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Friday


FRIDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

SAVIOR, YOUR OWN PEOPLE NAILED YOU TO THE CROSS;
THROUGH THIS CROSS, LOVING LORD,
YOU HAVE CALLED THE GENTILES BACK TO YOU!
IN THE ABUNDANCE OF YOUR TENDER MERCIES,
YOU FREELY STRETCHED OUT YOUR HANDS ON IT
AND CONSENTED THAT THE LANCE SHOULD PIERCE YOUR SIDE.//
LONGSUFFERING LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

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

LOOKING NOW UPON YOUR MOST PURE CROSS
THAT IS THE LIGHT OF OUR SOULS, O CHRIST,
AND VENERATING IT WITH JOY, WE CRY ALOUD TO YOU:
GLORY TO YOU WHOSE WILL IT WAS TO BE EXALTED ON IT!
GLORY TO YOU, FOR THROUGH THE CROSS YOU HAVE GRANTED LIGHT TO ALL CREATION!
REJOICING IN THE CROSS//
WE GLORIFY YOU WITH NEVER-ENDING HYMNS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN YOUR ALL-PURE MOTHER SAW YOU, WORD OF GOD,
RAISED UPON THE CROSS,
SHE CRIED WITH A MOTHER'S GRIEF:
WHAT IS THIS NEW AND STRANGE WONDER, MY SON?
HOW CAN YOU SUFFER DEATH, LIFE OF ALL?
IT IS BECAUSE IN YOUR COMPASSION//
YOU WILL TO BRING THE DEAD TO LIFE!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

IN YOUR BOUNDLESS MERCY, GOOD LORD,
YOU HAVE ENDURED THE CROSS AND DEATH AND UNJUST JUDGMENT FOR US,
TO SET US FREE FROM CONDEMNATION AND THE ANCESTRAL CURSE,
FOR WE WERE TRICKED INTO CORRUPTION.//
THEREFORE WE VENERATE YOUR CRUCIFIXION, O WORD!

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

THE SOLEMN FEAST OF THOSE WHO SUFFERED MARTYRDOM
HAS MADE THE CHURCH INTO AN EARTHLY HEAVEN
AND THE ANGELS REJOICE WITH MANKIND!
AT YOUR MARTYRS' INTERCESSIONS,//
CHRIST OUR GOD, SAVE OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

AS YOUR BLAMELESS MOTHER SAW YOU, WORD OF GOD,
RAISED UPON THE CROSS,
SHE WEPT AS A MOTHER AND CRIED ALOUD:
WHAT IS THIS STRANGE AND TERRIBLE WONDER, MY SON?
HOW HAVE YOU, THE LIFE OF ALL,
BECOME A COMPANION OF DEATH//
IN YOUR COMPASSIONATE DESIRE TO GIVE LIFE TO THE DEAD?

APOSTIKHA

(Of the Cross)

MAY YOUR CROSS BE A WALL FOR US,
JESUS OUR SAVIOR!
FOR WE FAITHFUL HAVE NO OTHER HOPE THAN YOU, LORD,
WHO WERE NAILED TO THIS CROSS IN THE FLESH//
AND GRANTED US GREAT MERCY!

AS A SIGN FOR THOSE WHO FEAR YOU, LORD,
YOU HAVE GIVEN YOUR PRECIOUS CROSS,
ON WHICH YOU TRIUMPHED OVER THE PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS OF DARKNESS
AND LED US TO THE ORIGINAL BLESSEDNESS!
SO WE GLORIFY YOUR PROVIDENTIAL PLAN, FILLED WITH LOVE FOR MANKIND,//
ALMIGHTY JESUS, THE SAVIOR OF OUR SOULS!

(to the martyrs)

WHO WILL NOT WONDER AT YOUR STRUGGLE, HOLY MARTYRS?
HOW IN THE FLESH YOU DEFEATED THE BODILESS ENEMY!
YOU CONFESSED CHRIST, BEING ARMED WITH THE CROSS,
TRULY DRIVING THE DEMONS AWAY,
DEFEATING THE EVIL ONE!//
PRAY UNCEASINGLY THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN THE VIRGIN, YOUR MOTHER,
SAW YOU HANGING ON THE CROSS, LORD,
SHE WAS FILLED WITH FEAR AND AMAZEMENT
AND LOOKING ON, SHE SAID: DEAREST SON,
HOW IS IT YOU WERE HUNG UPON THE WOOD OF THE CROSS, LONGSUFFERING ONE?
HOW IS IT, WORD, THAT YOUR HANDS AND FEET
HAVE BEEN NAILED BY TRANSGRESSORS,//
AND THAT YOUR BLOOD HAS BEEN SPILLED, O MASTER?

FRIDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the martyrs)

O MARTYRS OF THE LORD:
LIVING SACRIFICES AND REASONABLE OFFERINGS;
PERFECT INCENSE BURNT TO GOD;
SHEEP THAT KNOW GOD AND ARE KNOWN BY HIM,
INTO WHOSE FOLD THE WOLVES CANNOT BREAK!//
PRAY THAT WE MAY BE LED WITH YOU TO REST BESIDE THE STILL WATERS!

LORD, PRECIOUS IS THE DEATH OF YOUR SAINTS:
THOSE WHO WITH HUMBLE HEARTS POURED OUT THEIR BLOOD BY SWORD AND FLAME,
PUTTING THEIR HOPE IN YOU,
THAT THEIR WORK MIGHT RECEIVE ITS REWARD.//
AND IN PATIENCE THEY INDEED RECEIVED GREAT MERCY FROM YOU, O SAVIOR.

SINCE YOU HAVE BOLDNESS BEFORE THE SAVIOR, O SAINTS,
PRAY UNCEASINGLY FOR US SINNERS,
ENTREATING REMISSION FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS,//
AND GREAT MERCY FOR OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE PROPHET DAVID WAS A FATHER OF THE LORD
THROUGH YOU, O VIRGIN!
HE FORETOLD IN SONGS THE ONE WHO WORKED WONDERS IN YOU:
AT YOUR RIGHT HAND STOOD THE QUEEN,
YOUR MOTHER, THE MEDIATRIX OF LIFE,
SINCE GOD WAS FREELY BORN OF HER WITHOUT A FATHER!
HE WANTED TO RENEW HIS FALLEN IMAGE, MADE CORRUPT IN PASSION,
SO HE TOOK THE LOST SHEEP UPON HIS SHOULDER
AND BROUGHT IT TO HIS FATHER,
JOINING IT TO THE HEAVENLY POWERS.//
CHRIST WHO HAS GREAT AND RICH MERCY HAS SAVED THE WORLD, THEOTOKOS!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the martyrs):

YOU ARE GLORIFIED IN THE MEMORY OF YOUR SAINTS!
MAY THEY ENTREAT YOU, CHRIST GOD//
TO SEND US GREAT MERCY!

AS YOU ACCEPTED THE PATIENCE OF THE HOLY MARTYRS,
ACCEPT OUR SONG, LOVER OF MANKIND,//
GRANTING US BY THEIR SUPPLICATIONS GREAT MERCY.

(For the departed):

SAVIOR, GIVE REST WITH THE SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS,
TO THE SOULS OF YOUR DEPARTED SERVANTS,
PRESERVING THEM IN THE LIFE OF BLESSEDNESS//
WHICH IS WITH YOU, O LOVER OF MANKIND.

GNE... (Theotokion)

CANDLE WHOSE LIGHT IS NEVER QUENCHED,
THRONE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,//
MOST PURE LADY, PRAY THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!


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