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Tuesday


TUESDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading from the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMNS (stikhera of repentance)

I FALL DOWN BEFORE YOU LIKE THE HARLOT, CHRIST MY GOD
BEGGING TO RECEIVE FORGIVENESS;
IN PLACE OF OINTMENT I OFFER YOU THE TEARS FROM MY HEART!
HAVE MERCY ON ME, O SAVIOR, AS YOU DID ON HER;
GRANT ME THE REMISSION OF MY SINS!//
FOR LIKE HER, I CRY TO YOU: DELIVER ME FROM THE FILTHINESS OF MY DEEDS!

Verse: Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger!

KEEP WATCH, MY SOUL, AND BEAR IN MIND THAT FEARFUL DAY!
KINDLE YOUR LAMP AND MAKE IT BURN BRIGHT WITH THE OIL OF COMPASSION!
FOR YOU DO NOT KNOW WHEN YOU WILL HEAR THE CRY: BEHOLD THE BRIDEGROOM!
STAY AWAKE, THEN, MY SOUL, AND DO NOT SLUMBER,
LEST YOU BE LEFT OUTSIDE, KNOCKING AT THE DOOR LIKE THE FIVE VIRGINS.
CONTINUE AWAKE AND GO OUT TO MEET CHRIST YOUR GOD
WITH THE RICH OIL OF MERCY IN YOUR LAMP.//
MAY HE GRANT YOU THE DIVINE BRIDAL CHAMBER OF HIS GLORY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

FAITHFUL, LET US MAGNIFY THE THEOTOKOS IN HYMNS:
THE UNSHAKEABLE FOUNDATION OF THE FAITH;
THE PRECIOUS GIFT THAT IS GRANTED TO OUR SOULS!
REJOICE, FOR YOU HELD WITHIN YOUR WOMB THE ROCK OF LIFE!
REJOICE, HOPE OF ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH AND HELPER OF THE AFFLICTED!//
REJOICE, UNWEDDED BRIDE!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (of repentance)

HAVING SPENT YOUR LIFE IN LAZINESS, AWAKE, MY SOUL AND SEEK REPENTANCE!
WEEP BITTERLY FROM THE DEPTHS OF YOUR HEART WHILE YOU ARE HERE,
BEFORE YOU ARE THERE, LAMENTING USELESSLY.
TREMBLE AS YOU MEDITATE UPON THE SECOND COMING OF THE MASTER!
PASS JUDGMENT ON YOURSELF BEFORE THE JUDGMENT//
AND YOU SHALL ESCAPE HIS RIGHTEOUS PUNISHMENT!

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

TODAY THE TABERNACLE SHINES WITH HEAVENLY LIGHT,
FOR WITHIN IT ALL THE HOSTS OF ANGELS CELEBRATE!
TOGETHER WITH THEM THE MARTYRS REJOICE
AT THE MEMORY OF THEIR VICTORIOUS SUFFERINGS!//
AT THEIR PRAYERS, O CHRIST, SEND DOWN ON YOUR WORLD PEACE AND GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

LADY, I RIGHTLY OFFER YOU MY EVERLASTING THANKSGIVING FOR ALL YOUR GIFTS,
LIKE THE WIDOW WHO OFFERED HER TWO POOR MITES.
FOR YOU HAVE SHOWN YOURSELF TO BE MY PROTECTOR AND MY HELPER,
EVER LIFTING ME OUT OF TEMPTATIONS AND AFFLICTION.
THEREFORE, AS IF BREAKING THROUGH THE LIVING FIRE OF MY OPPRESSORS,
I CRY TO YOU: THEOTOKOS, BE MY HELP!
INTERCEDE WITH YOUR SON AND GOD THAT HE MAY GRANT REMISSION OF MY SINS//
FOR THE HOPE OF YOUR SERVANT RESTS IN YOU!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

WHEN I GRASP WITH MY MIND THE GREAT NUMBER OF TERRIBLE THINGS I HAVE DONE,
AND GO IN MY THOUGHTS TO THAT TERRIBLE RECKONING,
I TREMBLE WITH FEARFULNESS!
I FLEE FOR REFUGE TO YOU, GOD AND LOVER OF MANKIND!
I HUMBLY PRAY: DO NOT TURN FROM ME, SINLESS LORD,//
BUT GRANT MY LOWLY SOUL REPENTANCE BEFORE THE END AND SAVE ME!

GIVE ME TEARS, O GOD, AS YOU ONCE DID TO THE WOMAN WHO HAD SINNED,
AND THUS COUNT ME WORTHY TO DRENCH YOUR FEET --
THOSE FEET WHICH FREED ME FROM THE PATH OF ERROR.
AS FRAGRANT OINTMENT LET ME OFFER YOU A LIFE OF PURITY
ACQUIRED BY ME THROUGH REPENTANCE
THAT I TOO MAY HEAR THAT VOICE FOR WHICH I PRAY, SAYING://
YOUR FAITH HAS SAVED YOU; GO IN PEACE!

(To the martyrs)

SAINTS, YOU BOUND YOURSELVES TO NOBLE TASKS,
ENDURING THE TORTURES OF THE LAWLESS STEADFASTLY,
CONFESSING CHRIST BEFORE THE KINGS.
AFTER DEPARTING FROM LIFE, YOU STILL ACT IN THE WORLD,
HEALING THE SICK OF THEIR PASSIONS.//
SAINTS, PRAY THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!

GNE... (Theotokion)

HOLY VIRGIN THEOTOKOS,
I RUN TO YOUR PROTECTION KNOWING I SHALL FIND SALVATION THERE,//
FOR YOU HAVE THE POWER TO HELP ME, PURE ONE!

TUESDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the Cross)

YOU WERE CRUCIFIED UPON THE CROSS, CHRIST MOST GOOD.
YOUR HANDS AND FEET WERE NAILED; YOUR HOLY SIDE PIERCED WITH A LANCE,
POURING OUT ON ME DROPS OF DIVINE SALVATION,
BLOOD AND WATER TO CLEANSE MY SORES AND FILTH.//
GLORY TO YOUR GOODNESS, ALL COMPASSIONATE LORD!

MASTER, YOU BORE SUFFERING,
TO GRANT FREEDOM FROM PASSION TO THOSE WHO VENERATE YOUR PASSION.
AND YOU WILLINGLY ENDURED IN YOUR FOREBEARANCE
GOING OF YOUR OWN WILL TO THE SLAUGHTER,
AND THE LANCE, THE NAILS, AND THE REED.
INTERCEDE THEN, LORD, THAT I ALSO ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR PASSION//
MAY OBTAIN FREEDOM FROM PASSION.

THE UNDEFILED MAIDEN, BEHOLDING HER SON RAISED OF HIS OWN WILL UPON THE CROSS,
CRIED OUT, WEEPING AND PRICKED TO THE HEART:
WOE IS ME, MY WELL-BELOVED CHILD!
HOW HAS THE THANKLESS CONGREGATION OF JEWS REPAID YOU,
WISHING TO BEREAVE ME OF YOU,//
MY CHILD WHOM I SO GREATLY LOVE!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN THE VIRGIN SAW HER SON BEING LED TO THE SLAUGHTER,
SHE FOLLOWED HIM TO THE CROSS AND CRIED:
MY SWEETEST CHILD, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU?
YOU KNOW THAT WE LONG TO BE WITH YOU,//
FOR WE KNOW YOU TO BE OUR KING AND OUR GOD!

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)

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!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN SHE BEHELD YOU NAILED UPON THE CROSS, LONG SUFFERING LORD,
YOUR MOTHER MOURNED AND WEPT.
AMAZED AT YOUR SURPASSING GOODNESS,
AND THE COMPASSION YOU GAVE BEYOND HUMAN NATURE,//
SHE SANG THE PRAISES OF YOUR POWER!


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