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Sunday


SUNDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN

THE LIFE OF ALL IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD!
AN ANGEL OF LIGHT CRIED OUT TO THE WOMEN:
STOP YOUR WEEPING! ANNOUNCE THE GOOD TIDINGS TO THE APOSTLES!
SINGING PRAISES, CRY OUT THAT THE LORD IS RISEN!//
IT WAS HIS GOOD PLEASURE AS GOD TO SAVE THE WORLD!

Verse: Arise, O Lord my God, lift up Your hand; do not forget Your poor forever!

AS IT WAS WRITTEN, YOU ROSE INDEED FROM THE TOMB!
YOU COMMANDED THE HOLY WOMEN TO PROCLAIM THE RESURRECTION TO THE APOSTLES!
PETER RAN TO THE TOMB AND SEEING THE LIGHT WAS STRUCK WITH FEAR.
LOOKING DOWN HE SAW THE LINEN SHROUD LYING ALONE WITHOUT THE DIVINE BODY.
HE BELIEVED AND CRIED: GLORY TO YOU, CHRIST OUR GOD!//
YOU HAVE SAVED ALL, OUR SAVIOR, THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE FATHER!

GNE... (Theotokion)

LET US SING THE PRAISES OF THE HEAVENLY GATEWAY AND TABERNACLE,
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, THE BRIGHT CLOUD, THE LADDER TO HEAVEN,
THE SPIRITUAL PARADISE, THE DELIVERER OF EVE, THE GREAT TREASURE OF THE WORLD!
FOR THE SALVATION OF THE WORLD AND THE PARDON OF THE OLD SINS WERE WROUGHT IN HER!
THEREFORE WE CRY OUT TO HER: INTERCEDE WITH YOUR OWN SON AND GOD//
THAT HE MAY GIVE REMISSION OF SINS TO THOSE WHO RIGHTLY WORSHIP YOUR CHILD!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN

MEN SEALED YOUR TOMB, SAVIOR, BUT AN ANGEL ROLLED THE STONE FROM THE DOOR!
THE WOMEN SAW YOU RISEN FROM THE DEAD AND ANNOUNCED TO YOUR DISCIPLES IN ZION
THAT THE LIFE OF ALL WAS RISEN AND THE BONDS OF DEATH WERE BROKEN!//
GLORY TO YOU, O LORD!

VERSE: I will praise You, Lord, with my whole heart;
I will speak of all Your marvellous works!

THE WOMEN WHO BROUGHT SPICES FOR BURIAL HEARD THE VOICE OF THE ANGEL FROM THE TOMB:
RECEIVE JOY INSTEAD OF SORROW!//
THE LORD CHRIST IS RISEN, WHOSE GOOD PLEASURE IT WAS AS GOD TO SAVE THE WORLD!

GNE... (Theotokion)

ALL OF CREATION REJOICES IN YOU, FULL OF GRACE:
THE ASSEMBLY OF ANGELS AND THE HUMAN RACE.
SANCTIFIED TEMPLE AND SPIRITUAL PARADISE,
THE GLORY OF VIRGINS FROM WHOM GOD WAS INCARNATE AND BECAME A CHILD --
OUR GOD BEFORE THE AGES.
HE MADE YOUR BODY INTO A THRONE AND YOUR WOMB HE MADE MORE SPACIOUS THAN THE HEAVENS.//
ALL OF CREATION REJOICES IN YOU, FULL OF GRACE. GLORY TO YOU!

THE CANON

CANTICLE ONE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: MARKING THE SEA WITH A CROSS, THE ROD OF MOSES WORKED WONDERS IN DAYS OF OLD,
STRIKING AND PARTING IT,
SINKING PHARAOH AS HE DROVE HIS CHARIOT,
WHILE SAVING ISRAEL WHO FLED ON FOOT,
SINGING A SONG TO GOD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

How shall we not wonder at the almighty Divinity of Christ?
For incorruption and freedom from passion flow
to all the faithful from His Passion;
a fountain of immortality falls from His holy side
and eternal life from His tomb!

How beautiful is the angel who now reveals himself,
proclaiming to the women by his own shining form
the brightness of the Resurrection.
He bears the brilliant signs of the natural purity
belonging to immateriality
and he cries: The Lord is risen!

(Theotokion)

Glorious things are spoken of you from generation to generation,
Virgin Theotokos,
for you remained pure while containing God in your womb.
Therefore we honor you as our advocate after God.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: ISRAEL CROSSED THE WATER ON FOOT AS IF IT WERE DRY LAND.
THEY ESCAPED THE EVIL EGYPTIAN AND CRIED:
LET US SING TO OUR REDEEMER AND GOD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

The gates of distress were lifted up
and the gatekeepers of hell trembled with fear
as they beheld in the lowest depths of the earth
the One who dwells on high beyond every form of creation.

The ranks of angels were amazed to see human nature
once banished and held in the lowest depths of the earth,
now seated on the Father's throne!

(Theotokion)

The ranks of angels together with mortal men,
sing your praises unceasingly, unwedded Mother,
for you carried as a Child in your arms
the Creator of them all!

CANTICLE THREE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: CHRIST, IN THE BEGINNING YOU ESTABLISHED THE HEAVENS BY YOUR UNDERSTANDING
AND FOUNDED THE EARTH UPON THE WATERS,
ESTABLISH ME UPON THE ROCK OF YOUR CHURCH,
FOR NONE IS HOLY BUT YOU, ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

By the saving Passion of Your flesh, O Christ,
You justified Adam
who was condemned by the taste of sin,
for in the trial, the sinless One,
manifestly owed no debt to death.

Jesus, my God, caused the light of the Resurrection
to shine on those sitting in the darkness and the shadow of death
and binding the strong man with His divinity,
He plundered all his goods.

(Theotokion)

You are proclaimed to be higher than the cherubim and seraphim
for you alone, undefiled Theotokos,
received within your womb the uncontainable God.
Therefore all the faithful bless you in hymns, pure Virgin.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: LORD, YOU FASHIONED THE VAULT OF HEAVEN
AND FOUNDED THE CHURCH:
ESTABLISH ME FIRMLY IN YOUR LOVE,
FOR YOU ARE THE HEIGHT OF ALL OUR DESIRES
AND THE FOUNDATION OF THE FAITHFUL, ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

When, long go, I disobeyed the command of my Maker,
You banished me and made me a stranger.
Then, being fashioned in my likeness,
teaching me obedience through crucifixion,
You made me to be Your friend.

Lord, You foreknow all things in Your wisdom,
and by Your understanding You laid the foundations of the earth:
by Your descent, O Word of God,
You did not count it unworthy of Yourself
to raise up the one made in Your own image.

(Theotokion)

Having dwelt bodily in the Virgin, Lord,
You appeared to men in a fitting and visible form,
thus revealing her as the true Theotokos
and helper of the faithful, only Lover of mankind.

CANTICLE FOUR:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: YOU ARE MY STRENGTH, O LORD,
MY POWER AND MY GOD!
YOU ARE MY EXCEEDING JOY,
WHO CONDESCENDED TO OUR POVERTY WHILE NOT LEAVING THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER!
THEREFORE WITH THE PROPHET HABAKKUK, I CRY OUT TO YOU:
GLORY TO YOUR MIGHT, LOVER OF MANKIND!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You greatly loved me, merciful Savior,
when I was Your enemy.
With unheard of self-emptying, You came to earth,
not despising the final act of violence from my inner pride.
While You remained in the heights of Your ineffable glory,
You glorified me, disgraced in days of old.

Who is not filled with wonder, Master,
on beholding death destroyed through the Passion?
Corruption taking flight through the Cross?
Hell being emptied of wealth through a death?
This is the work of the divine authority of Your Crucifixion,
Lover of mankind.

(Theotokion)

You are the boast of the faithful, unwedded Lady,
the advocate and Refuge of Christians, their wall and haven,
for you bring our petitions to your Son,
saving from danger those who acknowledge you in faith and love
as the pure Theotokos.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: LORD, I HAVE HEARD OF THE MYSTERY OF YOUR DISPENSATION;
I HAVE CONSIDERED YOUR WORKS
AND I GLORIFY YOUR DIVINITY!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

The children of violence nailed You to the Cross
Lover of mankind.
Therefore, Compassionate One,
You save those who glorify Your sufferings.

Rising from the tomb, You raised with Yourself the dead in hell,
Shedding the light of Your compassion
on those who glorify Your Resurrection.

(Theotokion)

You gave birth to God, undefiled Mary:
through your prayers beseech Him
to grant us forgiveness of sins.

CANTICLE FIVE:

FIRST CANON/

IRMOS: NEVER-SETTING LIGHT, WHY HAVE YOU CAST ME FROM YOUR FACE?
WHY HAS THE DARKNESS OF SEPARATION COVERED ME IN MY WRETCHEDNESS?
I ENTREAT YOU: LET ME RETURN
AND DIRECT MY STEPS IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR COMMANDMENTS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You were mocked before Your Passion,
enduring a purple robe to clothe Adam's formless nakedness.
You were nailed naked to the Cross in the flesh,
putting off the garment of death, O Christ.

Rising from the dust of death, O Christ,
You built again my fallen being and granted it immortality,
revealing once again my royal image
shining with the light of incorruption!

(Theotokion)

We entreat you, most pure Lady,
for you have the boldness of a Mother before your Son:
do not fail in your providential care for us, your people.
For we Christians bring you alone
as our favorable offering before the Master.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: ENLIGHTEN US BY YOUR COMMANDMENTS, LORD,
AND GRANT US PEACE BY YOUR MIGHTY, UPLIFTED ARM
AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Guide us by the might of Your Cross,
through which we fall down before You,
and grant us Your peace, O Christ,
as the Lover of mankind!

Direct our lives, as we now sing the praises of Your Resurrection,
and grant us Your peace, our God,
as the Lover of mankind!

(Theotokion)

Holy Mary, the unwedded pure One,
entreat your Son and our God
that He may send down upon us, the faithful, great mercy.

CANTICLE SIX:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: CLEANSE ME, SAVIOR, OF MY MANY TRANSGRESSIONS.
LEAD ME UP FROM THE PIT OF EVIL, I ENTREAT YOU,
FOR TO YOU HAVE I CRIED ALOUD:
HEAR ME, O GOD OF MY SALVATION!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The source of evil powerfully overthrew me through a tree;
when You were hung upon the Cross, O Christ,
You overthrew the one who was stronger than I,
making him a spectacle, and raising me, the fallen one.

You took pity on Zion
and rising from the tomb
You perfected the new Zion in place of the old
by Your precious blood, Compassionate One,
and now, Christ, You reign in her forever!

(Theotokion)

May we be saved by your prayers, pure Mother of God,
and obtain the divine illumination of the Son of God
Who was ineffably made flesh of you, all-holy One.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: I POUR OUT MY PRAYER TO THE LORD,
TELLING HIM OF ALL MY AFFLICTION,
FOR MY SOUL IS FULL OF EVILS
AND MY LIFE DRAWS NEAR TO HELL.
I BESEECH YOU AS JONAH, O GOD:
SNATCH MY LIFE FROM CORRUPTION!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Spreading out Your hands upon the Cross
You healed the hand of the first-formed man
that was outstretched with greed in Eden.
Tasting, in Your turn, the gall from the bitter wood,
You have saved those who glorify Your sufferings, Almighty Christ.

The Redeemer tasted death
That He might destroy the ancient curse and rule of corruption.
Christ who descended to hell as the all-powerful One,
rose and saved those who sing the praises of His Resurrection!

(Theotokion)

Virgin Theotokos,
do not cease to intercede for us with your Son:
for you are the support of the faithful
and we are strengthened by our hope in you,
with love and desire we glorify you,
and the One ineffably made flesh from you.

KONTAKION

BY RISING FROM THE TOMB, YOU RAISED THE DEAD AND RESURRECTED ADAM.
EVE EXULTS IN YOUR RESURRECTION,//
AND THE WORLD CELEBRATES YOUR RISING FROM THE DEAD, GREATLY MERCIFUL ONE!

IKOS

You despoiled the kingdom of death, long-suffering Lord; You raised
the dead! You met the myrrhbearing women and gave them joy instead of
sorrow, revealing to the apostles the signs of Victory, my Savior and
Giver of Life. You enlightened the creation, Lover of mankind//
AND THE WORLD CELEBRATES YOUR RISlNG FROM THE DEAD, GREATLY MERCIFUL ONE!

CANTICLE SEVEN:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: ONCE, AT THE DESCENT OF GOD,
THE FIRE IN BABYLON WAS PUT TO SHAME
WHILE THE CHILDREN DANCED WITH JOYFUL FEET,
REJOICING IN THE FURNACE AS IN A GRASSY FIELD AND SINGING:
BLESSED ARE YOU, GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The glorious emptying, and divine wealth of Your poverty,
amazed the angels, O Christ,
as they beheld You nailed to the Cross
to save those who cry out in faith to You:
Blessed are You, God of our fathers!

You have filled the lowest depths of the earth with light
by Your divine descent,
driving out the tormenting darkness.
Therefore the prisoners in age old bonds cry out:
Blessed are You, God of our fathers!

GLORY TO YOU, HOLY TRINITY, OUR GOD!

Stating the teaching of the Orthodox Faith
we proclaim You the Lord of all:
Father of the One and only-begotten Son
and we know the One true Spirit who proceeds from You,
Co-eternal and One in essence.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: THE CHILDREN WHO CAME FROM JUDAH TO BABYLON IN DAYS OF OLD
BY FAITH IN THE TRINITY
TRAMPLED THE FLAMES OF THE FURNACE BENEATH THEIR FEET AND SANG:
BLESSED ARE YOU, THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

You have wrought salvation in the midst of the earth
as was prophesied, O God,
for lifted upon the Cross, You called back all who cry in faith:
Blessed are You, the God of our fathers!

Rising from the tomb as from sleep,
You have raised the world with Yourself, Merciful One.
Creation has come to Your Resurrection
through the preaching of the apostles:
Blessed are You, the God of our fathers!

(Theotokion)

You are equal to the Father and the Spirit in power and might.
At their good pleasure You have taken form
in the womb of the Virgin, Co-eternal One.
Blessed are You, the God of our fathers!

CANTICLE EIGHT: (May be sung as stikhera on the Song of the Three Children)

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: IN HIS WRATH, THE CHALDEAN TYRANT
HAD THE FURNACE HEATED SEVEN-FOLD FOR THE SERVANTS OF GOD,
BUT SEEING THEM SAVED BY A BETTER POWER,
HE CRIED: BLESS THE MAKER AND DELIVERER, CHILDREN!
PRIESTS, PRAISE HIM; PEOPLE, EXALT HIM ABOVE ALL FOREVER!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

More than godlike, the power of the divinity of Jesus
has shone on us in many ways:
for having tasted death in the flesh on the Cross
for the sake of all men
He destroyed the might of hell.
Therefore ever bless Him, children!
Priests praise Him; people, exalt Him above all forever!

The Crucified One is risen;
the vain and boastful one is fallen;
the fallen and contrite are restored;
corruption is banished and incorruption blossoms
for death is swallowed up by life.
Bless Him, children! Praise Him, priests!
People, exalt Him above all forever!

GLORY TO YOU, HOLY TRINITY, OUR GOD!

Godhead in triune Light:
a single radiance shining from one Nature in three Persons!
The Father without beginning;
the Word of the same nature as the Father,
and the Spirit, consubstantial and co-reigning with them.
Exalt Him, children!
Priests praise Him; people exalt Him above all forever!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: BORN OF GRACE AND VICTORIOUS OVER THE TYRANT AND FIRE,
THE CHILDREN HELD FAST TO YOUR COMMANDMENTS, CRYING ALOUD:
BLESS THE LORD, ALL WORKS OF THE LORD
AND EXALT HIM THROUGHOUT ALL THE AGES!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Stripped bare on the Cross, His hands stretched out to me,
the Lord calls me to comfort and cherish His glorious nakedness.
Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord,
and exalt Him throughout all the ages!

He lifted me up from the lowest depths of hell,
and honored me with the glory of the Father's high throne.
Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord,
and exalt Him throughout all the ages!

LET US BLESS THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY
SPIRIT, THE LORD: NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES.
AMEN.

(Theotokion)

Virgin, you are revealed as the daughter of fallen Adam,
yet you are the Mother of the God who renewed my being,
and we His works, all bless the Lord
and exalt Him throughout all the ages!

WE PRAISE, BLESS AND WORSHIP THE LORD,
SINGING AND EXALTING HIM THROUGHOUT ALL AGES!

THE MAGNIFICAT IS SUNG

CANTICLE NINE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: HEAVEN WAS AMAZED AND THE EARTH STRUCK WITH WONDER
THAT GOD SHOULD APPEAR IN A BODY TO MEN!
YOUR WOMB BECAME MORE SPACIOUS THAN THE HEAVENS!
THEREFORE THE COMMANDERS OF THE HEAVENLY HOSTS AND MANKIND TOGETHER
MAGNIFY YOU, THEOTOKOS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Word of God, by Your divine nature You are simple and unoriginate,
yet You made Yourself of dual nature by assuming flesh.
You suffered as a man, but remained beyond suffering as God.
Therefore we magnify You in Your two natures
without division or confusion.

In Your compassion for Your servants, Most High,
You became man by nature,
calling on God as Your Father according to Your divine essence.
You rose from the tomb, making the One who by nature is both God and Lord,
Father by grace to those born on earth.
Together with Him we magnify You.

(Theotokion)

Virgin, you were revealed as the Mother of God,
for beyond nature you bore the good Word in the flesh,
Whom the Father issued forth from His heart before all ages.
We now understand Him to be beyond the body,
yet the body clothes Him.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: EVERY EAR TREMBLED IN AWE HEARING OF THE DESCENT OF GOD:
THE MOST HIGH CAME DOWN OF HIS OWN WILL,
BECOMING A MAN OF FLESH WITHIN THE VIRGIN'S WOMB.
THEREFORE WE FAITHFUL MAGNIFY THE PURE THEOTOKOS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

We know that the Son of God by nature
was conceived in the womb of the Mother of God
and thus became man for our sakes.
Lifted up on the Cross, He suffered in His human nature,
while remaining impassable as God.

Gloom and darkness are dispelled,
for Christ, the Sun of righteousness, has risen from hell,
shining with the light of divinity
and enlightening the ends of the earth.
He is the man from heaven and God upon earth
Whom we magnify in two natures.

(Theotokion)

In Your majesty, ride forth victoriously,
Son of the Mother of God.
Subdue the people of Ishmael that fight against us.
Grant Your invincible Cross to Orthodox Christians
who call on You for help.

THE PRAISES

LORD, STANDING BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF PILATE,
YOU DID NOT COME DOWN FROM THE THRONE WHERE YOU SIT WITH THE FATHER!
AND RISING FROM THE DEAD,
YOU HAVE DELIVERED THE WORLD FROM BONDAGE TO THE ENEMY,//
AS THE COMPASSIONATE ONE AND THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

LORD, YOU HAVE GIVEN US YOUR CROSS,
AS A WEAPON AGAINST THE DEVIL,
FOR HE TREMBLES AND QUAKES, UNABLE TO BEAR THE SIGHT OF ITS POWER,
AS IT RAISES THE DEAD, ABOLISHING DEATH!//
THEREFORE WE WORSHIP YOUR BURIAL AND RESURRECTION!

THOUGH THE JEWS PLACED YOU IN THE GRAVE AS DEAD, O LORD,
THEY CAUSED SOLDIERS TO GUARD YOU AS A SLEEPING KING!
THEY SECURED THE TREASURY OF LIFE WITH A SEAL!//
BUT YOU HAVE RISEN, GRANTING INCORRUPTION TO OUR SOULS!

PROCLAIMING THE RESURRECTION, LORD,
YOUR ANGEL FRIGHTENED THE WATCHMEN AND CALLED TO THE WOMEN SAYING:
WHY DO YOU SEEK THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD?//
HE IS RISEN AS GOD, GRANTING LIFE TO THE WORLD!

(Anatolian stikhera)

YOU SUFFERED ON THE CROSS, IMPASSIBLE IN YOUR DIVINITY!
YOU ENDURE THREE DAYS' BURIAL TO DELIVER US FROM BONDAGE TO THE ENEMY!
CHRIST GOD, YOU REVIVED US BY YOUR RESURRECTION,//
GRANTING US IMMORTALITY AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

I PRAISE, HYMN AND WORSHIP YOUR RESURRECTION FROM THE GRAVE, O CHRIST,
BY WHICH YOU HAVE FREED US FROM THE UNBREAKABLE CHAINS OF HELL;//
AS GOD, GRANTING THE WORLD ETERNAL LIFE AND GREAT MERCY!

THE LAW-BREAKERS SEALED AND SET A WATCH,
GUARDING YOUR LIFE-BEARING TOMB!//
BUT YOU HAVE RISEN ON THE THIRD DAY AS IMMORTAL AND ALL POWERFUL GOD!

WHEN YOU, LORD, REACHED AND SHATTERED THE GATES OF HELL,
THE ONE HELD IN BONDAGE CRIED OUT:
WHO IS THIS THAT IS NOT CONDEMNED IN THE DEPTHS OF THE EARTH,
BUT HAS DESTROYED THE PRISON OF DEATH AS A SHADOW?
I RECEIVED HIM AS DEAD, YET TREMBLE BEFORE HIM AS GOD!//
ALL POWERFUL SAVIOR, HAVE MERCY ON US!

GLORY... (Gospel Hymn)

NOW AND EVER... TONE 2

YOU ARE MOST BLESSED...

SUNDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera of repentance)

LORD, YOU CAME TO CALL SINNERS,
ACCEPTING THE THIEF, THE PUBLICAN, AND THE PRODIGAL:
I HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU MORE THAN THESE.//
CALL ME TO REPENTANCE, LOVER OF MANKIND.

YOU TURNED TAX COLLECTORS INTO PASTORS OF THE CHURCH,
AND THE ONE WHO PERSECUTED HER BECAME HER DEFENDER!
BY THEIR PRAYERS, SAVIOR, MAKE ME ONE OF YOUR FLOCK,//
PRESERVING ME FROM BEING DEVOURED BY STRANGE AND EVIL PASSIONS.

WEEP, MY SINFUL SOUL;
TURN TO GOD BEFORE THE END!
CALL TO HIM FROM YOUR HEART,AND CRY OUT, EVIL-DOER:
I HAVE SINNED BEFORE YOU, CHRIST.
DO NOT DESPISE ME, I PRAY, BUT ACCEPT ME AGAIN,//
FOR YOU ARE MERCIFUL AND GRANT FORGIVENESS.

GNE... (Theotokion)

CREATION EVER OFFENDS AND BEARS THE CURSE OF THE CREATOR.
PRAY, MAIDEN, THAT I MAY AVOID THAT FATE.
THROUGH YOUR HELP WE ACCOMPLISH NOBLE DEEDS,//
AS WE DESIRE FORGIVENESS AND SALVATION.

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

THE ANGELS NEVER CEASE SINGING PRAISES TO YOU,
AND I FALL BEFORE YOU, KING AND MASTER!
I CRY OUT LIKE THE PUBLICAN://
BE MERCIFUL TO ME, O GOD, AND SAVE ME!

SINCE YOU ARE IMMORTAL, MY SOUL,
DO NOT BE OVERWHELMED BY THE WAVES OF LIFE.
COME TO YOUR SENSES AND CRY OUT TO THE BENEFACTOR:
BE MERCIFUL TO ME, O GOD, AND SAVE ME!

(To the martyrs)

MARTYRS OF THE LORD,
YOU SANCTIFY EVERY PLACE AND HEAL EVERY ILL.
NOW THEREFORE, INTERCEDE WITH HIM,//
THAT HE MAY DELIVER OUR SOULS FROM EVERY WILE AND SNARE OF THE ENEMY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL PROCLAIMED:
REJOICE, MOTHER OF GOD, FOR YOU GIVE BIRTH TO CHRIST,//
THE ONE WHO GIVES LIFE TO THE WORLD!

SUNDAY MATINS

THIRD CANON TO THE THEOTOKOS

CANTICLE ONE:

IRMOS: MARKING THE SEA WITH A CROSS, THE ROD OF MOSES WORKED WONDERS IN DAYS OF OLD,
STRIKING AND PARTING IT,
SINKING PHARAOH AS HE DROVE HIS CHARIOT,
WHILE SAVING ISRAEL WHO FLED ON FOOT,
SINGING A SONG TO GOD!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

You gave birth beyond nature to the Incarnate Word,
Eternal God from the beginning:
We praise you, pure Theotokos!

The Virgin brought You forth, O Christ,
Life-bearing cluster of the vine,
distilling the sweetness of the world's salvation.

The race of Adam was raised through you
to blessedness beyond all understanding,
glorifying you, Theotokos, as is fitting and right.

CANTICLE THREE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: CHRIST, IN THE BEGINNING YOU ESTABLISHED THE HEAVENS BY YOUR UNDERSTANDING
AND FOUNDED THE EARTH UPON THE WATERS,
ESTABLISH ME UPON THE ROCK OF YOUR CHURCH,
FOR NONE IS HOLY BUT YOU, ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Grant us help by your prayers, all-pure Virgin,
and repel the attacks of the dangers that surround us.

By bringing the Author of life into the world, Theotokos,
you are the restoration of our first mother Eve.

Gird me with strength from on high, all-pure Virgin,
for you truly brought forth God in the flesh:
the Might of the Father in Person.

CANTICLE FOUR:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: YOU ARE MY STRENGTH, O LORD,
MY POWER AND MY GOD!
YOU ARE MY EXCEEDING JOY,
WHO CONDESCENDED TO OUR POVERTY WHILE NOT LEAVING THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER!
THEREFORE WITH THE PROPHET HABAKKUK, I CRY OUT TO YOU:
GLORY TO YOUR MIGHT, LOVER OF MANKIND!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Theotokos, you are the unploughed field
that put forth the life-giving ear of grain for the life of the world:
save us who sing to you!

We who have been enlightened, all-pure One,
know you as the Theotokos, ever-Virgin,
for you brought forth the Sun of Righteousness.

Sinless God, cleanse the sins of our ignorance
and grant peace to Your world
through the prayers of the one who bore You.

CANTICLE FIVE:

IRMOS: NEVER-SETTING LIGHT, WHY HAVE YOU CAST ME FROM YOUR FACE?
WHY HAS THE DARKNESS OF SEPARATION COVERED ME IN MY WRETCHEDNESS?
I ENTREAT YOU: LET ME RETURN
AND DIRECT MY STEPS IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR COMMANDMENTS!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

You brought forth God, our Pilot and Lord:
calm the ever-raging storm of my passions.

The ranks of angels and assemblies of mortal men
worship the Son you bore, pure Theotokos.

Unwedded Theotokos Mary,
bring the expectations of the enemy to nothing
and gladden those who sing your praise.

CANTICLE SIX:

IRMOS: CLEANSE ME, SAVIOR, OF MY MANY TRANSGRESSIONS.
LEAD ME UP FROM THE PIT OF EVIL, I ENTREAT YOU,
FOR TO YOU HAVE I CRIED ALOUD:
HEAR ME, O GOD OF MY SALVATION!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

We faithful proclaim you to be the Ark and Temple of God;
the living Bridal Chamber and Gate of heaven, Theotokos!

He who became your Child, Mary, Bride of God,
as God destroyed the heathen idols.
He is worshipped with the Father and the Spirit.

The Word of God revealed you, Theotokos,
as a heavenly Ladder,
for through you He descended to us.

CANTICLE SEVEN:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: ONCE, AT THE DESCENT OF GOD,
THE FIRE IN BABYLON WAS PUT TO SHAME
WHILE THE CHILDREN DANCED WITH JOYFUL FEET,
REJOICING IN THE FURNACE AS IN A GRASSY FIELD AND SINGING:
BLESSED ARE YOU, GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

You were revealed for our salvation,
made flesh from the womb of a Virgin.
Therefore, as we behold Your Mother as the Theotokos,
we cry in the Orthodox manner:
Blessed are You, the God of our fathers!

All-blessed stem of the root of Jesse,
you have blossomed forth the fruit of salvation
for those who cry to your Son in faith:
Blessed are You, the God of our fathers!

Wisdom of the substance of the Most High:
through the Theotokos
fill with divine strength and wisdom
those who sing to You in faith:
Blessed are You, the God of our fathers!

CANTICLE EIGHT: (May be sung as stikhera on the Song of the Three Children)

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: IN HIS WRATH, THE CHALDEAN TYRANT
HAD THE FURNACE HEATED SEVEN-FOLD FOR THE SERVANTS OF GOD,
BUT SEEING THEM SAVED BY A BETTER POWER,
HE CRIED: BLESS THE MAKER AND DELIVERER, CHILDREN!
PRIESTS, PRAISE HIM; PEOPLE, EXALT HIM ABOVE ALL FOREVER!

IRMOS: THE KING OF HEAVEN WHO IS ACCLAIMED BY ALL
AND HYMNED BY THE HOST OF ANGELS:
SING AND EXALT HIM THROUGHOUT ALL THE AGES!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Quench the burning darts of the adversary that assail and inflame us
that we may sing your praises, Virgin, throughout all the ages.

Virgin, the unapproachable Light made His dwelling in you,
revealing you as a lamp shining like gold throughout all the ages.

LET US BLESS THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE LORD: NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

Beyond nature, Virgin, you have borne the Word of God,
our Creator and Savior,
and we sing to you throughout all the ages.

WE PRAISE, BLESS AND WORSHIP THE LORD, SINGING AND EXALTING HIM THROUGHOUT ALL AGES!

CANTICLE NINE:

IRMOS: HEAVEN WAS AMAZED AND THE EARTH STRUCK WITH WONDER
THAT GOD SHOULD APPEAR IN A BODY TO MEN!
YOUR WOMB BECAME MORE SPACIOUS THAN THE HEAVENS!
THEREFORE THE COMMANDERS OF THE HEAVENLY HOSTS AND MANKIND TOGETHER
MAGNIFY YOU, THEOTOKOS!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

How joyful, full of gladness and healing
Is the thought of you
for those who come to you for help,
faithfully proclaiming you to be the Theotokos.

We praise you in psalms, full of grace,
and offer you our unceasing greeting: Rejoice!
For all joy and exaltation spring from you!

How beautiful is your fully ripened fruit, Theotokos,
which does not bring corruption to those who taste of it,
but life for those who magnify you in faith!


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