Clicking here goes to information on the icon.Welcome to the St. Luke Web Page.
Search the site.Listen to Father Borichevsky's restored radio programsSee What St. Luke Orthodox Church has planned.Visit and sign our guest book.Contact the St. Luke Orthodox Church Web Development Team.
Find something on the site in a hurry.
St. Lukes Orthodox Church Home PageDonate Now!Shop for Orthodox goods from your Computerchurchdirectory Pages that deal with St. Luke the Evangelist Orthodox Church. What's the news at St. Lukes.View all the previous and current Evangelist newsletters.View the Sunday bulletin.Information about St. Luke Orthodox Church including the Mission and Vision statements. Pages for 'keeping in touch' with God. Information on prayers and prayingView the prayer of the week and all other previos prayers of the week.Need to pray for something? What is the Orthodox Church and how/why do Orthodox Christians worship? What is the Orthodox Church of America?Who were the Saints, and why do we honor them?Find and explore many different liturgical texts we have available, including the Divine LiturgyWhat is Pascha?  See what it's like at St. Luke's.How is Orthodoxy playing a role in the present times?Learn what are icons and how are they used in the Orthodox Church today.BellsSee what we have to offer!Current Issues Pages for Organizations of St. Lukes. Christian Education, Youth Group, Music, Church Resource Center, Adult Education, and Junior Olympics.Maintenance, New Building, Strategic Planning, Cell Phone Tower, Inventory, Cemetery/Memorial Book, and Historian.Outreach, Charities, Internet, Evangelist Newsletter, Media, Prison, Sanctity of Life, and Mission.Liturgical, Altar Servers, Bell Ringers, Cemetery, Readers, Greeters, Choir, and Vestments.Fellowship, Supply Coordinator, Prayer, Women's Ministry, New Americans, Sunshinem, Flowers, and Vestments. Some stuff Study the bibleSearch the bibleOrthodoxy on the lighter side...Words of Wisdom...If you've got the taste for great Orthodox foods, this is the place to be.Children friendly section of the pageMessages



Saturday


SATURDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the martyrs)

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

Verse: God is wonderful in His saints; the God of Israel!

THROUGH THE MIRACLES OF YOUR HOLY MARTYRS, CHRIST OUR GOD,
YOU HAVE GIVEN US A RAMPART WHICH CANNOT BE DESTROYED.
AT THEIR PRAYERS, DEFEAT OUR ENEMIES AND STRENGTHEN THOSE IN AUTHORITY,//
FOR YOU ALONE ARE GOOD AND THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

CHRIST OUR GOD WHO SHONE FORTH UPON THE WORLD FROM A VIRGIN,
THROUGH HER, MAKING US SONS OF LIGHT,//
HAVE MERCY ON US!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the martyrs)

YOU HAVE GIVEN US AN INVINCIBLE RAMPART,
CHRIST OUR GOD,
THROUGH THE MIRACLES OF YOUR HOLY MARTYRS!
BY THEIR PRAYERS, DISPERSE THE PLANS OF OUR ENEMIES,
AND STRENGTHEN ALL IN AUTHORITY,//
FOR YOU ALONE ARE GOOD AND THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

VERSE: Blessed are those whom You have chosen and taken, O Lord!

GIVE REST WITH THE RIGHTEOUS TO YOUR SERVANTS, OUR SAVIOR,
AND MAKE THEM DWELL IN YOUR COURTS, AS IT IS WRITTEN,
IN YOUR GOODNESS, PASSING OVER ALL THEIR TRESPASSES,
BOTH VOLUNTARY AND INVOLUNTARY,
WITH EVERY SIN COMMITTED IN KNOWLEDGE OR IN IGNORANCE,//
FOR YOU ALONE ARE THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

VIRGIN MOTHER, UNWEDDED BRIDE,
YOU BROUGHT THE SAVIOR INTO THE WORLD
AND GAVE BIRTH TO HIM IN THE PERFECTION OF TWO NATURES:
TOGETHER WITH THE HOLY PROPHETS, MARTYRS AND ALL THE SAINTS,
ENTREAT HIM THAT HE MAY GRANT PEACE TO THE WORLD//
AND GREAT MERCY TO OUR SOULS!

APOSTIKHA

(to the martyrs)

IN THEIR TORMENTS, THE SAINTS CRIED OUT, REJOICING,
THIS IS THE EXCHANGE WE MAKE WITH THE MASTER:
IN RETURN FOR THE WOUNDS INFLICTED ON OUR BODIES,
HE WILL CLOTHE US AT THE RESURRECTION WITH A GARMENT OF LIGHT!
IN RETURN FOR DISHONOR, WE SHALL RECEIVE CROWNS;
IN RETURN FOR IMPRISONMENT, PARADISE;
IN RETURN FOR CONDEMNATION WITH EVILDOERS, LIFE WITH THE ANGELS!//
THROUGH THEIR PRAYERS, LORD, SAVE OUR SOULS!

(for the departed)

Verse: Blessed are those whom You have chosen and taken, O Lord!

WITH THE SPLENDOR OF YOUR COUNTENANCE, CHRIST,
IN YOUR COMPASSION, SHINE ON THE DEPARTED;
LEAD THEM TO A PLACE OF GREEN PASTURE,
BESIDE THE STILL WATERS OF YOUR DIVINE REST.
GIVE THEM REPOSE, ACCORDING TO THEIR HEARTS' DESIRE,
WITH ABRAHAM THE FOREFATHER,
WHERE YOUR LIGHT IS MADE MANIFEST IN ALL ITS PURITY,
AND THE STREAMS OF YOUR LOVE FLOW OUT,
WHERE THE CHOIRS OF SAINTS REJOICE AND EXULT IN YOUR GOODNESS.//
PLACE YOUR SUPPLIANTS WITH THEM AND GRANT THEM YOUR GREAT MERCY!

Verse: Their memorial is from generation to generation!

LOOK DOWN IN YOUR COMPASSION UPON THOSE WHO HAVE DEPARTED TO YOU
FROM THIS TEMPORARY LIFE;
GRANT THAT WITH ONE ACCORD THEY MAY GLORIFY YOUR POWER,
MASTER OF ALL AND LOVER OF MANKIND!
SHINE UPON THEM WITH YOUR BEAUTY
AND CALL THEM TO SHARE WITH PURE HEARTS IN THE JOY OF YOUR PRESENCE,
WHERE THE ANGELS REJOICE AROUND YOUR THRONE
AND THE COMPANIES OF SAINTS ATTEND YOU WITH THEIR SONGS OF PRAISE!//
GIVE YOUR SERVANTS REST WITH THEM AND GRANT THEM YOUR GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WE WERE ENSLAVED BY THE LAW OF SIN, ALL-PURE LADY,
BUT YOU HAVE SET US FREE, ONLY MOTHER AND VIRGIN,
BY CONCEIVING IN YOUR WOMB GOD THE KING AND GIVER OF THE LAW!
THROUGH HIM WE ARE JUSTIFIED FREELY AND BY GRACE!
ENTREAT HIM NOW TO WRITE DOWN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE
THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO SING YOUR PRAISES AS THE MOTHER OF GOD;
THAT BEING SAVED THROUGH YOUR MEDIATION,
WE MAY RECEIVE FROM YOUR SON THE DELIVERANCE FOR WHICH WE PRAY,//
WORSHIPING HIM WHO GRANTS THE WORLD GREAT MERCY!

SATURDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

BY YOUR PRECIOUS CROSS, O CHRIST,
YOU HAVE PUT THE DEVIL TO SHAME.
BY YOUR RESURRECTION, YOU HAVE BLUNTED THE STING OF SIN
AND SAVED US FROM THE GATES OF DEATH!//
WE GLORIFY YOU, THE ONLY BEGOTTEN ONE.

CHRIST WAS LED AS A SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER
IN ORDER TO GRANT RESURRECTION TO THE HUMAN RACE!
THE PRINCES OF HELL WERE FRIGHTENED BY THIS,
FOR THE GATES OF SORROW WERE LIFTED!
CHRIST THE KING OF GLORY HAD ENTERED,
SAYING TO THOSE IN CHAINS: GO FORTH!//
AND TO THOSE IN DARKNESS: COME TO THE LIGHT!

O GREAT WONDER!
THE CREATOR OF THE INVISIBLE SUFFERED IN THE FLESH IN HIS LOVE FOR MANKIND
AND ROSE AGAIN IMMORTAL!
COME, SONS OF NATIONS,
LET US WORSHIP HIM!
AND DELIVERED FROM ERROR BY HIS COMPASSION,//
WE HAVE LEARNED TO SING OF ONE GOD IN THREE PERSONS!

(The Anatolian stikhera)

WE OFFER YOU OUR EVENING WORSHIP
NEVER SETTING LIGHT,
WHO CAME IN THESE LAST DAYS TO THE WORLD IN THE FLESH;
WHO EVEN DESCENDED TO HELL TO DISPEL ITS DARKNESS!
YOU HAVE REVEALED THE LIGHT OF RESURRECTION TO THE NATIONS!//
GLORY TO YOU, LORD AND GIVER OF LIGHT!

WE GLORIFY THE LEADER OF OUR SALVATION:
BY HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD,
THE WORLD WAS SAVED FROM DECEIT.
THE ASSEMBLY OF ANGELS REJOICES
AS THE DECEIT OF DEMONS IS OVERTHROWN!//
FALLEN ADAM RISES AS THE DEVIL FALLS.

THE GUARDS WERE INSTRUCTED BY THE LAWLESS ONES:
HIDE THE RISING OF CHRIST, TAKE MONEY AND SAY:
THE BODY WAS STOLEN FROM THE TOMB WHILE WE WERE ASLEEP.
BUT WHO HAS HEARD OF A BODY BEING STOLEN,
A BODY EMBALMED AND NAKED,
WITH ITS GRAVE CLOTHES LEFT BEHIND IN THE TOMB?
PEOPLE, DO NOT BE DECEIVED,
STUDY THE WORDS OF THE PROPHETS AND UNDERSTAND://
CHRIST IS THE REDEEMER OF THE WORLD AND ALL POWERFUL!

LORD, YOU HAVE CAPTURED HELL
AND TRAMPLED ON DEATH;
YOU HAVE ENLIGHTENED THE WORLD BY YOUR PRECIOUS CROSS!//
O SAVIOR, HAVE MERCY ON US!

(3 stikhera from the menaion)

GNE... (Theotokion)

IN THE RED SEA OF OLD,
A TYPE OF THE VIRGIN BRIDE WAS PREFIGURED.
THERE MOSES DIVIDED THE WATERS;
HERE GABRIEL ASSISTED IN THE MIRACLE.
THERE ISRAEL CROSSED THE SEA WITHOUT GETTING WET,
HERE THE VIRGIN GAVE BIRTH TO CHRIST WITHOUT SEED.
AFTER ISRAEL'S PASSAGE, THE SEA REMAINED IMPASSIBLE;
AFTER EMMANUEL'S BIRTH, THE VIRGIN REMAINED A VIRGIN.
EVER EXISTING GOD, WHO APPEARED AS MAN,//
O LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US!

APOSTIKHA

WE MAGNIFY YOU IN SONGS OF PRAISE,
INCARNATE CHRIST AND SAVIOR!
BY ACCEPTING THE CROSS AND DEATH FOR OUR SAKE,
AS THE LORD AND LOVER OF MANKIND
YOU OVERTHREW THE GATES OF HELL,//
AND AROSE ON THE THIRD DAY, SAVING OUR SOULS!

VERSE: The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty!

BY BEING PIERCED IN THE SIDE, LOVER OF MANKIND,
YOU HAVE POURED OUT DROPS OF LIFE AND SALVATION FOR ALL.
BY ACCEPTING DEATH IN THE FLESH, YOU HAVE GRANTED US IMMORTALITY.
YOU HAVE FREED US BY BEING PLACED IN THE TOMB,
AND HAVE RESURRECTED US WITH YOURSELF IN GLORY, AS GOD!//
GLORY TO YOU, LORD AND LOVER OF MANKIND!

VERSE: For He has established the world, so that it shall never be moved!

YOUR CRUCIFIXION AND DESCENT INTO HELL ARE AWESOME, LOVER OF MANKIND!
YOU HAVE CAPTURED IT, RELEASING THE ANCIENT PRISONERS!
YOU HAVE OPENED PARADISE AND GIVEN IT TO US!
GRANT US PURIFICATION OF SINS,
WHO GLORIFY YOUR RESURRECTION ON THE THIRD DAY!
MAKE US WORTHY OF PARADISE//
AND SAVE US, LOVER OF MANKIND!

VERSE: Holiness befits Your house, Lord, forevermore!

FOR OUR SAKE, YOU ACCEPTED DEATH IN THE FLESH,
TO RISE FROM THE DEAD ON THE THIRD DAY!
HEAL US FROM OUR EARTHLY PASSIONS,
AND RESTORE US FROM OUR EVIL TRANSGRESSIONS;//
AND SAVE US, LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

MOST PRECIOUS VIRGIN!
YOU ARE THE GATE, THE TEMPLE,
THE PALACE, THE THRONE OF THE KING!
FROM YOU, MY REDEEMER, CHRIST THE LORD
APPEARED TO THOSE ASLEEP IN DARKNESS!
HE IS THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
WHO DESIRED TO ENLIGHTEN HIS IMAGE, WHOM HE HAD CREATED!
SINCE YOU POSSESS MOTHERLY BOLDNESS BEFORE HIM, ALL PRAISED LADY,//
PRAY UNCEASINGLY THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!

TROPARION

LET US, THE FAITHFUL, PRAISE AND WORSHIP THE WORD,
CO-ETERNAL WITH THE FATHER AND THE SPIRIT,
BORN FOR OUR SALVATION FROM THE VIRGIN;
FOR HE WILLED TO BE LIFTED UP ON THE CROSS IN THE FLESH,
TO ENDURE DEATH,
AND TO RAISE THE DEAD//
BY HIS GLORIOUS RESURRECTION.

KONTAKION

YOU DESCENDED INTO HELL, MY SAVIOR,
SHATTERING ITS GATES AS ALMIGHTY;
RESURRECTING THE DEAD AS CREATOR,
AND DESTROYING THE STING OF DEATH,
YOU HAVE DELIVERED ADAM FROM THE CURSE, LOVER OF MANKIND,//
AND WE ALL CRY TO YOU: LORD, SAVE US!

THEOTOKION TONE 5

REJOICE, GATE OF THE LORD WHICH NO ONE CAN FORCE!
REJOICE, RAMPART AND SHELTER OF THOSE WHO COME TO YOU!
REJOICE, UNDISTURBED HAVEN THAT NEVER KNEW MAN!
SINCE YOU GAVE BIRTH IN THE FLESH TO YOUR MAKER AND GOD,
NEVER CEASE TO INTERCEDE FOR THOSE//
WHO SING A HYMN OF PRAISE TO YOUR SON AND WORSHIP HIM!


Back to Liturgical Texts