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Friday


FRIDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

YOU MADE YOUR CROSS, O CHRIST, BRIGHTER THAN ANY FIRE,
CLEARER THAN ANY FLAME!
IT ENLIGHTENS THE HEARTS OF MEN
AND BURNS THE SINS OF THOSE IN SICKNESS
AS THEY SING THE PRAISES OF YOUR VOLUNTARY CRUCIFIXION.//
O CHRIST OUR GOD, GLORY TO YOU!

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

O RULER OF THE SPIRITUAL POWERS,
YOU UNDERSTAND THE SLOTH OF MY SOUL.//
SAVE ME BY YOUR CROSS, O CHRIST MY GOD, THE LOVER OF MAN!

GNE... (Theotokion)

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, O THEOTOKOS,
TO CHRIST OUR GOD WHO WAS CRUCIFIED FOR US
AND HAS DESTROYED THE POWER OF DEATH,//
FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS.

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

ON THE TREE OF THE CROSS, YOU SAVE US FROM THE ANCIENT CURSE;//
SAVE US ALSO, LORD BY HEALING THE WOUNDS OF OUR HEARTS!

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

YOUR MARTYRS, LORD, DEFEATED THE ENEMY,
AND ARMED WITH THE POWER OF THE CROSS,
THEY PUT TO SHAME THE ERROR OF IDOLOTRY!
THEREFORE, WITH THE ANGELS, WE CRY OUT TO YOU, O CHRIST,
GIVING GLORY TO YOU IN A HYMN OF VICTORY!//
AT THEIR INTERCESSION, WE BESEECH YOU, SAVE US!

GNE... (Theotokion)

VIRGIN, YOU CONCEIVED WITHOUT SEED
THE ONE WHOM YOU SAW NAILED TO THE CROSS.//
EVER PRAY TO HIM THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED.

APOSTIKHA

(Of the Cross)

LOVER OF MANKIND, AS MASTER,
YOU REDEEMED THE WORLD THROUGH YOUR CROSS!//
LORD AND GIVER OF LIFE, GLORY TO YOU!

TRUE VINE, YOU WERE NAILED TO THE CROSS!
WITH THE THIEF, THE GENTILES GATHERED THE FRUITS OF PARADISE!
THIS IS THE GLORY OF THE CHURCH!
THIS IS THE WEALTH OF THE KINGDOM!//
LORD WHO SUFFERED FOR OUR SAKE, GLORY TO YOU!

(To the martyrs)

AS WE CELEBRATE IN MEMORY OF YOUR HOLY MARTYRS,
WE SING YOUR PRAISES, O CHRIST,//
CRYING: O LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

GNE... (Theotokion) To the special melody, Today Judas Keeps Watch

LONG-SUFFERING ONE, YOU ACCEPTED TO BE CRUCIFIED
AND KILLED LIKE A CRIMINAL,
IN ORDER THAT THROUGH THE TREE OF YOUR CROSS
YOU MIGHT LIFT US UP AGAIN WHEN WE HAD FALLEN BECAUSE OF THE TREE!
SHE WHO BORE YOU WAS ASTONISHED WHEN SHE SAW YOU DEAD
AND WITH GROANING THE VIRGIN CRIED:
WHAT UNJUST MADNESS!//
HOW COULD THE LAWLESS ONES SLAY THE RIGHTEOUS ONE?

FRIDAY EVENING

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the martyrs)

SAVIOR, WHEN YOU COME TO JUDGE ALL THE WORLD,
PUT ME NOT TO SHAME,//
THOUGH I HAVE DONE SHAMEFUL DEEDS.

GLORY TO YOU, CHRIST GOD,
THE APOSTLES' BOAST, THE MARTYRS' JOY,//
WHOSE PREACHING WAS THE CONSUBSTANTIAL TRINITY!

HOLY MARTYRS, WHO FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AND HAVE RECEIVED YOUR CROWNS,
ENTREAT WITH THE LORD//
THAT HE WILL HAVE MERCY ON OUR SOULS.

GNE... (Theotokion )

NO TONGUE CAN SPEAK OF YOUR WONDERFUL CHILDBEARING
FOR THE ORDER OF NATURE WAS OVERRULED BY GOD!
YOU WERE REVEALED TO BE A MOTHER ABOVE NATURE,
FOR YOU REMAINED A VIRGIN BEYOND REASON AND UNDERSTANDING!
YOUR CONCEPTION WAS MOST GLORIOUS, THEOTOKOS!
THE MANNER OF YOUR GIVING BIRTH WAS INEFFABLE, VIRGIN!
KNOWING YOU TO BE THE MOTHER OF GOD,
DEVOUTLY WE PRAY TO YOU://
BESEECH HIM TO SAVE OUR SOULS!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the martyrs)

DESPISING EARTHLY THINGS, HOLY MARTYRS,
AND BRAVELY PREACHING CHRIST IN THE ARENA,
YOU RECEIVED FROM HIM THE DUE REWARD FOR YOUR SUFFERINGS.
SINCE YOU HAVE BOLDNESS BEFORE THE PRESENCE OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD,//
WE ENTREAT YOU TO PRAY TO HIM FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

MARTYRS, WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE:
SHEEP OF CHRIST'S SPIRITUAL FLOCK,
YOU ARE A LIVING OFFERING AND ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE, PLEASING TO THE LORD!
THOUGH THE EARTH DID NOT COVER YOU, HEAVEN RECEIVED YOU!
NOW THAT YOU ARE COMPANIONS WITH THE ANGELS,
WE ENTREAT YOU TO PRAY WITH THEM TO GOD OUR SAVIOR,//
THAT HE MAY GRANT PEACE TO THE WORLD, AND SALVATION TO OUR SOULS!

(For the departed)

IN THE BEGINNING, YOU FORMED MAN ACCORDING TO YOUR IMAGE AND LIKENESS,
PLACING HIM IN PARADISE AS RULER OVER YOUR CREATION.
BUT HE WAS DECEIVED THROUGH THE ENVY OF THE DEVIL;
HE ATE THE FRUIT AND TRANSGRESSED YOUR COMMANDS.
THEREFORE, LORD, YOU CONDEMNED HIM TO RETURN TO THE EARTH FROM WHICH HE WAS TAKEN,//
AND TO ASK FOR REST.

GNE... (Theotokion)

AS THE ONLY ONE WHO ENCOMPASSED THE BOUNDLESS ONE,
AND GAVE BIRTH TO THE INCARNATE WORD OF GOD,//
ENTREAT HIM THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!


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