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Sunday


SUNDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN

THE MYRRHBEARING WOMEN LOOKED AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE TOMB,
AND UNABLE TO BEAR THE SIGHT OF THE FLAMING ANGEL,
THEY TREMBLED WITH WONDER AND SAID:
CAN IT BE THAT HE WHO OPENED PARADISE TO THE THIEF HAS BEEN STOLEN AWAY?
OR IS HE RISEN, WHO BEFORE HIS PASSION PROCLAIMED HIS RESURRECTION?
YES, CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED,//
GRANTING LIFE AND RESURRECTION TO THOSE IN HELL!

Verse: Arise, Lord my God, lift up Your hand; do not forget Your poor forever!

SAVIOR, YOU FREELY SUFFERED THE CROSS;
A MORTAL MAN LAID YOU IN A NEW TOMB
THOUGH YOU ARE THE ONE WHO FOUNDED THE ENDS OF THE EARTH WITH YOUR WORD!
THE ALIEN WAS HELD IN BONDAGE
AND DEATH DESPOILED WITHOUT MERCY.
ALL THOSE IN HELL CRIED OUT AT YOUR LIFE-BEARING RESURRECTION://
CHRIST, THE GIVER OF LIFE, IS RISEN AND SHALL REMAIN FOREVER!

... (Theotokion)

YOUR SEEDLESS CONCEIVING PAST NATURE, THEOTOKOS,
STRUCK JOSEPH WITH WONDER!
IT BROUGHT TO MIND THE FLEECE WET WITH DEW,
THE BUSH THAT BURNED YET WAS NOT CONSUMED
AND THE ROD OF AARON THAT BUDDED!
IN WITNESS TO THESE THINGS, YOUR SPOUSE AND GUARDIAN CRIED TO THE PRIESTS://
A VIRGIN BEARS A CHILD AND AFTER CHILDBEARING REMAINS A VIRGIN!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN

YOU RAISED UP THE WORLD IN YOURSELF BY YOUR RESURRECTION, CHRIST OUR GOD,
RISEN FROM THE DEAD AS IMMORTAL, SAVIOR!
YOU HAVE BROKEN TO PIECES THE DOMINION OF DEATH,
REVEALING THE RESURRECTION TO ALL, MERCIFUL ONE!//
THEREFORE WE GLORIFY YOU, THE ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

VERSE: I will praise You, Lord, with my whole heart;
I will speak of all Your marvellous works!

GABRIEL CAME DOWN FROM ON HIGH
AND APPROACHED THE STONE WHERE THE ROCK OF LIFE LAY!
CLOTHED IN WHITE APPAREL HE CRIED OUT TO THE MOURNERS:
STOP YOUR TEARS AND WAILING!
YOU HAVE MERCY WITH YOU FOR EVER!
BE BOLD, FOR HIM WHOM YOU SEEK IN TEARS IS TRULY AWAKE!//
CRY OUT TO THE APOSTLES THAT THE LORD IS RISEN!

GNE... (Theotokion)

ALL THE CHOIRS OF ANGELS WERE STRUCK WITH WONDER
AT THE MYSTERY OF YOUR FEARFUL CONCEIVING, PURE VIRGIN!
HOW WAS IT THAT HE WHOSE HAND HOLDS ALL THINGS FAST,
WAS HELD IN YOUR ARMS AS A MORTAL MAN?
THAT HE, THE ONE WHO WAS BEFORE THE AGES TOOK BIRTH FROM YOU?
THAT HE WHO FEEDS ALL THAT HAS BREATH WAS FED ON MILK?//
AS THEY PRAISED HIM, THEY GLORIFIED YOU AS THE TRUE THEOTOKOS!

THE CANON

CANTICLE ONE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: IN ANCIENT TIMES ISRAEL WALKED DRY-SHOD ACROSS THE RED SEA,
AND MOSES, LIFTING HIS HAND IN THE FORM OF THE CROSS,
PUT THE POWER OF AMALEK TO FLIGHT IN THE DESERT!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You were lifted up on the immaculate wood of the Cross,
lifting us up from our fall,
healing, by the wood, our complete destruction,
good and all-powerful Lord.

In the tomb with the body, and in hell with the soul,
in paradise with the thief and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit,
were You, boundless Christ, filling all things!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

By the will of the Father,
you conceived the Son of God without seed from the divine Spirit.
You bore in the flesh the One begotten by God without a mother,
Who for our sakes came forth from you without a father.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: AS YOU WERE BORN OF A VIRGIN,
DROWN, I PRAY YOU, THE MIGHTY TYRANT OF MY SOUL
IN THE DEPTHS OF FREEDOM FROM PASSIONS,
SO THAT I MAY SING TO YOU, AS ON THE TIMBREL,
A SONG OF TRIUMPH WHILE BEHOLDING THE DEATH OF THE FLESH.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

You have cured the affliction of mankind, Lord,
and renewed it by Your divine blood.
In power, You broke in pieces the might
that in ancient times broke the work of Your hands.

The Resurrection of the dead
has come to pass through death:
for when death battled with the incarnate God and Life eternal,
its power was taken away by the Lord of all.

(Theotokion)

Your holy and living dwelling place
was more beautiful than the heights of the heavenly powers:
the Virgin, the holy Mountain,
who carried You, our God, in her womb.

CANTICLE THREE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: YOUR CHURCH CELEBRATES IN YOU, O CHRIST, AND CRIES ALOUD:
YOU ARE MY STRENGTH, O LORD,
MY REFUGE AND MY STRONGHOLD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The Tree of life, the true and spiritual Vine,
has hung upon the Cross,
pouring forth the drink of life to all.

As the fearful and mighty One,
trampling the pride of hell,
You are risen in the flesh as immortal God.

(Theotokion)

As the Theotokos,
you alone among those born an earth
are the means to procure the things beyond nature.
Therefore we bring you the greeting: Rejoice!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: YOU FREELY CAME DOWN FROM ON HIGH TO EARTH,
SOVEREIGN LORD OF ALL,
LIFTING UP MANKIND'S FRAIL AND MORTAL NATURE
FROM THE LOWEST DEPTHS OF HELL.
FOR NONE IS HOLY BUT YOU, LOVER OF MANKIND.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

You broke the venomous teeth of the serpent
that had pierced me, Savior,
by the nails that pierced Your hands, Almighty Master,
for none is holy but You, Lover of mankind.

Bestower of life,
You freely willed to be seen dead in the tomb.
You opened the gates of hell
for the souls lying there from all the ages.
For none is holy but You, Lover of mankind.

i> (Theotokion)

You are the untilled earth
that brought forth the living ear of wheat,
the Source of immortality, for all who partake:
the Holy One who rests in holiness among the saints.

CANTICLE FOUR:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: SEEING YOU LIFTED UPON THE CROSS, SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
THE CHURCH STOOD STILL AND CRIED ALOUD:
GLORY TO YOUR POWER, O LORD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You went up upon the Cross,
healing my passions by the Passion of Your pure flesh
which You freely put on.
Therefore we cry out to You:
Glory to Your power, O Lord!

Death died, O Master, as it deserved,
for it tasted of Your sinless and life-giving body.
Therefore we cry out to You:
Glory to Your power, O Lord!

(Theotokion)

Unwedded Virgin,
you conceived and in childbirth remained a Virgin.
Therefore in certain faith
we unceasingly cry out: Rejoice, O Lady!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: HE WHO SITS IN GLORY ON THE THRONE OF DIVINITY,
JESUS, THE HOLY OF HOLIES, CAME ON A RADIANT CLOUD.
WITH HIS HOLY ARM HE SAVED THOSE WHO CRY:
GLORY TO YOUR POWER, O CHRIST!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Israel, set under the law,
did not know You, O Christ, as the God who gave the law,
but transgressing the law, nailed You as a transgressor to the Cross,
thus becoming unworthy of the law.

Savior, You plundered the treasures of hell,
and Your divine soul raised with itself the souls there from the ages,
while Your life-bearing body poured forth immortality for all.

(Theotokion)

The burning bush unconsumed by fire
prefigured you to the God-seer Moses:
the all-holy, ever-virgin Theotokos whom we all glorify.

CANTICLE FIVE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: LORD MY LIGHT, YOU HAVE COME INTO THE WORLD
AS A LIGHT OF HOLINESS,
TURNING BACK FROM DARK IGNORANCE THOSE WHO SING YOUR PRAISES IN FAITH!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Lord, You came down to the earth in compassion;
hung upon the Tree, You raised up the fallen nature of mankind.
You took upon Yourself the reproach of my sins;
You destroyed the pangs of death
by Your divine Resurrection, merciful One.

(Theotokion)

We thrust you before the face of the enemy
as an unbreakable shield.
We have gained you, Bride of God.
as an anchor and hope for our salvation,

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: CREATION STANDS IN AWE OF YOUR HEAVENLY GLORY,
FOR YOU, VIRGIN, WITHOUT KNOWING A MAN,
HELD WITHIN YOUR WOMB THE GOD OF ALL,
AND GAVE BIRTH TO THE SON WHO TRANSCENDS ALL TIME,
WHO GIVES PEACE TO ALL WHO SING YOUR PRAISES.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Foolish and senseless hell took You whole in its jaws.
It saw You nailed to the Tree and pierced by a spear.
As it beheld You breathless it counted You, the Living God
to be merely mortal man.
But when it was challenged it knew the strength of Your divinity.

When the temple of Your body was destroyed, Lover of mankind,
though the tomb and hell received it,
both of them were forced to pay tribute:
the one gave up the souls of Your saints,
the other gave up their bodies, Immortal God.

(Theotokion)

Behold, now the words of the prophet are fulfilled,
for you, unwedded Virgin, held within your womb the God of all.
You gave birth to the Son who transcends all time,
Who gives salvation to all who sing your praises.

CANTICLE SIX:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE CHURCH WHICH IS PURIFIED FROM THE BLOOD OFFERED TO DEMONS
BY THE BLOOD WHICH FLOWED IN MERCY FROM YOUR SIDE
CRIES ALOUD TO YOU, O LORD:
I WILL OFFER YOU A SACRIFICE OF PRAISE!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You went up on the Cross, girded with strength,
and wrestled with the tyrant.
As God, You cast him down from the heights,
and raise up Adam with Your invincible hand

You rose from the tomb, O Christ,
in a lightning flash of beauty.
You scattered all Your enemies by Your divine might,
and as God You filled all things with gladness.

(Theotokion)

Strange and new wonder!
A Virgin who did not know a man
conceived in her womb the One who holds the whole world in His hands,
yet she did not confine Him.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: I HAVE COME TO THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA
AND A STORM OF MANY SINS HAS WRECKED ME IN THE DEEP,
BUT AS GOD, SNATCH MY LIFE FROM CORRUPTION,
O GREATLY MERCIFUL ONE.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Hell opened his mouth and swallowed me,
and the fool puffed up his soul,
but Christ descended and led me up again as the Lover of mankind.

Death was overcome by death:
for He who was dead arose and has given me incorruption.
He, the Immortal One, appeared to the women
greeting them with great joy.

(Theotokion)

Theotokos, your pure womb
has been proclaimed to be the dwelling of God:
the incomprehensible Divinity
upon whom the ranks of angels gaze with fear.

KONTAKION TONE 4

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!

IKOS

Let all of us who are born on earth sing the praises of Christ, the Giver of life. He rose from the dead, and coming forth from the tomb on the third day, today has smashed the gates of death by His strength. He sets free Adam and Eve, slaying hell and destroying the sting of death. Let us cry aloud in thanksgiving://

AS MASTER HE HAS RISEN ON THE THIRD DAY!

CANTICLE SEVEN:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM IN THE PERSIAN FURNACE,
BURNING WITH LOVE FOR THE TRUE FAITH, STRONGER THAN THE FLAMES,
CRIED OUT FROM THE MIDST OF THE FIRE:
BLESSED ARE YOU, LORD, IN THE TEMPLE OF YOUR GLORY!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Washed in the divine blood of Christ,
mankind has been called to incorruption.
He cries out in thanksgiving:
Blessed are You, Lord, in the temple of Your Glory!

Bearing life and more fruitful than Paradise,
brighter than any royal chamber:
Your tomb, O Christ, is the fountain of our Resurrection.

(Theotokion)

Rejoice, holy and divine tabernacle of the Most High!
For through you, Theotokos, joy has been given to those who cry:
Blessed are you among women, all-holy Lady!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: THREE YOUNG MEN IN BABYLON
COUNTING A TYRANT'S COMMAND TO BE IDLE TALK,
CRIED ALOUD IN THE MIDST OF THE FLAMES:
BLESSED ARE YOU, LORD, GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

When You were lifted up on the Tree,
You cast down the proud look and haughty eye.
You saved mankind, all-praised One:
Blessed are You, Lord, God of our fathers!

Raise up the horn of those who serve You with us,
Master, Who rose from the dead,
despoiling hell of the wealth of mortals:
Blessed are You, Lord, God of our fathers!

GLORY TO YOU, HOLY TRINITY, OUR GOD!

In accord with divine teachings,
we glorify the One Godhead in three Lights
neither divided nor confused,
the Brightness that knows no evening,
enlightening all creation as it sings:
Blessed are You, O God!

CANTICLE EIGHT: (May be sung as stikhera on the Song of the Three Children)

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: DANIEL STRETCHED OUT HIS HANDS IN PRAYER
IN THE DEN OF LIONS AND STOPPED THEIR MOUTHS
AND GIRDED WITH HOLINESS, THE CHILDREN, LOVERS OF THE TRUE FAITH,
QUENCHED THE POWER OF THE FIRE AS THEY CRIED ALOUD:
ALL WORKS OF THE LORD, BLESS THE LORD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You stretched out Your hands upon the Cross,
and gather all the nations to Yourself.
You showed them to be one Church that praises You,
those on earth singing in harmony with those in heaven:
All works of the Lord, bless the Lord!

An angel like lightning, robed in white garments,
shining with the unapproachable light of the Resurrection
appeared to the women and cried:
Why do you seek the Living in the tomb as dead?
Christ is risen indeed and we cry out to Him:
All His works, sing praises to the Lord!

(Theotokion)

Undefiled Virgin,
you alone among women are revealed as the Mother of God:
you alone are without blemish.
You were the dwelling-place of the Godhead,
yet were not burned by the fire of the unapproachable Light.
Therefore we all bless you, Mary, Bride of God!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: ALMIGHTY REDEEMER OF ALL,
YOU DESCENDED TO THE GODLY YOUTHS IN THE MIDST OF THE FLAMES,
SHEDDING YOUR DEW UPON THEM, AND TEACHING THEM TO SING:
ALL WORKS OF THE LORD, PRAISE AND BLESS THE LORD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

As it beheld You unjustly led to the slaughter,
creation trembled and lamented:
the earth shook, and the sun wrapped itself in darkness as in a garment.
But we sing Your praises without ceasing, O Christ,
and we highly exalt You throughout all ages!

You descended even to hell for me,
forming the path of the Resurrection for all.
Taking me upon Your shoulders,
You ascended and brought me to the Father.
Therefore I cry out to You:
Praise the Lord, all works of the Lord,
exalt Him throughout all ages!

LET US BLESS THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE LORD, NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

We glorify the primal Reason and Cause of all:
the only unoriginate Father,
the Word without beginning,
and the Spirit, the Comforter:
One God and Lord and Maker of all,
the Trinity, one in nature.
We worship and exalt Him throughout all ages!

WE PRAISE, BLESS AND WORSHIP THE LORD, SINGING AND EXALTING HIM THROUGHOUT ALL AGES!

THE MAGNIFICAT IS SUNG

CANTICLE NINE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: CHRIST, THE CORNER STONE NOT CUT BY HUMAN HAND,
WAS TAKEN FROM YOU, VIRGIN, THE UNHEWN MOUNTAIN;
JOINING IN ONE TWO DIFFERENT NATURES,
THEREFORE WE MAGNIFY YOU, THEOTOKOS, WITH GREAT REJOICING!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You entirely assumed my whole self
in a union without confusion.
You granted me salvation by Your passion on the Cross
which You endured in the flesh, my God
because of Your great compassion.

As they beheld Your open tomb,
and the linen clothes in which God had lain
left empty by Your Resurrection,
the disciples said with the angel:
The Lord is risen indeed!

GLORY TO YOU, HOLY TRINITY, OUR GOD!

All we the faithful worship the one divine Nature
that is yet a Trinity of Persons:
Persons unconfused, equal in power and in honor
Whom we reverently magnify.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: THE PURE, DIVINE AND INEFFABLE MYSTERY
FINDS ITS FULFILLMENT IN YOU, O PURE VIRGIN,
FOR IN COMPASSION, GOD HAS TAKEN BODILY FORM FROM YOU.
THEREFORE WE MAGNIFY YOU AS THE THEOTOKOS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

The serpent stealthily took me captive in Eden,
but You, almighty Lord
dashed him to pieces
like a child upon the strong rock of Golgotha.
And by the Wood of the Cross
You opened for me again the entrance to delight.

You laid waste the mighty stronghold of the enemy,
plundering his riches by Your almighty arm.
You raised me up with Yourself from the depths of hell, O Christ,
exposing to laughter the one whose boasting knew no bounds.

Come and visit the affliction of Your poor
through Your compassion and mighty arm.
Make all Orthodox Christians strong against blaspheming enemies
who seek to take away Your own inheritance,
Christ, the Lover of mankind.

Theotokion)

Taking from your incorruptible womb our changeable mortal nature,
the incorruptible Lord in compassion has manifested Himself unchanged.
Therefore we magnify you as the Theotokos!

THE PRAISES

ALL-POWERFUL LORD, YOU SUFFERED THE CROSS AND DEATH
AND AROSE FROM THE DEAD!
WE GLORIFY YOUR RESURRECTION!

BY YOUR CROSS, O CHRIST,
YOU HAVE DELIVERED US FROM THE ANCIENT CURSE,
AND BY YOUR DEATH YOU HAVE SUPPRESSED THE DEVIL
WHO WAS TYRANNIZING OUR NATURE!
BY YOUR RESURRECTION YOU HAVE FILLED EVERYTHING WITH JOY!
THEREFORE WE CRY OUT TO YOU://
LORD, RISEN FROM THE DEAD, GLORY TO YOU!

THROUGH YOUR CROSS, LEAD US INTO YOUR TRUTH, CHRIST THE SAVIOR,
AND DELIVER US FROM THE SNARES OF THE ENEMY!
YOU ARE RISEN FROM THE DEAD: STRETCH OUT YOUR ARM,
AND RAISE US UP WHO ARE FALLEN THROUGH SIN,//
THROUGH THE PRAYERS OF YOUR SAINTS, LORD AND LOVER OF MANKIND!

(The Anatolian stikhera):

WITHOUT LEAVING THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER,
ONLY BEGOTTEN WORD OF GOD,
IN YOUR LOVE FOR MANKIND, YOU CAME TO EARTH,
BECOMING TRULY MAN,
SO YOU COULD SUFFER THE CROSS AND DEATH IN THE FLESH,
GRANTING MANKIND IMMORTALITY BY YOUR RESURRECTION,//
ONLY ALMIGHTY ONE!

INTERCEDING FOR OUR IMMORTALITY, SAVIOR,
YOU SUFFERED DEATH IN THE FLESH
AND YOU DWELT IN THE GRAVE, THAT YOU MIGHT DELIVER US FROM HELL,
RAISING US UP TOGETHER WITH YOU!
FOR AS MAN YOU SUFFERED, BUT HAVE RISEN AS GOD!
THEREFORE WE CRY OUT: LORD AND GIVER OF LIFE://
GLORY TO YOU, ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

SAVIOR, THE ROCKS TREMBLED,
WHEN YOUR CROSS WAS SET UP ON GOLGOTHA!
THE DOORKEEPERS OF HADES WERE FRIGHTENED WHEN YOU WERE LAID IN THE TOMB AS DEAD,
FOR ABOLISHING THE STRONGHOLDS OF DEATH,
YOU HAVE GRANTED INCORRUPTION TO ALL THE DEAD BY YOUR RESURRECTION!//
SAVIOR AND LORD, THE LIFE-GIVER: GLORY TO YOU!

THE WOMEN DESIRED TO SEE YOUR RESURRECTION, CHRIST GOD!
MARY MAGDALENE CAME BEFORE THE OTHERS AND FOUND THE STONE ROLLED FROM THE GRAVE!
THE ANGEL SITTING ON IT SAID: WHY DO YOU SEEK THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD?//
HE IS RISEN AS GOD, THAT HE MAY SAVE ALL THINGS!

TELL WHERE JESUS IS, WHOM YOU COMMANDED TO BE GUARDED?
WHERE IS HE WHOM YOU PUT IN THE TOMB, SEALING THE STONE?
GIVE BACK THE DEAD ONE, YOU WHO HAVE REJECTED THE LIVING!
EITHER GIVE UP THE BURIED OR BELIEVE IN THE RISEN ONE,
FOR EVEN IF YOU WISHED TO KEEP THE LORD'S RISING IN SILENCE,
THE STONES WILL CRY OUT!
EVEN MORE, THE ONE WHICH WAS ROLLED FROM THE GRAVE!//
GREAT IS YOUR MERCY AND THE MYSTERY OF YOUR DISPENSATION, SAVIOR: GLORY TO YOU!

GLORY... GOSPEL STIKHERON

NOW AND EVER TONE 2

YOU ARE MOST BLESSED...

SUNDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera of repentance)

MY SINS AGAINST YOU, LOVER OF MANKIND,
HAVE NEARLY DESTROYED MY HUMAN NATURE.
YET I SEEK FORGIVENESS BEYOND THAT OF THE HUMAN RACE,
FORGIVENESS BEYOND NATURE,
I SEEK FORGIVENESS THAT IS MORE THAN FORGIVENESS ITSELF,
FOR BEYOND THE LAWS OF NATURE AND HUMAN REASONING,
YOU BECAME A MAN, MY SAVIOR,
LOVING MANKIND BEYOND MANKIND'S UNDERSTANDING.//
SAVE ME AS I TURN TO YOU!

YOU ESTABLISHED REPENTANCE, CHRIST,
NOT FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOOD,
BUT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BECOME OUTCAST BY SIN,
AS WE LEARN FROM MANY EXAMPLES:
THE THIEF AND THE PRODIGAL SON,
MANASSEH AND THE PROSTITUTE,
PAUL, WHO HAD PERSECUTED THE CHURCH,
MATTHEW, WHO HAD COLLECTED TAXES,
AND PETER WHO DENIED YOU!
HOW THEN CAN I DESPAIR,
KNOWING, MY SAVIOR, THAT YOU ARE GOOD AND THE LOVER OF MANKIND?
I WILL TURN TO YOU IN TEARS,//
FILLED WITH HOPE THAT YOU WILT ACCEPT ME!

TOUCH MY HEART WITH HUMILITY,
TURN ME COMPLETELY AWAY FROM EVIL,
FOR NOW I DROWN IN THE PASSIONS OF THE FLESH.
I HAVE NO HOPE, REMOVED FAR FROM YOU, THE KING AND GOD OF ALL.
I HAVE GONE ASTRAY.
SAVE ME, FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR GREAT MERCY,//
ALMIGHTY JESUS, THE SAVIOR OF OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

UNDEFILED VIRGIN, HIGHER THAN THE HEAVENLY HOSTS,
PRAY WITH THE ANGELS TO THE ONE WHO RULES THEM AND ALL CREATION,
THAT HE WILL FORGIVE OUR SINS
AND DELIVERING US FROM OUR PASSIONS,
WILL MAKE US WORTHY TO PRAISE HIS GLORY IN SONG//
AND TO INHERIT THE FOOD OF INCORRUPTION!

THE APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

LORD, I LONG TO WASH AWAY WITH TEARS
THE RECORD OF ALL MY SINS,
AND TO SPEND THE REMAINING DAYS OF MY LIFE
PLEASING YOU THROUGH REPENTANCE,
BUT THE DEVIL CONTINUALLY DECEIVES ME!
HE WAGES WAR AGAINST MY SOUL!//
SAVE ME, BEFORE I UTTERLY PERISH, O LORD!

WHO, WHEN BESTORMED, IF HE RUNS TO THIS HAVEN IS NOT SAVED?
OR WHO THAT IS SICK, IF HE RUNS TO THIS HEALING, IS NOT MADE WHOLE?
LORD, THE MAKER OF ALL AND PHYSICIAN OF THE SICK,//
SAVE ME, BEFORE I UTTERLY PERISH, O LORD!

(To the martyrs)

YOU ARE GLORIFIED IN THE MEMORY OF YOUR MARTYRS, CHRIST!
THEY ENTREAT YOU ON OUR BEHALF, O GOD,//
TO SEND DOWN ON US GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

REJOICE, CLOUD FILLED WITH RADIANT LIGHT!
REJOICE, SHINING LAMPSTAND!
REJOICE, JAR OF MANNA;
REJOICE, STAFF OF AARON!
REJOICE, BUSH WHICH BURNED, YET WAS NOT CONSUMED;

REJOICE, LAMP; REJOICE, THRONE!
REJOICE, HOLY MOUNTAIN!
REJOICE, HARBOR; REJOICE, TABLE OF GOD;
REJOICE, MYSTICAL DOOR!//
REJOICE, FOR YOU ARE THE JOY OF ALL!

THIRD CANON TO THE THEOTOKOS

CANTICLE ONE:

IRMOS: I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH, FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT;
I WILL SING A SONG TO THE QUEEN AND MOTHER!
I WILL COME, REJOICING IN THE FEAST
AND I WILL EXTOL ALL HER GLORY!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The peoples were shaken, the nations were troubled,
mighty kings_bowed in awe of your child-bearing, pure One.
For my King came and overthrew the tyrant,
and delivered the world from corruption.

Christ who dwells in the heights,
coming down to mortals,
sanctified His Tabernacle and established you as unshaken.
For you alone, after bearing the Creator,
retained the treasure of virginity.

CANTICLE THREE:

IRMOS: IN YOUR DIVINE GLORY, THEOTOKOS,
LIVING AND INEXHAUSTIBLE FOUNTAIN,
SPIRITUALLY ESTABLISH YOUR CHOIR, ASSEMBLED IN CHORUS.
IN YOUR MERCY, MAKE THEM WORTHY OF THE CROWNS OF GLORY!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The nature of mortals is cleansed,
joined through you to the divine and unbearable fire,
as a hidden loaf in ashes baked in you, all-holy Virgin,
while the fire guarded you and kept you pure.

Who is this, so near to God, surpassing the ranks of angels!
The one radiant in the beauty of virginity:
the only Mother of the Almighty.

CANTICLE FOUR:

IRMOS: THE COUNSEL OF GOD CANNOT BE EXAMINED:
THE MOST HIGH WAS INCARNATE FROM A VIRGIN!
THE PROPHET HABAKKUK FORESAW THIS AND CRIED:
GLORY TO YOUR POWER, O GOD!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The invisible One dwelt visibly with the human race,
and the formless, incomprehensible Divinity
took another form from you, Maiden.
Thus He saves those who recognize you as the pure Mother of God.

The Virgin harbored the bodiless One in the body:
partaking of her nature, the Babe in her womb bears her humanity.
Therefore He is proclaimed the One in two natures:
God in the flesh and mortal man beyond being.

The Word and God came to dwell in you, O Virgin.
He was born without seed and kept you still virgin after His birth.
He preserved you a virgin in child-bearing,
as the Lord and Creator of all.

CANTICLE FIVE:

IRMOS: ALL CREATION WAS AWED BY YOUR DIVINE GLORY,
FOR YOU, VIRGIN, KNEW NO MAN, YET BORE THE GOD OF ALL!
YOU HELD IN YOUR WOMB THE ETERNAL SON
WHO GRANTS PEACE TO THOSE WHO EXTOL YOU IN SONG.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The Son of God came to dwell in you, pure Virgin,
making you a House of Glory, a holy Mountain of God,
a Bride, a bridal chamber, a Temple of sanctification,
and a paradise of everlasting joy for us.

You took flesh from the blood of the Virgin, O Christ,
purely and without seed,
with substance, reason, mind and soul,
having the will and the power to act in self-control and freedom.

A virgin womb has put the design of the tyrant to shame.
The sucking Child put His hand into the den of the soul-destroying adder.
He overthrew the false rebel,
putting him to be trampled beneath the feet of the faithful.

CANTICLE SIX:

IRMOS: I HAVE COME TO THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA
AND A STORM OF MANY SINS HAS WRECKED ME IN THE DEEP,
BUT AS GOD, SNATCH MY LIFE FROM CORRUPTION,
O GREATLY MERCIFUL ONE.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

In days of old the serpent trampled me
putting me to death through our mother Eve.
But now, through you, pure Virgin,
my Creator has called me up from corruption.

Unfathomed depths of compassion
show you to be the chosen deep of wonders, Maiden,
for Christ, the Pearl, shone from you
in the lightning of the Godhead.

CANTICLE SEVEN:

IRMOS: THE GODLY YOUTHS WORSHIPPED THE CREATOR, NOT THE CREATURE;
MANFULLY THEY TRAMPLED ON THE FLAMES, SINGING IN JOY:
BLESSED ARE YOU, MOST PRAISED LORD, GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The fire of pure love in my heart
draws me to sing and cry aloud to the Mother and Virgin:
Blessed One, the Lord of Hosts is with you!

You are shown to be higher than all creation,
for you bore the Creator and Lord.
Therefore I cry out to you, Theotokos:
Blessed One, the Lord of Hosts is with you!

(of the Trinity)

I honor You, One undivided Godhead in holy Trinity;
I praise one nature in three Persons,
and I cry out to You:
Blessed are You for You direct and guide all creation!

CANTICLE EIGHT:

IRMOS: HE WHO WAS BORN OF THE THEOTOKOS
SAVED THE HOLY CHILDREN IN THE FURNACE.
HE WHO WAS THEN PREFIGURED HAS NOW BEEN BORN ON EARTH,
AND HE GATHERS ALL OF CREATION TO SING:
ALL WORKS OF THE LORD, BLESS THE LORD,
AND EXALT HIM ABOVE ALL FOREVER!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The Lord of all who formed you from the rib of Adam,
Was made flesh from your virgin side.
We cry out and sing His praises:
All works of the Lord, bless the Lord,
and exalt Him above all forever!

Abraham, as he received a guest within his tent,
beheld the mystery that was to take place in you, Theotokos,
for the One he received was your Son without flesh, and he sang:
All works of the Lord, praise and bless the Lord!

LET US BLESS THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE LORD, NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

Equal in number to the Trinity,
the children who trampled on the flames with their bodies and were saved,
prefigured your virginity, Maiden, as they cried:
All works of the Lord, praise and bless the Lord!

WE PRAISE, BLESS AND WORSHIP THE LORD,
SINGING AND EXALTING HIM THROUGHOUT ALL AGES!

CANTICLE NINE:

IRMOS: LET EVERY EARTHBORN MORTAL BE RADIANT
AND SPIRITUALLY LEAP FOR JOY;
LET THE RANKS OF ANGELIC POWERS CELEBRATE
HONORING THE HOLY FEAST OF THE MOTHER OF GOD AND CRYING:
REJOICE, PURE AND BLESSED EVER-VIRGIN, WHO GAVE BIRTH TO GOD!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

We behold you, pure One,
shining as a rose among thorns,
robed in the purple of the divine Spirit,
filling with fragrance those who magnify you in purity of heart.

Taking from your incorruptible womb our changeable mortal nature,
the incorruptible Lord in compassion has manifested Himself unchanged.
Therefore we magnify you as the Theotokos!

Queen of all creation,
bring the enemies of the Church to terms,
granting trophies of victory to your people
that we may magnify you as the Theotokos.


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