Liturgical Propers:

December 27, 2017; Post-feast of the Nativity of Christ; the Holy Apostle, First Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen; Our Venerable Father and Confessor Theodore the “Branded One” (844)

Antiphon 1 I will confess You, Lord, with all my heart,* I will declare all Your wondrous deeds. Through the prayers of the Mother of God,* O Saviour, save us. In the council of the just and the congregation,* great are the works of the Lord, conforming to His will in...

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Jan 20; Our Venerable and God-bearing Father Euthymius

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

Troparion and Kontakion
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… Now…

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?

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.

Gospel
Luke 6:17-23

Communion Verse
The just man shall be in everlasting remembrance;* of evil hearsay he shall have no fear. Alleluia (3).

Sunday, January 26: 32nd Sunday after Pentecost - Sunday of Zacchaeus, Tone 8. Our Venerable Father Xenophon and his wife Maria

GREAT VESPERS

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

At Psalm 140

In Tone 8

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

O Christ, during this spiritual service,* we sing to You these evening prayers,* commemorating the mercy You have shown us** by Your resurrection.

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

O Lord, O Lord, do not cast us away from Your face;* but in Your kindness have mercy on us** through Your resurrection.

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

Rejoice, O holy Zion,* the Mother of Churches and the dwelling-place of God;* for you were the first to receive the forgiveness of sins** through the resurrection.

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

Christ the Word was begotten by God the Father before all ages;* yet in these latter times,* He freely willed to take flesh from the Virgin who did not know man.* By His death on the cross and His resurrection,** He saved mankind from the ancient curse of death.

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

O Christ, we glorify Your resurrection;* for by rising from the dead* You freed the race of Adam from the sufferings of Hades,* and as God You granted eternal life** and great mercy to 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.

Glory to You, O Christ our Saviour,* the only-begotten Son of God;* for You were nailed to the cross,** and then arose from the dead on the third day.

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

We glorify You, O Lord;* for of Your own free will You suffered crucifixion for our salvation.* Almighty Saviour, we worship You.* We implore You not to cast us away from Your face;* but hear our prayer and save us by Your resurrection,** for You truly love mankind.

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.

The glory of your soul shone brilliantly,* for you illumined yourself with faith and almsgiving.* You rejoiced to distribute your wealth to the poor!* Your righteousness abides for ever in the unfading light* which shone out from you, Father.* There you behold your children and her that gave them birth,** dwelling in the heavenly city.

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

You turned away from corruptible glory* and were counted worthy of the glory that is incorruptible and divine.* Having trampled down all the pleasures of life, God-bearers,* you indeed desired greatly the all-beautiful Christ.* He saved you from the triple waves and tempest of the world** and guided you to the calm and radiant life, most wealthy ones!

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

You killed the passions of the flesh * and clothed yourselves in the garments of dispassion* woven from the purity of your life.* While yet in the body you manifested a life equal to the angels!* You were great in wisdom* and have been counted worthy of the glory of the angels on high,** where you delight in the radiance of God!

In Tone 8, Glory… Now…

Out of his love for mankind * the King of heaven appeared on earth and dwelt with men,* for He assumed a human body from the pure Virgin* and was seen in the flesh He received from her.* He is the One and only God having two natures but not two persons.* Wherefore we profess and declare the truth * that Christ our God is perfect God and perfect Man. * O Mother, who knew not carnal union,** intercede with Him that He may have mercy on our souls.

Aposticha

In Tone 8

O Jesus, You descended from heaven* so that You might ascend the cross.* O immortal Life, You came to die.* You are the true light to those who live in darkness,* and You are the resurrection of the fallen.** Therefore, O Saviour of all, we glorify You.

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

Let us glorify Christ, the Saviour of our Souls* Who arose from the dead.* For He took upon himself a soul and a body,* and during His passion He separated the one from the other.* His pure soul went down to conquer Hades,** while His holy body lay uncorrupted in the grave.

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

O Christ, we glorify Your resurrection with psalms and hymns.* For by Your victory over death* You delivered us from the sufferings of Hades,** and as God You granted us eternal life and great mercy.

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

O Lord of all, Creator of heaven and earth,* You are above all understanding.* Through Your passion on the cross* You freed us from the sufferings of Hades.* And, after condescending to be buried, You arose in glory;* and with Your mighty arm You also raised up Adam.* O most merciful Lord, we glorify You;* for by Your resurrection on the third day** You granted us remission of sins and eternal life.

Glory… 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 8
You came down from on high, O Merciful One,* and accepted three days of burial* to free us from our sufferings.* O Lord, our life and our resurrection,** glory be to You.

Glory…
The divine image was faithfully preserved in you, O fathers,* for taking up the Cross you followed Christ.* By your deeds you have taught us to see beyond flesh, which passes,* and care for the soul, a thing immortal.* and so, O Venerable Xenophon and Maria,** your spirits rejoices with the angels.

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: You came down from on high, O Merciful One,* and accepted three days of burial* to free us from our sufferings.* O Lord, our life and our resurrection,* glory be to You.

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

Kontakion, Tone 8: When You rose from the tomb,* You also raised the dead and resurrected Adam.* Eve exults in Your resurrection,* and the ends of the world celebrate Your rising from the dead,* O most merciful One.

Now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Theotokion, Tone 8: To you, O Mother of God,* the invincible leader,* we, your servants, ascribe these victory hymns* in thanksgiving for our deliverance from evil.* With your invincible power free us from all dangers* that we may cry out to you:* “Hail, O bride, and pure Virgin!”

Prokeimenon, Tone 8
Pray and give thanks to the Lord our God.

verse: In Judea God is known; His name is great in Israel. (Psalm 75:12,2)

Epistle 1 Timothy 4:9-15

Alleluia, Tone 8
verse: Come, let us rejoice in the Lord; let us acclaim God our Saviour.

verse: Let us come before His countenance with praise and acclaim Him with psalms. (Psalm 94:1,2)

Gospel: Luke 19:1-10

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

 

 

 


 

32-а Неділя по Зісланні Св. Духа; Прп. Ксенофонта, дружини його Марії і синів їхніх Аркадія та Йоана. 26 січня

ВЕЧІРНЯ

Блажен муж співаємо

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

(г. 8): Вечірню пісню і словесну службу* приносимо тобі, Христе,* бо ти зволив помилувати нас воскресінням.

Стих: Мене обступлять праведники,* бо ти добро мені вчиниш.
Господи, Господи,* не відкинь нас від твого лиця,* але зволь помилувати нас воскресінням.

Стих: З глибин взиваю до тебе, Господи,* Господи, почуй мій голос.
Радуйся, Сіоне святий,* мати церков, Боже поселення!* Бо ти перший прийняв прощення гріхів воскресінням.

Стих: Нехай будуть твої вуха уважні,* до голосу благання мого.
Слово Бога Отця перед віками народжене,* останнім же часом добровільно воплочене від Пречистої,* витерпіло смертне розп’яття* та й спасло здавна умерлу людину своїм воскресінням.

Стих: Коли ти, Господи, зважатимеш на беззаконня,* то хто встоїться, Господи. Та в тебе є прощення.
Твоє воскресіння з мертвих славословимо, Христе,* бо ним ти визволив рід Адама від адської муки* і, як Бог, дав ти світові життя вічне й велику милість.

Стих: Задля імени твого надіюсь на тебе, Господи,* надіється душа моя на слово твоє; надіється душа моя на Господа.
Слава тобі, Христе Спасе,* Сину Божий єдинородний, що був прибитий до хреста* і третього дня воскрес із гробу.

Стих: Від ранньої сторожі до ночі* від ранньої сторожі нехай уповає Ізраїль на Господа.
Славимо тебе, Господи,* бо ти добровільно витерпів хрест задля нас,* і поклоняємось тобі, всесильний Спасе.* Не відкинь нас від лиця твого,* але вислухай і спаси воскресінням твоїм, Чоловіколюбче.

Стих: Бо в Господа милість і відкуплення велике в нього;* він визволить Ізраїля від усього беззаконня його.
(г. 8, подібний: О, преславне чудо): Преподобні богомудрі Отці!* Ви сліпим даєте світло,* недужим зцілення,* кривим здоров’я,* милосердно схиляючись до тих,* що з вірою приходять до храму вашого* і просять вашої допомоги.* Прославляючи вас, ми всі знайшли у вас* вірних заступників і провідників.

Стих: Хваліте Господа всі народи!* Прославляйте його всі люди!
Преподобні Отці всечесні!* Ви чеснотами вступили на колісницю* і вийшли до Бога,* прийнявши переможців шанування;* нам же, Отці всечесні, залишили ви, немов накидку, ваші тіла,* покладені в гробницях,* щоб подавали зцілення* і проганяли лукавих духів,* тому й славимо вас, Преславні.

Стих: Велике бо до нас його милосердя, і вірність Господа повіки.
Вас зараховано до хорів посників, Блаженні,* бо ви прикрасили себе посним життям,* і нині живете, радіючи,* в небесних оселях,* де ликують ангели.* Справді освячені божественним світлом,* згадуйте тих,* що з любов’ю прославляють вас на землі* і звершують ваш святий празник.

Слава І нині  (догмат, г. 8): Цар небесний з любови до людей на землі з’явився* і між людьми пожив;* бо від чистої Діви воплотився* і з неї вийшов, прийнявши тіло.* Він є Син один, дві в ньому природи, а не особи.* Тому, проповідуючи його, як досконалого Бога* і справді досконалу людину,* визнаємо Христа Бога нашого.* Моли його, Мати всечиста,* щоб були помилувані душі наші.

Стихири на стиховні
 (г. 8): На хрест вийшов ти, Ісусе, зійшовши з неба!* Прийшов ти на смерть, Життя безсмертне,* справжнє світло для тих, що в темряві,* для всіх, що впали – воскресіння і просвічення,* Спасе наш, – слава тобі!

Стих: Господь царює,* у велич він зодягнувся.

Славословимо Христа, що воскрес із мертвих.* Він, прийнявши душу й тіло,* одне від одного відділив під час страждання.* Його пречиста душа зійшла в ад і його полонила,* у гробі ж не зазнало зотління святе тіло* Визволителя душ наших.

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

Псалмами й піснями прославляємо, Спасе,* твоє воскресіння з мертвих,* яким ти визволив нас від адських мук* і, як Бог, дав вічне життя і велику милість.

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

О, Владико всіх недоступний!* Творче неба й землі!* Ти на хресті постраждав і дав мені безстрастя;* прийнявши ж погребення і воскреснувши в славі,* ти підняв Адама рукою всесильною.* Слава твоєму на третій день воскресінню,* яким ти дав нам вічне життя і очищення з гріхів,* як єдиний чоловіколюбний!

Слава і нині: Діво пречиста, що невимовно зачала тілом Бога!* Мати Бога вишнього!* Прийми мольби твоїх слуг, Всенепорочна,* даючи всім прощення гріхів.* Прийнявши нині наші благання,* моли, щоб усі ми спаслися.


Тропарі
(г. 8): З висоти зійшов Ти, Милосердний,* погребення прийняв Ти тридневне,* щоб нас визволити від страстей.* Життя і воскресіння наше,* Господи, слава Тобі.

Слава
(г. 4): Боже отців наших,* що завжди поводишся з нами за твоєю лагідністю!* Не зостав нас без твоєї ласки,* але молитвами їхніми влаштуй у мирі життя наше.

І нині: (г. 8): Ти, Милосердний, що задля нас народився з Діви,* витерпів розп’яття і смертю смерть подолав* і, як Бог, появив воскресіння,* не погорди тими, що їх ти створив рукою своєю.* Покажи, Милостивий, своє чоловіколюбство,* прийми Богородицю, що тебе породила й молиться за нас,* і спаси, Спасе наш, людей зневірених.

БОЖЕСТВЕННА ЛІТУРГІЯ:

 

 

Тропарі і Кондаки
Troparion (Tone 8): Уст твоїх благодать засяявши, як світлість вогню,* вселенную просвітила,* не срібролюбія скарби світові придбала,* висоту смиренномудрія нам показала,* але, твоїми словами навчаючи, отче Іване Золотоустий,* моли Слово, Христа Бога, щоб спаслися душі наші.

+Слава Отцю, і Сину, і Святому Духові.

Кондак (глас 8): Коли Ти воскрес із гробу,* то й померлих підняв,* і Адама воскресив;* радіє Єва воскресінням Твоїм* і кінці світу прославляють* Твоє з мертвих воскресіння,* Багатомилостивий.

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

Богородичний (глас 8): Тобі, вибраній Владарці,* подячні пісні перемоги співаємо* ми, вратовані від лиха,* слуги Твої, Богородице.* Ти, що маєш силу нездоланну,* захорони нас від усяких бід, щоб звати нам:* Радуйся, Невісто, Діво чистая!

Прокімен (глас 8):
Помоліться і хвалу віддайте* Господеві, Богу нашому (Пс 75,12).
Стих: Відомий Бог у Юдеї, в Ізраїлі велике ім’я Його (Пс 75,2).

Апостол: (1Тм 4,9-15):
Сину Тимотею, вірне це слово й повного довір’я гідне. На це бо й трудимося та боремося, тому що ми поклали нашу надію на живого Бога, який є Спасителем усіх людей, особливо ж вірних. Це наказуй і навчай. Ніхто твоїм молодим віком хай не гордує, але будь зразком для вірних у слові, поведінці, любові, вірі й чистоті. Заки я прийду, віддавайся читанню, умовлянню та навчанню. Не занедбуй у собі дару, що був даний тобі через пророцтво з накладанням рук збору пресвітерів. Про це міркуй, будь увесь у цьому, щоб поступ твій усім був очевидний.

Алилуя (глас 8):

Стих: Прийдімо з похвалами пере обличчя Його, і псалмами воскликнім Йому (Пс 94,1).
Стих: Хваліте Господа з небес, хваліте Його на висотах (Пс 94,2).

Євангеліє: (Лк 19,1-10):

У той час, увійшовши в Єрихон, Ісус проходив через (місто). А був там чоловік, Закхей на ім’я; він був головою над митарями й був багатий. Він бажав бачити Ісуса, хто він такий, але не міг із-за народу, бо був малого зросту. Побіг він наперед, виліз на сикомор, щоб подивитися на нього, бо Ісус мав проходити тудою. Прийшовши на те місце, Ісус глянув угору і сказав до нього: “Закхею, притьмом злізай, бо я сьогодні маю бути в твоїм домі.” І зліз той швидко і прийняв його радо. Всі, бачивши те, заходилися нарікати та й казали: “До чоловіка грішника зайшов у гостину.” А Закхей устав і до Господа промовив: “Господи, ось половину майна свого даю вбогим, а коли чимсь когось і покривдив, поверну вчетверо.” Ісус сказав до нього: “Сьогодні на цей дім зійшло спасіння, бо й він син Авраама. Син бо Чоловічий прийшов шукати і спасти те, що загинуло.”

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

Jan 25; Our Holy Father Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople

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 called 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

Troparion and Kontakion
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; Transfer of the Precious Relics of our Father among the Saints John Chrysostom

 

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 Hierarchs, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom

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, Virgin Mary, Mother of God, 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 Deliverer of our souls.

 


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)

Feb 2; Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, Tone 1; The Encounter of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ

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 Zion 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.

In Tone 1

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

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

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

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 1

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

O Simeon, tell us whom you are joyfully carrying into the Temple.* To whom are you saying:* Now You may dismiss Your servant, O Lord,* because my eyes have seen my Saviour.* He is the child born of the Virgin.* He is the Word and God of God.* O Lord, Who for our sake was incarnate and saved the world,** to You we bow in worship.

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

O Simeon, tell us whom you are joyfully carrying into the Temple.* To whom are you saying:* Now You may dismiss Your servant, O Lord,* because my eyes have seen my Saviour.* He is the child born of the Virgin.* He is the Word and God of God.* O Lord, Who for our sake was incarnate and saved the world,** to You we bow in worship.

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

O Simeon, now receive the One* Whom Moses the lawgiver had foreseen through the cloud on Sinai.* He has become a child and submits Himself to the Law.* This is He Who spoke through the Law and Whom the prophets foretold.* O Lord, Who for our sake was incarnate and saved the world,** to You we bow in worship.

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

O faithful, come let us welcome Christ* and receive Him with hymns of praise and glory.* He is the salvation Simeon has seen.* He is the One Whom David foretold* and of Whom the prophets have spoken.* O Lord, Who for our sake was incarnate and inspired the Law,** to You we bow in worship.

In Tone 6, Glory… Now…

Today the gates of heaven swing open,* for the Word of the Father Who has no beginning* has received beginning in time* without any loss to His divinity.* As a child of forty days He is offered by a virgin Mother* in the Temple according to the Law.* The Elder Simeon receives Him in his arms and cries out:* Dismiss me, O Master, for my eyes have seen Your salvation;** O Lord, Who came into the world to save us, glory to You!

Readings

(1) Exodus 13:1-3, 11-12, 14-16; (2) Isaiah 6:1-12; (3) Isaiah 19:1-5, 12, 19-21

At the Lytia

In Tone 1

The Ancient of Days, Who of old gave the Law to Moses on Sinai* appears this day as an infant.* The Creator of the Law fulfils the Law.* He is brought into the Temple* and is given over to the Elder.* The just Simeon receives Him,* and beholding the fulfilment of the divine promise, joyfully cries out:* My eyes have seen the mystery hidden from all eternity.* It has been revealed in these latter days.* The Light has radiated the darkness of unbelieving Gentiles* and gives glory to the newly chosen Israel.* Therefore, let Your servant depart from the bonds of this flesh* to the wondrous unending life that knows no age.** And we pray You to grant great mercy to the world.

He, Who once gave the Law to Moses on Sinai,* today submits Himself to the prescriptions of the Law.* In His compassion He has become like us for our sakes.* Now the pure God, as a holy infant having opened a pure womb,* is being offered as God to Himself.* He is freeing us from the curse of the Law** and granting light to our souls.

In Tone 2

Simeon now receives below in his earthly arms* the One Whom the ministers at the liturgy on high entreat with trembling,* and Who was prophesied to become incarnate.* Seeing the heavenly God as mortal man,* he is ready to withdraw from earthly things and joyfully cries out:* Glory to You, O Lord, the unsetting Light,** that uncovers those in darkness.

Today Simeon takes in his arms the Lord of Glory,* the One Whom Moses formerly saw in the darkness* when he received the tablets of the Law on Mount Sinai.* This is He Who speaks through the prophets;* He is the Creator of the Law.* This is He Whom David announced.** He is awesome to all, yet He has great and abundant mercy.

The pure Virgin brings the Sacred One* into the sanctuary to the holy priest.* Simeon extends his hands,* receives Him joyously in his arms, and cries out:* O Master, now You let Your servant go in peace,** according to Your word, O Lord.

The Creator of heaven and earth is carried today* in the arms of the Elder Simeon.* Inspired by the Holy Spirit, he cried out:** Now I am set free, for I have beheld my Saviour.

Today, Simeon the Elder enters the Temple, rejoicing in spirit,* to receive in his arms the One Who gave the Law to Moses,* the One Who fulfils the Law in Himself.* For Moses was counted worthy to see God,* although in darkness and sounds that were not clear;* and with covered face he rebuked the unbelieving people.* But Simeon carried the pre-eternal Word of the father in bodily form,* and he revealed the Light of the Gentiles, the Cross, and the Resurrection.* Anna was shown to be a prophetess,* announcing the Saviour and Deliverer of Israel.* Unto Him let us cry aloud:** Through the Theotokos have mercy on us, O Christ our God.

In Tone 4

Today, the holy Mother who is higher than any temple* has herself come into the Temple* to show the world the Creator and Giver of the Law.* Simeon the Elder receives Him in his arms;* he venerates Him and cries aloud:* Now let Your servant depart in peace,** for I have seen You, the Saviour of our souls.

In Tone 5, Glory…

Search the Scriptures as Christ our God said in the Gospels;* for in them we find Him Who was born and wrapped in swaddling clothes,* the One laid in a manger and fed upon milk,* Who received circumcision and was carried by Simeon.* Not in fancy or imagination,* but in very truth has He appeared to the world.* Let us cry out to Him:** Glory to You, O pre-eternal God!

Now…

He Who is Ancient of Days and young in the flesh* is being brought into the Temple by His virgin Mother.* He fulfils the promise of His own Law.* Simeon receives Him and says:* Now You may let Your servant go in peace,** for my eyes have seen Your salvation, O Lord.

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 8, Glory… Now…

He Who rides on the Cherubim and is praised by the Seraphim* is now being brought into the holy Temple according to the Law.* He is sitting in the arms of an old man as though upon a throne.* From Joseph He receives God-pleasing gifts, a pair of turtle doves,* and from the newly-chosen people of the Gentiles, and undefiled Church.* the two doves indicate that He is the head both of the Old and New Testaments.* As for Simeon, when he saw what had been revealed come to pass,* he received the child and blessed the virgin Mother of God,* pointing out to her the sufferings that she would bear.* He asked the Lord to be released from life, saying:* Now You may dismiss me, O Lord, as You have promised;* for my eyes have seen You, the eternal Light,** the Lord and Saviour of all Christian people.

Troparion

In Tone 1
Rejoice, full of grace, Virgin Mother of God!* From you there dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,* who enlightens those who dwell in darkness.* And you, O righteous Elder, be glad!* You received in your embrace* the Liberator of our souls,** who grants us resurrection. (thrice)

 


DIVINE LITURGY

Entrance
The Lord has made known His salvation;* He has revealed His truth before the nations.

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.

Troparion, Tone 1: Rejoice, full of grace, Virgin Mother of God!* From you there dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,* who enlightens those who dwell in darkness.* And you, O righteous Elder, be glad!* You received in your embrace* the Liberator of our souls,** who grants us resurrection.

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

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.

Now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Kontakion, Tone 1: By Your birth, You sanctified a virgin womb* and fittingly blessed the hands of Simeon.* You have come also now and saved us, O Christ our God;* give peace to Your community in time of war,* and strengthen its rulers, whom You love,* for You alone,** are the Lover of mankind.

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)

Prokeimenon, Tone 3
verse: My soul magnifies the Lord,* and my spirit has rejoiced in God, My Saviour.

Epistle
2 Timothy 3:10-15; Hebrews 7:7-17

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)
verse: Now, O Master, You dismiss Your servant in peace according to Your word.

Gospel
Luke 18:10-14; Luke 2:22-40

Hymn to the Mother of God
O God-bearing Virgin, hope of Christians, protect and guard and save all those who put their trust in you.
and the Irmos, Tone 3: In the law, the shadow, and the scriptures, we the faithful see a figure: every male child that opens the womb shall be sanctified to God. Therefore do we magnify the first-born Word and Son of the Father who is without beginning, the first-born Child of a Mother who had not known man.

Communion Hymn
Praise the Lord from the heavens;* praise Him in the highest. (Psalm 148:1)* I will take the chalice of salvation;* and I will call upon the name of the Lord.* Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 116:13)


 

Feb 9; Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Tone 2; Leave-taking of the Feast of the Encounter of Our Lord; the Holy Martyr Nicephorus

GREAT VESPERS

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

At Psalm 140

In Tone 2

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

Come, let us adore God the Word,* Who was born of the Father before all ages,* and was incarnate of the Virgin Mary;* for of His own free will He suffered the Cross* and submitted Himself to burial,** and arose from the dead to save me, a sinful one.

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

Christ our Saviour cancelled the decree that was written against us,* by nailing it to the Cross;* and He abolished the dominion of Death.** Let us glorify His Resurrection on the third day.

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

Let us, together with the archangels, sing of Christ’s resurrection;* for He is the Redeemer and Saviour of our souls.* He will come again in awesome glory and mighty power** to judge the world which He has fashioned.

In Tone 1

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

I was entrusted with a sinless and loving land,* but I sowed the ground with sin and reaped with a sickle the ears of slothfulness;* in thick sheaves I garnered my actions,* but winnowed them not on the threshing floor of repentance.* But I beg You, my God, the pre-eternal husbandman,* with the wind of Your loving-kindness winnow the chaff of my works,* and grant to my soul the corn of forgiveness;* shut me in Your heavenly storehouse** and save me.

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

I was entrusted with a sinless and loving land,* but I sowed the ground with sin and reaped with a sickle the ears of slothfulness;* in thick sheaves I garnered my actions,* but winnowed them not on the threshing floor of repentance.* But I beg You, my God, the pre-eternal husbandman,* with the wind of Your loving-kindness winnow the chaff of my works,* and grant to my soul the corn of forgiveness;* shut me in Your heavenly storehouse** and save me.

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

Brethren, let us learn the meaning of this mystery.* For when the Prodigal Son ran back from sin to his Father’s house,* his loving Father came out to meet him and kissed him.* He restored to the Prodigal the tokens of his proper glory,* and mystically he made glad on high, sacrificing the fatted calf.* Let our lives, then, be worthy of the loving Father who has offered sacrifice,* and of the glorious Victim** who is the Saviour of our souls.

In Tone 1

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

O Simeon, tell us whom you are joyfully carrying into the Temple.* To whom are you saying:* Now You may dismiss Your servant, O Lord,* because my eyes have seen my Saviour.* He is the child born of the Virgin.* He is the Word and God of God.* O Lord, Who for our sake was incarnate and saved the world,** to You we bow in worship.

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

O Simeon, tell us whom you are joyfully carrying into the Temple.* To whom are you saying:* Now You may dismiss Your servant, O Lord,* because my eyes have seen my Saviour.* He is the child born of the Virgin.* He is the Word and God of God.* O Lord, Who for our sake was incarnate and saved the world,** to You we bow in worship.

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

O Simeon, now receive the One* Whom Moses the lawgiver had foreseen through the cloud on Sinai.* He has become a child and submits Himself to the Law.* This is He Who spoke through the Law and Whom the prophets foretold.* O Lord, Who for our sake was incarnate and saved the world,** to You we bow in worship.

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

O faithful, come let us welcome Christ* and receive Him with hymns of praise and glory.* He is the salvation Simeon has seen.* He is the One Whom David foretold* and of Whom the prophets have spoken.* O Lord, Who for our sake was incarnate and inspired the Law,** to You we bow in worship.

In Tone 6, Glory…

Today the gates of heaven swing open,* for the Word of the Father Who has no beginning* has received beginning in time* without any loss to His divinity.* As a child of forty days He is offered by a virgin Mother* in the Temple according to the Law.* The Elder Simeon receives Him in his arms and cries out:* Dismiss me, O Master, for my eyes have seen Your salvation;** O Lord, Who came into the world to save us, glory to You!

In Tone 2, Now…

O Virgin, the shadow of the Law passed away* with the realization of grace.* For as the bush had burned without being consumed,* so you gave birth while a virgin* and you remained a virgin.* Instead of the pillar of fire there rose the Sun of Justice.* Instead of Moses, Christ God came forth,** the Saviour of our souls.

Aposticha

In Tone 2

Your Resurrection, O Christ our Saviour,* has enlightened the whole universe;* and, through it, You call back to Yourself all Creation.** Almighty God, glory to You!

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

By the wood of Your Cross, O Saviour,* You have abolished the curse of the tree;* by Your burial You have destroyed the power of death;* and by Your Resurrection You enlightened the human race.* We, therefore, cry out to You:** O Christ our God, Giver of Life, glory to You!

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

O Christ, when You were nailed to the Cross,* the distorted nature of creation was made manifest.* The soldiers showed their inhumanity by piercing Your side with a lance,* and the people showed their ignorance of Your power* by asking that Your tomb be sealed.* But, in Your mercy, You accepted burial* and then arose on the third day.** O Lord, glory to You!

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

O Christ, Giver of Life,* You freely endured the Passion for the sake of mortals.* In Your power You descended into Hades;* and snatching, as from a mighty monster, the souls of those who awaited Your coming,* You placed them in Paradise.* Therefore, show Your great mercy to us who glorify Your Resurrection,** and cleanse our souls.

In Tone 8, Glory… Now…

He Who rides on the Cherubim and is praised by the Seraphim* is now being brought into the holy Temple according to the Law.* He is sitting in the arms of an old man as though upon a throne.* From Joseph He receives God-pleasing gifts, a pair of turtle doves,* and from the newly-chosen people of the Gentiles, and undefiled Church.* the two doves indicate that He is the head both of the Old and New Testaments.* As for Simeon, when he saw what had been revealed come to pass,* he received the child and blessed the virgin Mother of God,* pointing out to her the sufferings that she would bear.* He asked the Lord to be released from life, saying:* Now You may dismiss me, O Lord, as You have promised;* for my eyes have seen You, the eternal Light,** the Lord and Saviour of all Christian people.

Troparia

In Tone 2
When You went down to death, O Life Immortal,* You struck Hades dead with the blazing light of Your divinity.* When You raised the dead from the nether world,* all the powers of heaven cried out:** “O Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory be to You!”

In Tone 1, Glory… Now…
Rejoice, full of grace, Virgin Mother of God!* From you there dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,* who enlightens those who dwell in darkness.* And you, O righteous Elder, be glad!* You received in your embrace* the Liberator of our souls,** who grants us resurrection.

 


DIVINE LITURGY

Troparia and Kontakia
Troparion, Tone 2: When You went down to death, O Life Immortal,* You struck Hades dead with the blazing light of Your divinity.* When You raised the dead from the nether world,* all the powers of heaven cried out:* “O Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory be to You!”

Troparion, Tone 1: Rejoice, full of grace, Virgin Mother of God!* From you there dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,* who enlightens those who dwell in darkness.* And you, O righteous Elder, be glad!* You received in your embrace* the Liberator of our souls,* who grants us resurrection.

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

Kontakion, Tone 3: Foolishly have I fled from Your glory, O Father,* wasting the wealth You gave me on vices.* Therefore, I offer You the words of the Prodigal:* Loving Father, I have sinned before You.* Take me, for I repent, and make me as one of Your hired hands.

Now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Kontakion, Tone 1: By Your birth, You sanctified a virgin womb* and fittingly blessed the hands of Simeon.* You have come also now and saved us, O Christ our God;* give peace to Your community in time of war,* and strengthen its rulers, whom You love,* for You alone,* are the Lover of mankind.

Prokeimenon, Tone 2
The Lord is my strength and my song of praise, and He has become my salvation.
verse: The Lord has indeed chastised me, but He has not delivered me to death. (Psalm 117:14,18)

Prokeimenon, Tone 3
verse: My soul magnifies the Lord,* and my spirit has rejoiced in God, My Saviour.

Epistle
1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Alleluia, Tone 2
verse: The Lord will hear you in the day of tribulation; the name of the God of Jacob will shield you.
verse: Lord, grant victory to the king and hear us in the day that we shall call upon You. (Psalm 19:2,10)
verse: Now, O Master, You dismiss Your servant in peace according to Your word.

Gospel
Luke 15:11-32

Hymn to the Mother of God
O God-bearing Virgin, hope of Christians, protect and guard and save all those who put their trust in you.
and the Irmos, Tone 3: In the law, the shadow, and the scriptures, we the faithful see a figure: every male child that opens the womb shall be sanctified to God. Therefore do we magnify the first-born Word and Son of the Father who is without beginning, the first-born Child of a Mother who had not known man.

Communion Hymn
Praise the Lord from the heavens;* praise Him in the highest. (Psalm 148:1)* I will take the chalice of salvation;* and I will call upon the name of the Lord.* Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 116:13)

Feb 14; The Repose of Our Venerable Father Constantine the Philosopher, in the Monastic Life, Cyril, Teacher of the Slavs (869); and our Venerable Father Auxentius (457-74); and the Venerable Maron the Wonderworker and Hermit

GREAT VESPERS

At Psalm 140

In Tone 4

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

О Father, you shone with the beauty of virtue,* and you went about the whole world,* like a bee putting the purest honey of divine wisdom* in the good hearts of those believing in the one Christ,* who came on earth and visited our lowliness** with his endless mercy and humility.

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

О Father, you shone with the beauty of virtue,* and you went about the whole world,* like a bee putting the purest honey of divine wisdom* in the good hearts of those believing in the one Christ,* who came on earth and visited our lowliness** with his endless mercy and humility.

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

О Father, you shone with the beauty of virtue,* and you went about the whole world,* like a bee putting the purest honey of divine wisdom* in the good hearts of those believing in the one Christ,* who came on earth and visited our lowliness** with his endless mercy and humility.

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

With the wisdom of meekness* and filled with love of God and knowledge of the true faith,* you netted the cities and countryside for God, О blessed Cyril.* By grace you came to those who had not received saving wisdom,** and therefore, we praise you with holy hymns.

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

With the wisdom of meekness* and filled with love of God and knowledge of the true faith,* you netted the cities and countryside for God, О blessed Cyril.* By grace you came to those who had not received saving wisdom,** and therefore, we praise you with holy hymns.

  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 the wisdom of meekness* and filled with love of God and knowledge of the true faith,* you netted the cities and countryside for God, О blessed Cyril.* By grace you came to those who had not received saving wisdom,** and therefore, we praise you with holy hymns.

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

You lived а life without fault and worthy of praise,* and your death was precious to God in the eyes of all.* Glorious with righteousness, О Father,* you gave your soul into God’s hands.* Therefore, we ask you to pray to him for mercy** for those who faithfully praise you.

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

You lived а life without fault and worthy of praise,* and your death was precious to God in the eyes of all.* Glorious with righteousness, О Father,* you gave your soul into God’s hands.* Therefore, we ask you to pray to him for mercy** for those who faithfully praise you.

In Tone 8, Glory… Now…

Come, O you who love the feasts of the Church,* and with songs of praise* let us hymn the peers of the apostles, the adornment of hierarchs,* the enlighteners and fervent helpers of the Slavic peoples, saying:* Rejoice, O Cyril, golden clarion of theology,* who explained the mystery of the Holy Trinity by comparing God to the sun,* and thereby closed the blasphemous mouths of the Moslems!* And rejoice with him, O Methodius, who struggled with him in oneness of mind,* aiding him with prayers and signs!* And now, O most blessed fathers,* never cease to pray to Christ God for us* who magnify you with faith and love.

Readings

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

Aposticha

In Tone 8

O venerable father,* you were a divine lightbearing torch, pure and precious.* You never succumbed to the evil ways of the world.* For that, Christ, the Lover of mankind,* made you a sharer in the divine nature.* Through his supplications, O Christ,** grant your people great mercy.

Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His faithful.

O venerable father!* Having set your hand to the plow,* you diligently served God;* you never looked back,* but continued on toward the kingdom of Christ our God,** Who became incarnate for the salvation of our souls.

Happy those who keep God’s decrees, who seek the Lord with all their heart.

O blessed father!* The gentle breath of a peaceful spirit* guided the boat of your body* as you easily sailed across the sea of life.* You sold all your possessions* in order to acquire a precious treasure,* and having found it,** you hid it and enjoyed its divine richness.

In Tone 8, Glory…

The pure spiritual memory of the saints dwelt in your pure heart,* О venerable father, most blessed Cyril.* It showed you to be an exorcist terrifying to the evil spirits* and а doctor of hidden illnesses.* Therefore, since you have confidence before God, the Lover of mankind,** pray to him without ceasing to free us from stain of soul and body.

Troparion

In Tone 4
From your childhood you befriended wisdom,* O God-inspired Cyril.* Behold her as a pure virgin all radiant* you took her as a brie for yourself,* and as with beads of gold* she adorned your mind and soul.* O blessed Cyril,* like your namesake of Alexandria** we have found you wise in name and truth.

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,** and saved our souls from death.

 


DIVINE LITURGY

Troparia and Kontakia
Troparion, Tone 4: From your childhood you befriended wisdom,* O God-inspired Cyril.* Behold her as a pure virgin all radiant* you took her as a brie for yourself,* and as with beads of gold* she adorned your mind and soul.* O blessed Cyril,* like your namesake of Alexandria* we have found you wise in name and truth.

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

Kontakion, Tone 2: With teaching that was sound and divinely inspired* you enlightened the world as with luminous rays.* Flashing like lightning and surrounding the world* you scattered the radiant word of God* in the west, the north, and the southern lands,* bringing light to the world with your wonders, O blessed Cyril.

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
Galatians 5:22-6:2

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
Matthew 11:27-29

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

Feb 16; Meatfare Sunday (of the Fearful Judgement), Tone 3; The Holy Martyrs Pamphilus the Priest (c. 309) and Porphyrius and Their Companions

 

GREAT VESPERS

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

At Psalm 140

In Tone 3

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

By Your Cross, O Christ our Saviour,* the power of Death has been vanquished* and the deceit of the devil has been destroyed.* Therefore, mankind, saved by faith,** offers You hymns of praise forever.

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

O Lord, all creation has been enlightened by Your resurrection,* and Paradise has been reopened;* therefore, all creation extols You** and offers You hymns of praise forever.

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

I glorify the powers of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;* and I praise the dominion of the undivided Divinity,* the consubstantial Trinity,** Who reigns forever and ever.

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

We adore Your precious Cross, O Christ,* and with hymns of praise we glorify Your Resurrection;** for by Your wounds we have all been healed.

  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 Saviour,* Who was incarnate of the Virgin;* for He was crucified for our sake,* and on the third day He arose from the dead,** granting us His 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.

Christ descended into Hades and announced to those confined there:* Take courage, for today I have conquered death.* I am the Resurrection, the One Who will set you free.** I shattered the gates of the realm of death.

In Tone 6

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

When you shall come, O righteous Judge, to execute just judgment,* seated on Your Throne of glory,* a river of fire will draw all men amazed before Your judgment seat;* the powers of heaven will stand beside You,* and in fear mankind will be judged* according to the deeds that each has done.* Then spare us, Christ, in Your compassion,* with faith we entreat You,* and count us worthy of Your blessings** with those that are saved.

  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 books will be opened* and the acts of men will be revealed* before the unbearable judgment-seat;* and the whole vale of sorrow* shall echo with the fearful sound of lamentation,* as all the sinners, weeping in vain, are sent by Your just judgment to everlasting torment.* Therefore, we beseech You,* O compassionate and loving Lord:* spare us who sing Your praise,** for You alone are rich in mercy.

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

The trumpets shall sound and the tombs shall be emptied,* and all mankind in trembling shall be raised.* Those that have done good shall rejoice in gladness, awaiting their reward;* those that have sinned shall tremble and bitterly lament,* as they are sent to punishment and parted from the chosen.* O Lord of glory, take pity on us in Your goodness,** and count us worthy of a place with them that have loved You.

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

I lament and weep when I think of the eternal fire,* the outer darkness and the nether world, the dread worm and the gnashing of teeth,* and the unceasing anguish that shall befall those who have sinned without measure,* by their wickedness arousing You to anger,* O Supreme in love.* Among them in misery I am first:** but O Judge compassionate, in Your mercy save me.

In Tone 8, Glory…

When the thrones are set up and the books are opened,* and God sits in judgment,* O what fear there will be then!* When the angels stand trembling in Your presence and the river of fire flows before You,* what shall we do then, guilty of many sins?* When we hear Him call the blessed of His Father into the Kingdom,* but send the sinners to their punishment,* who shall endure His fearful condemnation?* But Saviour, who alone love mankind, King of the ages,* before the end comes turn me back through repentance** and have mercy on me.

In Tone 3, 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.

Aposticha

In Tone 3

O Christ, Who darkened the sun by Your passion* and enlightened all creation by Your resurrection,** accept our evening prayer; for You love mankind.

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

O Lord, Your life-giving Resurrection has enlightened the entire universe* and has revived Your creation which lay in corruption.* Therefore, we, who have been released from the curse of Adam, cry out to You:** Almighty Lord, glory to You!

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

O God, although in Your divine nature You are unchangeable,* yet in Your human nature You underwent change by suffering in the flesh.* All creation was prostrate with fear* when it saw You hanging on the Cross,* and it groaned in sorrow as it sang the praises of Your long-suffering.* But You descended into Hades and arose on the third day,** granting life and great mercy to the world.

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

You suffered death, O Christ, to deliver mankind from death.* And when You arose from the dead on the third day,* You enlightened the world** and resurrected all who acknowledge You as God.

In Tone 8, Glory…

Alas, black soul!* How long will you continue in evil?* How long will you lie in idleness?* Why do you not think of the fearful hour of death?* Who do you not tremble at the dread judgment-seat of the Saviour?* What defence will you make, or what will you answer?* Your works will be there to accuse you:* your actions will reproach you and condemn you.* O my soul, the time is near at hand;* make haste before it is too late, and cry aloud in faith:* I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned against You;* but I know Your love for man and Your compassion.* O good Shepherd, deprive me not of a place at Your right hand** in Your great mercy.

Now…

O Virgin who knew not carnal union,* O you who ineffably carried God in the flesh,* O Mother of Almighty God.* O you who obtain for all of us the cleansing of sins* accept now our supplication** and intercede for the salvation of us all.

Troparia

In Tone 3
Let the heavens be glad, let the earth rejoice,* for the Lord has done a mighty deed with His arm.* He trampled death by death. He became the first-born of the dead;* He saved us from the abyss of Hades** and granted great mercy to the world.

Glory… Now…
We sing your praises, O Virgin;* for, as the Mother of God, you always intercede for the salvation of the human race.* It is from you that our God and Your Son took flesh. * Then, by suffering the passion on the Cross,** and out of love for mankind, He delivered us from corruption.

 


DIVINE LITURGY

Troparia and Kontakia
Troparion, Tone 3: Let the heavens be glad, let the earth rejoice,* for the Lord has done a mighty deed with His arm.* He trampled death by death. He became the first-born of the dead;* He saved us from the abyss of Hades* and granted great mercy to the world.

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

Kontakion, Tone 1: When You come on earth, O God, in glory,* and the universe trembles,* while the river of fire flows before the seat of judgement,* and the books are opened and all secrets disclosed,* then deliver me from the unquenchable fire,* and count me worthy to stand at Your right hand,* O Judge who are most just.

Prokeimenon, Tone 3
Great is our Lord and great is His strength;* and of His knowledge there is no end.
verse: Praise the Lord, for a psalm is good; may praise be sweet to Him. (Psalm 146:5,1)

Epistle
1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2

Alleluia, Tone 8
verse: Come, let us rejoice in the Lord; let us acclaim God our Saviour.
verse: Let us come before His face with praise, and acclaim Him in psalms. (Psalm 94:1,2)

Gospel
Matthew 25:31-46

Communion Hymn
Praise the Lord from the heavens;* praise Him in the highest. (Psalm 148:1)* Rejoice in the Lord, O you just;* praise befits the righteous.* Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 32:1)