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Friday


FRIDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading from the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMNS (to the Cross)

IN THE MIDST OF EDEN, A TREE PUT FORTH THE FLOWER OF DEATH;
IN THE MIDST OF THE UNIVERSE, A TREE HAS FLOWERED WITH LIFE!
EATING FROM THE FIRST TREE, WE WHO WERE IMMORTAL FELL INTO CORRUPTION;
THROUGH THE SECOND TREE, INCORRUPTION IS BESTOWED ON US AGAIN,//
FOR BY THE CROSS, O GOD, YOU SAVE MANKIND!

Verse: Extol the Lord our God; worship at His footstool for it is holy!

OF OLD, IN PARADISE, A TREE STRIPPED ME BARE;
BY GIVING ME ITS FRUIT TO EAT, THE ENEMY BROUGHT IN DEATH.
BUT NOW THE TREE OF THE CROSS HAS BEEN SET UP ON THE EARTH:
IT CLOTHES MANKIND WITH THE GARMENT OF LIFE
AND THE WHOLE WORLD IS FILLED WITH BOUNDLESS JOY!
PEOPLE, BEHOLDING IT EXALTED, LET US CRY OUT TOGETHER IN FAITH TO GOD://
HIS HOUSE IS FILLED WITH GLORY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

CHRIST TOOK FLESH FROM YOUR PURE WOMB, HOLY VIRGIN.
HE WAS BORN OF YOU IN WAYS BEYOND OUR UNDERSTANDING!
AS YOU SAW HIM HANG ON THE CROSS BETWEEN TWO EVILDOERS,
YOUR HEART WAS FILLED WITH ANGUISH AND YOU CRIED OUT WITH A MOTHER'S GRIEF:
WOE IS ME, MY CHILD! WHAT IS THIS DIVINE AND INEFFABLE ACT OF YOUR LOVING PROVIDENCE,
BY WHICH YOU HAVE RESTORED YOUR CREATURE TO LIFE?//
I SING THE PRAISES OF YOUR DEEP COMPASSION!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

SEDUCED BY THE HOPE OF BECOMING LIKE GOD,
OUR FIRST FATHER BECAME THE CAUSE OF UNIVERSAL CORRUPTION FOR HIS DESCENDANTS.
BUT IN YOUR SUPREME GOODNESS, YOU WILLED THROUGH YOUR CROSS TO POUR OUT STREAMS OF LIFE.
YOU ALLOWED YOURSELF TO BE NAILED TO SAVE US FROM THE FIRST CONDEMNATION!//
THEREFORE, O CHRIST, WE SING OF YOUR VOLUNTARY PASSION!

VERSE: Wonderful is God in His saints: the God of Israel!

THE MARTYRS OF CHRIST PUT TO DEATH THE FIERY IMPULSES OF PASSION THROUGH THEIR SELF-DENIAL.
THEY RECEIVED THE GRACE TO DRIVE OUT DISEASES FROM THE SICK
AND TO WORK MIRACLES BOTH WHEN ALIVE AND AFTER DEATH.
MARVELLOUS WONDER, THEIR RELICS ARE A SOURCE OF HEALING!//
GLORY TO THE ONLY WISE CREATOR AND GOD!

GNE... (Theotokion)

YOU BECAME MAN BY THE BLOOD OF MY WOMB
AND BY POURING OUT YOUR BLOOD, YOU DEIFY MANKIND!
IN YOUR GREAT GOODNESS, YOU HAVE COME DOWN TO SEARCH FOR THOSE WHO HAD TASTED DEATH BENEATH THE FORBIDDEN TREE!
SO CRIED THE PURE VIRGIN IN TEARS, SEEING CHRIST HUNG UPON THE CROSS.
BEFORE HIS DEATH, SHE POURED FORTH STREAMS OF TEARS.//
HER HEART WAS TORN AS SHE MAGNIFIED HER SON AS GOD!

APOSTIKHA (Of the Cross)

THE STAFF OF MOSES PREFIGURED YOUR PRECIOUS CROSS,
FOR THROUGH YOUR CROSS, OUR SAVIOR,//
YOU SAVE YOUR PEOPLE AS FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA, LOVER OF MANKIND!

IN ANCIENT TIME, THE PARADISE IN EDEN
PUT FORTH THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE MIDST OF THE GARDEN.
NOW YOUR CHURCH, O CHRIST, HAS PUT FORTH YOUR CROSS AS A FLOWER
MAKING LIFE SPRING UP FOR THE WORLD!
THE ONE TREE, BY ITS FOOD, KILLED ADAM WHEN HE TASTED OF IT;
THE OTHER GAVE LIFE TO THE THIEF WHEN HE WAS SAVED THROUGH FAITH!
MAKE US SHARERS OF THE FORGIVENESS THAT HE GAINED, CHRIST GOD,
WHO BY YOUR PASSION HAVE DESTROYED THE ENEMY'S FURY AGAINST US,//
AND COUNT US WORTHY OF YOUR HEAVENLY KINGDOM!

(To the martyrs)

WHAT SHALL WE CALL YOU, SAINTS?
CHERUBIM, FOR CHRIST RESTED IN YOU? OR SERAPHIM, SINCE YOU GLORIFY HIM CEASELESSLY?
ANGELS, FOR YOU RENOUNCED THE FLESH?
OR POWERS, SINCE YOU PERFORM MIRACLES?
MANY ARE YOUR NAMES, AND GREAT ARE YOUR GIFTS!//
PRAY THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!

GNE... (Theotokion)

MARVELLOUS WONDER!
FEARFUL MYSTERY!
HOW CAN HE WHO IS IMMORTAL BY NATURE
BE HUNG UPON THE TREE?
HOW CAN HE NOW TASTE OF DEATH?
HOW IS THE GUILTLESS ONE CONDEMNED?
SUN, HIDE YOUR LIGHT, AND TREMBLE, BEHOLDING THIS RECKLESSNESS!
CRIED THE VIRGIN WITH SIGHS AND GROANS,//
AS SHE SAW CHRIST, HER OWN SON, BEING CRUCIFIED.

FRIDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the martyrs)

YOUR MARTYRS, LORD, FORGETTING THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE,
AND ENDURING TORTURES FOR THE SAKE OF THE LIFE TO COME,
WERE SHOWN TO BE ITS INHERITORS,
AND NOW THEY REJOICE WITH THE ANGELS!//
BY THEIR PRAYERS, GRANT YOUR PEOPLE GREAT MERCY!

FAME AND PRAISE BEFITS THE SAINTS!
FOR THEY BOWED THEIR NECKS BENEATH THE SWORD
FOR YOUR SAKE, WHO BOWED THE HEAVENS AND CAME DOWN.
THEY SHED BLOOD FOR YOU, WHO EMPTIED YOURSELF
AND TOOK THE FORM OF A SERVANT!
BY EMULATING YOUR POVERTY, THEY TOO HUMBLED THEMSELVES EVEN TO DEATH.
BY THEIR PRAYERS, HAVE MERCY ON US, O GOD,//
ACCORDING TO THE ABUNDANCE OF YOUR GREAT MERCIES!

(For the departed)

WHEN YOU SIT IN YOUR GLORY AS KING OF ALL
UPON THE THRONE OF JUDGMENT,
WITH YOUR HOLY ANGELS STANDING IN FEAR BESIDE YOU, O CHRIST,
AND ALL MANKIND COMES TO APPEAR BEFORE YOU TO BE JUDGED:
THEN AT THE PRAYERS OF YOUR MOTHER, O LORD,//
DELIVER FROM ALL TORMENT THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP IN THE FAITH!

GNE...(Theotokion)

THE KING OF HEAVEN, BECAUSE OF HIS LOVE FOR MANKIND,
APPEARED ON EARTH AND DWELT WITH MEN.
HE TOOK FLESH FROM THE PURE VIRGIN
AND AFTER ASSUMING IT, HE CAME FORTH FROM HER.
THE SON IS ONE: TWO NATURES, YET ONE PERSON.
PROCLAIMING HIM AS PERFECT GOD AND PERFECT MAN,
WE CONFESS CHRIST OUR GOD!//
ENTREAT HIM, UNWEDDED MOTHER, TO HAVE MERCY ON OUR SOULS!

APOSTIKHA

(To the martyrs)

ENTREAT OUR GOD, MARTYRS OF THE LORD,
AND BESEECH GREAT BOUNTIES FOR OUR SOULS,//
AND PURIFICATION OF OUR MANY TRANSGRESSIONS!

(To the departed)

IN TEARS AND SORROW I CONTEMPLATE DEATH;
I SEE OUR BEAUTY, CREATED IN GOD'S IMAGE,
LAID IN THE GRAVE WITHOUT FORM, OR HONOR, OR COMELINESS.
GREAT MYSTERY AND FEARFUL END AWAITING US!
HOW HAVE WE BEEN HANDED OVER TO CORRUPTION?
HOW HAS DEATH BEEN WEDDED TO US?
TRULY, AS IT IS WRITTEN, IT IS BY THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD,//
WHO GRANTS REST TO THE DEPARTED!

YOUR DEATH, LORD, HAS BEEN THE MEANS OF IMMORTALITY,
FOR IF YOU HAD NOT BEEN PLACED IN THE GRAVE,
PARADISE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN OPENED.//
THEREFORE GIVE REST TO THE DEPARTED AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

PURE VIRGIN, THE GATE OF THE WORD,
AND MOTHER OF OUR GOD://
PRAY THAT WE MAY BE SAVED!


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