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Friday


FRIDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the Cross)

O LORD, SAVE YOUR PEOPLE,
AND BLESS YOUR INHERITANCE!
GRANT VICTORIES TO THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS,
OVER THEIR ADVERSARIES.
AND BY VIRTUE OF YOUR CROSS,//
PRESERVE YOUR HABITATION!

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

AT YOUR CRUCIFIXION, O CHRIST, THE TYRANT WAS LAID LOW,
AND THE POWER OF THE ENEMY WAS TRAMPLED.
GLORY, TO YOU, FOR NEITHER AN ANGEL NOR A MAN,//
BUT THE LORD HIMSELF HAS SAVED US!

GNE... (Theotokion)

AS I BEHOLD YOU, MY GRACIOUS SON AND ALL-POWERFUL GOD,
STRIPPED NAKED AND DEAD UPON THE WOOD,
I AM PIERCED TO THE HEART AND DEEPLY TROUBLED!
CRIED THE BLAMELESS VIRGIN, LIFTING HER VOICE AND LAMENTING.
LET US SING HER PRAISES AS THE MOTHER OF THE LORD,//
AND SO RIGHTLY GLORIFY HER WITH FAITH!

(After the 2nd reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the Cross)

WHEN YOU WERE NAILED OF YOUR OWN WILL UPON THE CROSS, COMPASSIONATE LORD,
YOU MADE US DIVINE AND DESTROYED THE CORRUPTIBLE DRAGON,
THE ENEMY OF MANKIND.
ESTABLISH EVEN NOW THE ORTHODOX FAITH AMONG MEN,//
DESTROYING ALL HERESIES BY YOUR PRECIOUS CROSS.

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

CLOTHING THEMSELVES IN YOU, LORD, THE MOST GLORIOUS MARTYRS
WERE THE PRIDE OF THE ARENA OF SUFFERING AND COUNTED WORTHY OF CROWNS!
BY THEIR STEADFASTNESS, THEY PUT TO FLIGHT THE TRANSGRESSORS WHO TORTURED THEM,
RECEIVING THE VICTORY THROUGH DIVINE POWER FROM HEAVEN.
BY THEIR PRAYERS, SET ME FREE FROM THE INVISIBLE ENEMY,//
AND SAVE ME, O SAVIOR!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN THE SPOTLESS VIRGIN BEHELD THE LAMB AND SHEPHERD LYING DEAD ON THE CROSS,
SHE CRIED OUT IN TEARS, LAMENTING AS A MOTHER:
HOW SHALL I PRAISE YOUR INEFFABLE CONDESCENSION, MY SON,//
AND YOUR VOLUNTARY PASSION, O GOD MOST GOOD?

APOSTIKHA

(Of the Cross)

YOU WERE NAILED TO THE TREE, GRANTING LIFE TO US.//
WE EVER HONOR YOU AS SAVIOR AND LORD!

THROUGH YOUR CROSS, O CHRIST,
ANGELS AND MEN HAVE BECOME ONE FLOCK AND ONE CHURCH!
HEAVEN AND EARTH REJOICE!//
O LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

(To the Martyrs)

NO TRIBULATION, THREAT OR HUNGER, PERSECUTION, FIRE, SWORD OR SAVAGE BEAST COULD SEPARATE THE HOLY MARTYRS FROM GOD!
THEY WERE BOUND BY HIS LOVE AND LIVED AS EXILES IN THIS WORLD!
THEIR SUFFERING HAS WON THEM A GLORIOUS PRIZE:
THEY INHERITED THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM//
WHERE THEY CEASELESSLY PRAY FOR OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

YOU WERE LIFTED ON THE CROSS LIKE AN INNOCENT LAMB,
COMPASSIONATE ONE!
YOU WERE WILLINGLY SLAIN, SWEETEST CHILD!
THE SPOTLESS EWE-LAMB CRIED WITH TEARS WHEN SHE SAW THE LORD UPON THE TREE.
AS FOR ME, MY HEART IS ON FIRE AND I AM WOUNDED,//
BUT I SING THE PRAISES OF YOUR INFINITE MERCY!

FRIDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the saints)

LORD, BY THE INTERCESSIONS OF ALL THE SAINTS,
AND OF THE THEOTOKOS,
GRANT US YOUR PEACE AND HAVE MERCY ON US,//
ONLY COMPASSIONATE ONE!

IN YOUR CONFESSION OF FAITH IN THE ARENAS, O SAINTS,
YOU SPAT UPON THE STRENGTH OF DEMONS
AND FREED ALL MANKIND FROM DELUSION!
AND WHEN YOU WERE BEHEADED, YOU CRIED:
MAY OUR SACRIFICE BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, O LORD,
FOR IN OUR LOVE FOR YOU, LOVER OF MANKIND,//
WE HAVE DESPISED THIS TEMPORAL LIFE!

HOW GOOD IS YOUR TRADE, O SAINTS:
YOU SHED BLOOD AND GAINED HEAVEN.
SMITTEN FOR A TIME, YOU REJOICE IN ETERNITY!
YOUR TRADE IS GOOD INDEED!
BY FORSAKING CORRUPTION, YOU INHERITED INCORRUPTION.//
WITH THE ANGELS YOU CEASELESSLY PRAISE THE
CONSUBSTANTIAL TRINITY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

LET US PRAISE THE VIRGIN MARY!
THE GATE OF HEAVEN, THE GLORY OF THE WORLD!
THE SONG OF THE ANGELS, THE BEAUTY OF THE FAITHFUL!
SHE WAS BORN OF MAN, YET GAVE BIRTH TO GOD!
SHE WAS REVEALED AS THE HEAVEN, AS THE TEMPLE OF THE GODHEAD!
SHE DESTROYED THE WALL OF ENMITY!
SHE COMMENCED THE PEACE, SHE OPENED THE KINGDOM!
SINCE SHE IS OUR FOUNDATION OF FAITH,
OUR DEFENDER IS THE LORD WHOM SHE BORE!
COURAGE! COURAGE! PEOPLE OF GOD!
FOR CHRIST WILL DESTROY OUR ENEMIES//
SINCE HE IS ALL POWERFUL.

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the martyrs)

MARTYRS, WORTHY OF PRAISE,
THE EARTH DID NOT COVER YOU,
BUT HEAVEN RECEIVED YOU,
OPENING TO YOU THE GATES OF PARADISE,
WHERE YOU DWELL, DELIGHTING IN THE TREE OF LIFE.//
ENTREAT CHRIST TO GRANT OUR SOULS PEACE AND GREAT
MERCY!

(For the departed)

WHAT EARTHLY PLEASURE IS NOT MARKED BY SORROW?
WHAT GLORY ON THIS EARTH REMAINS UNCHANGED?
ALL THINGS ARE FEEBLE SHADOWS AND DELUDING DREAMS,
FOR IN A SINGLE MOMENT, DEATH SHALL TAKE ALL AWAY.
BUT IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR COUNTENANCE, O CHRIST,
AND IN THE JOY OF YOUR BEAUTY,
GIVE REST TO THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE CHOSEN,//
SINCE YOU ARE THE LOVER OF MANKIND.< /p>

NO ONE, NO ONE, IS SINLESS EXCEPT YOU, IMMORTAL ONE.
THEREFORE, AS THE COMPASSIONATE GOD,
ESTABLISH YOUR SERVANTS IN YOUR LIGHT IN COMPANY WITH THE ANGELIC CHOIR.
IN YOUR GOODNESS, PASS OVER THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS,//
AND GRANT THEM FORGIVENESS.

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE GREAT MIRACLE BY WHICH YOU GAVE BIRTH, O BRIDE OF GOD,
IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE INDEED.
ALL THE PROPHETS FORETOLD THE CONCEPTION,
WHICH IS BEYOND WORDS AND UNDERSTANDING,
AND THE BIRTH OF YOUR SON, WHO HAS SAVED THE WORLD,
FOR HE IS THE LOVER OF MANKIND!


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