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Tuesday


TUESDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of repentance)

I, THE PRODIGAL, WAS CONCEIVED IN SIN
AND DARE NOT GAZE UPON THE HEIGHT OF HEAVEN.
BUT WITH DARING, IN THE FACE OF YOUR LOVE FOR MANKIND, I CRY://
O GOD HAVE MERCY ON ME AND SAVE ME!

Verse: Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger!

IF THE RIGHTEOUS PERSON IS SCARCELY SAVED,
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME, A SINNER?
I HAVE NOT BORNE THE BURDEN OR THE HEAT OF THE DAY!//
COUNT ME WITH THOSE WHO CAME AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR, O GOD, AND SAVE ME!

GNE...(Theotokion)

THE FAITHFUL HAVE AN INVINCIBLE WALL IN THE THEOTOKOS!
COME, LET US FALL BEFORE HER,
FOR SHE HAS BOLDNESS BEFORE THE ONE WHO WAS BORN OF HER,//
AND DARES TO APPROACH HIM TO INTERCEDE AND SAVE OUR SOULS!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the Forerunner)

JOHN, AS YOU ONCE BAPTIZED IN THE WATERS OF JORDAN FOR THE CLEANSING OF ALL,
DRAW ME TOWARDS YOU AS I SINK IN SIN!
AS A WORTHY INTERCESSOR, WAS EVERY STAIN FROM ME,//
EVER PRAYING TO HIM WHO LOVES MANKIND!

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

(to the martyrs)

SAINTS, AS COURAGEOUS SOLDIERS, 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 YOUR CROWNS!//
GLORY TO HIM WHO THROUGH YOU GRANTS HEALING TO ALL!

GNE... (Theotokion)

JOHN LEAPED IN HIS MOTHER'S WOMB, PURE VIRGIN,
RECOGNIZING GOD BORNE IN YOU, HE WORSHIPPED IN FAITH!
I ENTREAT YOU, JOIN THE FORERUNNER TO BESEECH THE WORD WHO TOOK FLESH OF YOU,//
PRAYING THAT HE MAY SAVE YOUR SERVANT.

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

ANOTHER WORLD AWAITS YOU, MY SOUL:
A JUDGE WILL SOON REVEAL YOUR SECRET AND TERRIBLE THOUGHTS AND DEEDS!
DO NOT LINGER, THEN, AMONG THE THINGS THAT ARE HERE.
ANTICIPATE THE JUDGMENT AND CRY OUT TO THE JUDGE://
BE MERCIFUL TO ME, O GOD, AND SAVE ME!

DO NOT REJECT ME AT THE TESTING, MY SAVIOR,
THOUGH I AM HELD FAST BY THE LAZINESS OF SIN.
AROUSE MY THOUGHTS TO REPENTANCE;
MAKE ME A PROVEN WORKER OF YOUR VINEYARD://
GRANT ME THE WAGES OF THE ELEVENTH HOUR AND GREAT MERCY!

(To the martyrs)

THESE SOLDIERS OF THE GREAT KING
OPPOSED THE COMMANDS OF TYRANTS AND FEARLESSLY DESPISED THEIR TORMENTS!
THEY TRAMPLED ON ALL DELUSION
AND WERE CROWNED MOST FITTINGLY.//
NOW THEY ASK THE SAVIOR FOR PEACE AND GREAT MERCY FOR OUR SOULS.

GNE... (Theotokion)

VIRGIN, WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE,
MOSES, WITH PROPHETIC EYES
BEHELD THE MYSTERY THAT WAS TO TAKE PLACE IN YOU,
AS HE SAW THE BUSH THAT BURNED, YET WAS NOT CONSUMED.
FOR THE FIRE OF DIVINITY DID NOT CONSUME YOUR WOMB, PURE ONE.
THEREFORE WE PRAY TO YOU AS THE MOTHER OF GOD,//
TO ASK PEACE AND GREAT MERCY FOR THE WORLD.

TUESDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the cross)

CHRIST OUR GOD, NAILED AS MAN TO THE CROSS,
YOU MADE MANKIND DIVINE.
YOU KILLED THE SERPENT, THE SOURCE OF ALL EVIL,
SETTING US FREE FROM THE CURSE OF THE TREE.
IN YOUR COMPASSION, YOU TOOK THE CURSE UPON YOURSELF,//
COMING TO GRANT THE WORLD BLESSING AND GREAT MERCY.

THOUGH YOU ARE ABOVE ALL IN HONOR, MASTER,
YOU ACCEPTED DISHONOR IN YOUR GOODNESS:
YOU ENDURED A SHAMEFUL DEATH ON THE CROSS,
DYING IN THE FLESH THAT MANKIND MIGHT RECEIVE IMMORTALITY,//
AND RETURN TO HIS ORIGINAL LIFE.

MOST PRECIOUS CROSS,
WHERE THE SINS OF ALL THE FAITHFUL WERE PURIFIED,
YOU ARE THE MIGHT OF ALL WHO HOLD AUTHORITY,
SANCTIFYING ALL WHO VENERATE YOU AND GLORIFY CHRIST.
IN HIS COMPASSION, HE STRETCHED OUT HIS PURE HANDS ON YOU,//
GATHERING INTO ONE ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN YOU BEHELD YOUR SON AND MASTER HANGING ON THE CROSS,
HIS SIDE PIERCED WITH A SPEAR,
YOU CRIED OUT IN MOURNING, PURE MOTHER:
WOE IS ME! HOW YOU SUFFER, LOVER OF MANKIND,//
TO TAKE AWAY THE SUFFERINGS OF THE WORLD!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the Cross)

THE CROSS WAS PLANTED ON THE PLACE OF THE SKULL,
AND FROM THE ETERNAL SPRING
THAT FLOWED FROM THE SIDE OF THE SAVIOR,//
IT BLOSSOMED FOR US THE FLOWER OF IMMORTALITY!

THE PRECIOUS CROSS OF THE SAVIOR
IS OUR IMPREGNABLE WALL,//
FOR ALL OF US WHO HAVE PUT OUR HOPE IN IT ARE SAVED!

(To the martyrs)

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)

WHEN SHE BEHELD THE LAMB HANGING ON THE CROSS
THE UNDEFILED VIRGIN LAMENTED AND CRIED:
O MY SWEET CHILD,
WHAT IS THIS STRANGE AND MOST GLORIOUS SIGHT?
HOW IS IT THAT HE WHO HOLDS ALL THINGS IN HIS HAND//
IS NAILED IN THE FLESH TO THE WOOD?


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