy is the Lord

Hymn of Light (Gospel)

Resplendent with virtues* let us behold the men standing in brilliant clothes inside the grave,* giving life to the saddened myrrh-bearing women.* Let us learn of the resurrection of the Lord of heaven* and hasten with Peter to the tomb of life.* Let us stand before His wondrous resurrection* and contemplate the marvels of Christ.

Glory… Now…

O Lord, when You told the myrrh-bearing women to rejoice,* You ended the sadness of our first parents,* and You brought the joy of the resurrection into the world.* Therefore, O Giver of life* by the prayers of the One who gave You birth,* send the light of Your love to shine in our hearts,* that we may cry to You: O Lover of mankind and our God,* glory to Your resurrection!


Stichera of the Praises, Tone 6

Your Cross, O Lord, is the life and resurrection of Your people,* and trusting in it we sing Your praises:* O our risen God, have mercy upon us.

Your burial, O Master, opened Paradise to mankind,* and thus delivered from corruption we sing Your praises:* O our risen God, have mercy upon us.

With the Father and the Spirit* let us hymn Christ risen from the dead,* and let us cry out to Him:* You are our life and resurrection, have mercy upon us.

On the third day You arose from the tomb, O Christ, as it was written,* raising together with Yourself our Forefather;* therefore the race of mankind glorifies You, and hymns Your Resurrection.

O Lord, great and fearful is the mystery of Your Resurrection;* for You came forth from the tomb* like a bridegroom from His marriage chamber,* overcoming death by death,* and redeeming Adam.* Wherefore Angels exult in heaven* and mankind here on earth* glorify Your compassion towards us, O Lover of mankind.

O you wicked Judeans, where are the seals,* and the pieces of silver that you handed to the watchmen?* The treasure was not stolen, but has arisen as One almighty;* and you have been put to shame, who denied Christ,* the Lord of glory, who suffered and was buried* and arose on the third day;* Him let us worship and glorify.

While the stone was sealed, how were you robbed, O Judeans?* Since you set guards and placed seals.* Yet while the doors were shut the King came forth.* Either bring forth His body, or worship Him as God,* and along with us chant:* Glory, O Lord, to Your Cross and holy Resurrection!

The Myrrh-bearing Women came lamenting to Your life-bearing grave, O Lord,* carrying sweet smelling spices,* seeking to anoint Your most pure Body;* but instead they found a radiant Angel seated upon the stone,* and He addressed them saying.* Why do you weep for the One who poured forth life from His side for world’s sake?* Why do you seek the Immortal One as a mortal in a grave?* Rather, run, and tell His Disciples the universal joy of His glorious Resurrection;* with which You enlightened us also, O Saviour,* grant to us pardon and great mercy.

In Tone 4, Glory…

The women came at early dawn to Your tomb, O Christ,* but they did not find Your venerable body.* As they were perplexed, an angel in shining clothes said to them:* Why do you seek the Living among the dead?* He is risen as He foretold.* Have you forgotten what He said?* Being assured by the words of the angel,* the women preached to the disciples about the things they saw.* But their good news was received with ridicule;* for the disciples were still without understanding.* Peter, however, hastened to Your tomb* and then glorified Your wonders, O Lord.

In Tone 2, Now…

You are truly most blessed, O virgin Mother of God.* Through the One who was incarnate of you,* Hades was chained, Adam revived, the curse wiped out,* Eve set free, Death put to death,* and we ourselves were brought back to life.* That is why we cry out in praise;* Blessed are You, O Christ our God,* who finds in this your good pleasure. Glory to You!

Great Doxology

Trisagion Prayers

Troparion, Tone 2

You came forth from death, destroying the eternal bonds of Hades, O Lord.* You broke the curse of Death* and thus delivered us from the snares of the Evil One.* Then You appeared to your apostles and sent them forth to preach,* and through them You have bestowed your peace upon all the world,* for You alone are rich in mercy.

Insistent Litany

Litany of Supplication

Great Dismissal



Antiphon 1

O God, my God, hear me; why have You forsaken me? The words of my transgressions put salvation far from me.

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

O God, I will call to You by day but You will not listen; and by night, yet it will not be foolish of me.

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

But You, the praise of Israel, dwell in the holy place.

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, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.

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

Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.

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

Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.


Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ.

Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.

Troparia and Kontakia

Troparion, Tone 6: Angelic powers were upon Your tomb* and the guards became like dead men;* Mary stood before Your tomb* seeking Your most pure body.* You captured Hades without being overcome by it.* You met the Virgin and granted life.* O Lord, risen from the dead,* glory be to You!

Troparion, Tone 1: Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance.* Grant victory to Your faithful people against enemies,* and protect Your community by Your cross.

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

Kontakion, Tone 6: With His life-giving hand* Christ our God, the Giver of life,* raised all the dead from the murky abyss* and bestowed resurrection upon humanity.* He is for all the Saviour,* the resurrection and the life, and the God of all.

Now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Kontakion, Tone 4: By Your own choice, O Christ our God,* You were lifted on the cross.* Grant Your mercies to Your new community* that bears Your Name.* By Your power gladden the faithful people,* and grant them victory against enemies.* May they have the help of Your instrument of peace,* the invincible sign of victory.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7
Exalt the Lord our God,* and bow in worship at the footstool of his feet, for it is holy.
verse: The Lord reigns, let the people tremble. (Psalm 98:5,1)

Epistle Galatians 2:16-20 (NRSV)
Brothers and Sisters,
yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law. But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor. For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Alleluia, Tone 1
verse: Remember Your congregation which You acquired from the beginning.
verse: But God is our king before the ages; He has wrought salvation in the midst of the earth. (Psalm 73:2,12)

Gospel: Mark 8:34-9:1 (RSV)
At that time,
Jesus called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

Hymn to the Mother of God
O my soul, magnify the most precious cross of the Lord.
And the Irmos, Tone 8: You are a mystical Paradise, O Mother of God, who though untilled, have brought forth Christ. He has planted upon earth the life-giving Tree of the Cross. Therefore today as we raise it on high we bow low and we magnify you.

Communion Hymn
Praise the Lord from the heavens;* praise Him in the highest. (Psalm 148:1)*Let the light of Your countenance, O Lord,* shine upon us.* Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 4:7)

At the end of Liturgy we sing:
To Your Cross, O Master, we bow in veneration, and we glorify Your holy Resurrection. (3)


Неділя по Воздвиженням чесного Хреста; Прп. Євменія, єп. Гортинського, чудотворця. 18 вересня.


Блажен муж співаємо


10. Стих: Виведи з в’язниці мою душу,* щоб дякувати імені твоєму.

(г. 6): Перемогу маючи над адом,* на хрест зійшов ти, Христе,* щоб воскресити з собою тих, що в темряві смерти перебували.* Вільний від смерти, всесильний Спасе,* що життя виливаєш із свого світла, помилуй нас!

9. Стих: Мене обступлять праведники,* бо ти добро мені вчиниш.

Нині Христос смерть переміг* і, як прорік, воскрес і радість світові дарував,* щоб усі ми, кличучи, таку пісню співали:* Джерело життя, неприступне світло,* всесильний Спасе, помилуй нас!

8. Стих: З глибин взиваю до тебе, Господи,* Господи, почуй мій голос.

Від тебе, Господи, присутнього в усьому творінні,* куди нам грішним утікати?* На небесах бо сам живеш, в аді ж переміг смерть.* У морські глибини? Та й там твоя рука, Владико!* Тож до тебе прибігаємо і, припадаючи, молимось:* Воскреслий із мертвих, помилуй нас!

7. Стих: Нехай будуть твої вуха уважні,* до голосу благання мого.

Хрестом твоїм, Христе, хвалимось* і воскресіння твоє оспівуємо і славимо,* бо ти – Бог наш, крім тебе ж іншого не знаємо.

6. Стих: Коли ти, Господи, зважатимеш на беззаконня,* то хто встоїться, Господи. Та в тебе є прощення.

(г. 4, подібний: Дав ти як знамено): Нині, наче сонце,* промінно засяяв* чесний хрест твій, Христе.* Він, застромлений на преславнім лобнім місці* й піднесений на пресвятій горі твоїй, Спасе,* насправді показує,* що ним ти, Всесильний,* як чоловіколюбець,* підніс на небеса нашу природу.

5. Стих: Задля імени твого надіюсь на тебе, Господи,* надіється душа моя на слово твоє; надіється душа моя на Господа.

Нині небеса звістили людям* славу твою, Неосяжний,* бо неприступним сяйвом* ясно заблистів образ хреста* і посоромив божевільну* і жорстоку поведінку боговбивців.* Тому величаємо твоє чоловіколюбне діло спасіння,* Ісусе всесильний,* Спасе душ наших.

4. Стих: Від ранньої сторожі до ночі* від ранньої сторожі нехай уповає Ізраїль на Господа.

Колись Мойсей, розпростерши свої руки,* прообразив знак хреста* і переміг Амалика.* Ми ж сьогодні, поклоняючись дереву хреста,* перемагаємо ворожі підступи й лукавства,* маючи оборонця – Христа,* що на ньому був тілом розп’ятий* і умертвив змія,* спасаючи людину.

3. Стих: Бо в Господа милість і відкуплення велике в нього;* він визволить Ізраїля від усього беззаконня його.

(г. 4, подібний: Як хороброго): Душу і тіло твоє́* од при́страстей очи́стивши,* Свято́го Ду́ха до́мом став єси́* і свяще́нства пома́занням* себе́ прикраси́в єси́,* предстоя́телем досвідченим був ти, Євме́нію,* і співбе́сідником святи́х Ангелів,* і сла́ви Госпо́дньої спадкоє́мцем,* і засту́пником за тих, що в пісня́х сла́влять тебе́.

2. Стих: Хваліте Господа всі народи!* Прославляйте його всі люди!

Пресла́вне життя́ твоє́,* чесно́тами просвітлене,* просія́ло світлостями чуде́с* і вчини́ло тебе́, всеблаже́нний, по край світу покритим вели́кою сла́вою,* і світи́лом необма́нним,* і Святи́х односе́льцем,* і свято́го міста громадя́нином, ієра́рху,* Ангелів співгромадя́нином,* чудотво́рче достосла́вний.

1. Стих: Велике бо до нас його милосердя, і вірність Господа повіки.

Кріту оздо́бу,* Го́ртини предсідника,* Це́ркви непохи́тну осно́ву,* ієра́рха Євме́нія,* що в чудеса́х дося́г ве́личі* і в си́лах мно́гих ве́льми усла́вився,* і просвіти́в тих, що скніли у мо́році се́рця,* – як світи́ло вірних,* велегла́сно, зійшо́вшись, ушану́ймо.

 Слава (г. 8): Сьогодні Владика створіння і Господь слави* дає себе прибити до хреста і між ребра проколоти;* жовчі й оцту куштує той, хто є і осолодою Церкви;* терновим вінком дає себе увінчати той, хто небо хмарами вкриває;* в одежу наруги зодягається і дозволяє себе бити тлінною рукою той,* хто рукою своєю сотворив людину;* по плечах б’ють того, хто зодягає небо хмарами.* Він приймає оплювання й рани, дорікання й поличники.* Все це задля нас засуджених* терпить наш Спаситель і Бог, щоб спасти світ від омани,* бо він милостивий.

І нині  (догмат, г. 6): Хто ж тебе не прославлятиме, Пресвята Діво?* Або хто не оспівуватиме твого пречистого Різдва?* Син бо єдинородний, що предвічно засяяв від Отця,* той вийшов з тебе, Чиста, воплотившись несказанно.* Бувши з природи Богом, став задля нас правдивим чоловіком;* неподільний на дві особи,* але пізнавальний у двох незлитих природах.* Його моли, чиста Всеблаженна,* щоб помилував душі наші.

Стихири на стиховні

(г. 6): Воскресіння твоє, Христе Спасе,* ангели оспівують на небесах,* і нас на землі сподоби чистим серцем* тебе співом прославляти.

Стих: Господь царює,* у велич він зодягнувся.

Як всемогутній, ти розбив мідні брами* і знищив адові затвори,* та воскресив впалий рід людський.* Тому ми однодумно кличемо:* Ти, що воскрес із мертвих, Господи, – слава тобі!

Стих: Бо він утвердив вселенну,* і вона не захитається.

Христос, бажаючи нас підняти з давнього тління,* дає себе до хреста прибити, і в гробі покласти.* Жінки мироносиці його з сльозами шукали* і, ридаючи, казали: Горе нам, Спасе всіх!* Як то ти зволив себе в гробі покласти?* Ти ж добровільно поклався, як же тебе викрадено?* Як тебе перенесено? Яке ж то місце скрило твоє життєдайне тіло?* Але, як ти нам обіцяв, Владико,* появися й утихомир наше гірке ридання.* Коли ж вони ридали, ангел до них промовив:* Перестаньте плакати і благовістіть апостолам, що Господь воскрес,* даючи світові очищення і велику милість.

Стих: Домові твоєму, Господи,* належить святість на довгі літа.

Добровільно розп’ятий, Христе,* твоїм погребенням ти полонив смерть* і третього дня воскрес, як Бог у славі,* даючи світові безконечне життя і велику милість.

 Слава і нині(г. 8): Твій хрест святий, Христе Боже,* колись Мойсей прообразив на собі* і розбив та переміг Амалика.* А й піснетворець Давид, оспівуючи його,* як твоїх ніг підніжок, доручав йому вклонятися.* Сьогодні ми, грішні, вклоняємось йому* і недостойними устами оспівуємо тебе,* що зволив на ньому дати себе прибити, і молимося:* Господи, сподоби нас, з розкаяним розбійником, твого царства!

(г. 6): Ангельські сили на гробі твоїм* і ті, що стерегли, змертвіли* і стояла Марія у гробі,* шукаючи пречистого тіла твого.* Полонив Ти ада, та не спокусився ним,* зустрів єси Діву, даруючи життя.* Воскреслий з мертвих Господи, слава Тобі.

Слава  І нині: (г. 1): Спаси, Господи, людей твоїх* і благослови насліддя твоє!* Перемоги благовірному народові над супротивників даруй* і хрестом твоїм охорони люд твій.




Антифон 1
Стих 1: Боже, Боже мій, зваж на мене, чому ти оставив мене? Далеко від спасення мого слова гріхопадінь моїх (Пс 21,2).
Приспів: Молитвами Богородиці,* Спасе, спаси нас.
Стих 2: Боже мій, закличу вдень і не вислухаєш, і вночі, і не в безумство мені (Пс 21,3).
Приспів: Молитвами Богородиці,* Спасе, спаси нас.
Стих 3: А ти у святому живеш, хвало ізраїлева (Пс 21,4).
Приспів: Молитвами Богородиці,* Спасе, спаси нас.
+Слава Отцю, і Сину, і Святому Духові. І нині, і повсякчас, і на віки вічні. Амінь..Єдинородний Сину

Антифон 3: Приспів празника (15-20 вересня)
Приспів: Спаси нас, Сину Божий, що плоттю розп’явся, співаємо Тобі: Алилуя.
Вхідне: Прийдіте поклонімося і припадім до Христа. Спаси нас, Сину Божий, що плоттю розп’явся, співаємо Тобі: Алилуя.

Тропарі і Кондаки
Тропар (глас 6): Ангельські сили на гробі Твоїм, і сторожі омертвіли; Марія ж стояла при гробі, шукаючи пречистого тіла Твого. Полонив Ти ад і, не переможений від нього, зустрів Ти Діву, даруючи життя. Воскреслий з мертвих, Господи, слава Тобі!

Тропар (глас 1): Спаси, Господи, людей Твоїх і благослови насліддя Твоє, перемоги благовірному народові на супротивників даруй і хрестом Твоїм охорони люд Твій.

+Слава Отцю, і Сину, і Святому Духові.

Кондак (глас 6): Животворною рукою Життєдавець, Христос Бог, воскресив з темних безодень всіх померлих і подав воскресіння людському родові: Він бо всіх Спаситель, воскресіння, життя і Бог усіх.

І нині, і повсякчас, і на віки вічні. Амінь.

Кондак (глас 4): Вознісся Ти на хрест волею Своєю. Новому людові Твоєму, що Твоє ім’я носить, даруй щедроти Твої, Христе Боже. Возвесели силою Твоєю благовірний народ, перемоги на супротивніків дай йому, що за посібник має Твоє оружжя миру, непоборну перемогу.

Прокімен (глас 7):
Возносіть Господа Бога нашого і поклоняйтеся підніжжю ніг Його, бо святе воно (Пс 98,5).
Стих: Господь возцарився, нехай гніваються люди (Пс 98,1).

Апостол: (Гл 2,16-20):
Браття і Сестри, довідавшися, що людина оправдується не ділами закону, а через віру в Ісуса Христа, ми й увірували в Христа Ісуса, щоб оправдатися нам вірою в Христа, а не ділами закону; бо ніхто не оправдається ділами закону. Коли ж, шукаючи оправдання у Христі, виявилося, що й ми самі грішники, – то невже Христос – служитель гріха? Жадним робом! Бо коли я знову відбудовую те, що зруйнував був, то я себе самого оголошую переступником. Я бо через закон для закону вмер, щоб для Бога жити: я –розп’ятий з Христом. Живу вже не я, а живе Христос у мені. А що живу тепер у тілі, то живу вірою в Божого Сина, який полюбив мене й видав себе за мене.

Алилуя (глас 1):
Стих: Пом’яни соньм Твій, що його придбав Ти іздавна (Пс 73,2).
Стих: Бог же – цар наш перше віку, вчинив спасіння посеред землі (Пс 73,12).

Євангеліє: (Мр 8,34-9,1):
Сказав Господь: “Коли хтось хоче йти за мною, хай зречеться себе самого, візьме на себе хрест свій і йде слідом за мною. Бо хто хоче спасти свою душу, той її погубить; а хто погубить свою душу мене ради та Євангелії, той її спасе. Бо яка користь людині здобути світ увесь, а занапастити свою душу? Що бо людина може дати взамін за власну душу? Хто, отже, буде соромитися мене й моїх слів перед цим родом перелюбним та грішним, того посоромиться і Син Чоловічий, коли прийде у славі Отця свого з святими ангелами.” І сказав їм: “Істинно кажу вам: Є деякі з отут присутніх, що не зазнають смерти, аж поки не вздріють Царства Божого, що прийде у могутності.”

Замість Достойно:
Величай, душе моя, Господа, пречесний хрест Господень.
Ірмос (глас 8): Таїнственний рай Ти, Богородице, що невоздільно виростила Христа. Він на землі насадив хресне життєносне древо. Йому, що Його нині возносять, поклоняючись, Тебе величаємо.

Хваліте Господа з небес, хваліте Його на висотах (Пс 148,1). Знаманувалося на нас світло лиця Твого, Господи (Пс 4,7). Алилуя (х3).

Після Літургії співаємо:
Хресту Твоєму поклоняємось, Владико, і святеє восекресіння Твоє славимо (x3).