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Tuesday


TUESDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of repentance)

AS I LIE ON THE BED OF MY MANY SINS,
I AM DESPOILED OF MY HOPE OF SALVATION,
FOR THE SLEEP OF LAZINESS WILL BRING PUNISHMENT UPON MY SOUL.
BUT SPARE ME, CHRIST MY GOD,//
FOR YOU ALONE ARE THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

Verse: Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger!

LET US ALL KEEP WATCH, GOING OUT TO MEET THE BRIDEGROOM CHRIST!
LET US MAKE OUR LAMPS BURN BRIGHTLY WITH OUR MANY ACTS OF COMPASSION!
THEN WE WILL BE COUNTED WORTHY TO ENTER THE BRIDAL CHAMBER.
FOR ONCE WE HAVE BEEN SHUT OUTSIDE THE DOOR,//
WE WILL CRY TO GOD TO NO AVAIL: HAVE MERCY ON ME!

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE WONDERFUL MYSTERY OF THE VIRGIN
WAS THE SALVATION REVEALED TO THE WORLD,
FOR YOU, LORD, WERE BORN OF HER WITHOUT HUMAN SEED.
YOU APPEARED IN THE FLESH WITHOUT CORRUPTION, THE JOY OF ALL!//
O LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the Forerunner)

ELIZABETH WAS DELIVERED FROM HER BARRENESS
AND THE VIRGIN PRESERVED HER VIRGINITY
WHEN THEY CONCEIVED IN THEIR WOMBS AT THE VOICE OF GABRIEL.
JOHN THE FORERUNNER LEAPED WITH JOY WITHIN HIS MOTHER
WHEN HE RECOGNIZED IN THE VIRGIN'S WOMB//
HIS MASTER AND HIS GOD INCARNATE FOR OUR SALVATION.

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

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!

GNE... (Theotokion)

ALL-HOLY MOTHER OF GOD,
PROTECTRESS OF CHRISTIANS,
SAVE YOUR PEOPLE WHO CALL UPON YOU WITH CONFIDENCE AND FERVOR.
DRIVE AWAY THE BASENESS OF OUR WANDERING THOUGHTS
THAT WE MAY CRY OUT TO YOU://
REJOICE, EVER VIRGIN MOTHER!

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!

THEY STRUGGLED ON EARTH AND PERSEVERED IN THE HEIGHTS:
THEY WERE HANDED OVER TO FIRE AND THE WATER RECEIVED THEM!
IT IS SAID OF THEM: WE WENT THROUGH FIRE AND THROUGH WATER,
AND YOU HAVE BROUGHT US FORTH TO A PLACE OF REST!//
BY THEIR INTERCESSIONS, O GOD, HAVE MERCY ON US!

GNE... (Theotokion)

HOLY LADY, VIRGIN THEOTOKOS,
HOPE OF THE HOPELESS, LIFE OF THOSE WHO DESPAIR,
THE HELP OF THOSE WHO COME TO YOU://
SEND DOWN YOUR HELP FOR US!

TUESDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the Cross)

WHEN YOU WERE LIFTED AS A LAMB UPON THE CROSS,
YOU OVERTHREW THE ARROGANCE OF THE DECEIVER.
SLAUGHTERED, YOU SANCTIFIED THE WHOLE EARTH WITH YOUR BLOOD.
PIERCED WITH THE LANCE, YOU COMMANDED THE FLAMING SWORD TO TURN BACK FROM ME,
AND THE GATE OF PARADISE TO LET ME IN:
YOU TOLD ME TO DELIGHT WITHOUT FEAR IN THE TREE OF LIFE!
THUS SAVED BY YOUR PASSION, I CRY IN JOY:
GLORY TO YOUR DIVINE CROSS
THROUGH WHICH WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FROM THE ANCIENT CURSE,//
RECEIVED THE BLESSING OF THE TREE, AND GREAT MERCY!

IN YOUR DESIRE TO END THE SUFFERING AND SHAME OF MANKIND,
YOU ENDURED A SHAMEFUL CRUCIFIXION, LORD.
YOU, IN WHOM THERE IS NO GUILE,
TASTED OF GALL, MY SAVIOR.
YOU WERE WOUNDED IN THE SIDE WITH A LANCE,
HEALING OUR WOUNDS, GOOD MASTER.
THEREFORE WE SING OF YOUR GLORIOUS DESIRE;
WE VENERATE THE LANCE, THE SPONGE, AND THE REED,//
BY WHICH YOU HAVE GRANTED THE WORLD PEACE AND GREAT MERCY!

HOW HAS THE LAWLESS MULTITUDE OF JEWS
MERCILESSLY CONDEMNED YOU TO BE NAILED TO THE CROSS, COMPASSIONATE LORD?
YOUR MOTHER WEPT WHEN SHE BEHELD YOU,
THE CHILD SHE ONCE BORE WITHOUT PAIN
NOW LIFTED UPON THE CROSS:
WHAT HAS THIS LAWLESS ASSEMBLY DONE TO YOU, MY CHILD,
MY HEART'S DESIRE, MY WELL-BELOVED SON?
MAKE HASTE TO SAVE THOSE WHO GLORIFY IN FAITH YOUR CRUCIFIXION,//
AND WHO MAGNIFY ME, ONLY GOOD ONE.

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!
HOW CAN YOU GO DOWN BEFORE MY EYES, O SAVIOR,
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)

INTERCEDE FOR US, HOLY MARTYRS,
THAT WE MAY BE DELIVERED FROM OUR SINS,//
FOR THE GRACE TO PRAY FOR US IS GIVEN TO YOU.

GNE... (Theotokion)

MY MAKER AND GOD WAS CLOTHED IN ME,
ASSUMING MY ENTIRE FORM
IN HIS DESIRE TO RENEW IT AS IT WAS IN ADAM BEFORE THE FALL.
BY HIS OWN WILL, HE WAS LIFTED UP WITHOUT GUILT UPON THE CROSS,
AND HIS HANDS OF HIS OWN ACCORD WERE NAILED,
HEALING THE HANDS WHICH OF OLD WERE WEAKENED BY TAKING THE FRUIT.
AS SHE BEHELD HIM, HIS MOST PURE MOTHER CRIED:
WHAT INEFFABLE PATIENCE IS YOURS, MY SON!
I CANNOT BEAR TO BEHOLD YOU LIFTED UPON THE CROSS,//
FOR YOU HOLD THE EARTH IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND!


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