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Thursday


THURSDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading from the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMNS (to the apostles)

BLESSED ARE YOU, CHRIST OUR GOD,
WHO REVEALED THE FISHERMEN AS MOST WISE
BY SENDING DOWN UPON THEM THE HOLY SPIRIT;
THROUGH THEM YOU DREW THE WORLD INTO YOUR NET.//
LOVER OF MANKIND, GLORY TO YOU!

Verse: Their voice has gone out into all the earth and their words to the ends of the universe!

LET US SING THE PRAISES OF THE HOLY DISCIPLES OF OUR GOD!
THEY ARE BURNING TORCHES, GUIDES TO ALL THE WORLD,
THE FIRST-FRUITS OF OUR SALVATION.
THEY HAVE CAUSED THE LIGHT TO SHINE ON US IN DARKNESS
AND HAVE MADE KNOWN TO ALL THE SUN OF GLORY!
THEY HAVE DESTROYED THE ERROR OF IDOLATRY,
PREACHING THE TRINITY IN ONE GODHEAD.
THEREFORE WE ENTREAT THEM: APOSTLES OF CHRIST OUR GOD,
INTERCEDE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS,//
AS WE CELEBRATE YOUR HOLY MEMORY WITH LOVE!

GNE... (Theotokion)

REJOICE, FOR YOU ACCEPTED FROM THE ANGEL THE JOY OF THE WORLD!
REJOICE, FOR YOU HAVE BORNE THE CREATOR AND LORD!//
REJOICE, FOR YOU WERE DEEMED WORTHY TO BE THE MOTHER OF GOD!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the apostles)

YOU CAUGHT MEN, LIKE FISH, IN THE NET OF YOUR DIVINE TEACHINGS
AND YOU OFFERED THEM AS FIRST-FRUITS TO OUR GOD!
WISHING TO BEAR THE WOUNDS OF CHRIST, YOU BECAME IMITATORS OF HIS PASSION.
AS WE GATHER TODAY TO FITTINGLY CELEBRATE YOUR SOLEMN MEMORY, GLORIOUS APOSTLES,
WE CRY OUT WITH ONE VOICE: INTERCEDE BEFORE CHRIST OUR GOD//
THAT HE MAY GRANT FORGIVENESS OF SINS TO US WHO CELEBRATE YOUR HOLY MEMORY WITH LOVE!

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

YOU CONTENDED BRAVELY TO THE END, HOLY MARTYRS;
YOU WITHSTOOD THE TYRANTS; YOU PUT YOUR BODIES TO DEATH ON THIS EARTH,//
AND SO WERE REWARDED WITH THE LIFE OF HEAVEN!

GNE... (Theotokion)

ALL PURE VIRGIN, BEHOLD MY WRETCHED AND SHIPWRECKED SOUL,
WITHOUT A RUDDER IN THE STORM OF LIFE AND WAVES OF TEMPTATION.
I AM VISIBLY SWAMPED BY THE BURDEN OF MY SINS AND IN DANGER OF SINKING INTO THE DEPTHS OF HADES!
MOTHER OF GOD, AS THE GUIDE TO THE HARBOR OF PEACE,
HASTEN TO SAVE ME BY YOUR FERVENT INTERCESSION,
THAT I MAY CRY OUT TO YOU: INTERCEDE BEFORE CHRIST OUR GOD,//
THAT HE MAY GRANT FORGIVENESS OF MY SINS, FOR YOU ARE MY HOPE AND I AM YOUR SERVANT!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the apostles)

THE APOSTLES LOVED YOU WITH SINCERITY ON EARTH!
THEY COUNTED ALL THINGS AS REFUSE THAT THEY MIGHT WIN YOU ALONE!
THEY SURRENDERED THEIR BODIES TO TORTURE FOR YOUR SAKE.//
NOW IN GLORY, THEY PRAY FOR OUR SOULS!

LORD, YOU HAVE MAGNIFIED THE MEMORY OF THE APOSTLES ON EARTH,
AND NOW IN THEIR MEMORY WE ALL GLORIFY YOU,
SINCE FOR THEIR SAKE YOU GRANT US HEALING,//
BY THEIR PRAYERS GRANTING THE WORLD PEACE AND GREAT MERCY!

(to the martyrs)

CLOTHED IN THE ARMOR OF FAITH,
ARMED WITH THE SIGN OF THE CROSS,
YOU WERE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WORTHY OF GOD.
MANFULLY YOU OPPOSED THE TORTURERS,
CRUSHING THE DEVIL'S DECEITS.
YOU WERE VICTORS, MADE WORTHY OF CROWNS.//
PRAY TO CHRIST FOR US THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!

GNE... (Theotokion)

ACCEPT THE PRAYERS OF YOUR SERVANTS, LADY;//
DELIVER US FROM ALL DANGER AND NECESSITY!

THURSDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the Cross) To the special melody, Most Strange Wonder

MOST STRANGE WONDER!
THE MOST HOLY CROSS, THE LIFE-GIVING TREE
IS LIFTED UP ON HIGH TODAY AND SHOWN TO THE WORLD.
ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH GIVE GLORY;
ALL THE DEVILS ARE FRIGHTENED.
HOW GREAT A GIFT IS HERE BESTOWED ON MORTALS!
THROUGH YOUR CROSS, SAVE OUR SOULS, O CHRIST,//
ONLY COMPASSIONATE ONE!

MOST STRANGE WONDER!
THE CROSS WHICH CARRIED THE MOST HIGH AS A CLUSTER OF GRAPES FULL OF LIFE
IS SEEN TODAY EXALTED HIGH ABOVE THE EARTH.
THROUGH THE CROSS WE ARE ALL DRAWN TO GOD
AND DEATH HAS BEEN FOREVER SWALLOWED UP.
UNDEFILED WOOD, THROUGH YOU WE ENJOY THE IMMORTAL FRUIT OF EDEN,//
AS WE GLORIFY CHRIST!

HOW GREAT, CHRIST GOD, IS YOUR GOODNESS TOWARDS US!
HOW HAVE YOU HUMBLED YOURSELF BECOMING A MAN?
HOW HAVE YOU DEIGNED TO SUFFER,
ENDURING THE CROSS AND A SHAMEFUL DEATH
FOR THE SAKE OF US WORTHLESS SERVANTS?
WHAT GIFT WORTHY AND FIT FOR GOD CAN WE OFFER YOU?//
WE FAITHFUL IN THANKSGIVING CAN ONLY GIVE YOU GLORY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

MASTER, WHEN YOUR MOTHER BEHELD YOU BEING NAILED TO THE CROSS,
SHE WEPT AND CRIED OUT, SAYING:
MY SWEETEST CHILD, HOW UNJUSTLY YOU SUFFER!
YOU ARE WOUNDED BY LAWLESS MEN//
WHOM YOU CAME TO SAVE IN YOUR MERCY!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the Cross)

RAISED UPON THE CROSS, CHRIST OUR GOD,
YOU HAVE SAVED MANKIND.//
WE GLORIFY YOUR SUFFERINGS!

CRUCIFIED UPON THE CROSS, CHRIST OUR GOD,
YOU HAVE OPENED THE GATES OF PARADISE.//
WE GLORIFY YOUR DIVINITY!

(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)

AS SHE BEHELD YOU CRUCIFIED AND DYING,
THE THEOTOKOS CRIED OUT: WOE IS ME!
HOW DO YOU ENDURE PAIN, MY SWEETEST SON?
YOUR SIDE PIERCES MY HEART,
AND YOUR SUFFERING SETS MY BEING ON FIRE.
THEREFORE I SING YOUR PRAISES,//
FOR YOU SUFFER WILLINGLY TO SAVE MANKIND!


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