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Jan 24; Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, Tone 1

Jan 24; Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, Tone 1

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, Tone 1; Our Venerable Mother Xenia the Roman Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy   GREAT VESPERS Kathisma Reading “Blessed is the man...” is sung. At Psalm 140 In Tone 1 Lead my soul forth from prison* that I may give thanks...

January 10; Sunday after Theophany, Tone 7

January 10; Sunday after Theophany, Tone 7

Sunday after Theophany, Tone 7; Our Holy Father Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa (after 394); the Venerable Dometian, Bishop of Miletene (582-602); Our Venerable Father Marcian, Presbyter and Econome of the Great Church (450-57) Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy GREAT VESPERS...

Jan 03; Sunday before Theophany, Octoechos Tone 6

Jan 03; Sunday before Theophany, Octoechos Tone 6

Sunday before Theophany, Octoechos Tone 6; the Holy Prophet Malachi (5th c. BC); the Holy Martyr Gordius (313-24) GREAT VESPERS 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...

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Jan 20; Our Venerable and God-bearing Father Euthemius the Great (473)

Our Venerable and God-bearing Father Euthemius the Great (473)

Polyeleos Feast.

GREAT VESPERS

At Psalm 140

In Tone 1

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

A heavenly angel was sent beforehand to announce your birth, father Euthymius.* Like John, you came from the womb of a barren woman* and you showed yourself to be his follower.* You were a homeless one who spurned possessions,* sharing his way of life.* Like the Baptist, you sustained yourself in the mountains,* shining forth with boundless miracles!

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

A heavenly angel was sent beforehand to announce your birth, father Euthymius.* Like John, you came from the womb of a barren woman* and you showed yourself to be his follower.* You were a homeless one who spurned possessions,* sharing his way of life.* Like the Baptist, you sustained yourself in the mountains,* shining forth with boundless miracles!

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

You brought forth fruit from barrenness, father Euthymius.* You were shown to have many children indeed,* for the desert that once was trackless was filled with monastics,* your spiritual offspring.* Pray now that our souls may be granted peace and great mercy!

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

You excelled in your life, father Euthymius,* and your faith was truly orthodox.* Through activity you reached the highest vision* and became a dwelling of wisdom.* You worshipped Christ in two natures as one of the Trinity.* Pray to Him on our behalf!

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

You shared in the sufferings of Him* who was stretched upon the cross, father Euthymius.* Through asceticism you conformed yourself indeed to His resurrection and glory!* Entreat Him now that he may grant our souls* peace and great mercy!

In Tone 4

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

You were sanctified from your mother’s womb* when the eye of Him who sees all things perceived* your purpose and desire ever leading towards higher things.* Most blessed one, He declared you to be a gift of God,* the namesake of good courage.* He loosed the sorrow of your parents.* You advanced from infancy pleasing God, our Benefactor.* Beseech Him that He may save and enlighten our souls!

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

Christ found you to be a clear mirror of divine revelations.* He enlightened you with the radiant splendour of His light.* He filled you with divine gifts, father.* You were revealed to be a source flowing with healings,* a feeder of the hungry,watering with rains the desire of those who thirst.* Looking upon souls as pledges, wise one,* by your teaching, you helped them towards God.* Entreat Him that He may save and enlighten our souls!

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

Your angelic life shone with vision and activity* as a standard and excellent model of virtue* for those who desire to worship God in perfection!* Your divinely-wise teaching, Euthymius,* taught all to worship the Trinity,* that Christ is known to be one in two natures* and that the councils were equal in number to Christ’s four gospels.* Entreat Him that He may save and enlighten our souls!

In Tone 3

Glory…

As another Samuel, father Euthymius,* you were dedicated to God from your mother’s womb.* Indeed, you were fittingly called by your name,* for you are good courage to all believers,* a foundation and pillar of the monastic way,* a sanctified temple of the Holy Spirit.* Pray for us who honour you,* that we may be granted great mercy!

Now…

O Lady most honourable,* how can we but be rapt in wonder* at you giving birth to the Incarnate God* who, without a mother, was born of the Father before all ages?* You gave Him birth in the flesh without a father,* without a man instrumentality.* He is God and man whose two natures are intact,* neither one losing any of its properties.* Therefore, O Virgin Mother,* intercede with Him to save the souls* of  those who believe and confess in true faith* that you are the Mother of God.

Readings

(1) Wisdom 3:1-9; (2) Wisdom 5:15-6:3; (3) Wisdom 4:7-15

Aposticha

In Tone 5

Rejoice, venerable father,* for you are the cause of good courage for the Church!* By your birth all the assaults of heretics were repelled by the providence of God!* Therefore he named you Euthymius, or good courage.* You filled the ranks of heavenly beings with joy by the brilliance of your life!* Now as you make your dwelling with them, filled with light,* and enjoy the most blessed and divine radiance,* entreat Christ that He may grant great mercy to our souls.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints!

Made firm by the staff of the cross,* you dried up the sea of iniquity.* Spiritually watered by the stream of divine sweetness and the rivers of paradise,* you revealed springs of salvation in the desert!* You were watered like a palm tree with streams of the divine Spirit.* You hastened to the heights of heaven, venerable one,* showing yourself a fiery pillar of light-bearing radiance.* Therefore, divinely wise one,* entreat Christ that He may grant great mercy to our souls!

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord; who greatly delights in is commandments!

You have passed over indeed with joy and gladness of soul* to the wonderful tabernacle, the house of God.* There, most blessed father, you listen to the beautiful voices,* the sweet hymns and ineffable delight of those who keep the feast.* You share in their beauty, Euthymius.* This alone you desired as you crucified your flesh and you reached it,* adorned with the righteousness of God.* Entreat Christ that He may grant the world great mercy!

Glory…

You gave your eyes no sleep, righteous father,* nor your eyelids slumber, until you freed your soul and body of passions.* You prepared yourself to be the dwelling of the Holy Spirit,* for you became the companion of the consubstantial Trinity,* for Christ who alone shows us the Father,* came to live in you, all-praised Euthymius.* Pray to Him that our souls may be saved!

Now…

We faithful bless you, Theotokos;* we fittingly glorify you, the unshaken city, the fortified wall,* the fervent intercessor and protector of our souls!

Troparia

In Tone 4

Be glad, O barren desert;* take heart, you who have never known labor.* For a man of the desires of the Spirit* has multiplied your children.* He planted them in godliness* and reared them with self-mastery to perfection in virtues.* By his prayers, Christ God, grant peace to our lives.

Glory… Now…

O Mother of God, the mystery hidden from all eternity* and unknown even to the angels,* was revealed through you to those on earth:* God took on our human nature* and united it to His divine nature in a perfect but unconfused union.* Then, He willingly accepted the cross for our sake* and thereby raised again the first created man,* and saved our souls from death.

 

DIVINE LITURGY

Troparia and Kontakia

Troparion, Tone 4: Be glad, O barren desert;* take heart, you who have never known labour.* For a man of the desires of the Spirit* has multiplied your children.* He planted them in godliness* and reared them with self-mastery to perfection in virtues.* By his prayers, Christ God, grant peace to our lives.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Kontakion, Tone 8: Creation found joy in your precious birth* and in your divine memorial it takes courage from your many miracles.* Grant a rich share of your wonders to our souls, O Venerable Father,* and cleanse the stains of sin that we may sing: Alleluia.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His venerable ones.

verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all the things He has rendered to me? (Psalm 115:15,12)

Epistle

Hebrews 13: 17-21

Alleluia, Tone 6

verse: Blessed is the man who fears the Lord; he shall delight exceedingly in His commandments.

verse: His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth. (Psalm 111:1,2)

Gospel

Luke 6: 17-23

Communion Hymn

The just man shall be in everlasting remembrance;* of evil hearsay he shall have no fear.* Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 111:6)

Jan 24: Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, Tone 1; Our Venerable Mother Xenia the Roman

Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy

 

GREAT VESPERS

Kathisma Reading

“Blessed is the man…” is sung.

At Psalm 140

In Tone 1

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

Accept our evening prayer, O holy Lord,* and grant us forgiveness of sins,* for You alone manifested the resurrection* to the world.

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

O you people, walk around Sion and encompass her.* And there give glory to Him who is risen from the dead.* For He is our God* who delivers us from our sins.

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

Come you people, praise and worship Christ.* Glorify His resurrection from the dead;* for He is our God who delivered the world* from the deceit of the enemy.

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

Rejoice, O you heavens;* sound the trumpets, you foundations of the earth;* cry out with joy, O you mountains.* For behold, Emmanuel has nailed our sins to the Cross;* the Giver of Life has put Death to death;* and the Lover of mankind* has raised up Adam.

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

Let us praise the Lord* who for our sake was willingly crucified in the flesh.* He suffered, was buried, and rose from the dead.* Therefore, let us sing to Him:* O Christ, keep Your Church in the orthodox faith* and bring peace to our lives;* for You are gracious and love mankind.

  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 Christ our God, as we stand unworthily before Your life-bearing grave,* we offer a hymn of praise to Your ineffable tenderness of heart.* For You, O Sinless One,* in Your loving-kindness have accepted the Cross and death* in order to grant* resurrection to the world.

In Tone 1

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

Brethren, let us not pray as the Pharisee:* for he who exalts himself shall be humbled.* Let us humble ourselves before God,* and with fasting cry aloud as the Publican:* God be merciful to us sinners.

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

Brethren, let us not pray as the Pharisee:* for he who exalts himself shall be humbled.* Let us humble ourselves before God,* and with fasting cry aloud as the Publican:* God be merciful to us sinners.

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

A Pharisee, overcome with vainglory, and a Publican, bowed down in repentance,* came to You the only Master.* The one boasted and was deprived of blessings,* while the other kept silent and was counted worthy of gifts.* Confirm me, O Christ our God,* in these his cries of sorrow,* for You love mankind.

In Tone 8

Glory…

Almighty Lord, I know how great is the power of tears.* For they led up Hezekiah from the gates of death;* they delivered the sinful woman from the transgressions of many years;* they justified the Publican above the Pharisee.* And with them I also pray:* Have mercy upon me.

In Tone 1

Now…

Let us sing a hymn of praise to the Virgin Mary,* glory of the whole world!* She was herself formed by human seed,* yet she became the Mother of the Master, the Gate of heaven,* the theme of the angels’ hymn and beauty of the faithful.* She was seen as being heavenly* and the Tabernacle of the Godhead.* She indeed tore down the wall of enmity between God and man,* and brought peace in its place.* She opened up the kingdom of heaven.* Let us therefore cling fast to her for she is the anchor of faith,* and let us receive as our stronghold the Lord Who was born of her.* Be of good cheer, then, and have confidence, O people of God,* for He will fight our enemies for us,* He is all-powerful!

Aposticha

In Tone 1

O Christ, by Your Passion we have been freed from suffering;* and by Your resurrection we have been delivered from corruption.* O Lord, glory to You!

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

Let all creation rejoice, let the heavens be glad,* let the nations clap their hands with joy.* For Christ our Saviour, in His love for mankind,* has nailed our sins to the Cross;* He has put Death to death,* and by raising our fallen forefather, Adam,* He has given life to all mankind.

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

O God, You are above all understanding;* You are King and Lord of heaven and earth.* Yet of Your own free will,* You allowed Yourself to be crucified because of Your love for mankind.* When You descended below,* Hades was filled with bitterness as You confronted it;* but the souls of the just received You with great joy.* Adam arose when he saw You, his Creator, down in the depths.* What a wonder this is!* You are the life of all and have tasted death* in order to dispel the darkness of the world with Your light.* O Lord, risen from the dead,* glory to You!

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

The myrrh-bearing women were filled with grief* as they hastened with spices to Your tomb;* but they did not find Your most pure body.* Instead, they found an angel* who proclaimed Your unique and glorious resurrection,* and commanded them to announce to Your apostles:* The Lord is risen,* granting great mercy to the world.

In Tone 5

Glory…

My eyes are weighed down by my transgressions,* and I cannot lift them up and see the height of heaven.* But receive me, Saviour, in repentance as the Publican* and have mercy on me.

Now…

O most pure Virgin,* you are the temple, the gate, the palace, and the throne of the King.* Christ, our Redeemer and Lord,* appeared through you to those who slumbered in darkness.* For He, as the Sun of Righteousness,* wishes to enlighten those whom He created with His own hands* according to His own image.* Therefore, O Lady, whom we always praise in song,* we beseech you to intercede with Christ for the salvation of our souls;* for, as His Mother, you can approach Him with the greatest confidence.

Troparia

In Tone 1

Though the stone was sealed by the Judeans* and soldiers guarded Your most pure body,* You arose, O Saviour, on the third day* and gave life to the world.* And so the heavenly powers cried out to You, O Giver of Life:* Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ!* Glory to Your Kingdom!* Glory to Your saving plan!* O only Lover of mankind.

Glory… Now…

O Holy Tabernacle, when Gabriel cried out to you:* Rejoice, O Virgin, full of grace,* the Lord of All became incarnate of you,* as the righteous David had foretold.* In bearing your Creator, you have shown yourself to surpass the vastness of the heavens.* We, therefore, cry out: Glory to Him who dwelt in you!* Glory to Him who came forth from you!* Glory to Him who has set us free* through your life-giving birth!

 

DIVINE LITURGY

Troparia and Kontakia

Troparion, Tone 1: Though the stone was sealed by the Judeans,* and soldiers guarded Your most pure body,* You arose, O Saviour, on the third day,* and gave life to the world.* And so the heavenly powers cried out to You, O Giver of Life:* Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ!* Glory to Your kingdom!* Glory to Your saving plan,* O only Lover of mankind.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Kontakion, Tone 3: Let us bring sighs of sorrow to the Lord as did the Publican* and approach the Master as sinners,* for He desires salvation for everyone.* He grants forgiveness to all who repent.* For as God, the One-who-is, co-eternal with the Father, He became flesh for us.

Prokeimenon, Tone 1
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, as we have hoped in You.

verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O you just; praise befits the righteous. (Psalm 32:22,1)

Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10-15
Timothy my Son,
now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and my suffering the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But wicked people and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Alleluia, Tone 1
verse: God gives me vindication, and has subdued people under me.

verse: Making great the salvation of the king, and showing mercy to His anointed, to David, and to His posterity forever. (Psalm 17:48,51)

Gospel: Luke 18:10-14
The Lord said his parable, “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Communion Hymn
Praise the Lord from the heavens;* praise Him in the highest.* Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 148:1)


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Стихири

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

(г. 1): Вечірні наші молитви* прийми, святий Господи,* і дай нам відпущення гріхів,* ти бо єдиний* у світі появив воскресіння.

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

Оточіть, люди, Сіон* і обніміть його,* і віддайте славу в ньому Воскреслому з мертвих,* бо він Бог наш, що визволив нас* з беззаконня нашого.

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

Прийдіть, люди, заспіваймо,* і поклонімся Христові,* прославляючи його з мертвих воскресіння,* бо він Бог наш, що визволив світ* від спокуси ворожої.

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

Звеселіться небеса, загриміть основи землі,* гори весело співайте!* Ось бо Еммануїл наші гріхи на хресті прибив,* подавши життя, умертвив смерть,* і, як чоловіколюбець, Адама воскресив.

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

Оспівуймо того, хто за нас добровільно розп’явся, витерпів страсті і був похований* та й воскрес із мертвих,* промовляючи до нього:* Христе, Укріпи православ’ям Церкву твою* і втихомир наше життя,* бо ти ласкавий і чоловіколюбний.

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

Станувши перед твоїм гробом, що життя прийняв, ми, недостойні, віддаємо славу твоєму несказанному милосердю, Христе, Боже наш,* ти бо, безгрішний,* прийняв страсті і смерть, щоб, як чоловіколюбний,* дати світові воскресіння.

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

Оспівуймо з Отцем його безначальне і споконвічне Слово,* що невимовно вийшло з дівичого лона,*і хрест, і смерть добровільно прийняло та й воскресло у славі,* промовляючи йому: Господи, – життя подателю,* Спасителю душ наших, – слава тобі!

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

(г. 1): Не молімось як фарисей, браття,* бо хто підносить себе, буде принижений.* Тому смирім себе перед Богом* і, постивши, з митарем кличмо:* Боже, очисти нас грішних!

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

Не молімось як фарисей, браття,* бо хто підносить себе, буде принижений.* Тому смирім себе перед Богом* і, постивши, з митарем кличмо:* Боже, очисти нас грішних!

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

Фарисей, гординею переможений,* митар же покаянням похилений,* приступили до тебе, єдиного Владики.* Той, вихваляючись, втратив своє благо,* а цей, нічим не хвалившись, дарів сподобився.* У таких зітханнях утверди й мене, Христе Боже,* як чоловіколюбець.

Слава (г. 8): Вседержителю Господи!* Знаю до чого здатні сльози:* Єзекію спасли від брам смерти,* грішницю звільнили від довголітніх гріхів,* а митаря, більше ніж фарисея, виправдали.* Тому благаю: Зарахуй мене до них і помилуй!

І нині  (догмат, г. 1):Прославмо Марію Діву:* Всесвітню славу, що вийшла від людей* і породила Господа,* небесні двері, ангельську пісню і вірних окрасу.* Вона бо стала небом і храмом Божества;* вона знищила перегороду ворожнечі,* установила мир і відкрила царство.* Тож, маючи в ній опору віри,* ми здобули оборонця − Господа, що народився з неї.* Отже кріпіться, Божі люди, кріпіться,* бо він переможе, як всемогутній.

 

Стихири на стиховні

(г. 1): Стражданнями твоїми, Христе,* ми визволились від страждань,* і твоїм воскресінням ми звільнилися від тління:* Господи, – слава тобі!

Стих: Господь царює,* у велич він зодягнувся.

Нехай радіє створіння, нехай веселяться небеса,* народи нехай плещуть руками з радости.* Бо Христос, наш Спаситель, прибив наші гріхи на хресті,* подолав смерть, життя нам дарував* і нашого праотця Адама упалого воскресив,* як чоловіколюбець.

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

Бувши недосяжним царем неба і землі,* із-за твого чоловіколюб’я ти добровільно розп’явся.* Ад, стрінувши тебе внизу, засмутився,* але душі праведників, прийнявши тебе, зраділи* і Адам, побачивши тебе, Творця, в підземнім світі – воскреснув.* О, чудо! Як же то Життя всіх зазнало смерти?* Бо ти бажав просвітити світ, що кличе й промовляє:* Воскреслий з мертвих, Господи, слава тобі!

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

Мироносиці жінки, несучи миро,* поспішно і з риданням прийшли до твого гробу,* і не знайшовши пречистого тіла твого,* від ангела довідалися про нове й преславне чудо,* та й говорили апостолам: Воскрес Господь,* який дає світові велику милість.

Слав: (г. 5): Обважнілими від беззаконь моїми очима* не можу поглянути, ані бачити небесну висоту,* але прийми мене, Спасе, як розкаяного митаря,* і помилуй мене.

I нині: Ти є храм і брама,* палата й царський престол, Діво Пречиста.* Тобою бо явився мій Спаситель, Христос Господь,* тим, що в темряві спали, будучи сонцем правди,* бажаючи просвітити створених на свій образ, своєю рукою.* Тому, Всеславна, що здобула собі материнське до нього довір’я,* безнастанно молись, щоб спастися душам нашим.

Тропарі

(г. 1): Хоч камінь запечатали юдеї* і воїни стерегли пречисте тіло Твоє,* воскрес Ти, тридневний Спасе,* даруючи світові життя.* Ради цього сили небесні взивали до Тебе, Життєдавче:* Слава воскресінню Твоєму, Христе,* слава царству Твоєму,* слава промислові Твоєму,* єдиний Чоловіколюбче.
 

Слав i нині: Радуйся, благодатна Богородице Діво,* бо з Тебе засяло Сонце правди – Христос Бог наш,* що просвічує тих, що в темряві.* Веселися й Ти, старче праведний,* Ти прийняв в обійми визволителя душ наших, що дарує нам воскресення.

 

БОЖЕСТВЕННА ЛІТУРГІЯ:

Тропарі і Кондаки
Troparion (Tone 1): Хоч запечатали камінь юдеї* і воїни стерегли пречисте тіло Твоє,* воскрес Ти, Спасе, на третій день,* даруючи життя світові.* Тому сили небесні взивали до Тебе, Життєдавче:* Слава воскресінню Твоєму, Христе,* слава царству Твоєму,* слава провидінню Твоєму,* єдиний Чоловіколюбче!

+Слава Отцю, і Сину, і Святому Духові. І нині, і повсякчас, і на віки вічні. Амінь.

Кондак Тріоді, глас 3: Зітхання митарські принесім Господеві* і до Нього приступім, грішні, як до Владики;* Він бо хоче спасення всіх людей,* Він відпущення подає всім, що каються,* бо ради нас Він воплотився – Бог сущий, Отцю собезначальний.

Прокімен (глас 1):
Милість Твоя, Господи, хай буде над нами,* бо ми надіялись на Тебе (Пс 32,22).
Стих: Радуйтеся, праведні, в Господі, правим належить похвала (Пс 32,1).

Апостол: (2 Тим. 3, 10-15):
Сину Тимотею, ти пішов слідом за мною в моїй науці, моїй поведінці, моїй настанові, вірі, довготерпеливості, любові, постійності у переслідуваннях, у стражданнях, які були спіткали мене в Антіохії, в Іконії та в Лістрі; всі ці переслідування я переніс на собі, і від усіх них Господь мене визволив. Та й усі, що побожно хочуть жити у Христі Ісусі, будуть переслідувані. А лихі люди й дурисвіти будуть дедалі більше поступати у злому, зводячи інших, і самі зведені. Ти ж тримайся того, чого навчився і в чому переконався. Відаєш бо, від кого ти навчився, і вже змалку знаєш Святе писання, яке може тебе зробити мудрим на спасіння вірою у Христа Ісуса.

Алилуя (глас 1):
Стих: Бог, що дає відплату мені, і покорив народи мені (Пс 18,48)
Стих: Ти, що звеличуєш спасіння царя, і даєш милість помазаннику Своєму Давидові і родові його повіки (Пс 18,51).

Євангеліє:
(Лук 18, 10-14):
Сказав Господь притчу оцю: Два чоловіки увійшли в храм молитись: один був фарисей, а другий – митар. Фарисей, стоячи, молився так у собі: Боже, дякую тобі, що я не такий, як інші люди: грабіжники, неправедні, перелюбці, або як оцей митар. Пощу двічі на тиждень, з усіх моїх прибутків даю десятину. А митар, ставши здалека, не смів і очей звести до неба, тільки бив себе в груди, кажучи: Боже, змилуйся надо мною грішним! Кажу вам: цей вернувся до свого дому виправданий, але не той; бо кожний, хто несеться вгору, буде принижений, а хто принижується, буде вивищений.

Причасний:
Хваліте Господа з небес,* хваліте Його на висотах (Пс 148,1). Алилуя (х3).

Jan 25: Our Holy Father Gregory the Theologian

Our Holy Father Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople (390)

Polyeleos Feast. No fasting or abstention from foods.

GREAT VESPERS

At Psalm 140

In Tone 4

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

By your words of wisdom, Gregory the theologian,* you have glorified Him who is worshipped in Trinity:* the consubstantial Godhead: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!* You have withered the vanity of false philosophers,* boldly proclaiming the truth with your godly preaching.

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

By your words of wisdom, Gregory the theologian,* you have glorified Him who is worshipped in Trinity:* the consubstantial Godhead: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!* You have withered the vanity of false philosophers,* boldly proclaiming the truth with your godly preaching.

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

Let us sing the praises of the prince of bishops,* the great teacher of the church of Christ,* the mighty organ of the Spirit of God;* the well-tuned lyre, the sweet-sounding harp:* rejoice, depth of divine grace!* Rejoice, heavenly and exalted mind:* Gregory, father and theologian!

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

You ascended the mountain of virtue, renouncing all earthly cares.* With dead works you held no fellowship;* as Moses received from the hand of God the tables of the law of life,* so you were given the pure dogmas of your theology,* by which you teach us heavenly mysteries,* Most wise father Gregory.

In Tone 1

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

The grave, the means of forgetfulness, did not close your mouth, father Gregory,* for you have been revealed as the voice of theology,* declaring now to the whole world the teachings of the faith!* Pray that peace and great mercy may be granted 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.

The grave, the means of forgetfulness, did not close your mouth, father Gregory,* for you have been revealed as the voice of theology,* declaring now to the whole world the teachings of the faith!* Pray that peace and great mercy may be granted to our souls!

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

You wisely turned from the hostile and treacherous flesh,* and mounting the heaven-bound chariot, father Gregory,* you were drawn by the virtues as by four horses!* You soared aloft into ineffable beauty!* Now as you delight in it,* grant our souls peace and great mercy!

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

Through grace you were a faithful mediator between God and men.* Now, as you brought Christ, mercifully turned toward us, father Gregory,* by your bold prayers, never cease to pray to Him, venerable one,* that He may grant our souls peace and great mercy!

In Tone 6

Glory…

Faithful, let us assemble!* Let us celebrate in spiritual songs the prince of bishops and the glory of patriarchs,* the interpreter of the words and thoughts of Christ.* Let us honour him whom God exalted with a heavenly mind:* rejoice, fountain of theology and river of wisdom;* the abyss of divine contemplation!* Rejoice, brilliant star, enlightening the world with true doctrine!* Rejoice, fearless opponent of error and powerful defender of truth!* Most wise Gregory the theologian, never cease to pray to Christ our God* for those who celebrate your God-pleasing and honourable memory* with faith and love!

Now…

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 mercy on our souls.

Readings

(1) Proverbs 10:6-8; 8:6-21; (2) Wisdom 8:17-21; 9:1-4; (3) Wisdom 4:7-15

Aposticha

In Tone 5

Opening your mouth, directed by the Word of God,* you have partaken of the Spirit of Wisdom:* full of grace, you proclaimed divine doctrine, thrice-blessed Gregory.* You have imitated the ceaseless worship of the angelic host,* preaching on earth the triune and undivided Light.* Illumined by your divine teaching we confess the one Godhead in Trinity,* pray for the salvation of our souls.

My mouth shall speak wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

With your tongue of fire, divinely-inspired Gregory,* you burned to ashes the false teachings of the enemies of God.* You have appeared to us as a man with divine words,* speaking in the spirit of the mighty works of God,* writing for us of the hidden mystery of the Trinity of Persons,* equal in power and one in essence.* You have enlightened the ends of the earth as a radiant sun:* never cease to pray for the salvation of our souls.

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.

Rejoice, river of God, full of the waters of grace,* gladdening the ransomed people of Christ the King with divine teaching:* rejoice, torrent of delight and inexhaustible sea of truth,* faithful and just guardian of doctrine, undefeated warrior of the holy Trinity,* organ of the Holy Spirit and ever-vigilant mind,* your words explain the deep mysteries of the Scriptures:* pray to Christ, that He may grant our souls great mercy!

In Tone 8

Glory…

You have cultivated the hearts of believers by your words, Gregory:* you have yielded abundant fruit for God:* an ever-green pasture of righteousness.* You have torn out by the roots the thorns of heresy,* cleansing the world by your divine reasoning.* We faithful in joy offer praise to you:* inspired lyre and ever-vigilant mind,* faithful shepherd of the flock of Christ,* never cease to pray to the Word, theologian,* that He will deliver from the wolf all those who honour your memory.

Now…

O Virgin, You have never known wedlock,* Yet You conceived God in the flesh* in a manner which words can never describe.* You thus became the Mother of God on high.* O Immaculate Lady, receive the supplication of your servants* and grant us the cleansing of our sins.* Accept now our prayers and beseech God to save all of us.

Troparia

In Tone 1

Like a shepherd’s flute, O Father Gregory* your theology vanquished the trumpets of orators,* for searching the depths of the spirit,* beauty of speech was increased in you.* Pray Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Glory… Now…

O Holy Tabernacle, when Gabriel cried out to you:* Rejoice, O Virgin, full of grace,* the Lord of All became incarnate of you,* as the righteous David had foretold.* In bearing your Creator, you have shown yourself to surpass the vastness of the heavens.* We, therefore, cry out: Glory to Him Who dwelt in you!* Glory to Him Who came forth from you!* Glory to Him Who has set us free* through your life-giving birth!

 

DIVINE LITURGY

Troparia and Kontakia

Troparion, Tone 1: Like a shepherd’s flute, O Father Gregory* your theology vanquished the trumpets of orators,* for searching the depths of the spirit,* beauty of speech was increased in you.* Pray Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Kontakion, Tone 3: O glorious saint, your tongue, versed in theology,* loosed the webs of vain philosophers;* you adorned the Church with a robe of true belief woven on high.* Wearing it she cries with us, your children:* Rejoice, O Father, highest mind of theology.

Prokeimenon, Tone 1

My mouth shall speak wisdom* and the meditation of my heart understanding.

verse: Hear these things, all you nations; give ear all you inhabitants of the world. (Psalm 48:4,2)

Epistle

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

Alleluia, Tone 2

verse: Give heed, O my people, to my law, incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

verse: I will open my mouth in parables, and proclaim secrets from of old. (Psalm 77,1-2)

Gospel

John 10:9-16

Communion Hymn

The just man shall be in everlasting remembrance;* of evil hearsay he shall have no fear.* Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 111:6)

Jan 27: The Transfer of the Precious Relics (438) of Our Father among the Saints John Chrysostom

The Transfer of the Precious Relics (438) of Our Father among the Saints John Chrysostom

Polyeleos Feast. No fasting or abstention from foods.

GREAT VESPERS

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

At Psalm 140

In Tone 4

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

Let us joyfully sing the praises of Chrysostom, the golden trumpet,* the divinely-inspired organ, the inexhaustible sea of doctrine,* the pillar of the Church, the heavenly mind,* the abyss of wisdom, the gilded vase.* He pours forth sweet streams of dogma like honey* for the refreshment of the world.

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

Let us joyfully sing the praises of Chrysostom, the golden trumpet,* the divinely-inspired organ, the inexhaustible sea of doctrine,* the pillar of the Church, the heavenly mind,* the abyss of wisdom, the gilded vase.* He pours forth sweet streams of dogma like honey* for the refreshment of the world.

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

Let us joyfully sing the praises of Chrysostom, the golden trumpet,* the divinely-inspired organ, the inexhaustible sea of doctrine,* the pillar of the Church, the heavenly mind,* the abyss of wisdom, the gilded vase.* He pours forth sweet streams of dogma like honey* for the refreshment of the world.

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

Let us worthily honour John Chrysostom,* he is the ever-shining star all nations with the rays of true teaching.* He is the preacher of repentance;* the golden sponge wiping away the despair of sadness.* His words are a refreshing dew* reviving hearts which are worn by sin.

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

Let us worthily honour John Chrysostom,* he is the ever-shining star all nations with the rays of true teaching.* He is the preacher of repentance;* the golden sponge wiping away the despair of sadness.* His words are a refreshing dew* reviving hearts which are worn by sin.

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

Let us worthily honour John Chrysostom,* he is the ever-shining star all nations with the rays of true teaching.* He is the preacher of repentance;* the golden sponge wiping away the despair of sadness.* His words are a refreshing dew* reviving hearts which are worn by sin.

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

With joyful hymns let us praise Chrysostom:* an earthly angel and a heavenly man.* He is a sweet and well-tuned harp, a treasury of virtues;* an immovable rock, a model of the faithful,* an imitator of the martyrs, a dweller with the holy angels,* and a companion of the apostles.

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

With joyful hymns let us praise Chrysostom:* an earthly angel and a heavenly man.* He is a sweet and well-tuned harp, a treasury of virtues;* an immovable rock, a model of the faithful,* an imitator of the martyrs, a dweller with the holy angels,* and a companion of the apostles.

Glory…

The Church, enriched by your radiant teachings, cries out to you, Chrysostom,* I am nourished by your golden pastures;* I feed at the sweet streams of your words,* by your example, I am led from action to contemplation.* I am united to Christ my bridegroom and reign with him.* Now we, assembled in your memory, cry out to you,* cease not to pray that our souls may be saved.

Now…

O Mother of God, because of You David the Prophet* became an ancestor of God;* he foretold and sang a joyous hymn of praise* and cried out to Him who worked wonders in you:* “The Queen stood at your right hand.”* God revealed you as a life-giving mother,* when He chose to be incarnate of you without a father.* He renewed in man His image which the passions had corrupted.* He found the lost sheep in the mountains, carried it on His shoulders,* offered it to the Father, generously numbered it among the powers of heaven,* and saved the whole world, since He is Christ of great and rich mercy.

Readings

(1) Proverbs 10:6-8; 8:6-21; (2) Wisdom 8:17-21; 9:1-4; (3) Wisdom 4:1, 6-20

Aposticha

In Tone 5

Grace is poured out on your lips, holy father Chrysostom.* The Lord anointed you to be a priest of his people,* to feed his flock in holiness and justice.* Armed with the sword of strength, you cut off the confusion of error:* cease not to pray for peace for the world* and salvation for our souls.

My mouth shall speak wisdom and the meditation of my heart understanding!

Rejoice, father of orphans, sufferer of unjust banishment,* treasury of the poor, food of the hungry,* converter of sinners, skilled physician of souls,* interpreter of holy Scripture, living law of the Holy Spirit:* pray to Christ our God, that He may have mercy on us.

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom and his tongue speaks justice.

The world is enlightened by your words, brilliant sun,* your charity is a bright star, a shining lamp, and a beacon for all,* guiding to salvation those lost in the stormy sea of this world.* Venerable John, intercede for us.

In Tone 6

Glory…

Holy father, as a loyal pastor you suffered unjustly,* you drank the bitter cup of tribulation and exile.* You received a blessed death, glorifying God for all things.* As a courageous soldier, you overcame the crafty enemy.* Chrysostom, offer our prayers to Christ our God,* who glorified you with the crown of victory.

Now…

Christ the Lord, our Creator and Redeemer,* came forth from your womb, O most pure Virgin.* He clothed Himself in our human flesh* to set us free from the original curse of Adam.* Therefore, O Mary, we praise you, without ceasing,* as the true Virgin Mother of God,* and we sing with the angels:* Rejoice, O Lady, advocate, protector, and salvation of our souls.

Troparia

In Tone 8

The divine Church rejoices* and the whole world keeps feast with radiance* at the transfer of your relics, O venerable hierarch John Chrysostom.* Your life as a bishop was godly* and you willingly became a martyr.* Therefore we cry to you, O martyr, passion-bearer and hierarchs’ companion:* Pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Glory… Now…

O gracious Lord, for the sake of mankind You were born of a virgin;* through Your death on the cross You conquered death;* and through Your resurrection You revealed yourself as God.* O merciful Lord, do not disdain those whom You have created with Your own hands,* but show forth Your love for mankind.* Accept the intercession which the Mother, who bore You, makes in our behalf.* O Saviour, save Your despairing people!

 

DIVINE LITURGY

Troparia and Kontakia

Troparion, Tone 8: The divine Church rejoices* and the whole world keeps feast with radiance* at the transfer of your relics, O venerable hierarch John Chrysostom.* Your life as a bishop was godly* and you willingly became a martyr.* Therefore we cry to you, O martyr, passion-bearer and hierarchs’ companion:* Pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Kontakion, Tone 1: The precious Church rejoices mystically* at the transfer of your holy relics* and treasuring them as costly gold* it lavishly grants to those who hymn you the grace of healing,* by your prayers, O John the Golden-mouthed.

Prokeimenon, Tone 1

My mouth shall speak wisdom and the meditation of my heart understanding.

verse: Hear these things, all you nations; give ear all you inhabitants of the world. (Psalm 28:4,2)

Epistle

Hebrews 7:26-8:2

Alleluia, Tone 2

verse: The mouth of the just man shall meditate wisdom and his tongue shall speak judgment.

verse: The law of his God is in his heart, and his steps will not falter. (Psalm 36:30,31)

Gospel

John 10:9-16

Communion Hymn

The just man shall be in everlasting remembrance;* of evil hearsay he shall have no fear.* Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 111:6)

Jan 30: The Three Holy and Great Hierarchs

The Three Holy and Great Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom; and the Holy Priest-Martyr Hippolytus (235)

All-night Vigil Feast. A day when the faithful are highly encouraged to participate in the Divine Liturgy.

GREAT VESPERS

Kathisma Reading

“Blessed is the man…” is taken.

At Psalm 140

In Tone 4

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

Let us glorify the three great preachers of the Trinity,* the instruments of grace and harps of the Spirit,* renowned trumpets of divine preaching* who thundered awesome wonders which were revealed from on high.* John, Basil, and Gregory made known the glory of God* to the ends of the earth.

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

Let us glorify the three great preachers of the Trinity,* the instruments of grace and harps of the Spirit,* renowned trumpets of divine preaching* who thundered awesome wonders which were revealed from on high.* John, Basil, and Gregory made known the glory of God* to the ends of the earth.

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

Let us worthily venerate the defenders of the Trinity.* They are the three apostles added to the Twelve.* They are rivers which overflowed living waters out of Eden.* They nourished the face of the earth with life-giving divine waters .* They are the basic elements of nature,* fashioning not creation but the true faith.

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

The prophet spoke of them, saying:* No one who lives or speaks has not heard their voices,* for the famous and excellent works of these sublime and wise teachers* have spread through all the earth and sea.* By their divine laws the ends of the earth are joined together* and preserved in the one true faith.

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

Let us, who follow their teachings,* loudly sing and praise these instruments of the Holy Spirit.* They are the true trumpets and orators of the Word.* Let us pray to them* since they find favour with the Lord,* that He may grant a strong and lasting universal peace* and forgiveness to all of us.

In Tone 2

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

With what praiseworthy crowns shall we crown the teachers,* distinct ion body but joined together in the Spirit?* They are the God-bearing defenders of the Trinity,* the triad of ministers,* the luminaries who enlighten the world, and pillars of the Church.* Because they conquered all,* Christ our God mercifully gave them crowns of glory.

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

With what songs of joy shall we crown the God-bearing mystics and preachers?* They were the most outstanding theologians of the true faith:* Basil the Great who revealed truths about God;* the sublime theologian Gregory, and John the Golden-mouthed.* They are fittingly glorified by the Trinity,* the Lord who grants his great mercy.* With what praiseworthy words shall we honour the holy bishops?* They were comparable to the apostles in rank and gifts through grace.* They defeated heresy and were sanctifiers by word and deed.* They were Christ-like shepherds in the faith.* They were earthly angels and heavenly men.* They were honoured by the Lord of glory,* by Christ who grants His great mercy.

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

With what praiseworthy crowns* shall we crown John the Golden-mouthed, Basil, and Gregory?* They are precious vessels of the Spirit* and firm defenders of the faith,* pillars of the Church, the foundation of the faithful, and comfort of sinners.* We honour them as wellsprings which overflow,* refreshing our souls with water.* They ask forgiveness for our sins and great mercy for us.

In Tone 6

Glory…

Let us extol today those mystical trumpets of the Spirit,* the God-mantled Fathers,* who, speaking of divine things,* sang a unifying hymn in the midst of the Church:* teaching that the Trinity is One,* not differing in substance or Godhead;* refuting Arius and contending for the true faith;* and who always intercede with the Lord* to have mercy on our souls.

Now…

Who would not bless you, most holy Virgin?* Who would not praise the most pure manner in which you gave birth?* For the only-begotten Son, who eternally proceeds from the Father, came forth from you.* He took flesh from you in a manner that is beyond understanding.* He, who by nature is God, took on our nature for our sake.* Yet He did not become divided into two persons;* rather, He remained one person with two distinct and unconfused natures.* O most pure Lady, we implore you:* Beseech your Son and God to have mercy on our souls.

Readings

(1) Deuteronomy 1:8-11, 15-17; (2) Deuteronomy 10:14-21; (3) Wisdom 3:1-9

Lytia

In Tone 2

Come, let us praise the earthly trinity of holy bishops* who are ministers of the heavenly Trinity:* Basil, whose name means the kingdom;* Gregory, called the Theologian; and John, the Golden-mouthed.* They are the abyss of those who searched into the wisdom of the Spirit.* They are likened to ocean currents* and ever-flowing wellsprings of leaping and living water.* They are known as elegant pearls and earthly beacons,* the rudders of the Church and trees that produce the most splendid fruit,* the stewards of grace and mouth of Christ.* They are defenders of the Trinity* by whom they were directly enlightened.* They pray unceasingly for our souls.

Let us faithfully praise the flaming coals of the divine Fire,* for we have been illumined by them.* They became inflamed by being united to Him,* and they became luminaries for the world.* They showed themselves to be living strength for the lowly.* In faith they devoutly preached the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.* Let us also cry out to them:* Rejoice, O three preachers of the Trinity.

In Tone 6

O Holy Trinity, worthy of adoration,* glory to Your wise plan of salvation,* for You have given three great luminaries to us.* They enlighten us by the light of their knowledge of You,* they inspire us by their teachings,* and they shine with the radiance* of your precious desires for our salvation.* Through them the whole world has been enriched with the light of understanding;* it radiates with Your glory and hastens to Your blessed kingdom.* Since You are an all-generous God, O Holy Trinity,* be attentive to their prayers in our behalf* and save our souls, O Lord and Lover of Mankind.

Glory…

Having come together with songs of praise, O lovers of feasts,* let us praise the bishops of Christ* and the glory of the Fathers,* the pillars of the faith,* the teachers and defenders of the faithful.* Let us cry out to them:* Rejoice, O luminary of the Church and immutable pillar, O wise Basil.* Rejoice, O heavenly mind and great hierarch, Gregory the Theologian.* Rejoice, O golden-voiced John, splendid preacher of penance.* O thrice-blessed Fathers, never cease to pray to Christ* in behalf of those who with faith and love* observe your sacred and sublime feast.

Now …

Having come together with songs of praise, O lovers of feasts,* let us extol the boast of virgins and the joy of angels,* the only Theotokos and the strength of believers.* Let us all cry out to her:* Rejoice, O pure virgin Mother,* splendorous luminary and gate of heaven.* Rejoice, O sacred tabernacle and all-pure One* who contained God with your womb.* Rejoice, for without exception you are higher than all the heavenly powers.* Therefore, O Lady and virgin Mother,* do not cease to protect your servants* who in faith and love extol you at all times,* and who bow down to your holy and pure birth-giving.

Aposticha

In Tone 1

Today, let us worthily praise the triad of spiritual mystics,* the speaking trumpets and mirrors of God:* the great Basil and the sublime Gregory inspired with zeal* and the truly golden-mouthed John.* Their teachings pout out a stream of gold for us.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is he death of His faithful.

Let us worthily sing the praises of the foundation of the faith,* the sublime and courageous mind,* the stream that flows with Gold,* the very splendid and precious luminaries* and defenders of the Trinity,* the receptacles of the grace of the Spirit* and unshakeable pillars.

Your priests shall be clothed with holiness; your faithful shall ring out their joy.

O instruments of the Spirit and trumpets of the divine thunder,* O brilliant lights of preaching,* O golden, light-bearing, resplendent lamps of God,* O most blessed Basil, most wise Gregory, and most precious John,* implore Christ our God to save those who honour you.

In Tone 2

Glory…

Today the souls of mortals are elevated above earthly things.* Today they become heavenly beings as the commemorate the saints.* The gates of heaven are opened for us,* and the ways of the Lord are made known to us.* Tongues extol His miracles* and proclaim the words of the Word.* Let us also cry out to the Saviour:* Glory to You, O Christ God,* because through them there has been peace for the faithful.

Now…

Today, Christ is being carried into the temple as an infant.* Today, He who gave the Law to Moses comes under the Law.* The angelic hosts were amazed when they saw Him, who supports all things,* being held in the arms of an aged man.* Simeon, filed with reverence, joyfully cried out:* Now dismiss me, O Saviour, from the temporal life* and let me enter the repose which never rows old,* for I have seen You and I now rejoice.

Troparia

In Tone 4

As equals to the apostles in the way you lived* and teachers of the whole world* intercede with the Master of all to grant peace to the world,* and, to our souls, great mercy. (2)

In Tone 1

Rejoice, Mother of God, Virgin Mary full of grace!* The Lord is with you.* Blessed are you among women,* and blessed is the fruit of your womb.* For you have borne Christ, the Saviour and Redeemer of our souls.

 

FESTAL MATINS

The Lord is God, Tone 4

Troparion, Tone 4

As equals to the apostles in the way you lived* and teachers of the whole world,* intercede with the Master of all* to grant peace to the world,* and to our souls great mercy. (twice)

Glory… Now…

O Mother of God, the mystery hidden from all eternity* and unknown even to the angels,* was revealed through you to those on earth:* God took on our human nature* and united it to His divine nature in a perfect but unconfused union.* Then, He willingly accepted the cross for our sake* and thereby raised again the first created man,* and saved our souls from death.

Psalm Reading and Small Ekteny

Sessional Hymn 1

In Tone 5: Let us all praise Basil, the royal adornment of the church,* the inexhaustible treasury of teaching,* for he has taught us to worship the holy Trinity,* which is united in essence but separate in Persons!

In Tone 4

Glory…

Divinely-wise fathers, shining lamps of the Church of Christ,* you have enlightened the world with your teachings,* withering the errors of heresy and quenching the fire of blasphemy!* As Christ’s holy bishops, pray that we may be saved!

Now…

Most-hymned Virgin, Mother of Christ God,* Mary, unwedded Bride of God,* intercession for the faithful, Lady Theotokos,* deliver from all misfortune and need* those who run to your protection with faith and love,* for you alone are the Bride of God!

Psalm Reading and Small Ekteny

Sessional Hymn 2

In Tone 3: Gregory the theologian, you were a pillar of the Church.* You were shown to be a treasury of devotion which cannot be taken away!* You enlightened your life with dispassion,* making plain the teachings of the Trinity.* Venerable father, entreat Christ God for the salvation of our souls!

In Tone 4

Glory…

Like bees hovering over the meadow of the Scriptures,* you embraced the wonderful pollen of their flowers.* Together you have produced for all the faithful* the honey of your teachings for their complete delight.* Therefore as we each enjoy this, we cry out with gladness:* blessed ones, even after death,* be advocates for us who praise you!

Now…

Storm-tossed by the triple waves of the passions,* although I am without a conscience, I fervently call on you:* do not turn from me, all pure One, lest I perish in my wretchedness!* You gave birth to the depth of mercy and I have no other hope than you!* Do not let my enemies rejoice over me or use me as a byword,* for I have put my trust in you.* You can do whatever you desire for you are Mother of the God of all!

Polyeleos

Exaltation

We extol you,* O Holy Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom* and we honour your holy memory,* for you pray to Christ our God for us!

verse: My lips will speak words of wisdom!
verse: Understanding will be my heart’s desire!
Glory… Now…
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to You, O God! (3)

Gradual Hymn, Tone 4, Antiphon 1

Prokeimenon, Tone 4

Your priests shall be clothed with righteousness* and Your saints shall rejoice!

verse: My lips will speak words of wisdom, understanding will be my heart’s desire!

Let Everything that has Breath, Tone 4

Gospel

John 10:9-16

After Psalm 50

In Tone 6, Glory…

Through the prayers of the holy Hierarchs,* O merciful Lord,* cleanse me from the multitude of my transgressions.

Now…

Through the prayers of the Theotokos,* O merciful Lord,* cleanse me from the multitude of my transgressions.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving kindness, according to the multitude of Your tender mercies blot out my transgressions

Grace was poured forth from your mouths, venerable fathers,* and you became pastors of the Church of Christ,* teaching the reason-endowed sheep to believe in the consubstantial Trinity* in one Divinity!

Canon

ODE 1

Irmos Come, people, let us sing a song to Christ our God, who divided the sea and guided the people He had led from Egypt, for He has been glorified!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

People, what thanksgiving, what fitting response, should we offer to our benefactors? For they taught us how to live in goodness!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

Let the tongues of the orators, their skill and craft and all the power of their words, now be focussed on this one intention! Let us honour them, and venerate them all together!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

With their minds in heaven, they allowed nothing to be held as their own on earth. They were shown to be guardians and patrons of the community. Therefore let them be considered worthy of our common hymns of praise!

Glory… Now…

With one mouth and one accord, we all glorify you, most immaculate One, as the object of our nature’s common honour.

Katavasia The sun’s rays once shone on dry land in the midst of the deep, for the water on both sides became firm as a wall while the people crossed over the sea on foot offering this song acceptable to God: let us sing to the Lord, for He has been greatly glorified!

ODE 3

Irmos Lord, establish us in You, for You have killed sin by the tree! Plant the fear of You in our hearts as we sing hymns to You!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

The great trumpet of the churches, the lamp illuminating the inhabited earth, the preacher embracing the ends of the earth with his voice: the great Basil summons this assembly!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

Brilliant in his life and actions, brilliant in sermons and teaching, shining more than all, as another sun outshining the stars, the greatly honoured theologian is called blessed today!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

Behold, the light of the world is manifested to the world! Behold, the salt of the earth seasons the earth! Behold, the tree of life, the golden saint, yields immortal fruit! Let those who wish to escape death come and feast sumptuously!

Glory… Now…

He who brought all things into being from non-existence and granted nature to every creature, knew Himself how to transform the given natures as He desired. Therefore the Virgin gives birth and who would not be amazed?

Katavasia Lord, the firm foundation of those who put their trust in You, strengthen the Church which you have purchased with Your precious Blood!

LITTLE EKTENY

SIDALEN

(Tone 8) Let us, as we enjoy the beauty and grace of their words,* with one voice praise the great and shining lights, the indestructible pillars of the Church:* the wise John of golden speech, the great Basil, with Gregory the renowned theologian.* Let us cry out to them, exclaiming from the depths of our hearts:* three times great and holy hierarchs, pray to Christ our God,* that He may grant remission of sins to those who celebrate your memory with love!

Glory…

You received the wisdom that comes from God, three new apostles of Christ!* By understanding sermons, in simple words through the power of the Spirit,* you framed dogmas set down earlier by the fishermen.* Indeed our faith feeds on the plain nourishment received from you.* Therefore we all cry out: pray to Christ our God,* that He may grant remission of sins to those who celebrate your memory with love!

Now…

Virgin, draw near my lowly soul that is being drowned!* It is without a pilot in the storm of the temptations of life.* It is sinking with sin and in danger of going to the bottom of hell.* Grant it peace and rescue it from perils, Theotokos,* for you are a calm harbour that knows no waves!* Intercede with your Son and God that He may give me remission of sins* for I am your unworthy servant and have you as my hope!

ODE 4

Irmos I have heard the report of Your dispensation, Lord and have glorified You, the only Lover of mankind!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

You acquired the knowledge of lower wisdom, all-glorious ones. Through the wisdom of God, you received a guiding position; therefore you wisely made the lower wisdom serve you as a handmaid.

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

Lovers of wisdom, since you loved knowledge, you all learned to speak wise words. You were filled with wonder! You taught the discipline of action and then contemplation.

Glory… Now…

In the last times, the source of everlasting waters, the Creator came down as a light rain, all-blameless One, like drops into your womb, seasonably refreshing those who were fainting.

Katavasia Your virtue, O Christ, has covered the heavens, for proceeding from Your undefiled Mother, the Ark of Your sanctification, You have appeared in the temple of Your glory as an infant in arms, and the whole world has been filled with Your praise!

ODE 5

Irmos Lord, the Giver of Light and Creator of the ages, guide us in the light of Your commandments, for we know no other God but You!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

You permitted the saints to drink deeply from the well-spring of Your gifts which is not diminished in any way by this emptying, but waters the whole earth with the divine streams which flow from them, O Lover of mankind!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

What is gold to me? What are riches, glory and power? Let all things vanish like smoke before the wind! For me the only great wealth is the Trinity of eloquent preachers!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

The river flows with ambrosia and nectar: it is a torrent of the food of immortality for those who hunger and incorruptible drink for those who thirst! Its water is eternally living and sustains the living who drink of it. All of you, partake of its ever-flowing life!

Glory… Now…

Evil has power against us, but not at the end, for it became weak after the Virgin gave birth to the One who is powerful in strength, who took upon Himself the weakness of the flesh and killed the one powerful in evil.

Katavasia In figure, Isaiah saw God on a throne, lifted high up and borne in triumph by angels in glory, and he cried: Woe is me, for I have seen beforehand God incarnate; Lord of the light that knows no evening and king of peace!

ODE 6

Irmos Tossed about in the deep abyss of sin, I call upon the unfathomable abyss of Your loving-kindness: lead me up from corruption, O God!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

Together you three bless the properties of God: the unbegotten nature of the Father, the generation of the Word and the procession of the Spirit Himself.

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

Today salvation has openly and radiantly come to this house, for Christ, in honour of His own name, is present in the midst of the two or three gathered together.

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

The depth of the earth is immeasurably distant from the heights of heaven, yet divine desire has caught up the saints from the earth higher than the heavens.

Glory… Now…

The three divine preachers have you, O Virgin, as a new well-spring and fountain of mysteries. They adopt a new way of speaking from new sources.

Katavasia The eyes of the elder saw the salvation that was come to the gentiles and he cried aloud to you: O Christ, coming from God, You are my God!

LITTLE EKTENY

KONTAKION

(Tone 2) You received Your inspired and steadfast preachers, Your chief teachers* into the enjoyment of Your good things and into repose.* You who alone glorify Your saints,* accepted their labours and death* more gladly than any holocaust.

IKOS

Who can open his lips and move his tongue about those who breathed fire in the power of the Word and the Spirit? Yet I shall be bold to speak a word about what is so great. For these three have transcended all human nature in their many and great gifts, surpassing those who are illustrious in both action and vision. Therefore you counted them worthy of great gifts, for they are Your faithful servants and You alone are glorified in Your saints!

ODE 7

Irmos When the golden image was worshipped on the plain of Deira, Your three youths despised the godless command. Cast into the midst of the fire, they were bedewed and sang: blessed are You, the God of our fathers!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

The former erratic insolence of heresies is vanquished and in retreat and every degraded teaching appears like wax melting in the fire, struck down by your fiery proclamation, O blessed ones.

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

These three avoided the false myths of pagan Greeks and chose persuasion alone to establish their authority among people. Thus they established the truth, moving all the congregations of the faithful and persuading them.

Glory… Now…

Every prophecy is fulfilled and comes to rest in you, amazing those who cry out: O pure One, miracles come from you more radiant than the prophesies, clearly showing the interpreters to be most wise!

Katavasia In the midst of the fire, O Word of God, You dropped dew on the children as they spoke of things divine, and You took up Your dwelling in the pure Virgin! We praise You as we sing with piety: blessed are You, O God of our fathers!

ODE 8

Irmos Let us sing hymns to God who descended into the fiery furnace and changed the flames into dew for the Hebrew children: praise the Lord, all works of the Lord and exalt Him above all forever!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

We perceive and glorify with equal reverence one nature, the powerful Unity and Trinity who orders all by higher words. For so the three God-bearers taught us to worship. Together with them we bow down before the Trinity forever!

Refrain: Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!

The three divine preachers were united in conceiving of the Trinity as a Unity. In all things they safeguarded the indivisibility of the divine nature from which they received a share of the one undivided glory which gathers all together for a common celebration exalting the Trinity above all forever!

Glory… Now…

When the Benefactor had received what is ours and had given in return that which is His own, He created but did not suffer, Virgin, for He deified our nature but was not made corruption. He suffered of His own will to set mankind free from the passions through His sufferings as the three fathers mystically teach us.

Katavasia Standing together in the unbearable fire, yet not harmed by it, the children champions of godliness, sang a divine hymn: all works of the Lord, bless the Lord, and exalt Him above all forever!

(omit Magnificat)

ODE 9

Irmos The Son of the Father without beginning has appeared to us: God the Lord, made flesh of the Virgin, to give light to those in darkness and to gather the dispersed. Therefore we magnify the Theotokos.

Magnify, my soul, the three great luminaries among the priests!

Behold, your field; the flock for which you undertook the greatest labours! We have assembled to bring you three together. Your good union is our common claim.

Magnify, my soul, the three great luminaries among the priests!

Grace did not wield a doubled-edged sword against her enemies, but a three-edged dagger: the slashing mouths of the three orators! The were one sword forged in heaven, with three tempered blades of tongues ever fighting in defence of the one thrice-radiant Divinity.

Magnify, my soul, the three great luminaries among the priests!

Your citizenship was in the heavens with those clothed in undefiled flesh, glorious ones. Now you dwell with them exclusively, interceding for us who still wear earthly wreaths, that we may remember and work towards higher things.

Magnify, my soul, the three great luminaries among the priests!

The breadth of your great works restricts me, Lady, overwhelming the prudence of my speech. I am at a glorious loss, lacking an answer to my hesitation! So let us glorify Him who has so greatly magnified you!

Katavasia We faithful saw the figure in the shadow of the Law and the Scriptures: every male child that opened the womb was holy to God. We also magnify the first-begotten Son of the unoriginate Father, the first-born Son of the unwedded Mother!

Hymn of Light

Let us praise the God-bearing fathers,* the three radiant lamps shining more brightly than the sun with the light of the Trinity,* the Author of light, the three-sunned Unity,* supernaturally united!

Glory…

Let us all now praise the vessels of light, the lighting bolts of fire:* Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom!

Now…

One God: Father, Son and Spirit,* through the prayers of Basil, Gregory and John and of the all-pure Theotokos,* let me not be cut off from Your glory!

At the Praises, Tone 5

Rejoice, trinity of bishops!* Great bulwark of the church, pillars of righteousness,* strength of the faithful, downfall of the heretics!* You shepherded the flock of Christ with godly teachings* and fed them with many virtues.* You were openly preachers of grace, setting forth laws for the fullness of Christ’s Church!* Heavenly guides and gates of paradise,* pray to Christ that He may grant our souls great mercy!

Rejoice, trinity of bishops!* Great bulwark of the church, pillars of righteousness,* strength of the faithful, downfall of the heretics!* You shepherded the flock of Christ with godly teachings* and fed them with many virtues.* You were openly preachers of grace, setting forth laws for the fullness of Christ’s Church!* Heavenly guides and gates of paradise,* pray to Christ that He may grant our souls great mercy!

Rejoice, trinity of bishops!* Earthly angels who travelled the heavens,* salvation of the world and joy of all,* champions of the Word and teachers of the universe,* skilful physicians of soul and body, ever-flowing rivers of the Spirit,* watering the face of the earth with your teachings, ladders of theology!* Golden ones of golden preaching,* pray to Christ that He may grant our souls great mercy!

Rejoice, trinity of bishops!* Earthly skies reflecting the sun, radiance and lamps of the Trinity,* enlightenment of those in darkness, fragrant and beautiful flowers of paradise,* Theologian, wise Basil and Chrysostom,* tablets of the Spirit written by the finger of God,* nourishing with the milk of salvation!* Adornments of wisdom, pray to Christ that He may grant our souls great mercy!

Glory…

Let us sound the trumpet of hymns!* Let us dance to the music of the feast!* Let us leap with joy in the festival of our teachers!* Let kings and princes come together* and let bishops clap their hands in hymns for the three great rivers of doctrines,* rushing torrents of the ever-living Spirit,* pastors and teachers, the three initiates of the sacred mysteries of the holy Trinity!* Let us assemble and let us praise them:* praise them, philosophers, for they are wise;* priests, because they are pastors;* sinners, because they are intercessors;* the poor, for they bring riches;* those in sorrow, for they comfort them;* those who travel, because they journey with them;* those at sea, because they are their guides.* Let all of us everywhere fervently praise the godly bishops, saying:* all-holy teachers, come quickly to rescue the faithful from the temptations of life* and by your prayers deliver them from eternal torments!

Now…

Let us sound the trumpet of hymns!* The Virgin Mother, the Queen of all, bows down from the heavens* to crown with blessings those who honour her with hymns!* Let kings and princes assemble!* Let them clap their hands in hymns for the Queen who gave birth to the King* who was pleased in His love for mankind to loose those held by death.* Pastors and teachers, gather!* Let us praise the all-pure Mother of the God Shepherd,* the lampstand of golden light, the light-bearing cloud more spacious than the heavens,* the living ark, the fiery throne of the Master,* the golden jar of manna, the closed gate of the Word, the refuge of all Christians!* Let us praise her with inspired hymns and say:* palace of the Word, grant us the kingdom of heaven in our lowliness,* for through your prayers all things are possible!

 

DIVINE LITURGY

Troparia and Kontakia

Troparion, Tone 4: As equals to the apostles in the way you lived* and teachers of the whole world,* intercede with the Master of all* to grant peace to the world,* and to our souls great mercy.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Kontakion, Tone 2: You received Your inspired and steadfast preachers, Your chief teachers* into the enjoyment of Your good things and into repose.* You who alone glorify Your saints,* accepted their labours and death* more gladly than any holocaust.

Prokeimenon, Tone 8

Their utterance has gone forth into all the earth,* and their words unto the ends of the world.

verse: The heavens tell the glory of God, and the firmament declares the work of His hand. (Psalm 19:5,2)

Epistle

Hebrews 13:7-16

Alleluia, Tone 4

verse: The heavens shall confess Your wonders, O Lord, and Your truth in the church of the saints.

verse: God is glorified in the assembly of the saints. (Psalm 89:6,8)

Gospel

Matthew 5:14-19

Communion Hymn

Rejoice in the Lord, O you just;* praise befits the righteous.* Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 32:1)