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Monday


MONDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of repentance)

WHEN THE JUDGE TAKES HIS SEAT AND THE ANGELS STAND BESIDE HIM
WHEN THE TRUMPET SOUNDS AND THE FLAMES ARE BURNING,
WHAT WILL YOU DO, MY SOUL,
AS YOU ARE LED TO JUDGMENT?
THEN ALL YOUR EVIL ACTIONS WILL BE BROUGHT BEFORE YOU;
YOUR SECRET FAULTS WILL BE REPROVED!
THEREFORE, BEFORE THE END, CRY TO CHRIST OUR GOD: I HAVE SINNED!
YOU KNOW ALL HEARTS: HAVE MERCY ON ME!//

Verse: Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger!

ALL THINGS HERE WILL PASS AWAY, MY SOUL,
BUT THERE THINGS ARE ETERNAL!
I SEE THE JUDGMENT SEAT AND THE JUDGE UPON HIS THRONE.
I TREMBLE AT THE CONDEMNATION HE WILL PASS!//
TURN BACK, MY SOUL, FOR THE SENTENCE CANNOT BE REMITTED!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WE CRY TO YOU WITH JOYFUL VOICE, THEOTOKOS,
WITH THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN AND MEN ON EARTH:
REJOICE, GATEWAY WIDER THAN THE HEAVENS!
REJOICE, ONLY SALVATION OF THOSE BORN ON EARTH!
REJOICE, PURE ONE FULL OF GRACE!//
REJOICE, FOR YOU HAVE GIVEN BIRTH TO GOD IN THE FLESH!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (of repentance and the angels)

I FEAR THE AWESOME JUDGMENT SEAT
AND THE JUST CONDEMNATION OF THE JUDGE,
FOR MY CONSCIENCE CONTINUALLY ACCUSES ME.
I HAVE LIVED IN PRIDE AND I AM SEIZED BY FRIGHT.
BY YOUR HOLY PRAYERS, SAVE ME FROM ETERNAL FIRE,//
HOLY ARCHANGELS, PROTECTORS OF BELIEVERS.

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

YOUR MARTYRS, LORD, LONGED TO DRINK FROM THE CUP OF YOUR SUFFERINGS!
THEY FORSOOK THE PLEASURES OF THIS WORLD
AND SHARED THE LIFE OF THE ANGELS!//
AT THEIR INTERCESSIONS GRANT OUR SOULS FORGIVENESS AND GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

ON EARTH, GABRIEL WONDROUSLY BROUGHT YOU THE GREETING FROM HEAVEN.
AS HE SAW THE CREATOR OF THE ANGELS TAKE FLESH IN YOUR WOMB,
HE INTONED A HYMN OF REJOICING IN YOUR HONOR
TO TEACH MANKIND THAT YOU ALONE, O VIRGIN,//
ARE GIVEN TO THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE AS THE CAUSE OF ITS JOY!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

WOE IS ME! WHY HAVE I BECOME LIKE THE BARREN FIG TREE?
I FEAR CURSING AND CUTTING DOWN!
BUT, HEAVENLY GARDENER, CHRIST MY GOD,
REVEAL MY PARCHED SOUL TO BE FRUITFUL.
ACCEPT ME AS YOU DID THE PRODIGAL SON//
AND HAVE MERCY ON ME!

DISREGARD THE GREAT NUMBER OF MY TRANSGRESSIONS,
LORD BORN OF THE VIRGIN.
BLOT OUT ALL MY INIQUITIES;
GRANT ME, I PRAY, A FIRM INTENTION TO CHANGE,
FOR YOU ARE THE LOVER OF MANKIND,//
AND HAVE MERCY ON ME!

BLESSED IS THE ARMY OF THE HEAVENLY KING!
THOUGH ON EARTH THEY ENDURED GREAT SUFFERINGS,
THEY ACHIEVED THE RANK OF ANGELS!
THEY DID NOT CARE FOR THE FLESH AND BECAME EQUALS TO THE BODILESS HOSTS.//
BY THEIR PRAYERS, LORD, SAVE OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

RELIEVE THE ANGUISH OF MY SOUL, THEOTOKOS,
FOR YOU REMOVE ALL TEARS FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
YOU DISPEL THE GRIEF OF MORTAL MEN,
YOU DISPERSE THE SORROW OF SINNERS.
ALL-HOLY VIRGIN MOTHER,//
WE HAVE YOU AS OUR HOPE AND SUPPORT!

MONDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera of repentance)

WOE IS ME, FOR I HAVE ANGERED YOU,
MY MERCIFUL GOD AND LORD!
HOW OFTEN, O CHRIST, HAVE I PROMISED TO REPENT,
AND BEEN FOUND A SENSELESS LIAR,
FOR I HAVE SOILED THE GARMENT IN WHICH I WAS FIRST BAPTIZED,
AND ALSO DISREGARDED THE COVENANTS I HAD WITH YOU,
WHEN CLOTHED IN MOURNING GARMENTS,
I MADE YOU AGAIN THIS SECOND PROFESSION IN THE PRESENCE OF ANGELS AND MEN.
AND THAT TOO, I HAVE SET ASIDE.//
DO NOT LEAVE ME, SAVIOR, TO UTTERLY PERISH.

WHAT ANSWER WILL YOU GIVE, MY WRETCHED SOUL,
AT THE DAY OF JUDGMENT?
WHO SHALL PLUCK YOU FROM THE ETERNAL FIRE,
AND THE OTHER TORMENTS, WHEN YOU STAND CONDEMNED?
NO ONE, IF YOU DO NOT YOURSELF GAIN THE MERCY OF THE COMPASSIONATE LORD,
BY LEAVING YOUR EVIL HABITS BEHIND,
LIVING IN A WAY THAT IS ACCEPTABLE TO GOD,
BY WEEPING EACH DAY FOR YOUR ENDLESS FAULTS
COMMITTED IN THOUGHT, WORD AND DEED
AND BY BESEECHING CHRIST TO GRANT YOU FORGIVENESS OF ALL YOU HAVE DONE!

DO NOT LET THE ONE WHO COMPELS HABITS OF SIN
PREVAIL OVER ME, O CHRIST,
NOR LET THE DEMON EVER BATTLING WITH ME,
GAIN POSSESSION OF ME, AND BEAR ME DOWN TO HIS WILL!
SNATCH ME FROM THEIR DOMINION AND REIGN IN ME YOURSELF,
MAKING ME WHOLLY YOURS, LOVER OF MAN,
AND GRANT ME TO LIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL, O WORD,
TO HAVE REST IN YOU,
TO FIND THE MEANS OF MAKING AMENDS,//
CLEANSING, SALVATION, AND GREAT MERCY.

GNE... (Theotokion)

FROM MY YOUTH, I HAVE BEEN ENGROSSED IN SIN;
I WAS LURED AND MISLED BY SATAN;
MY MIND IS POISONED BY MY MANY EVIL HABITS.
NOW I WEEP IN SORROW OVER THE DESTRUCTION OF MY SOUL.
LADY, DO NOT DESPISE ME NOW,
FOR I AM PERISHING IN EVIL.
TAKE PITY ON ME AND DELIVER ME FROM ALL ASSAULTS AND PASSIONS,
THAT BY YOUR PRAYERS, BEFORE I DIE,//
I MAY FIND REPENTANCE.

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

LORD, I DO NOT CEASE MY SIN;
I DO NOT COMPREHEND YOUR LOVE FOR MAN, ONLY GOOD ONE!
BUT OVERCOME MY BLINDNESS,//
AND HAVE MERCY ON ME!

EVEN THOUGH I FEAR YOU, LORD,
I DO NOT CEASE TO DO EVIL.
WHO AT JUDGMENT DOES NOT FEAR THE JUDGE?
OR WHO, DESIRING HEALING, CHASES AWAY THE PHYSICIAN AS I DO?
HAVE COMPASSION ON MY INFIRMITY,//
AND HAVE MERCY ON ME, O PATIENT LORD!

(To the martyrs)

PUTTING ON THE SHIELD OF FAITH
AND STRENGTHENING THEMSELVES WITH THE SIGN OF THE CROSS,
YOUR SAINTS, LORD, BRAVELY WENT OF THEIR OWN ACCORD TO TORTURE,
LAYING LOW THE PRIDE AND ERROR OF THE DEVIL.
BY THEIR SUPPLICATIONS, ALL-POWERFUL GOD,//
SEND THE WORLD PEACE, AND OUR SOULS GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

SOOTH THE PAIN OF MY SUFFERING SOUL,
AS YOU WIPE ALL TEARS FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
FOR YOU DRIVE ALL SUFFERING FROM MANKIND,
DISPERSING THE GRIEF OF SINNERS.
WE FIND HOPE AND CONFIRMATION IN YOU,//
MOST PURE VIRGIN MOTHER!


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