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Sunday


SUNDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN

THE SOLDIERS KEEPING WATCH OVER YOUR TOMB,
FELL DOWN AS DEAD, SAVIOR, AT THE LIGHTNING BRIGHTNESS OF THE ANGEL
WHO APPEARED AND PROCLAIMED THE RESURRECTION TO THE WOMEN!
WE GLORIFY YOU, THE DESTROYER OF CORRUPTION!
WE ALL FALL DOWN BEFORE YOU,//
OUR ONLY GOD, RISEN FROM THE TOMB!

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

NAILED TO THE CROSS BY YOUR OWN WILL, O MERCIFUL ONE;
LAID IN THE TOMB AS DEAD, GIVER OF LIFE,
BY YOUR DEATH, YOU WIPED OUT THE POWER OF DEATH!
THE GATEKEEPERS OF HELL TREMBLED BEFORE YOU!
WITH YOURSELF, YOU RAISED UP THE DEAD FROM THE AGES,//
ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WE KNOW YOU TO BE THE MOTHER OF GOD,
AS WE ALL YEARN TO SEEK REFUGE IN YOUR GOODNESS.
AFTER CHILDBEARING YOU REMAINED TRULY VIRGIN.
INDEED, WE SINNERS HAVE IN YOU AN INTERCESSOR;
IN TEMPTATION WE HAVE YOU AS OUR SALVATION,//
ONLY IMMACULATE ONE!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN

THE WOMEN COMING EARLY TO YOUR TOMB TREMBLED AT THE SIGHT OF THE ANGEL!
THE TOMB SHONE WITH LIFE, AND THIS WONDER STRUCK THEM!
THEY RETURNED AND ANNOUNCED THE RESURRECTION TO THE DISCIPLES:
CHRIST, ALONE MIGHTY AND POWERFUL, HAS DESPOILED HELL,
RAISING UP ALL THOSE IN CORRUPTION,//
RELEASING MANKIND FROM FEAR OF CONDEMNATION, BY THE POWER OF THE CROSS!

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

THE LIFE OF ALL WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS
AND THE IMMORTAL LORD, THE SAVIOR WHO ROSE ON THE THIRD DAY,
RAISING ADAM FROM CORRUPTION,
WAS COUNTED AMONG THE DEAD!
THEREFORE, GIVER OF LIFE, THE POWERS OF HEAVEN CRY ALOUD:
GLORY TO YOUR RESURRECTION!
GLORY TO YOUR CONDESCENSION,//
ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

MARY, SACRED DWELLING OF THE LORD,

RAISE US WHO HAVE FALLEN INTO A BOTTOMLESS PIT OF DESPAIR,
SIN AND AFFLICTION,
FOR YOU ARE THE SALVATION, AID AND POWERFUL ADVOCATE OF SINNERS,//
AND YOU SAVE YOUR SERVANTS!

THE CANON

CANTICLE ONE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: BY THE RIGHT OF YOUR DIVINE MAJESTY,
YOUR VICTORIOUS ARM IS MADE GLORIOUS IN STRENGTH, IMMORTAL LORD!
IT CRUSHED THE ENEMY WITH ALMIGHTY POWER
AND MADE A NEW PATH FOR THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL IN THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

In the beginning, You fashioned me from dust,
working with Your pure hands in divine activity.
You spread out Your hands upon the Cross,
recalling my corruptible body from the earth:
the flesh You took from the Virgin.

The one who planted a soul within me by His divine breath,
submitted Himself to slaughter and surrendered His soul to death.
He loosed the everlasting bonds,
and has raised the dead with Himself,
glorifying them in incorruption.

(Theotokion)

Rejoice, Fountain of grace!
Rejoice, Ladder and Gateway to heaven!
Rejoice, Candlestick and vessel of gold,
The unhewn mountain who brought Christ, the Giver of Life to the world!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: CHRIST IS BORN, GLORIFY HIM!
CHRIST IS FROM HEAVEN, RECEIVE HIM!
CHRIST IS ON EARTH, BE LIFTED UP.
SING TO THE LORD ALL THE EARTH
AND PRAISE HIM WITH JOY ALL PEOPLE,
FOR HE HAS BEEN GLORIFIED!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Christ is made flesh, and makes me divine;
Christ is humbled, setting me on high;
Christ, the Giver of life, enduring the Passion in His nature of flesh,
has given me freedom from passions.
Therefore I sing to Him a song of thanksgiving,
for He has been glorified!

The crucified Christ sets me on high;
The dead Christ raises me with Himself.
Christ has given me life!
Therefore I clap my hands
and sing with joy a hymn of victory to the Savior,
for He has been glorified!

(Theotokion)

You conceived God, all-holy Virgin,
and by a virgin birth you bore Christ, made flesh of you:
the only-begotten Son, one Person in two natures,
for He has been glorified!

CANTICLE THREE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: YOU ALONE KNOW THE WEAKNESS OF MANKIND'S NATURE,
YET IN COMPASSION, YOU TOOK UP ITS FORM.
GIRD ME WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH THAT I MAY CRY OUT TO YOU:
HOLY IS THE LIVING TEMPLE OF YOUR PURE GLORY, LOVER OF MANKIND!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Lord of goodness, You are my God,
Who in compassion for the fallen have come down to me.
By Your Crucifixion, You raised me up that I may sing to You:
Holy is the Lord of glory; His goodness is beyond compare!

Christ, the divinely existing Life,
as compassionate God, You clothed Yourself with my corruptible form.
You descended to the dust of death,
breaking the chains of man's mortality,
And on the third day, You rose,
Clothing me with incorruption!

(Theotokion)

You conceived God in your womb through the Holy Spirit
and yet remained unconsumed, O Virgin.
The bush unconsumed by the fire
clearly foretold you to the lawgiver Moses
for you received the Fire that cannot be endured!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: TO THE SON WHO BEFORE ALL TIME WAS BORN IMMORTAL OF THE FATHER
AND IN THESE LATTER DAYS BECAME INCARNATE WITHOUT SEED OF A VIRGIN,
LET US CRY OUT TO CHRIST OUR GOD:
YOU HAVE RAISED OUR HORN;
HOLY ARE YOU, O LORD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Let us cry out to the One who took the straying sheep upon His shoulders,
and through the Tree took off its sin:
You have raised our horn,
Holy are You, O Lord!

Faithful, let us come and bring our worship in truth
to the Divine Spirit who brought Christ, the Great Shepherd, back from hell.
In His dispensation, through His apostles,
He tended the nations in wisdom!

(Theotokion)

Let us cry out to the Son,
made flesh by His own will without seed from the Virgin,
for He kept her as a pure Virgin after giving birth:
You are God of all,
Holy are You, O Lord!

CANTICLE FOUR:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: BEHOLDING YOU AS A MOUNTAIN OVERSHADOWED BY THE GRACE OF GOD,
HABAKKUK WITH PROPHETIC EYES
PROCLAIMED THAT FROM YOU SHOULD COME THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL
FOR OUR SALVATION AND RESTORATION!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Who is this Savior that comes forth from Edom,
Crowned with thorns, His garment red?
He hangs upon the Tree.
He is the Holy One of Israel come forth
For our salvation and restoration!

Behold and stand ashamed, disobedient people!
For in your madness you asked Pilate to hang as an evildoer upon the Cross
the One who destroyed the power of death
And rose from the tomb as God!

(Theotokion)

Virgin, we know you as the Tree of Life,
for instead of the fruit bringing death to mortal man,
from you sprang the joy of eternal life
for the salvation of us who sing to you.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: ROD OF THE STEM OF JESSE
AND FLOWER THAT BUDDED FROM A VIRGIN,
O MOST LAUDED CHRIST!
FROM THE MOUNTAIN COVERED WITH DARKNESS YOU HAVE COME,
MADE FLESH FROM HER THAT KNEW NO WEDLOCK.
O GOD NOT FORMED FROM MATTER,
GLORY TO YOUR MIGHT, O LORD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Who is this who comes in beauty from Edom
With His garments red from Bozrah's wine?
He comes in beauty as God;
His garment is red as the flesh and blood of mortal man.
We the faithful sing to Him:
Glory to Your might, O Lord!

Christ is revealed to us as the High Priest of good things to come.
He has put our sins to flight
and has opened a new way
into the better and more perfect tabernacle with His blood.
He is our forerunner into the holy place.

(Theotokion)

You have repaid Eve's ancient debt
for the new Adam came forth from you.
He united Himself, a living soul, to reasonable flesh
in a pure conception.
Christ, the Lord, in two natures, proceeded from you
whom all people rightly magnify.

CANTICLE FIVE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: YOU HAVE ENLIGHTENED THE WORLD
BY THE BRIGHTNESS OF YOUR COMING, O CHRIST.
YOU ILLUMINE THE ENDS OF THE EARTH WITH YOUR CROSS!
ENLIGHTEN ALSO WITH THE LIGHT OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE
THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO SING HYMNS TO YOU IN TRUE FAITH.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The people put the Lord to death on the Tree of the Cross:
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
but as terrified sheep in hell,
He rescued the dead from the power of death!

You announced the glad tidings of peace,
and proclaimed deliverance to the captives by Your Cross, my Savior!
By Your rising You put the one who held them to shame,
showing him to be poor and naked.

(Theotokion)

Do not despise the petitions of those who entreat you in faith,
all-pure Virgin whom all people praise,
but receive and present them to your Son,
our God and only Benefactor,
for we have gained an advocate in you.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: GOD OF PEACE AND FATHER OF MERCIES,
YOU HAVE SENT US THE ANGEL OF GREAT COUNCIL WHO GRANTS US PEACE.
SO WE ARE GUIDED TO THE LIGHT OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.
WAKING EARLY FROM THE NIGHT,
WE PRAISE YOU, LOVER OF MANKIND!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

The depths of the riches of the wisdom of God!
The Lord has caught the wise in their own craftiness,
and so delivered us.
Of His own will, He endured the weakness of the flesh.
He has raised the dead,
making them live by His own strength.

Christ, the existing God, is joined to the flesh for us!
He was crucified, dead and buried.
He rose again and ascended in His own flesh to the Father in light.
In the same way, He will come again,
and save those who rightly serve Him.

(Theotokion)

Most pure and holy Virgin,
you brought forth the Holy of Holies, Christ.
He is the Redeemer Who sanctifies all.
As the Mother of Him who created all,
we proclaim you as their Lady and Queen.

CANTICLE SIX:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE DEEPEST ABYSS SURROUNDS US!
THERE IS NO REDEEMER.
WE ARE COUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.
SAVE YOUR PEOPLE, O OUR GOD,
FOR YOU ARE THE STRENGTH AND RESTORATION OF THE WEAK.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

We were greatly wounded by the transgression
of the first formed man, O Christ;
we have been healed by the stripes
which wounded You for our sake, O Lord,
for You are the strength and restoration of the weak.

Lord Almighty, You have led us up from hell.
You crushed the all-devouring whale by Your might,
for You are the Life, the Light and the Resurrection!

(Theotokion)

Our forefathers rejoice in you, most pure Virgin,
for through you they regain Eden
destroyed by the transgression.
For after giving birth,
you remain as pure as you had been before.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: THE SEAMONSTER CAST OUT JONAH UNHARMED
AS IT HAD RECEIVED HIM, LIKE A BABE FROM THE WOMB.
AND WHEN THE WORD CAME TO DWELL IN THE VIRGIN AND WAS MADE FLESH,
HE CAME FORTH PRESERVING HER INCORRUPT,
FOR HE HIMSELF WAS NOT SUBJECT TO DECAY
AND HE KEPT HIS MOTHER FREE FROM HARM!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Impassible and immaterial Wisdom,
Christ God mingled the divine Nature with the coarseness of the flesh
taking upon Himself the mind of man.
Both unchanged and wholly united to my entire nature,
He was crucified
that He might bring me, fallen, complete salvation.

In ancient times, Adam stumbled and fell.
He was wounded and deceived in the hope of becoming like God.
But he rises, made like God indeed, through union with the Word,
through the Passion gaining freedom from passion.
He is glorified
as the Son who sits upon the throne with the Father and the Spirit.

(Theotokion)

Without leaving the Bosom of the Father without beginning,
God who reigns in righteousness
went to dwell and establish Himself
in the womb of a pure Maiden.
He who was without a mother became incarnate without a father.
His descent without geneology is awesome and ineffable.

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!

IKOS

Let us sing the praises of the Almighty God, who rose on the third day!
He shattered the gates of hell, raising those who had been dead
from the ages. He appeared to the Myrrhbearing Women, in His good
pleasure telling them first to rejoice. He sent them to bring the
good news to the apostles. They announced the signs of victory to the
disciples. Hell groaned, death lamented, while the world and all
people rejoiced together,//

FOR YOU ARE THE GIVER OF RESURRECTION TO ALL, O CHRIST!

CANTICLE SEVEN:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: WE, THE FAITHFUL, BEHOLD YOU AS THE SPIRITUAL FURNACE, THEOTOKOS,
FOR AS THE MOST HIGH SAVED THE THREE CHILDREN,
SO HE RENEWED MY ENTIRE NATURE IN YOUR WOMB:
THE MOST PRAISED AND GLORIFIED GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The earth trembled with fear,
the sun turned back and the light was darkened.
The sacred veil of the temple was torn in two
and the rocks were split,
for the righteous God hung upon the Cross:
the most praised and glorified God of our fathers!

Of Your own will, for our sake,
You became as one helpless and wounded among the dead.
You set us free by Your mighty arm,
raising us up with Yourself,
most praised and glorified God of our fathers,

(Theotokion)

Rejoice, fountain of everliving water;
Rejoice, paradise of delight!
Rejoice, rampart of the faithful;
Rejoice, unwedded Bride!
Rejoice, joy of all the world,
for from you has shone forth on us:
the most praised and glorified God of our fathers!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: THE CHILDREN BROUGHT UP TOGETHER IN GODLINESS,
DESPISING THE UNRIGHTEOUS COMMAND,
WERE NOT AFRAID OF THE THREAT OF FIRE,
BUT STANDING IN THE MIDST OF THE FLAMES THEY SANG:
BLESSED ARE YOU, O GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

The earth of old was cursed,
dyed with the blood of Abel from his murdering brother's hand.
Now it is blessed, sprinkled with the divine stream of Your blood,
and leaping for joy, it cries:
Blessed are You, O God of our fathers.

Let those who were hostile to God
lament their shameless deed in putting Christ to death.
Let the faithful rejoice;
let them clap their hands and cry aloud:
Blessed are You, O God of our fathers.

(Theotokion)

Behold! The angel like lightning cried to the myrrhbearing women:
Come and see the shroud and the tomb!
Look at the signs of the Resurrection of Christ and cry:
Blessed are You, O God of our fathers!

CANTICLE EIGHT:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE ISRAELITE CHILDREN SHONE IN THE FURNACE,
WITH THE BEAUTY OF GODLINESS, BRIGHTER THAN MELTING GOLD,
AND THEY CRIED: BLESS THE LORD, ALL WORKS OF THE LORD!
SING AND EXALT HIM THROUGHOUT ALL AGES!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Word of God, of Your own will
You create and fashion all things new.
By Your Passion You have transformed the shadow of death
into Life Eternal.
All works of the Lord, bless the Lord,
sing and exalt Him throughout all ages!

You arose on the third day, O Christ, from the tomb,
destroying the chaos and misery within the gates and bars of hell.
All the works of the Lord bless the Lord,
sing and exalt Him throughout all ages!

(Theotokion)

Let us praise her who in purity without seed and beyond nature,
brought forth Christ the precious pearl from the divine lightning.
Let us say: Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord!
Sing and exalt Him throughout all ages!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: THE FURNACE MOIST WITH DEW WAS THE IMAGE OF A WONDER BEYOND NATURE,
FOR IT DID NOT BURN THE CHILDREN WHOM IT HAD RECEIVED!
JUST AS THE FIRE OF DIVINITY
DID NOT CONSUME THE VIRGIN'S WOMB WHEN IT ENTERED THERE.
SO, LET US RAISE THE SONG:
LET THE WHOLE CREATION BLESS THE LORD
AND EXALT HIM ABOVE ALL FOREVER!

GLORY, O LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Come, people, let us worship
the place where the pure feet of Christ stood,
the Tree where His divine and life-giving hands
were stretched out for the salvation of the human race.
At the life-bearing tomb, let us sing:
Let the whole creation bless the Lord
and exalt Him above all forever!

The wicked slander of those who killed God is exposed,
for the One they called a deceiver
scorned the seals of the transgressors.
As the mighty One He was raised from the dead!
Therefore let us rejoice and sing:
Let the whole creation bless the Lord
and exalt Him above all forever!

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

As they minister the thrice-holy hymn in godly fear
the immaculate Seraphim give glory to the one Lord of all,
the Godhead in three Persons!
Let us, together with them, in reverence raise the song:
Let the whole creation bless the Lord
and exalt Him above all forever!

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

THE MAGNIFICAT IS SUNG

CANTICLE NINE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE BURNING BUSH THAT WAS NOT CONSUMED
WAS THE TYPE OF YOUR PURE CHILDBEARING, THEOTOKOS.
NOW QUENCH FOR US THE RAGING FURNACE OF TEMPTATIONS, WE PRAY,
THAT WE MAY UNCEASINGLY MAGNIFY YOU.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Behold how the lawless and disobedient people
justified the accursed and godless man.
They condemned the righteous One, the Lord of Glory, to the Tree:
Him whom we rightly magnify.

We glorify You, Savior, the innocent Lamb,
Who takes away the sins of the world, risen on the third day!
Together with the Father and Your divine Spirit,
we acknowledge You as God and magnify You, the Lord of glory.

(Theotokion)

O Lord, save Your people,
whom You purchased with Your precious blood.
Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians
over their adversaries
and through the prayers of the Theotokos,
preserve Your Churches in peace!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: I BEHOLD A STRANGE, MOST GLORIOUS MYSTERY!
HEAVEN -- THE CAVE!
THE CHERUBIC THRONE -- THE VIRGIN!
THE MANGER -- THE PLACE WHERE CHRIST LAY,
THE UNCONTAINABLE GOD WHOM WE MAGNIFY IN SONG!

GLORY, O LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Your Cross, Lord, is glorified by Your ineffable strength,
for Your weakness is revealed as stronger than all power.
Through it the mighty are cast down to the earth,
and the poor are brought in safety back to heaven.

The shadow of death has been slain,
for You, O Christ, have appeared to those in hell.
You granted them resurrection from the dead!
Therefore we praise and magnify You,
for You are Yourself the Life, the Resurrection and the Light.

The Nature without beginning or end
is known in three single divine Persons.
One Godhead in the Father, the Son and the Spirit,
in whom Orthodox Christians put their trust, and are saved.

SUNDAY MATINS

THE PRAISES

WE HYMN YOUR SAVING PASSION, O CHRIST,//
AND GLORIFY YOUR RESURRECTION!

LORD, YOU HAVE ENDURED THE CROSS,
VOIDED DEATH AND RISEN FROM THE DEAD://
GRANT PEACE TO OUR LIVES AS THE ONLY ALL POWERFUL ONE!

YOU HAVE DESPOILED HELL,
RAISING MAN BY YOUR RESURRECTION://
MAKE US WORTHY, O CHRIST, TO PRAISE AND GLORIFY YOU WITH PURITY OF HEART!

WE HYMN YOU, O CHRIST, AND GLORIFY YOUR DIVINE CONDESCENSION!
YOU WERE BORN OF A VIRGIN, YET NOT PARTED FROM THE FATHER!
YOU SUFFERED AS MAN, AND FREELY WILLED TO ENDURE THE CROSS!
YOU ROSE FROM THE GRAVE AS FROM A BRIDAL CHAMBER,//
THAT YOU MIGHT SAVE THE WORLD: O LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

(Anatolian stikhera)

WHEN YOU WERE NAILED TO THE TREE OF THE CROSS,
THE POWER OF THE ENEMY WAS SLAIN!
CREATION SHOOK WITH FEAR OF YOU
AND HELL WAS DESPOILED BY YOUR MIGHT!
YOU HAVE RAISED THE DEAD FROM THEIR GRAVES
AND OPENED PARADISE FOR THE THIEF://
O CHRIST OUR GOD, GLORY TO YOU!

THE WOMEN CAME TO YOUR TOMB WITH LAMENTATIONS
BUT FOUND THE GRAVE UNSEALED.
HAVING HEARD THE STRANGE WONDER FROM THE ANGEL,
THEY ANNOUNCED TO THE APOSTLES THAT THE LORD IS RISEN,//
GRANTING THE WORLD GREAT MERCY!

WE VENERATE THE DIVINE WOUNDS OF YOUR PASSION, O CHRIST GOD,
AND THE LORD'S SACRIFICE WHICH NOW SHOWS FORTH GOD IN ZION!
FOR THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS HAS SHONE
ON THOSE WHO WERE SLEEPING IN DARKNESS,
LEADING THEM TO THE NEVER-SETTING LIGHT!//
O LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

WHERE, TROUBLESOME ONES, ARE THOSE WHO WENT TO PILATE?
LET THE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WATCHING SAY:
WHERE ARE THE SEALS OF THE TOMB?
WHERE WAS THE BURIED ONE TAKEN? WHERE WAS THE PRICELESS ONE SOLD?
HOW WAS THE TREASURE STOLEN?

WHY DO YOU SLANDER THE SAVIOR'S RISING, LAWLESS PEOPLE?//
THE FREE ONE IS RISEN AMONG THE DEAD, GRANTING THE WORLD GREAT MERCY!

GLORY... (Gospel Hymn)
NOW AND EVER.. TONE 2
YOU ARE MOST BLESSED...

SUNDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera of repentance)

BY THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT, ALL-POWERFUL LORD,
YOU CREATED ALL THINGS IN GOODNESS,
AND I WAS MADE A REASONABLE CREATURE, ENDOWED WITH SPEECH,
THAT I MIGHT PRAISE YOUR HOLY NAME!
BUT BY MY SHAMEFUL DEEDS, I BRING IT DISHONOR://
SPARE ME, I ENTREAT YOU, O LORD.

REMEMBER, MY MISERABLE SOUL,
THE DIVINE NOBILITY OF YOUR DESCENT,
AND YOUR ETERNAL HOMELAND.
ALWAYS LABOR TO ATTAIN THEM BY DOING GOOD.
YOUR DESTINY LIES IN HIGHER THINGS;
DO NOT BE CONFINED BY THOSE WHICH PASS AWAY.
YOUR BODY IS BUT EARTH, SUBJECT TO CORRUPTION.//
DO NOT LET THE LOWER TRIUMPH OVER THAT WHICH IS HIGHER!

WEEP FERVENTLY OVER ALL YOU HAVE DONE
AND COME BEFORE THE GOOD CREATOR IN CONFESSION.
ASK HIM TO PARDON YOU BEFORE THE DAY OF JUDGMENT COMES,//
LEST HE BAR THE DOORS TO YOU, WRETCHED SOUL.

GNE... (Theotokion)

MARY, WONDROUS AND BLAMELESS,
OUR PURE SUPPORT,
I AM IN DISTRESS, HELD FAST BY MY MANY SINS.
BRING ME TO THE PATH OF REPENTANCE BY YOUR STRONG PROTECTION,//
FOR YOU ARE ABLE TO DO THIS AS THE MOTHER OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

SAVIOR, I HAVE FALLEN INTO A GREAT ABYSS BECAUSE OF MY SINS,
AND MY TRANSGRESSIONS WEIGH ME DOWN.
STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND TO ME AS YOU DID TO PETER, LORD.//
SAVE ME, O GOD, AND HAVE MERCY ON ME.

MY THOUGHTS AND DEEDS CONDEMN ME, SAVIOR.
GIVE ME THE THOUGHT OF TURNING BACK,
THAT I MAY CRY OUT TO YOU://
SAVE ME, O GOD, AND HAVE MERCY ON ME!

(To the martyrs)

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

GNE... (Theotokion)

PURE VIRGIN, JOY OF THE HEAVENLY HOSTS,
AND INTERCESSOR FOR ALL ON EARTH,
SAVE US AS WE RUN TO YOU,//
FOR AFTER GOD WE PUT OUR TRUST IN YOU, THEOTOKOS!

THIRD CANON TO THE THEOTOKOS

CANTICLE ONE:

IRMOS: BY THE RIGHT OF YOUR DIVINE MAJESTY,
YOUR VICTORIOUS ARM IS MADE GLORIOUS IN STRENGTH, IMMORTAL LORD!
IT CRUSHED THE ENEMY WITH ALMIGHTY POWER
AND MADE A NEW PATH FOR THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL IN THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

What song that is worthy of you
can we bring you in our weakness?
The song of joy in which Gabriel shows us the mystery:
Rejoice, Theotokos, the unwedded Virgin Mother!

Come, faithful, let us celebrate the ever-Virgin in spirit
and cry out with purity of heart
to the Mother of Him who reigns over the powers on high:
Rejoice, Theotokos, the unwedded Virgin Mother!

The depth of your incomprehensible child-bearing
is beyond measure, most pure Virgin!
We bring our song to you in faith without hesitation,
crying out with sincerity of heart:
Rejoice, Theotokos, the unwedded Virgin Mother!

CANTICLE THREE:

IRMOS: YOU ALONE KNOW THE WEAKNESS OF MANKIND'S NATURE,
YET IN COMPASSION, YOU TOOK UP ITS FORM.
GIRD ME WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH THAT I MAY CRY OUT TO YOU:
HOLY IS THE LIVING TEMPLE OF YOUR PURE GLORY, LOVER OF MANKIND!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Virgin, in the words of the prophet,
we rightly call you a bright cloud,
for on you the Lord came down
to destroy the error of Egypt's idolatry and enlighten its servants.

The fellowship of the prophets
called you truly a sealed fountain and gate shut fast,
clearly writing to us with these symbols of your virginity
kept safe in child birth,
the one whom the whole world praises in song.

Gabriel, granted to behold the divine purpose as far as was fitting
brought you a joyful message, all-pure Virgin,
telling you plainly of the conception of the Word,
and proclaiming your ineffable childbearing!

CANTICLE FOUR:

IRMOS: BEHOLDING YOU AS A MOUNTAIN OVERSHADOWED BY THE GRACE OF GOD,
HABAKKUK WITH PROPHETIC EYES
PROCLAIMED THAT FROM YOU SHOULD COME THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL
FOR OUR SALVATION AND RESTORATION!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Listen, heavens, to the wonder
And give ear, O earth,
for the daughter of fallen Adam, sprung from dust,
has been called to bring forth her own Maker
for our salvation and restoration!

We sing the praises of the great and wondrous mystery,
for unknown to the leaders of the hosts on high,
the Existing One has descended as the rain upon the fleece:
upon you whom all people magnify
for our salvation and restoration!

You are the holy of holies and hope of the gentiles,
the salvation of the faithful, Theotokos,
for from you, the one praised by all,
the Redeemer, the Giver of Life and Lord, shone forth.
Entreat Him to save your servants.

CANTICLE FIVE:

IRMOS: YOU HAVE ENLIGHTENED THE WORLD
BY THE BRIGHTNESS OF YOUR COMING, O CHRIST.
YOU ILLUMINE THE ENDS OF THE EARTH WITH YOUR CROSS!
ENLIGHTEN ALSO WITH THE LIGHT OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE
THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO SING HYMNS TO YOU IN TRUE FAITH.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The powers of heaven rejoiced as they beheld you,
and with them, the ranks of mortals celebrated!
For by your childbearing, Virgin Theotokos, both were joined together.
Therefore we rightly magnify you.

Let the tongue and mind of every man
be moved to praise the boast of all mankind.
The Virgin in truth is here present with us.
She gives glory to those who sing with faith
the praises of her wonders.

The subtle songs and praise of skillful masters
offered to the Virgin and Mother of God, are held in honor.
For she has been the Temple of the glory of the most High God
whom we rightly magnify.

CANTICLE SIX:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE DEEPEST ABYSS SURROUNDS US!
THERE IS NO REDEEMER.
WE ARE COUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.
SAVE YOUR PEOPLE, O OUR GOD,
FOR YOU ARE THE STRENGTH AND RESTORATION OF THE WEAK.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The ministering hosts of angels rightly stand in wonder
at your seedless childbearing, ever-Virgin.
For after giving birth
you remain as pure as you had been before.

The Word, before time, without flesh,
the Almighty Creator of all,
He who brought into being from nothing the bodiless hosts,
took flesh from you, all-pure Virgin.

The foe has been slain by your life-bearing Fruit;
hell has been openly trampled and we in chains set free!
Therefore I cry aloud to you, full of divine grace:
Deliver my heart from passion!

CANTICLE SEVEN:

IRMOS: WE, THE FAITHFUL, BEHOLD YOU AS THE SPIRITUAL FURNACE, THEOTOKOS,
FOR AS THE MOST HIGH SAVED THE THREE CHILDREN,
SO HE RENEWED MY ENTIRE NATURE IN YOUR WOMB:
THE MOST PRAISED AND GLORIFIED GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Jacob beheld you prophetically as the ladder, Theotokos,
for through you the Most High God of our fathers
descended to earth and dwelt among us:
the most praised and glorified God of our fathers!

Rejoice, pure Virgin!
The Shepherd cane forth from you, clothed in the fleece of Adam,
and in His ineffable compassion
the Most High indeed wore my entire nature as man:
the most praised and glorified God of our fathers!

The pre-eternal God, from your pure blood
became in truth the new Adam.
Entreat Him now to renew me, for I am old and worn, and I cry:
He is the most praised and glorified God of our fathers!

CANTICLE EIGHT:

IRMOS: THE ISRAELITE CHILDREN SHONE IN THE FURNACE,
WITH THE BEAUTY OF GODLINESS, BRIGHTER THAN MELTING GOLD,
AND THEY CRIED: BLESS THE LORD, ALL WORKS OF THE LORD!
SING AND EXALT HIM THROUGHOUT ALL AGES!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

You are the chamber of radiant light
from which Christ the Master of all, came forth as a Bridegroom.
We sing to you and cry:
Let the whole creation bless the Lord
and exalt Him above all forever!

Rejoice, glorious throne of God!
Rejoice, defending wall of the faithful!
For through you Christ the Light shone forth on those in darkness
who bless you and cry aloud:
Let the whole creation bless the Lord
and exalt Him above all forever!

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

All-praised Virgin, the cause of our salvation,
as you have borne the Lord,
pray for all who unceasingly cry:
Let the whole creation bless the Lord
and exalt Him above all forever!

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

CANTICLE NINE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE BURNING BUSH THAT WAS NOT CONSUMED
WAS THE TYPE OF YOUR PURE CHILDBEARING, THEOTOKOS.
NOW QUENCH FOR US THE RAGING FURNACE OF TEMPTATIONS, WE PRAY,
THAT WE MAY UNCEASINGLY MAGNIFY YOU.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Sprung from the root of Jesse,
in fulfillment of the prophecy you have blossomed.
You are indeed the glory of David,
for in truth, the Lord of glory whom you bore
is He whom the prophets foretold
and the One whom we magnify.

Every rule of praise is brought low by the greatness of your glory,
most-pure Virgin.
Yet, Lady, accept a song of praise,
for it is offered to you in love by your unworthy servants who seek your aid.

Your wonders pass man's understanding!
For you, Virgin, are the only woman set above the sun.
You have given all people the light of understanding
in the strange wonder of your incomprehensible childbearing.
Therefore, all-pure one, we magnify you!


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