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Thursday


THURSDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Apostles)

YOU HAVE MADE YOUR DISCIPLES, O CHRIST,
AS LIGHTS SHINING TO THE END OF THE EARTH!
BY PREACHING YOU, THEY ILLUMINE OUR SOULS.
THROUGH THEM YOU HAVE DARKENED THE ERROR OF IDOLATRY;
YOU HAVE ENLIGHTENED THE WORLD
WITH THE TEACHINGS OF TRUE FAITH!//
AT THEIR INTERCESSIONS, SAVE OUR SOULS!

Verse: Their voice has gone out into all the earth and their words to the ends of the universe!

JUST AS MOSES, MASTER,
BY THE STRENGTH OF YOUR RIGHT HAND.
LED ISRAEL OUT OF BONDAGE THROUGH THE RED SEA
AND DROWNED PHARAOH IN THE WAVES,
SO HAVE YOUR WISE DISCIPLES BY THEIR MIRACLES
FORCED A PASSAGE THROUGH THE SEA OF BITTER GODLESSNESS,
GUIDING THE PEOPLE TO YOU,
WORD WITHOUT BEGINNING,//
AND THE ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE WORD OF THE FATHER, CHRIST OUR GOD,
HAS TAKEN FLESH FROM YOU, VIRGIN THEOTOKOS!
YOU ALONE ARE PURE; YOU ALONE ARE BLESSED!
THEREFORE WE EVER SING YOUR PRAISES,//
AND WE MAGNIFY YOU!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to Nicholas)

HASTEN, FATHER NICHOLAS,
TO COME QUICKLY AND SAVE YOUR SERVANTS
FROM THE DANGERS AND AFFLICTIONS
THAT COME UPON US SUDDENLY.
FOR YOU HAVE BOLDNESS BEFORE THE MASTER AND GOD.
HASTEN TO THE SIDE OF THOSE WHO CALL ON YOU IN FAITH,//
GRANTING THEM NOW PROTECTION AND SHELTER.

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

ARMED WITH YOUR CROSS,
YOUR VICTORIOUS MARTYRS, CHRIST OUR GOD,
DEFEATED THE SNARES OF THE ENEMY;
THE ONE FROM WHOM ALL EVIL COMES!
THEY SHONE LIKE BEACONS, GUIDING MORTALS;
THEY GRANT HEALING TO THOSE WHO ASK WITH FAITH!//
AT THEIR INTERCESSIONS SAVE OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WE HAVE NO WAY TO PRAISE YOU WORTHILY, THEOTOKOS,
FOR YOU ARE THE HEIGHT OF CREATION.//
WE BESEECH YOU TO GRANT US YOUR GRACIOUS MERCY.

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

BY THE HOLY SPIRIT YOU ENLIGHTENED THE CHOIR OF APOSTLES, O CHRIST;
FOR THEIR SAKE WASH AWAY THE FILTH OF OUR SINS, O GOD,//
AND HAVE MERCY ON US!

THE HOLY SPIRIT LIFTED UP YOUR DISCIPLES, CHRIST GOD,
REVEALING THE UNLEARNED TO BE TEACHERS!
AS THE ALL-POWERFUL ONE, YOU PUT AN END TO ERROR,//
BY THE HARMONY COMING FROM THE NOTES OF THE MANY TONGUES!

(To the martyrs)

PRECIOUS IS THE DEATH OF YOUR SAINTS, LORD,
FOR AFFLICTED BY THE SWORD, FIRE AND FROST,
THEY SPILLED THEIR BLOOD, HAVING HOPE IN YOU,
TO RECEIVE THE WAGES OF THEIR LABOR!
THEY SUFFERED, SAVIOR,//
AND WON FROM YOU GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

ONLY PURE AND UNDEFILED VIRGIN,
WHO INEFFABLY BROUGHT FORTH GOD IN THE FLESH,//
INTERCEDE THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!

THURSDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the Cross)

WHEN IT SAW YOU CRUCIFIED,
ALL CREATION STOOD AMAZED AND TREMBLED.
THE WHOLE EARTH WAS SHAKEN AND QUAKED, FORBEARING WORD!
THE CURTAIN OF THE TEMPLE WAS TORN IN TWO
AT THE OUTRAGE DONE TO YOU.
THE ROCKS SPLIT WITH TERROR AND THE SUN HID ITS RAYS//
KNOWING YOU TO BE THE CREATOR.

WHEN YOUR SIDE, MOST MERCIFUL LORD, WAS PIERCED WITH A LANCE,
THE ANCIENT RECORD AGAINST OUR FOREFATHER ADAM WAS TORN TO SHREDS.
THE OUTCAST NATURE OF MANKIND WAS MADE HOLY AGAIN
BY THE SPRINKLING OF YOUR BLOOD.
NOW IT CRIES OUT TO YOU:
GLORY TO YOUR CRUCIFIXION!
GLORY TO YOUR POWER,//
ALL POWERFUL JESUS, THE SAVIOR OF OUR SOULS!

HOW DID THE LAWLESS ASSEMBLY DARE TO CONDEMN YOU,
THE IMMORTAL JUDGE WHO GAVE THE LAW TO THE GOD-SEER MOSES IN THE WILDERNESS?
HOW COULD THEY LOOK WITHOUT FEAR AT THE LIFE OF ALL KILLED ON THE CROSS?
HOW DID IT NOT ENTER THEIR MINDS//
THAT YOU ARE THE ONLY GOD AND MASTER OF CREATION?

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN YOUR VIRGIN MOTHER SAW YOU CRUCIFIED,
SHE CRIED OUT IN AMAZEMENT AS SHE BEHELD YOU:
IS THIS HOW THEY REWARD YOU
FOR THE MANY GIFTS YOU HAVE GIVEN THEM?
BUT I PRAY YOU, MY SON AND MY GOD,
DO NOT LEAVE ME ALONE,
BUT HASTEN TO RISE AGAIN,//
RESURRECTING ADAM WITH YOURSELF!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the Cross)

YOU HAVE GIVEN US AN INVINCIBLE WEAPON IN YOUR CROSS, O CHRIST!//
WITH IT WE VANQUISH THE ASSAULTS OF THE STRANGER.
HAVING YOUR CROSS AT ALL TIMES AS OUR HELP, O CHRIST,//
WE EASILY BREAK THE SNARES OF THE ENEMY!

(to the martyrs)

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

GNE... (Theotokion)

MOTHER, DO NOT MOURN FOR ME,
AS YOU BEHOLD UPON THE CROSS YOUR SON AND GOD
WHO HUNG THE FORMLESS EARTH UPON THE WATERS,
AND FASHIONED ALL CREATION,
FOR I SHALL RISE AGAIN AND SHALL BE GLORIFIED,
DESTROYING THE POWER OF THE KINGDOM OF HELL,
AND CRUSHING ITS STRENGTH!//
I SHALL RELEASE FROM ITS WICKEDNESS THOSE IN BONDS!


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