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Saturday


SATURDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the martyrs)

YOUR HOLY MARTYRS, O LORD,
THROUGH THEIR SUFFERINGS HAVE RECEIVED THEIR INCORRUPTIBLE CROWNS FROM YOU, OUR GOD!
FOR HAVING YOUR STRENGTH THEY LAID LOW THEIR ADVERSARIES
AND SHATTERED THE POWERLESS BOLDNESS OF DEMONS!//
THROUGH THEIR INTERCESSIONS, SAVE OUR SOULS!

Verse: God is wonderful in His saints; the God of Israel!

AS WITH FINE PORPHYRY AND ROYAL PURPLE,
YOUR CHURCH HAS BEEN ADORNED WITH YOUR MARTYRS' BLOOD SHED THROUGHOUT ALL THE WORLD!
SHE CRIES TO YOU, CHRIST GOD:
SEND DOWN YOUR BOUNTIES ON YOUR PEOPLE,//
GRANT PEACE TO YOUR HABITATION AND GREAT MERCY TO OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE MYSTERY HIDDEN FROM ETERNITY
AND UNKNOWN TO THE ANGELS
IS MANIFEST TO THOSE ON EARTH THROUGH YOU, THEOTOKOS:
GOD BEING INCARNATE OF YOU BY UNION WITHOUT CONFUSION
AND OF HIS OWN WILL FREELY ENDURING THE CROSS FOR US
AND RAISING THE FIRST-FORMED MAN.//
HAS SAVED OUR SOULS FROM DEATH!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (for the departed)

IN YOUR COMPASSION AND ALMIGHTY POWER, CHRIST OUR GOD,
GIVE REST FROM THIS TEMPORARY LIFE TO THE SOULS YOU HAVE TAKEN TO YOURSELF.
IN PITY FORGIVE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE;
HAVE MERCY ON THE WORK OF YOUR HANDS, MERCIFUL LORD//
THROUGH THE PRAYERS OF THE THEOTOKOS, ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

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

THOSE WHO LIVED IN FAITH HAVE PASSED THROUGH THIS TEMPORAL LIFE
AND GONE TO YOU, THE COMPASSIONATE LORD.
SET THEM IN A PLACE ON HIGH;
PUT THEM AT YOUR RIGHT HAND ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT,//
PASSING OVER THE WRONG THEY HAVE DONE.

GNE... (Theotokion)

PURE VIRGIN BRIDE OF GOD,
YOU HAVE BEEN REVEALED AS THE MERCY SEAT OF THE FAITHFUL;
THEIR COMMON REFUGE AND ARDENT MEDIATOR.
THEREFORE, BECOME NOW AN INTERCESSOR FOR THOSE WHO DEPART TO GOD IN FAITH.//
BE A GATEWAY OF SALVATION FOR THEM, LEADING TO THE WIDE SPACES OF PARADISE!

APOSTIKHA

(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!

(for the departed)

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

THE MYSTERY OF DEATH IS TERRIBLE INDEED!
HOW IS THE SOUL FORCIBLY PARTED FROM THE BODY?
HOW IS THE HARMONY AND UNION BROKEN;
THE BOND OF NATURE SEVERED BY THE WILL OF GOD?
THEREFORE WE PRAY TO YOU:
GIVE REST TO THE DEPARTED IN THE DWELLINGS OF YOUR SAINTS,//
GIVER OF LIFE AND LOVER OF MANKIND!

Verse: Their memorial is from generation to generation!

DEATH BECAME ONLY A SLEEP FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN YOU
WHEN YOU, THE MASTER OF ALL, WERE LAID IN THE TOMB,
DESTROYING THE POWER OF DEATH AND OVERTHROWING ITS LONG DOMINION!
THEREFORE WE PRAY TO YOU:
GIVE REST TO THE DEPARTED IN THE DWELLINGS OF YOUR SAINTS,//
GIVER OF LIFE AND LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

ACCEPTING, ALL-PURE VIRGIN, THE WORDS OF THOSE INSPIRED BY GOD,
WE BELIEVE YOU TO BE THE THEOTOKOS!
FOR IN WAYS PAST UNDERSTANDING YOU GAVE BIRTH TO GOD MADE FLESH
WHO DELIVERED US FROM THE BONDAGE OF SIN.
PRAY NOW TO HIM THAT HE MAY SHINE ON YOUR DEPARTED SERVANTS//
WITH THE RADIANCE OF HIS LIGHT!

SATURDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

WE GLORIFY YOUR RESURRECTION ON THE THIRD DAY, CHRIST GOD
BY ALWAYS HONORING YOUR LIFE-CREATING CROSS;
BY IT YOU HAVE RENEWED THE CORRUPTED NATURE OF MANKIND ALMIGHTY ONE!
BY IT YOU HAVE RENEWED OUR ENTRANCE TO HEAVEN//
FOR YOU ARE GOOD AND THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

YOU LOOSED THE TREE'S VERDICT OF DISOBEDIENCE, SAVIOR,
BY BEING VOLUNTARILY NAILED TO THE TREE OF THE CROSS!
BY DESCENDING TO HELL, ALMIGHTY GOD,
YOU BROKE THE BONDS OF DEATH!
THEREFORE, WE ADORE YOUR RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD, SINGING IN JOY://
GLORY TO YOU, ALL POWERFUL LORD!

YOU SMASHED THE GATES OF HELL, LORD,
AND BY YOUR DEATH YOU DEMOLISHED THE KINGDOM OF DEATH!
YOU DELIVERED THE HUMAN RACE FROM CORRUPTION,//
GRANTING TO THE WORLD LIFE, INCORRUPTION AND GREAT MERCY.

(The Anatolian stikhera):

COME, PEOPLE!
LET US SING OF THE SAVIOR'S RESURRECTION ON THE THIRD DAY!
BY IT, WE HAVE BEEN FREED FROM THE UNBREAKABLE BONDS OF HELL.
BY IT, WE HAVE RECEIVED LIFE AND INCORRUPTION.
SAVE US BY YOUR RESURRECTION //
LIFE-CREATING AND ALMIGHTY SAVIOR: GLORY TO YOU!

ANGELS AND MORTALS SING OF YOUR RESURRECTION ON THE THIRD DAY, SAVIOR!
BY IT, THE ENDS OF THE EARTH HAVE BEEN ILLUMINED.
BY IT WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FROM BONDAGE TO THE ENEMY.
SAVE US BY YOUR RESURRECTION.//
LIFE-CREATING AND ALMIGHTY SAVIOR: GLORY TO YOU!

YOU HAVE SHATTERED THE GATES OF BRASS
AND DESTROYED THE CHAINS OF DEATH, CHRIST GOD.
YOU HAVE RAISED THE FALLEN HUMAN RACE.//
LORD RISEN FROM THE DEAD: GLORY TO YOU!

LORD, YOUR BEGETTING FROM THE FATHER IS TIMELESS AND EVERLASTING.
YOUR INCARNATION FROM THE VIRGIN IS BEYOND WORDS AND UNDERSTANDING.
YOUR DESCENT INTO HELL IS TERRIBLE FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS.
YOU HAVE TRAMPLED ON DEATH, RISING ON THE THIRD DAY,//
AND GRANTING MANKIND INCORRUPTION AND GREAT MERCY.

(3 stikhera from the menaion)

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

BY ASCENDING THE CROSS, LORD,
YOU HAVE ANNULLED OUR ANCESTRAL CURSE!
BY DESCENDING TO HELL, YOU HAVE FREED THE ETERNAL PRISONERS,
GRANTING INCORRUPTION TO THE HUMAN RACE!//
THEREFORE IN SONGS WE GLORIFY YOUR LIFE-CREATING AND SAVING RESURRECTION!

VERSE: The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty!

BY HANGING UPON THE TREE, ONLY POWERFUL LORD,
YOU SHOOK ALL OF CREATION!
BY BEING LAID IN THE TOMB YOU HAVE RAISED THOSE WHO DWELT IN THE TOMBS
GRANTING LIFE AND INCORRUPTION TO THE HUMAN RACE!//
THEREFORE IN SONGS WE GLORIFY YOUR RISING ON THE THIRD DAY!

VERSE: For He has established the world, so that it shall never be moved!

THE LAWLESS PEOPLE, CHRIST,
HANDED YOU OVER TO PILATE, CONDEMNED TO BE CRUCIFIED
THUS PROVING THEMSELVES UNGRATEFUL BEFORE THEIR BENEFACTOR!
BUT VOLUNTARILY YOU ENDURED BURIAL,
RISING BY YOUR OWN POWER ON THE THIRD DAY AS GOD,//
GRANTING US LIFE EVERLASTING AND GREAT MERCY.

VERSE: Holiness befits Your house, Lord, forevermore!

WITH TEARS THE WOMEN REACHED YOUR TOMB,
SEARCHING FOR YOU, BUT NOT FINDING YOU.
THEY WEPT WITH WAILING AND LAMENTED:
WOE TO US! OUR SAVIOR, KING OF ALL,
HOW WERE YOU STOLEN?
WHAT PLACE CAN HOLD YOUR LIFE-BEARING BODY?
AN ANGEL REPLIED TO THEM:
DO NOT WEEP BUT GO AND PROCLAIM THAT THE LORD IS RISEN,//
GRANTING US JOY AS THE ONLY COMPASSIONATE ONE!

GNE... (Theotokion)

LOOK ON THE ENTREATIES OF YOUR SERVANTS, BLAMELESS ONE!
STOP ALL THE TERRIBLE ATTACKS AGAINST US,
FREEING US FROM EVERY AFFLICTION,
FOR WE HAVE ONLY YOU AS OUR SURE AND FIRM ANCHOR!
LADY, DO NOT LET US BE PUT TO SHAME,
FOR WE CALL ON YOU FOR OUR INTERCESSION!
HASTEN TO PRAY FOR THOSE WHO CALL IN FAITH:
REJOICE, LADY, HELP OF ALL,//
THE JOY AND SHELTER AND SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

TROPARION

WHEN THE WOMEN DISCIPLES OF THE LORD LEARNED FROM THE ANGEL
THE JOYOUS MESSAGE OF YOUR RESURRECTION;
THEY CAST AWAY THE ANCESTRAL CURSE
AND ELATEDLY TOLD THE APOSTLES:
DEATH IS OVER THROWN!
CHRIST OUR GOD IS RISEN,//
GRANTING THE WORLD GREAT MERCY.

KONTAKION

MY SAVIOR AND REDEEMER AS GOD
ROSE FROM THE TOMB AND DELIVERED THE EARTH-BORN FROM THEIR CHAINS.
HE HAS SHATTERED THE GATES OF HELL,
AND AS MASTER,//
HE HAS RISEN ON THE THIRD DAY!

THEOTOKION

THE MYSTERY HIDDEN FROM ETERNITY
AND UNKNOWN TO THE ANGELS,
IS MANIFESTED TO THOSE ON EARTH THROUGH YOU, THEOTOKOS!
GOD BEING INCARNATE OF YOU BY UNION WITHOUT CONFUSION
AND OF HIS OWN WILL FREELY ENDURING THE CROSS FOR US
AND RAISING THE FIRST-FORMED MAN,//
HAS SAVED OUR SOULS FROM DEATH!

GNE... (Theotokion) TONE 4

WHO WILL NOT CALL YOU BLESSED, ALL-HOLY VIRGIN?
WHO WILL NOT HYMN YOUR MOST PURE CHILDBEARING?
THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON WHO SHONE TIMELESSLY FROM THE FATHER
INEFFABLY CAME FORTH INCARNATE FROM YOU, PURE ONE!
GOD BY NATURE, HE BECAME MAN FOR OUR SAKE,
NOT DIVIDED INTO TWO PERSONS
BUT KNOWN IN TWO NATURES WITHOUT CONFUSION!
BESEECH HIM, PURE AND MOST BLESSED LADY,//
THAT HE MAY HAVE MERCY ON OUR SOULS!


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