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Wednesday


WEDNESDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

BY YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD
YOU HAVE REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW.
BY BEING NAILED TO THE CROSS AND PIERCED BY A SPEAR
YOU HAVE POURED FORTH IMMORTALITY FOR MANKIND!//
OUR SAVIOR, GLORY TO YOU!

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

COME QUICKLY TO OUR AID, CHRIST OUR GOD,
BEFORE WE ARE ENSLAVED BY THE ENEMIES THAT BLASPHEME YOU AND THREATEN US!
BY YOUR CROSS DESTROY THOSE WHO FIGHT AGAINST US,
THAT THEY MAY KNOW THE POWER OF THE ORTHODOX FAITH,//
THROUGH THE PRAYERS OF THE THEOTOKOS, ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

UNDEFILED VIRGIN, MOTHER OF CHRIST OUR GOD,
A SWORD PIERCED YOUR ALL-HOLY SOUL
WHEN YOU BEHELD YOUR SON AND GOD FREELY CRUCIFIED.
BLESSED AMONG WOMEN,//
EVER PRAY THAT HE MAY GRANT US PARDON OF OUR SINS!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

ON GOLGOTHA, O CHRIST, YOU HAVE RAISED ME UP AGAIN
AFTER MY BITTER FALL IN PARADISE FROM THE RESENTFUL PURPOSE OF THE DESTROYER OF MANKIND.
YOU HAVE HEALED THE CURSE OF THE TREE THROUGH THE TREE,
KILLING THE SERPENT WHO KILLED ME BY HIS GUILE AND GIVEN ME DIVINE LIFE.//
GLORY TO YOUR HOLY CRUCIFIXION, LORD!

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

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!

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE EWE-LAMB AND VIRGIN,
AS SHE PONDERED THE SIGHT OF YOU, THE POWERFUL ONE, HANGING UPON THE CROSS,
SPOKE WITH WEEPING AND LAMENTATION:
HOW INEFFABLE IS YOUR CONDESCENSION, O WORD!
SEE HOW THE PEOPLE HAVE NOW JUDGED AND CONDEMNED YOU,
THE GOD WHO SHALL COME TO JUDGE ALL CREATION!//
I SING THE PRAISES OF YOUR INEFFABLE MERCY!

APOSTIKHA

(Of the Cross)

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

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

(To the martyrs)

HOW SHALL WE MARVEL AT YOUR STRUGGLES, HOLY MARTYRS?
FOR BEING CLOTHED IN A MORTAL BODY,
YOU DEFEATED THE BODILESS FOES!
THREATS OF TYRANTS DID NOT FRIGHTEN YOU;
ENCOUNTERS WITH TORTURE DID NOT STRIKE YOU DOWN!
IN TRUTH, YOU WORTHILY RECEIVED GLORY FROM CHRIST!//
BESEECH HIM ALSO TO GRANT OUR SOULS GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN YOUR MOTHER BEHELD YOU OUTSTRETCHED UPON THE CROSS,
FASTENED WITH NAILS; YOUR SIDE WOUNDED BY A SPEAR,
SHE LAMENTED, CRYING: WOE IS ME, DEAR CHILD!
HOW COULD THE EVIL PEOPLE HAVE SLAIN YOU,
THE ONE WHO GRANTS LIFE TO THOSE IN HELL?
BUT QUICKLY ARISE,//
GIVING JOY TO THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE LOVED!

WEDNESDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the apostles)

GLORIOUS APOSTLES,
SOLDIERS WHO FOUGHT WITH THE PRUDENCE THAT IS MIGHTY STRENGTH:
YOU FORMED A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE ENEMY,
AND PUTTING ON THE FULL ARMOR OF THE SPIRIT,
YOU DESTROYED ALL THE FORCES OF THE DEVIL
WHO HAD STOLEN AS SPOILS THE SOULS OF MANKIND.//
THEREFORE WE HONOR YOU THROUGHOUT ALL AGES!

SPREADING OUT THE NET OF FAITH IN THE FORM OF THE CROSS, O CHRIST,
YOUR TWELVE APOSTLES CAUGHT ALL THE NATIONS,
DRAWING THEM TOWARDS KNOWLEDGE OF YOU.
THEY MADE THE SEA OF THE PASSIONS DRY!
THEREFORE BY THEIR PRAYERS THAT ARE MOST PLEASING TO YOU,//
CALL ME FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY TRANSGRESSIONS, I PRAY.

TODAY LET US PRAISE IN SONG
THE TWELVE APOSTLES, ELECT OF GOD:
PETER AND PAUL, JAMES, LUKE AND JOHN,
MATTHEW, THOMAS, MARK, SIMON AND PHILIP,
AND ANDREW, NOW GLORIFIED WITH WISE AND GODLY BARTHOLOMEW,//
AND THE REST OF THE SEVENTY APOSTLES.

GNE... (Theotokion)

YOU CONTAINED THE UNCONTAINABLE GOD IN YOUR WOMB,
AND GAVE BIRTH TO THE SAVIOR AND REDEEMER OF OUR SOULS:
DO NOT DESPISE ME, PURE ONE, FOR I AM IN TRAVAIL;
HAVE MERCY ON ME,//
AND GUARD ME FROM ALL ENMITY AND THE SNARES OF THE EVIL ONE!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the Apostles)

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

THE HOLY SPIRIT LIFTED UP YOUR DISCIPLES, O 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)

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 FOLDS THE WOLVES CANNOT BREAK!//
PRAY THAT WE MAY BE LED WITH YOU TO REST BESIDE THE STILL WATERS.

GNE... (Theotokion)

DELIVER US FROM DANGER, THEOTOKOS,
WHO GAVE BIRTH TO CHRIST, THE CREATOR OF ALL,
THAT WE MAY ALL CRY OUT TO YOU://
REJOICE, ONLY ADVOCATE FOR OUR SOULS!


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