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Sunday


SUNDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN

WE PRAISE THE CROSS OF THE LORD!
WE HONOR HIS SACRED TOMB IN SONG!
WE GLORIFY THE RESURRECTION!
FOR AS GOD, HE RAISED UP THE DEAD FROM THE TOMB,
STRIPPED DEATH OF ITS POWER AND THE DEVIL OF HIS STRENGTH,//
AND SHONE LIGHT ON THOSE IN HELL!

Verse: Arise, O Lord my God, lift up Your hand; do not forget Your poor forever!

THEY CALLED YOU DEAD, O LORD,
WHO PUT DEATH TO DEATH!
THEY LAID YOU IN A TOMB, WHO EMPTIED THE TOMB!
ABOVE, THE WATCH GUARDED THE SEPULCHRE,
WHILE BELOW, YOU WERE RAISING UP THE DEAD OF ALL AGES!//
GLORY TO YOU, ALMIGHTY AND INCOMPREHENSIBLE LORD!

GNE... (Theotokion)

REJOICE, SACRED MOUNTAIN WHERE GOD HAS WALKED!
REJOICE, LIVING BUSH UNCONSUMED BY FIRE!
REJOICE, ONLY BRIDGE BETWEEN THE WORLD AND GOD,
LEADING THE DEAD TO ETERNAL LIFE!
REJOICE, UNDEFILED MAIDEN WHO GAVE BIRTH WITHOUT KNOWING A MAN,//
THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN

AFTER YOUR RESURRECTION ON THE THIRD DAY
WHEN THE APOSTLES HAD WORSHIPPED YOU,
PETER CALLED OUT TO YOU:
THE WOMEN WENT OUT, WHILE I WAS AFRAID!
THE THIEF CONFESSED GOD, WHILE I DENIED HIM!
WILL YOU CONTINUE TO CALL ME A DISCIPLE?
WILL YOU NOT MAKE ME AGAIN A FISHER OF THE SEA?//
BUT ACCEPT ME, REPENTING, O GOD AND SAVE ME!

VERSE: I will praise You, Lord, with my whole heart;
I will speak of all Your marvellous works!

THE TRANSGRESSORS NAILED YOU IN THE MIDST OF THOSE CONDEMNED
AND PIERCED YOUR SIDE WITH A LANCE, MERCIFUL LORD.
YOU ACCEPTED THE TOMB, DESTROYING THE GATES OF HELL
AND ROSE ON THE THIRD DAY!
THE WOMEN RAN TO SEE YOU AND ANNOUNCED YOUR RESURRECTION TO THE APOSTLES!
TO YOU BE GLORY, LORD,//
THE HIGHLY EXALTED SAVIOR, WHOSE PRAISES THE ANGELS SING!

GNE... (Theotokion)

UNWEDDED BRIDE AND MOTHER OF GOD:
YOU HAVE TURNED THE GRIEF OF EVE TO JOY!
THE FAITHFUL SING YOUR PRAISES AND VENERATE YOU,
BECAUSE YOU HAVE LED US AWAY FROM THE ANCIENT CURSE!
RENOWNED AND ALL-HOLY ONE,//
EVER PRAY THAT WE MAY BE SAVED!

THE CANON

CANTICLE ONE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: CHRIST BROKE THE BATTLE IN SUNDER
WITH HIS UPLIFTED ARM,
AND SHOOK HORSE AND RIDER INTO THE RED SEA
WHILE HE SAVED ISRAEL WHO SANG A SONG OF VICTORY!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The evil congregation did not have the love of a mother for You,
Christ who gave them every good.
They brought thorns to crown You,
Who loosed our first ancestor
from the punishment of thorns and thistles.

You bent down to the pit, O Giver of Life,
without danger of falling.
You raised me up from there,
bearing with my evil-smelling corruption, O Christ,
while You remained untouched,
making me fragrant with the myrrh of Your divine nature.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The curse is lifted; sorrow has ceased!
Blessed One, full of grace,
you caused joy to spring up for the faithful,
for Christ blossomed forth from you,
our blessing for eternity.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: GOD THE SAVIOR LED HIS PEOPLE THROUGH THE SEA
AS IF ON DRY GROUND,
OVERTHROWING ALL THE HOST OF PHARAOH IN THE DEEP.
LET US SING TO HIM ALONE,
FOR HE IS GLORIFIED!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Nailed of His own will to the Cross in the flesh,
He set free from the ancient curse
the one who fell through a tree.
Let us sing to Him alone,
for He is glorified!

Christ who was dead and rose from the grave
raised up fallen mankind, giving him beauty,
seating him with the Father.
Let us sing to Him alone,
for He is glorified!

(Theotokion)

Most pure Theotokos,
pray without ceasing to the God made flesh of you
without ever leaving the bosom of the Father,
that He may save those He has formed from all adversity.

CANTICLE THREE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: YOU ESTABLISHED THE EARTH UPON NOTHING
BY YOUR COMMAND,
HOLDING UP THE IMMEASURABLE BULK OF ITS WEIGHT.
ESTABLISH YOUR CHURCH ON THE UNSHAKEABLE ROCK OF YOUR COMMANDMENTS, O CHRIST,
FOR YOU ALONE ARE GOOD, AND THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Those who sucked honey from the rock in the wilderness
brought You gall, O Christ, for Your wonders.
The thankless children of Israel gave You vinegar
in return for Your blessing of manna.

Those who were shaded by a shining cloud in days of old,
have covered Christ the Life in a tomb.
But rising by His own power
He grants the radiance of the Spirit to all the faithful,
overshadowing them from above.

(Theotokion)

As a Virgin without the pains of a Mother,
you bore the Radiance of the perfect Father, Mother of God.
Therefore, since you conceived the Word made flesh,
we proclaim you in the Orthodox manner to be the Theotokos.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: BY THE POWER OF THE CROSS, O CHRIST
STRENGTHEN MY MIND
THAT I MAY PRAISE AND GLORIFY YOUR VOLUNTARY CRUCIFIXION.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

You rose from the tomb, Christ, the Giver of Life,
and saved from the corruption of death
those who sing the praises of Your voluntary Crucifixion.

The myrrhbearers hastened to anoint Your body, O Christ,
but not finding it
they returned to sing the praises of Your rising.

(Theotokion)

Pure One, pray without ceasing,
to the One made flesh of your womb
that He may deliver from the deceit of the devil
those who sing your praises, pure Virgin.

CANTICLE FOUR:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: UNDERSTANDING YOUR DIVINE EMPTYING, O CHRIST,
HABAKKUK CRIED OUT TO YOU IN PROPHETIC FEAR:
YOU HAVE COME FOR THE SALVATION OF YOUR PEOPLE,
AND TO SAVE YOUR ANOINTED!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You sweetened the very bitter streams of Marah
with the wood, O Good One,
prefiguring in an image Your immaculate Cross
which deadened the bitter taste of sin.

You received a Cross in place of the tree of knowledge,
and gall for sweetness, my Savior,
shedding Your divine blood for the corruption of death.

(Theotokion)

Without the union of flesh
you incorruptibly conceived in your womb,
bearing God in the flesh: a Child without pain,
remaining a Virgin after giving birth.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: I HAVE HEARD THE REPORT OF YOUR DOMINION, O LORD,
AND I GLORIFY YOUR INCOMPREHENSIBLE POWER, LOVER OF MANKIND.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND

RESURRECTION!

When the Cross was fixed in the earth on the place of the skull,
the age-old bolts and bars were shattered.
The gatekeepers cried aloud:
Glory to Your power, O Lord!

When the Savior descended as dead
to those held in bonds,
the dead from all the ages rose up with Him and cried aloud:
Glory to Your power, O Lord!

(Theotokion)

The Virgin bore a child without the pains of motherhood;
she is a Mother, yet remains a Virgin.
We sing her praises and cry:
Rejoice, Theotokos!

IRMOS: UNDERSTANDING YOUR DIVINE EMPTYING, O CHRIST...

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Confessing you most reverently
with heart and soul and mouth
to be truly the pure Theotokos,
I reap the harvest of salvation
and am saved by your intercessions, Virgin!

The Giver of all good,
Who created the whole universe from nothingness
was pleased to be fashioned from you, immaculate one
for the salvation of those
who sing your praises in faith and love, pure Virgin!

The choirs beyond the world
hymn your childbearing, spotless One,
and they rejoice in the salvation
of those who know you to be truly the Theotokos.

Isaiah named you the shoot
from which Christ God blossomed,
the well-ripened fruit for our salvation
who run to your protection with faith and love.

CANTICLE FIVE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: I RISE EARLY AND CRY OUT TO YOU,
FOR YOU ARE CLOTHED WITH LIGHT AS WITH A GARMENT:
ENLIGHTEN MY DARKENED SOUL, ONLY COMPASSIONATE CHRIST.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

In dishonor and inglorious form,
the Lord of glory hung of his own will upon the Cross,
ineffably gaining divine glory for me.

You, O Christ, have made me change my clothing
for the garment of incorruption,
for You tasted the corruption of death in the flesh
yet were not affected by decay,
and on the third day, You rose from the tomb.

(Theotokion)

Without seed, Theotokos,
you bore Christ, our Righteousness and Redemption,
freeing the nature of our first father from the curse.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: WE RISE IN THE EARLY DAWN AND CRY OUT TO YOU:
SAVE US, LORD,
FOR YOU ARE OUR G0D, AND WE KNOW NO OTHER THAN YOU.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Savior and Lover of mankind,
with Your hands spread out upon the Wood,
You called us all back to Yourself.

You despoiled hell, our Savior,
by descending to the tomb,
and by Your Resurrection
You filled all things with joy.

(Theotokion)

We praise you, Theotokos,
Virgin after childbearing
for you brought forth into the world God the Word made flesh.

CANTICLE SIX:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: CALM THE SOUL-DESTROYING WAVES
OF THE RAGING SEA OF PASSIONS, MASTER CHRIST,
AND LEAD ME UP FROM CORRUPTION, COMPASSIONATE ONE.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Our first ancestor fell into corruption,
Master Christ,
by tasting forbidden fruit.
He was brought back to life by Your Passion.

Life, You descended to hell
and became corruption to the corruptor, Master Christ:
through corruption You became the Fount of Resurrection.

(Theotokion)

The Virgin bore a child,
and in bearing, remained undefiled:
the truly Virgin Mother
who held in her arms the One who upholds all creation.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: THE UNFATHOMABLE DEPTHS SURROUNDED ME;
THE SEA MONSTER BECAME MY TOMB!
I CRIED OUT TO YOU, LOVER OF MANKIND,
AND YOUR RIGHT HAND SAVED ME, O LORD.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

You stretched out Your hands on the life-bearing Cross,
gathering the whole company of Your scattered peoples,
Christ our God, and the Lover of mankind.

You despoiled hell and shattered its gates
while Adam, the freed prisoner, cried out to You:
Your right hand has saved me, O Lord!

(Theotokion)

We rightly glorify you, Mary,
the mountain and bush unconsumed,
the living ladder and th e gate of heaven,
pride of the Orthodox.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The Source of all, who grants being to all
had a source in you when He took our flesh,
all-immaculate Mother of God!

We know you, immaculate Lady
to be a fountain of healing
flowing for those who run to the shelter of your well-known protection.

You bore the Giver of Life for us,
the cause of salvation
Who grants eternal redemption
to those who proclaim you in truth to be the Theotokos.

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!

IKOS

Hearing the words of the angel, the women laid aside their lamentations, and with awe and joy beheld the Resurrection. Christ drew near them and said: Rejoice! Take courage, for I have overcome the world and set the prisoners free. Go quickly to the disciples and say: I go before you into Galilee to proclaim the good news//

AND WE ALL CRY TO YOU: LORD, SAVE US!

CANTICLE SEVEN:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE MOST HIGH LORD OF OUR FATHERS
SPRINKLED THE CHILDREN WITH DEW,
AND PUT OUT THE FLAMES AS THEY SANG WITH ONE ACCORD:
BLESSED ARE YOU, O GOD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Clothed with flesh as a baited hook,
You brought down the serpent by Your divine power,
leading up those who cried aloud:
Blessed are You, O God!

The uncontainable One who brought the boundless universe into being
was contained in the flesh in a grave,
and we all sing out to Him:
Blessed are You, O God!

(Theotokion)

You brought forth God Incarnate,
all holy One,
one Person in two natures.
And we all sing out to Him:
Blessed are You, O God!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: YOU SAVED THE CHILDREN IN THE FIERY FURNACE
WHO SANG YOUR PRAISES:
BLESSED IS THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

He undid the deceit of idolatry
through the Wood of the Cross:
Blessed is the God of our fathers!

He arose from the dead
raising with Himself those in hell:
Blessed is the God of our fathers!

(Theotokion)

He was born of a Virgin,
declaring her to be the Theotokos:
Blessed is the God of our fathers!

CANTICLE EIGHT: (May be sung as stikhera on the Song of the Three Children)

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE CHILDREN IN THE FURNACE
WOVE A SONG OF ALL CREATION FOR YOU,
SINGING TO THE CREATOR OF ALL:
ALL WORKS OF THE LORD, BLESS THE LORD;
SING PRAISE TO HIM AND HIGHLY EXALT HIM FOREVER.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You prayed that the voluntary cup of the redeeming Passion
be removed as if it were against Your will:
for You bear two wills according to Your two natures, Christ, forever!

At Your descent, Creator of all,
hell was made a mockery,
giving up all those who had been killed by deceit in days of old,
and who now exalt You, Christ, forever.

(Theotokion)

Virgin, beyond all thought,
by the Word, you bore the Lord as God and man,
while remaining Virgin.
We, the works of the Lord, bless you
and highly exalt you forever.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER BEFORE ALL AGES, THE SON AND GOD,
IN THESE LAST TIMES MADE FLESH OF A VIRGIN MOTHER:
SING HIS PRAISE, PRIESTS,
AND HIGHLY EXALT HIM, PEOPLE, THROUGHOUT ALL THE AGES!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Christ our God willingly stretched out His hands on the Cross,
breaking the bonds of death.
Sing His praise, priests,
and highly exalt Him, people, throughout all the ages!

Coming forth as a Bridegroom from the tomb,
Christ our God appeared to the myrrhbearing women,
and He brought them the greetings of joy.
Sing His praise, priests,
and highly exalt Him, people, throughout all the ages!

LET US BLESS THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE LORD, NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

(Theotokion)

You are revealed as higher than the cherubim, pure Theotokos,
having carried in your womb the One who was borne upon them.
With these bodiless ones
we mortals praise Him throughout all the ages!

WE PRAISE, BLESS AND WORSHIP THE LORD, SINGING AND EXALTING HIM THROUGHOUT ALL AGES!

THE MAGNIFICAT IS SUNG

CANTICLE NINE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: REJOICE, O ISAIAH!
A VIRGIN IS WITH CHILD,
AND SHALL BEAR A SON EMMANUEL, BOTH GOD AND MAN.
AND ORIENT IS HIS NAME.
WHOM MAGNIFYING, WE CALL THE VIRGIN BLESSED.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You took upon Yourself fallen mankind, O Master Christ,
wholly joined to him in a virgin womb,
yet You alone had no share in sin,
and by Your pure Passion,
You wholly freed him from corruption.

By the emptying of Your divinely flowing blood, O Master Christ,
from Your pure and life-giving side,
the sacrifices of idolatry ceased,
while all the earth offers You the sacrifice of praise.

(Theotokion)

The pure and holy Maiden did not bring forth a bodiless God,
nor just a man,
but perfect man and perfect God in truth,
Whom we magnify with the Father and the Spirit.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: BEYOND ALL THOUGHT AND WORDS, O THEOTOKOS,
YOU BROUGHT FORTH INEFFABLY IN TIME THE TIMELESS ONE.
WE FAITHFUL MAGNIFY YOU WITH ONE ACCORD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

You accepted suffering on the Cross,
by Your death destroying the power of hell:
we faithful magnify You in Orthodoxy.

You rose from the grave on the third day,
despoiling hell and enlightening the world.
We faithful magnify You with one accord!

(Theotokion)

Rejoice, Theotokos,
Mother of Christ our God.
Pray to the One who was conceived in you
to grant forgiveness of sins to those who sing to you in faith.

THE PRAISES

YOU CAME FORTH FROM THE GRAVE, LORD,
WHICH HAD BEEN SEALED BY THE TRANSGRESSORS OF THE LAW,
JUST AS YOU WERE BORN OF THE THEOTOKOS!
THE BODILESS ANGELS DID NOT KNOW HOW YOU WERE INCARNATE;
THE SOLDIERS DID NOT SEE THE MOMENT OF YOUR RESURRECTION!
THESE TWO MARVELS WERE CONCEALED FROM CURIOUS MINDS
BUT WERE REVEALED TO THOSE WHO WORSHIPED THE MYSTERY IN FAITH!//
THEREFORE, GRANT US JOY AND GREAT MERCY AS WE OFFER YOU PRAISE!

LORD, YOU DEMOLISHED THE GATES OF EVERLASTING HELL
AND BROKE IN SUNDER THE CHAINS OF THE GRAVE!
YOU ROSE FROM THE TOMB LEAVING YOUR WRAPPINGS IN THE GRAVE
AS WITNESS OF YOUR THREE-DAY BURIAL.
LEAVING THE GUARDS WATCHING AT THE TOMB,
YOU WENT BEFORE YOUR DISCIPLES INTO GALILEE.
GREAT IS YOUR MERCY, INCOMPREHENSIBLE LORD,//
O SAVIOR, HAVE MERCY ON US!

LORD, WHO SUFFERED FOR US,
THE WOMEN HASTENED TO YOUR TOMB TO BEHOLD YOU!
WHEN THEY ARRIVED, THEY SAW AN ANGEL SITTING ON THE STONE OF THE GRAVE.
HE SAID TO THEM: THE LORD IS RISEN!
GO AND TELL THE DISCIPLES: //
THE SAVIOR OF OUR SOULS IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD!

LORD AND SAVIOR,
YOU CAME INTO THE MIDST OF YOUR DISCIPLES THOUGH THE DOORS WERE SHUT,
JUST AS YOU CAME FROM THE SEALED TOMB,
SHOWING THE SUFFERINGS OF THE FLESH WHICH YOU ACCEPTED;
FOR YOU SUBMITTED TO PATIENT SUFFERING AS THE SEED OF DAVID.
BUT AS THE SON OF GOD, YOU SAVED THE WORLD!
GREAT IS YOUR MERCY, INCOMPREHENSIBLE LORD,
O SAVIOR, HAVE MERCY ON US!

(The Anatolian stikhera)

LORD, THE KING OF AGES AND CREATOR OF ALL,
YOU ACCEPTED CRUCIFIXION AND BURIAL IN THE BODY FOR OUR SAKES,
TO DELIVER US ALL FROM HELL!//
YOU ARE OUR GOD, AND WE KNOW NO OTHER THAN YOU!

LORD GOD, WHO SHALL PROCLAIM YOUR RADIANT WONDERS,
OR DECLARE YOUR DIVINE MYSTERIES?
FOR YOU WERE WILLINGLY INCARNATE FOR OUR SAKES,
MANIFESTING THE MIGHT OF YOUR POWER!
BY YOUR CROSS YOU OPENED PARADISE TO THE THIEF,
BY YOUR DEATH YOU CRUSHED THE BARS AND BOLTS OF HELL!
BY YOUR RESURRECTION YOU ENRICHED ALL CREATION!//
GLORY TO YOU, COMPASSIONATE ONE!

EARLY IN THE MORNING,
THE MYRRHBEARING WOMEN REACHED YOUR TOMB
SEEKING TO ANOINT YOU, IMMORTAL WORD.
INSTRUCTED BY THE WORDS OF THE ANGEL,
THEY TURNED BACK WITH JOY
TO TELL THE APOSTLES CLEARLY THAT YOU HAD RISEN, LIFE OF ALL,//
GRANTING THE WORLD FORGIVENESS AND GREAT MERCY!

SUNDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera of repentance)

I WEEP IN BITTER GLOOM,
SEEING THE DREAD VENGEANCE SPOKEN OF IN THE SCRIPTURES,
FOR MY DEEDS ARE WITHOUT DEFENSE OR REASON.
THEREFORE, CONDEMNED, I PRAY TO YOU:
BEFORE I MEET AN END IN DISASTER,
BEFORE DEATH EMBRACES ME,
BEFORE THE FEARFUL JUDGMENT,
BEFORE THE SENTENCE WHICH WOULD TAKE ME TO THE UNQUENCHABLE FLAMES,
WHERE THERE IS DARKNESS, WORMS, AND GNASHING OF TEETH,
WHERE THOSE WHO HAVE SINNED ARE CONSUMED,
DELIVER ME FROM MY SINS, O CHRIST,//
AND GRANT ME GREAT MERCY!

I HAVE TURNED ASIDE FROM YOUR LAWS AND SCRIPTURES,
REJECTING YOUR COMMANDS, O GOD MY CREATOR.
HOW THEN CAN I, CONDEMNED, ESCAPE THE TORMENTS WHICH AWAIT ME?
GRANT ME FORGIVENESS BEFORE I DIE, O SAVIOR;
A MIST OF TEARS AND TRUE HUMILITY,
AND AS OUR GOOD GOD, DRIVE FAR FROM ME THE RANKS OF DEVILS
WHO WOULD DRAG ME TO THE EDGE OF HELL.//
I PRAY YOU, DO NOT TAKE YOUR ALMIGHTY HAND FROM ME!

MY MIND IS DARKENED; I AM FAR FROM YOU.
I HAVE BECOME A SLAVE TO SIN,
SURRENDERING MYSELF TO SERVING THE PASSIONS THAT LIVE IN MY FLESH.
NOW I AM CONDEMNED AND AWAIT MY PASSING FROM THIS LIFE
AND THE TORMENTS WHICH SEEK ME.
WOE IS ME! GRANT ME TO REPENT IN TEARS, GOOD MASTER!
FORGIVE MY COUNTLESS SINS!//
I PRAY TO YOU IN FAITH, WHO GRANTED THE WORLD GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

YOU WERE INDEED A THRONE LIKE THE CHERUBIM,
HIGHER THAN THE HIGHEST ANGELS,
FOR THE WORD OF GOD DWELT IN YOU, O PURE LADY,
IN HIS DESIRE TO RENEW OUR IMAGE.
BEARING OUR FLESH, HE CAME FORTH FROM YOU,
AND AS GOD, IN HIS GOODNESS HE ENDURED SUFFERING AND THE CROSS FOR US,
GRANTING US THE RESURRECTION!
THEREFORE LET US GIVE THANKS TO OUR CREATOR,
WHO RESTORED OUR CONDEMNED NATURE,
AND PRAY THAT BY YOUR PRAYERS, HE MAY FORGIVE OUR TRANSGRESSIONS,//
AND GRANT US GREAT MERCY!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

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

LORD, EVEN THOUGH I FEAR YOU,
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)

NOT REJOICING IN EARTHLY THINGS,
GOING FORTH TO TORTURES BRAVELY,
YOU, ALL-LAUDABLE MARTYRS, DID NOT FAIL IN YOUR BLESSED HOPES.
SINCE NOW YOU HAVE BOLDNESS BEFORE GOD, THE LOVER OF MANKIND,
ENTREAT PEACE FOR THE WORLD,//
AND FOR OUR SOULS, GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

HOW AWESOME AND GLORIOUS IS THE GREAT MYSTERY!
A WOMB CONTAINS THE UNCONTAINABLE!
A MOTHER GIVES BIRTH AND REMAINS A VIRGIN,
FOR GOD WAS BORN FROM HER, BECOMING INCARNATE.
WITH THE ANGELS, LET US SING THIS SONG TO HIM:
HOLY ARE YOU, CHRIST OUR GOD,//
WHO TOOK FLESH FOR OUR SAKE, GLORY TO YOU!

THIRD CANON TO THE THEOTOKOS

CANTICLE ONE:

IRMOS: CHRIST BROKE THE BATTLE IN SUNDER
WITH HIS UPLIFTED ARM,
AND SHOOK HORSE AND RIDER INTO THE RED SEA
WHILE HE SAVED ISRAEL WHO SANG A SONG OF VICTORY!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Entreat Christ, all-pure One,
the Light who dwelt in you,
enlightening the whole world with the brilliant rays of divinity,
to shine on those who sing your praises, Virgin Mother

Arrayed in the beauty of virtue, full of grace,
by the radiance of the overshadowing Spirit, all-holy One,
you received the majesty that fashions beauty
and adorns the whole creation.

In days of old, the bush on Sinai
that burned with fire, yet was not consumed
foreshadowed you, Virgin,
for as a virgin, you bore a child past understanding,
and remained a virgin, Mother.

CANTICLE THREE:

IRMOS: YOU ESTABLISHED THE EARTH UPON NOTHING
BY YOUR COMMAND,
HOLDING UP THE IMMEASURABLE BULK OF ITS WEIGHT.
ESTABLISH YOUR CHURCH ON THE UNSHAKEABLE ROCK OF YOUR COMMANDMENTS, O CHRIST,
FOR YOU ALONE ARE GOOD, AND THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

You are now clearly seen by all, holy Virgin,
to be the ladder on which the Most High descended
to amend our corrupted nature.
For through you, the supremely Good One
was pleased to dwell in the world.

The mystery foreseen in the past,
foreknown before the ages by the all-knowing God, Virgin,
has been made manifest in these last days
fulfilled within your womb, O spotless One.

The sentence of the ancient curse is abolished
by your mediation, pure Virgin.
For the Lord is seen in you,
only boast of mortal nature,
pouring out His blessing on all, as the One supremely good.

CANTICLE FOUR:

IRMOS: UNDERSTANDING YOUR DIVINE EMPTYING, O CHRIST,
HABAKKUK CRIED OUT TO YOU IN PROPHETIC FEAR:
YOU HAVE COME FOR THE SALVATION OF YOUR PEOPLE,
AND TO SAVE YOUR ANOINTED!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Confessing you most reverently
with heart and soul and mouth
to be truly the pure Theotokos,
I reap the harvest of salvation
and am saved by your intercessions, Virgin!

The Giver of all good,
Who created the whole universe from nothingness
was pleased to be fashioned from you, immaculate one
for the salvation of those
who sing your praises in faith and love, pure Virgin!

The choirs beyond the world
hymn your childbearing, spotless One,
and they rejoice in the salvation
of those who know you to be truly the Theotokos.

Isaiah named you the shoot
from which Christ God blossomed,
the well-ripened fruit for our salvation
who run to your protection with faith and love.

CANTICLE FIVE:

IRMOS: I RISE EARLY AND CRY OUT TO YOU,
FOR YOU ARE CLOTHED WITH LIGHT AS WITH A GARMENT:
ENLIGHTEN MY DARKENED SOUL, ONLY COMPASSIONATE CHRIST.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

All the prophets proclaimed that you would be the Mother of God,
most holy Theotokos,
for you alone were found to be wholly without blemish, pure One.

We acknowledge you, holy One,
to be a shining cloud
which rained Christ the living water on us in our despair:
the rain of incorruption.

Beloved One, wholly beautiful and undefiled,
you were close to God and sealed by virginity,
and the all-compassionate One made His dwelling in you.

CANTICLE SIX:

IRMOS: CALM THE SOUL-DESTROYING WAVES
OF THE RAGING SEA OF PASSIONS, MASTER CHRIST,
AND LEAD ME UP FROM CORRUPTION, COMPASSIONATE ONE.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The Source of all, who grants being to all
had a source in you when He took our flesh,
all-immaculate Mother of God!

We know you, immaculate Lady
to be a fountain of healing
flowing for those who run to the shelter of your well-known protection.

You bore the Giver of Life for us,
the cause of salvation
Who grants eternal redemption
to those who proclaim you in truth to be the Theotokos.

CANTICLE SEVEN:

IRMOS: THE MOST HIGH LORD OF OUR FATHERS
SPRINKLED THE CHILDREN WITH DEW,
AND PUT OUT THE FLAMES AS THEY SANG WITH ONE ACCORD:
BLESSED ARE YOU, O GOD!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The infinite, only-blessed One,
while remaining unchanged
was joined to flesh as a person in you,
for He is compassionate, and the only-blessed One.

We glorify you with one voice, Lady Theotokos,
the all-spotless bride and throne of your Creator.
and we all sing out to Him:
Blessed are You, O God!

Sanctified by the Spirit, pure Virgin,
you became the Mother of the Lord of all and your Creator.
and we all sing out to Him:
Blessed are You, O God!

The Lord who clothed Himself in a garment of flesh
taken from you, pure Virgin,
brought me salvation
and we all sing out to Him:
Blessed are You, O God!

CANTICLE EIGHT:

IRMOS: THE CHILDREN IN THE FURNACE
WOVE A SONG OF ALL CREATION FOR YOU,
SINGING TO THE CREATOR OF ALL:
ALL WORKS OF THE LORD, BLESS THE LORD;
SING PRAISE TO HIM AND HIGHLY EXALT HIM FOREVER.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Now the grief of our first parents has ceased,
for joy has come forth from you, Mother of God.
So we ever sing praise to you, O Virgin,
and highly exalt you forever.

Standing in loving desire
as one choir with us,
the bodiless hosts sing your incomprehensible childbearing,
and with us, they highly exalt it forever.

The Lord of all came forth from you, O Maiden:
a shining stream of immortality,
washing away the stains and filth of those who sing to you in faith
and highly exalt you forever.

LET US BLESS THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE LORD, NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

Virgin, we confess you to be the holy and light-bearing throne,
and the seat of grace,
for you received the Word of the Father,
Whom we highly exalt forever.

WE PRAISE, BLESS AND WORSHIP THE LORD, SINGING AND EXALTING HIM THROUGHOUT ALL AGES!

CANTICLE NINE:

IRMOS: REJOICE, O ISAIAH!
A VIRGIN IS WITH CHILD,
AND SHALL BEAR A SON EMMANUEL, BOTH GOD AND MAN.
AND ORIENT IS HIS NAME.
WHOM MAGNIFYING, WE CALL THE VIRGIN BLESSED.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Ever-Virgin Theotokos,
flesh was fashioned for the Creator of all,
past nature, with mind and soul,
from your pure blood, without seed, and not from man:
the only-begotten Son of the Father.

All-holy Virgin Mother,
by giving birth in truth and beyond understanding
to eternal Life in the flesh
you stood over the ungovernable assault of death,
and hell, attacking with bitter jaws, was destroyed.

Your Son, sitting on His royal throne,
arrayed you in a garment of gold,
brilliant with the adornment of divine virtues,
standing at His right hand,
bringing you fitting honors as His Mother, all-immaculate One!


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