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Wednesday


WEDNESDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading from the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMNS (of the Cross)

WHEN THE THIEF BEHELD THE AUTHOR OF LIFE HANGING UPON THE CROSS, HE CRIED OUT:
IF YOU WERE NOT THE INCARNATE GOD, CRUCIFIED HERE WITH US,
THEN THE SUN WOULD NOT HAVE HID ITS RAYS,
NEITHER WOULD THE EARTH HAVE SHAKEN WITH TREMBLING!
BUT ASYOU SUFFER FOR ALL MANKIND: REMEMBER ME, O LORD,//
WHEN YOU COME INTO YOUR KINGDOM!

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

IN THE MIDST OF TWO THIEVES, YOUR CROSS WAS REVEALED AS THE BALANCE BEAM OF RIGHTEOUSNESS;
FOR WHILE THE ONE WAS LED DOWN TO HELL BY THE BURDEN OF HIS BLASPHEMING,
THE OTHER WAS LIGHTENED OF HIS SINS UNTO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THINGS DIVINE.//
O CHRIST OUR GOD, GLORY TO YOU!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN SHE WHO BORE YOU BEHELD YOU,
THE LAMB AND SHEPHERD AND SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, HANGING UPON THE CROSS,
SHE CRIED OUT WEEPING: THOUGH THE WORLD REJOICES IN ITS REDEMPTION,
MY BEING BURNS AS I BEHOLD YOUR CRUCIFIXION,//
WHICH YOU SUFFER FOR ALL MANKIND, MY SON AND MY GOD!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

THE TREE OF EDEN ONCE CAUSED BITTERNESS,
BUT THE TREE OF THE CROSS MADE SWEETNESS OF LIFE TO BLOSSOM!
IN TASTING THE FIRST, ADAM FELL INTO CORRUPTION,
BUT AS WE EAT THE BODY OF CHRIST WE ARE GIVEN LIFE AND MYSTICALLY DEIFIED,
RECEIVING GOD'S ETERNAL KINGDOM.
THEREFORE WE CRY OUT IN FAITH://
GLORY TO YOUR SUFFERING, LORD!

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

YOU STEADFASTLY WALKED THE NARROW WAY OF SORROW, HOLY MARTYRS,
ENDURING THE TROUBLED WATERS OF TEMPTATION.
NOW YOU HAVE RECEIVED A DWELLING PLACE WITH THE MINISTERING ANGELS,
FOR YOU PROVED YOURSELVES A ROCK OF PATIENT STRENGTH;
A FIRM FOUNDATION OF THE FAITH!//
PRAY TO CHRIST OUR GOD FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

STANDING BY THE CROSS, THE THEOTOKOS, FILLED WITH COMPASSION,
POURED OUT HER TEARS AND CRIED ALOUD:
MY SON, YOUR PASSION IS BEYOND COMPREHENSION!
I CANNOT BEAR THIS WOUND IN MY HEART, NOR CAN I LOOK UPON YOU ON THE CROSS!
DO NOT REJECT YOUR HANDMAID: ARISE FROM THE DEAD
AND GLORIFY ME AS I CRY OUT TO YOU://
GLORY TO YOU, O GOD OF TENDERNESS!

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)

INVINCIBLE MARTYRS OF CHRIST,
YOU DEFEATED DECEIT WITH THE POWER OF THE CROSS
AND RECEIVED THE GRACE OF ETERNAL LIFE!
THE THREATS OF YOUR TORTURERS, YOU DID NOT FEAR!
YOU WERE GLAD OF BEING WOUNDED BY THEM,
AND NOW THAT YOUR BLOOD IS THE HEALING OF OUR SOULS,//
PRAY THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN THE EWE LAMB WHO BORE YOU WITHOUT SEED, O LORD,
SAW YOU FASTENED TO THE TREE,
SHE REBUKED HER WEEPING EYES AND CRIED ALOUD WITH TEARS:
MY SON, HOW DO YOU ENDURE THIS WICKED SLAUGHTER?
HOW CAN YOU DIE AS MAN, IMMORTAL ONE?
GIVE ME A WORD, O SWEETEST LIGHT.
BEHOLD YOUR MOTHER LAMENTING YOU,//
AND GLORIFY HER BY YOUR RISING, O WORD!

WEDNESDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the apostles)

YOU HAVE ENLIGHTENED THE APOSTLES, LORD,
WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE COMFORTER.
YOU SET THEM AS LAMPS RADIANT WITH THE LIGHT OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE,
SPIRITUALLY SHINING UPON THE WORLD, O MASTER.//
WE WORSHIP YOUR GREAT GOODNESS!

YOU PRESERVE YOUR FLOCK UNHARMED BY THE TEMPTATIONS OF THE ENEMY,
SURROUNDING IT WITH THE PRAYERS OF THE APOSTLES AS WITH A WALL.
SAVIOR, YOU HAVE PURCHASED IT WITH YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD
SETTING IT FREE FROM BONDAGE TO THE STRANGER//
BECAUSE OF YOUR COMPASSION.

BLESSED APOSTLES, NEAR DEFENDERS OF THE TRINITY AND INTERCESSORS FOR OUR SOULS,
YOU APPEAR AS PRECIOUS STONES OF GLEAMING SPLENDOR
SET IN THE DIADEM OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST,//
BRIGHTLY ILLUMINING THE WORLD WITH THE LIGHT OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.

GNE... (Theotokion)

LOOK UPON YOUR SERVANTS, BRIDE OF GOD.
BEHOLD US AS WE PRAY AND SING TO YOU.
OUR HYMNS ARE SONGS OF PRAISE TO YOU,//
FOR YOU ARE THE SALVATION OF THE HUMAN RACE.

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)

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 THEIR BLOOD FOR YOU,
FOR YOU EMPTIED YOURSELF AND TOOK THE FORM OF A SERVANT.
BY EMULATING YOUR POVERTY THEY TOO HUMBLED THEMSELVES EVEN UNTO DEATH.
BY THEIR PRAYERS HAVE MERCY ON US, O GOD,//
ACCORDING TO THE ABUNDANCE OF YOUR GREAT MERCIES.

GNE... (Theotokion)

THOSE WHO WERE WORTHY TO BEHOLD GOD IN THE FLESH
PROCLAIMED YOU TO BE A BRIDE AND A VIRGIN, MAIDEN,
WORTHY OF THE FATHER AND HIS DIVINITY.
THEY PROCLAIMED YOU TO BE THE MOTHER OF GOD THE WORD,
AND THE DWELLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,
FOR THE WHOLE OF DIVINITY,
THE FULL AND PERFECT ESSENCE OF GRACE,//
BODILY DWELT IN YOU!


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