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Wednesday


WEDNESDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

FAITHFUL, LET US GLORIFY AND SING THE PRAISES
OF OUR SAVIOR AND REDEEMER!
HE ACCEPTED CRUCIFIXION WITH HIS OWN FOREKNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT!
HE HAS NAILED THE SINS OF MORTALS UPON HIS CROSS,//
DELIVERING US FROM ERROR AND GRANTING US THE KINGDOM!

Verse: Extol the Lord our God; worship at His footstool for it is holy!

SAVIOR, BY YOUR OWN FREE CHOICE,
YOU ENDURED THE CROSS AND SET US FREE FROM CORRUPTION!
WE FAITHFUL SING YOUR PRAISES AND WORSHIP YOU,
FOR YOU HAVE GIVEN US LIGHT BY THE MIGHT OF THE CROSS!
COMPASSIONATE CHRIST, THE LOVER OF MANKIND,//
WE GLORIFY YOU AS LORD AND GIVER OF LIFE!

GNE... (Theotokion)

STANDING BESIDE THE CROSS OF THE LORD,
THE THEOTOKOS CRIED ALOUD LAMENTING:
WOE IS ME, MY SON!
WOE IS ME, THE LIGHT OF MY EYES!
HOW ARE YOU STRETCHED UPON A CROSS,
WHO IN YOUR DIVINE POWER STRETCHED OUT THE HEAVENS AS A CURTAIN,//
AND AT YOUR COMMAND CALLED UP THE FOUNTAINS OF WATER FROM THE SEA?

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

THE SAYINGS OF THE PROPHETS ARE FULFILLED,
FOR BEHOLD, YOUR ANCIENT PLAN HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT:
YOU, THE KING OF ALL HAVE WILLINGLY BECOME POOR AND TAKEN FLESH
AND FOR US, YOU WENT UP ON THE CROSS AND SUFFERED DEATH.
THUS, O WORD, WE GLORIFY YOUR CONDESCENSION//
WHICH SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING!

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

YOU HAVE MADE YOUR VICTORIOUS MARTYRS
MIGHTY DEFENDERS OF THE WORLD, LORD AND SAVIOR,
PUTTING THE PASSIONS TO FLIGHT!//
AT THEIR INTERCESSIONS, SAVE OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN I SEE YOUR EYES CLOSE, MY BELOVED SON,
THEN MY LIGHT IS EXTINGUISED,
FOR I CAN NO LONGER ENDURE THE SIGHT OF THE SUN.
I WOULD WISH YOU TO TAKE AWAY MY VISION, WORD!
HIDE YOURSELF, LIGHT OF THE SUN!
HE WHOSE WORD CAUSED YOUR LIGHT TO SHINE//
HAS CLOSED HIS EYES ON THE CROSS!

APOSTIKHA

(Of 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!

YOUR CROSS, O CHRIST, VOIDED THE POWER OF HELL,
BUT IT SAVED THE HUMAN RACE!
REDEEMING THE WORLD FROM CORRUPTION,
IT OPENED PARADISE TO THE THIEF!
FALLING DOWN IN WORSHIP BEFORE IT WE GLORIFY YOU://
SAVIOR, HAVE MERCY ON US!

YOUR VICTORY-BEARERS, LORD, IMITATED THE RANKS OF ANGELS,
FOR THEY HELD UP UNDER TORTURES AS THOUGH THEY WERE BODILESS,
HAVING ONLY ONE THOUGHT: THE HOPE OF ENJOYING THE PROMISED BLESSINGS!
BY THEIR INTERCESSIONS, CHRIST OUR GOD,//
GRANT PEACE TO THE WORLD, AND TO OUR SOULS, GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN THE EWE-LAMB AND VIRGIN SAW YOU GOING LIKE A LAMB TO SLAUGHTER, O WORD,
SHE CRIED: WHAT A NEW AND STRANGE WONDER!
HOW CAN TRANSGRESSORS BE KILLING THE ONE WHO GIVES LIFE TO MANKIND?//
GREAT IS YOUR MERCY, MY SON!

WEDNESDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the apostles)

YOU WENT OUT OVER ALL THE EARTH,
SOWING THE SEED OF DIVINE TEACHING, DISCIPLES OF THE LORD!
YOU TOOK WITH YOU THE WORD ALONE,
AS YOUR ONLY LIGHT AND YOUR ONLY RICHES.
WITH IT YOU CONFOUNDED KINGS AND TYRANTS,
TRAPPING ORATORS AND PHILOSOPHERS IN THE WEB WOVEN BY THEIR JEALOUS FURY.
YOU CALLED ALL MANKIND TO KNOWLEDGE OF THE CREATOR,
TEARING THEM FROM THE VAIN SERVICE OF IDOLS.
THEREFORE, BY YOUR PRAYERS, I ENTREAT YOU//
TO DELIVER ME FROM UNREASONING PASSIONS.

BY YOUR PRAYERS TO GOD, MOST BLESSED APOSTLES,
MAY HE DELIVER US ALL FROM THE STORM OF TEMPTATIONS,
THE FEARFUL QUARRELS OF INFAMOUS HERESIES,
THE EVIL COUNSELS OF THE DEVIL,
THE BITTER COMPANY OF EVIL PEOPLE,
THE STORMS WHICH COME IN THIS LIFE,
THE FIRE THAT GIVES NO LIGHT AND THE UNDYING WORM,
THE GNASHING OF TEETH AND EVERY FORM OF TORTURE,
THAT THROUGH ABSTINENCE AND LABOR WE MAY RECEIVE THE REWARD OF VIRTUE,//
INHERITANCE IN THE KINGDOM AND GREAT MERCY!

RECEIVING PLAINLY AS FAR AS THE NATURE OF MANKIND IS ABLE
THE WHOLE LIGHT OF GOD,
THE SECOND PERSON OF THE TRINITY'S INEFFABLE DISPENSATION,
THE TWELVE APOSTLES SHOWED THEMSELVES WITH COMMON ZEAL
TO BE FORMING A PERFECT ASSEMBLY,
TOGETHER WITH THE TWO AND SEVENTY.
THEY ENLIGHTENED THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
DARKENED BY THE POLLUTION OF ERROR,//
AND THEY PRAY TO GOD TO GRANT THE WORLD GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

REJOICE, SEAL OF ALL PROPHECY;
REJOICE, PREACHING OF THE APOSTLES!
REJOICE, VIRGIN, FOR GOD INEFFABLY TOOK FLESH OF YOU,
AND WE HAVE RECEIVED OUR FIRST NOBILITY!
ONCE AGAIN WE TASTE OF THE FRUIT OF PARADISE!
THEREFORE, WE HONOR YOU WITH SONGS,
FOR YOU ARE OUR INTERCESSOR BEFORE GOD,//
WHO GRANTS THE WORLD GREAT MERCY!

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 MANKIND,
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)

YOUR SOULS FILLED WITH UNQUENCHABLE LOVE,
YOU ENDURED THE MOST TERRIBLE SUFFERINGS WITHOUT DENYING CHRIST,
AND CAST DOWN THE TYRANT'S PRIDE.
YOU WHO KEPT THE FAITH UNCHANGED AND UNHARMED
HAVE GONE TO DWELL IN HEAVEN.
SINCE YOU HAVE BOLDNESS BEFORE THE LORD,//
PRAY THAT HE MAY GRANT US GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WE CALL YOU BLESSED, VIRGIN THEOTOKOS,
AND RIGHTFULLY GLORIFY YOU:
THE UNSHAKEABLE WALL, THE INVINCIBLE CITY,//
THE FIRM PROTECTION AND REFUGE OF OUR SOULS!


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