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Thursday


THURSDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the apostles)

LET US, TOGETHER WITH ALL MANKIND,
GLORIFY THE WISE APOSTLES IN SPIRITUAL HYMNS AND SONGS!
THEY WERE EYEWITNESSES OF THE WORD AND SERVANTS OF CHRIST!
THEY PRAY FERVENTLY TO CHRIST ON OUR BEHALF//
AS WE PRAISE THEIR HOLY MEMORY AND VENERATE THEIR RELICS.

Verse: Their voice has gone out into all the earth and their words to the ends of the universe!

LET US GLORIFY THE APOSTLES OF CHRIST WITH ONE ACCORD,
FOR THEY SHINE AS TORCHES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD!
THEY HAVE CAUGHT THE NATIONS IN THE NET OF THE TRUE FAITH;
BRINGING US LIGHT, THEY TEACH US TO HONOR THE HOLY TRINITY,//
ONE IN ESSENCE, YET DIVIDED IN PERSONS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

UNWEDDED BRIDE AND EVER-VIRGIN,
WE EVER SING YOUR PRAISES IN THE COMPANY OF THE ANGELS,
FOR YOUR SON AND GOD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US THROUGH YOU.
BEGOTTEN BEFORE ALL AGES FROM THE FATHER,
HE WAS PLEASED TO BE CONTAINED WITHIN YOUR WOMB,//
AND TO SET US FREE FROM ERROR!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the apostles)

LORD, SOME FISHERMEN WITHOUT LEARNING
CONFOUNDED PHILOSOPHERS AND CLOSED THE MOUTHS OF ORATORS
AS THEY PREACHED TH EINEFFABLE MYSTERY OF YOUR COMING IN THE FLESH.
THEY BECAME THE WISE TEACHERS OF THE NATIONS,
ENLIGHTENING THE ENDS OF THE UNIVERSE
WITH THE RADIANCE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.//
BY THEIR PRAYERS, GRANT US GREAT MERCY.

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

THE POWERS OF HEAVEN MARVELLED GREATLY
AT THE VICTORY OF THE HOLY MARTYRS!
FOR CONTENDING IN THEIR MORTAL BODIES,
THEY INVISIBLY CONQUERED THE BODILESS ENEMY BY THE MIGHT OF THE CROSS!
NOW THEY INTERCEDE BEFORE THE LORD,//
THAT HE MAY HAVE MERCY ON OUR SOULS.

GNE... (Theotokion)

HASTEN TO BRING US HELP AND PROTECTION;
SHOW YOUR MERCY TO YOUR SERVANTS, HOLY VIRGIN.
CALM THE STORM OF OUR FOOLISH THOUGHTS.
MOTHER OF GOD, RAISE UP MY FALLEN SOUL!//
VIRGIN, I KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU DESIRE.

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the apostles)

DISCIPLES OF THE SAVIOR,
YOU WERE EYE-WITNESSES OF THE MYSTERY OF THE INVISIBLE ONE WITHOUT BEGINNING,
AND YOU SAID: IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD...!
YET YOU WERE NOT CREATED BEFORE THE ANGELS,
NOR DID YOU LEARN THESE THINGS FROM OTHERS,
BUT YOU HAD THE WISDOM FROM ABOVE.
THEREFORE, SINCE YOU HAVE BOLDNESS BEFORE THE LORD,//
PRAY TO HIM THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED.

LET US PRAISE THE APOSTLES OF THE LORD IN SONG,
FOR BEARING THE ARMOR OF THE CROSS
THEY OVERCAME THE DECEIT OF IDOLATRY,
AND WERE CROWNED WITH VICTORY!
BY THEIR PRAYERS AND THOSE OF ALL THE SAINTS,//
HAVE MERCY ON US, O GOD!

(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!

GNE... (Theotokion)

HEAR OUR VOICE, FORECHOSEN ONE,
AND GRANT THE REQUESTS OF OUR SOULS:
DELIVER US FROM PASSIONS AND SORROWS,
FOR AS THE MOTHER OF GOD, YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS,//
THROUGH THE APOSTLES

THURSDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the Cross)

LET ALL THE TREES OF THE FOREST REJOICE
AT THE SIGHT OF YOUR MOST PRECIOUS CROSS!
FOR IT FOUND FAVOR BY YOUR PASSION, MASTER,
AND IT SHINES FORTH GRACE AS WITH A FLAMING FIRE!
IT SHOWERS GIFTS AS WATER UPON ALL MANKIND;
IT ILLUMINES OUR SOULS AND THOUGHTS,
IT WASHES SICKNESS AWAY AND DRIVES OUT PASSIONS!
IT CHASES UNSEEN DEVILS AND OPENLY DEFEATS THE ENEMY,
IT GRANTS VICTORIES TO ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS OVER THEIR ADVERSARIES,//
AND BESTOWS UPON THE FAITHFUL BLESSING AND GREAT MERCY!

LET US VENERATE, AS THE PROPHETS SAID,
THE PLACE WHERE THE LORD'S FEET HAVE STOOD:
LET US GLORIFY CHRIST CRUCIFIED,
WHO CRUCIFIED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS,
DESTROYED THE CURSE OF THE TREE,
AND RECONCILED TO THE FATHER THOSE WHOSE THOUGHTS HAD CUT THEM OFF FROM HIM.
SALUTING THE NAILS IN HIS HANDS AND FEET,
THE REVILING AND THE MOCKERY,
WE HONOR THE LANCE,THE REED, THE SPONGE AND THE CROWN,//
AND ALL THAT HE ENDURED, THAT WE MIGHT BE SAVED!

LET US WHO DESIRE TO FOLLOW IN THE STEPS OF CHRIST,
CRUCIFY ALL OUR MEMBERS IN HIM WHO RULES THE WORLD.
LET US DIE TO THE WORLD AND TAKE UP HIS DIVINE CROSS ON OUR SHOULDERS
BY TURNING FROM THE PLAY OF OUR FLESH AND EVIL PASSIONS
WHICH DRAW THE SOUL TOWARDS SIN.
LET US REFLECT THAT WE STAND BEFORE HIM
AND BEHOLD HIM NAILED TO THE CROSS,
WHERE HE COMMENDED HIS SOUL WITH A LOUD CRY
INTO THE HANDS OF THE FATHER,//
THAT WE MIGHT BE WITH HIM IN ETERNITY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

IN YOUR DESIRE FOR OUR SALVATION,
YOU PAID THE GREATEST PRICE, LORD:
YOU SHED YOUR BLOOD FOR US!
YOUR MOTHER BEHELD YOU NAILED TO THE CROSS, AND CRIED:
MY SON, MY SPOTLESS LAMB!
SAVIOR, HOW CAN YOU GO DOWN BEFORE MY EYES,
THE NEVER-SETTING SUN WHO ENLIGHTENS ALL MANKIND,//
GRANTING THE WORLD GREAT MERCY!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the Cross)

ONCE IN THE DAYS OF MOSES THE PROPHET,
A FIGURE OF YOUR CROSS WAS MADE MANIFEST,
CONQUERING YOUR ENEMIES!
NOW THAT WE HAVE YOUR CROSS ITSELF, WE BESEECH YOUR HELP:
STRENGTHEN YOUR CHURCH, LOVER OF MANKIND,//
FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR GREAT MERCY!

THOUGH YOUR CROSS, O CHRIST, IS WOOD TO THE EYE,
YET IT IS ADORNED WITH DIVINE POWER,
AND MAKES ITSELF FELT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD,
SPIRITUALLY WORKING THE MIRACLE OF OUR SALVATION.
VENERATING IT, WE GLORIFY YOU,//
HAVE MERCY ON US, O SAVIOR!

(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)

WHEN SHE SAW HER SON, THE LAMB, LIFTED UPON THE CROSS,
YOUR MOTHER, THE BLESSED MAIDEN AND VIRGIN, CRIED:
WOE IS ME, MY SON!
HOW CAN YOU BE DYING,//
WHEN BY NATURE YOU ARE IMMORTAL GOD?


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