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Saturday


SATURDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the saints)

AS COURAGEOUS SOLDIERS, SAINTS, YOU WERE OF ONE HEART IN THE FAITH,
UNAFRAID OF THE THREATS OF THE TORTURERS.
YOU TOOK UP THE CROSS AND FOLLOWED CHRIST WITH READY MINDS;
YOU COMPLETED YOUR COURSE AND RECEIVED VICTORY FROM HEAVEN!
GLORY TO HIM WHO STRENGTHENS YOU AND AWARDS YOU YOUR CROWNS!//
GLORY TO HIM WHO THROUGH YOU GRANTS HEALING TO ALL!

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

WE BESEECH YOU, LORD OF MANKIND,
TO ACCEPT IN SUPPLICATION
THE SUFFERING WHICH THE SAINTS ENDURED FOR YOUR SAKE, O LORD,//
AND HEAL ALL OUR INFIRMITIES!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN GABRIEL GREETED YOU, O VIRGIN,
HE CRIED OUT LIKE THE RIGHTEOUS DAVID,
FOR IN YOU, SACRED ARK, WAS THE MASTER OF ALL INCARNATE.
YOU WERE MANIFEST AS MORE SPACIOUS THAN THE HEAVENS,
FOR YOU BORE YOUR CREATOR!
GLORY TO HIM WHO DWELLS IN YOU!
GLORY TO HIM WHO COMES FORTH FROM YOU!//
GLORY TO HIM WHO FREES US THROUGH YOUR CHILD!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (for the departed)

YOU HAVE DESTROYED THE POWER OF DEATH, O CHRIST,
POURING IMMORTALITY UPON ALL MEN!
THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN YOU WILL NOT PERISH,
BUT IN YOU WILL FIND EVERLASTING LIFE.
GIVE REST, THEREFORE, O LORD TO THE SOULS OF YOUR SERVANTS,
THROUGH THE PRAYERS OF THE THEOTOKOS.
MAKE THEM WORTHY TO BE WITH THE SAINTS,//
GRANTING THEM MERCY AND RESURRECTION!

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

GIVE REST, IN A PLACE OF LIGHT WITH THE CHOIR OF THE RIGHTEOUS
TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEPARTED AND STAND BEFORE YOU, SAVIOR.
FOR IN YOU, LOVER OF MANKIND, HAVE THEY PUT THEIR TRUST:
ACCEPT IN YOUR COMPASSION
THE PRAYERS OF THOSE WHO COME AFTER THEM,//
AND MAKE US WORTHY AS WE STAND BEFORE YOU!

GNE... (Theotokion)

FULL OF GRACE, CREATION EXULTS,
BECAUSE IT BEHELD IN YOU A WONDER OF WONDERS!
FOR YOU CONCEIVED WITHOUT SEED
AND INEFFABLY GAVE BIRTH TO HIM
UPON WHOM THE COMMANDERS OF THE HOSTS OF ANGELS DARE NOT GAZE://
BESEECH HIM THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!

SATURDAY MATINS

APOSTIKHA

(to the martyrs)

COME, PEOPLE! LET US HONOR CHRIST'S SAINTS WITH SONGS AND SPIRITUAL HYMNS.
THEY WERE LIGHTS FOR THE WORLD AND PREACHERS OF THE FAITH; EVER-FLOWING FOUNTAINS,
RELEASING STREAMS OF HEALING FOR BELIEVERS.
BY THEIR PRAYERS, O CHRIST OUR GOD,//
GRANT PEACE TO YOUR WORLD, AND TO OUR SOULS, GREAT MERCY!

(for the departed)

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

WE ENTREAT YOU, SAVIOR,
GIVE THE DEPARTED A SHARE IN THE LIFE OF BLESSEDNESS WITH YOU.
GIVE THEM REST IN THE TABERNACLES OF THE RIGHTEOUS,
IN THE MANSIONS OF YOUR SAINTS,
IN THE HEAVENLY DWELLINGS.//
IN YOUR TENDER MERCY PASS OVER THEIR OFFENCES, GRANTING THEM REST!

Verse: Their memorial is from generation to generation!

YOUR PROMISED BLESSINGS, SAVIOR,
ARE HIGHER THAN ALL VISIBLE THINGS:
THEY ARE THOSE WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN NOR EAR HEARD,
NOR HAVE THEY EVER ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN!
GIVE THOSE WHO HAVE DEPARTED TO YOU A SHARE IN THESE BLESSINGS,//
AND GRANT THEM LIFE ETERNAL!

GNE...(Theotokion)

PRAY TO CHRIST YOUR CHILD, VIRGIN MOTHER,
THAT HE MAY GRANT FORGIVENESS OF SINS TO YOUR SERVANTS
WHO WITH TRUE FAITH IN THE TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH
PROCLAIM YOU TO BE THE THEOTOKOS,//
COUNTING THEM WORTHY OF THE RADIANCE AND GLORY OF THE SAINTS IN HIS KINGDOM!

SATURDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

ACCEPT OUR EVENING PRAYERS, O HOLY LORD!
GRANT US REMISSION OF SINS,//
FOR YOU ALONE HAVE MANIFESTED THE RESURRECTION TO THE WORLD

ENCIRCLE ZION
AND SURROUND HER, PEOPLE!
GIVE GLORY IN HER TO THE ONE WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD!
FOR HE IS OUR GOD,//
WHO HAS DELIVERED US FROM OUR TRANSGRESSIONS!

COME, PEOPLE! LET US HYMN AND FALL DOWN BEFORE CHRIST,
GLORIFYING HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD!
FOR HE IS OUR GOD,//
WHO HAS DELIVERED THE WORLD FROM THE ENEMY'S DECEIT!

(Anatolian stikhera):

HEAVENS, BE GLAD;
SOUND TRUMPETS, FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH!
SING IN GLADNESS, MOUNTAINS!
BEHOLD EMMANUEL HAS NAILED OUR SINS TO THE CROSS,
GRANTING LIFE, HE HAS SLAIN DEATH.//
HE HAS RESURRECTED ADAM AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND.

LET US PRAISE HIM
WHO VOLUNTARILY WAS CRUCIFIED IN THE FLESH FOR OUR SAKE.
HE SUFFERED, WAS BURIED, BUT ROSE FROM THE DEAD.
BY ORTHODOXY CONFIRM YOUR CHURCH, O CHRIST.
GRANT PEACE FOR OUR LIFE//
AS THE GRACIOUS LOVER OF MANKIND.

WE STAND BEFORE YOUR LIFE-BEARING TOMB UNWORTHILY, CHRIST GOD,
OFFERING GLORY TO YOUR INEFFABLE COMPASSION.
YOU HAVE ACCEPTED THE CROSS AND DEATH, O SINLESS ONE//
TO GRANT RESURRECTION TO THE WORLD AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND.

LET US PRAISE THE WORD,
CO-ETERNAL WITH THE FATHER.
HE INEFFABLY CAME FORTH FROM THE VIRGINAL WOMB.
HE FREELY ACCEPTED THE CROSS AND DEATH FOR OUR SAKE.
HE WAS RAISED IN GLORY.//
GLORY TO YOU, LIFE-GIVING LORD, THE SAVIOR OF OUR SOULS.

(three stikhera from the menaion)

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

WE HAVE BEEN FREED FROM SUFFERINGS
BY YOUR SUFFERING, O CHRIST.
WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FROM CORRUPTION
BY YOUR RESURRECTION.//
O LORD, GLORY TO YOU.

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

LET CREATION REJOICE.
LET THE HEAVENS BE GLAD.
LET THE NATIONS CLAP THEIR HANDS WITH GLADNESS.
FOR CHRIST OUR SAVIOR HAS NAILED OUR SINS TO THE CROSS.
SLAYING DEATH, HE HAS GIVEN LIFE.//
HE HAS RESURRECTED FALLEN ADAM AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND.

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

AS KING OF HEAVEN AND EARTH,
YOU WERE VOLUNTARILY CRUCIFIED IN YOUR LOVE FOR MANKIND.
HELL WAS ANGERED WHEN IT MET YOU BELOW.
ADAM ROSE SEEING YOU, THE CREATOR, UNDER THE EARTH.
WONDER! HOW HAS THE LIFE OF ALL TASTED DEATH?
YOU ENLIGHTENED THE WORLD WHICH CRIES://
LORD, WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD, GLORY TO YOU!

VERSE: Holiness befits Your house, Lord, forever more! THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN CAME WITH HASTE TO YOUR TOMB,
BEARING MYRRH AND LAMENTATIONS.
NOT FINDING YOUR MOST PURE BODY,
THEY LEARNED FROM THE ANGEL OF THE NEW AND GLORIOUS WONDER.
THEY TOLD THE APOSTLES://
THE LORD IS RISEN, GRANTING THE WORLD GREAT MERCY.

GNE... (Theotokion)

BEHOLD ISAIAH'S PROPHECY IS FULFILLED!
FOR THE VIRGIN GAVE BIRTH, YET REMAINED A VIRGIN!
GOD WAS BORN, AND SO NATURE WAS RESTORED ANEW!
BUT DO NOT DESPISE THE ENTREATIES OF YOUR SERVANTS, MOTHER OF GOD!
WE OFFER THEM TO YOU IN YOUR TEMPLE!
SINCE YOU CARRIED IN YOUR ARMS THE COMPASSIONATE ONE,
HAVE COMPASSION 0N YOUR SERVANTS//
AND PRAY THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED.

TONE 1

SUNDAY

TROPARION

WHEN THE STONE HAD BEEN SEALED BY THE JEWS;
WHILE THE SOLDIERS WERE GUARDING YOUR MOST PURE BODY;
YOU ROSE ON THE THIRD DAY, O SAVIOR,
GRANTING LIFE TO THE WORLD.
THE POWERS OF HEAVEN THEREFORE CRIED TO YOU, GIVER OF LIFE:
GLORY TO YOUR RESURRECTION, O CHRIST!
GLORY TO YOUR KINGDOM!//
GLORY TO YOUR DISPENSATION, LOVER OF MANKIND!

KONTAKION

AS GOD, YOU ROSE FROM THE TOMB IN GLORY,
RAISING THE WORLD WITH YOURSELF.
HUMAN NATURE PRAISES YOU AS GOD, FOR DEATH HAS VANISHED.
ADAM EXULTS, MASTER!
EVE REJOICES, FOR SHE IS FREED FROM BONDAGE AND CRIES TO YOU://
YOU ARE THE GIVER OF RESURRECTION TO ALL, O CHRIST!

THEOTOKION TONE 1

WHEN GABRIEL GREETED YOU, O VIRGIN,
HE CRIED OUT LIKE THE RIGHTEOUS DAVID,
FOR IN YOU, SACRED ARK, WAS THE MASTER OF ALL INCARNATE.
YOU WERE MANIFEST AS MORE SPACIOUS THAN THE HEAVENS,
FOR YOU BORE YOUR CREATOR!
GLORY TO HIM WHO DWELLS IN YOU!
GLORY TO HIM WHO COMES FORTH FROM YOU!//
GLORY TO HIM WHO FREES US THROUGH YOUR CHILD!


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