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Saturday


SATURDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the martyrs)

REJOICE, RIGHTEOUS, AND LET THE HEAVENS BE GLAD!
FOR FIGHTING BRAVELY ON EARTH, THE MARTYRS HAVE BROUGHT ERROR TO AN END!
LET THE CHURCH CELEBRATE A FEAST OF JOY AND TRIUMPH,
GIVING GLORY TO THE JUDGE WHO ALONE GIVES THE VICTORY://
CHRIST OUR GOD WHO GRANTS THE WORLD GREAT MERCY!

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

SAINTS, YOU DESPISED, THE GODLESS TYRANTS,
AND SCORNING ALL THE PAIN OF TORTURES,
YOU DID NOT DENY YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST!
PRAY, THEN, TO GOD WHO LOVES MANKIND,//
FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

SINCE YOU ARE THE TREASURY OF OUR RESURRECTION,
VIRGIN WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE,
RAISE UP FROM THE PIT AND FROM THE DEPTH OF THEIR SINS
THOSE WHO HAVE PUT THEIR TRUST IN YOU!
GUILTY OF SIN, THEY HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH YOU,
FOR YOU HAVE GIVEN BIRTH TO OUR SALVATION!
VIRGIN BEFORE CHILDBEARING AND WHILE GIVING BIRTH,//
YOU REMAIN A VIRGIN AFTER GIVING BIRTH!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the martyrs)

WE ENTREAT YOU, MARTYRS, TO INTERCEDE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS;
PRAY FOR OUR DELIVERANCE FROM ALL PUNISHMENT//
AND FROM BITTER DEATH.

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

GIVE REST, LOVING LORD, TO YOUR SERVANTS WHOSE MEMORIAL WE KEEP,
IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING AND IN THE DWELLINGS OF THE RIGHTEOUS,
PARDONING WHATEVER SINS THEY COMMITTED IN THIS LIFE,
FOR YOU ARE A GOD OF COMPASSION, READY TO FORGIVE,//
GRANTING THE WORLD GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

REJOICE, FOR YOU FOUND A PLACE IN YOUR WOMB
FOR HIM WHOM THE FARTHEST REACHES WERE UNABLE TO CONTAIN!
REJOICE, FULFILLMENT OF THE TEACHINGS OF THE PROPHETS,
VIRGIN FROM WHOM EMMANUEL WAS BORN://
MOTHER OF CHRIST OUR GOD!

APOSTIKHA (to the martyrs)

CELEBRATING THE MEMORIAL OF YOUR HOLY MARTYRS,
WE SING YOUR PRAISES, O CHRIST!//
WE CRY OUT: GLORY TO YOU, O LORD!

(for the departed)

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

SHINE UPON THOSE WHO HAVE DEPARTED TO YOU
WITH THE PURE JOY OF YOUR BEAUTY AND THE RAYS OF YOUR DIVINE LIGHT.
IN YOUR LOVE, COUNT THEM WORTHY TO DWELL
IN THE SPIRITUAL RADIANCE OF YOUR SPLENDOR.
MAY THEY REJOICE WITH THE ANGELS BEFORE YOU,//
THE MASTER, LORD AND KING OF GLORY!

Verse: Their memorial is from generation to generation!

THERE IS NO END TO THE SPLENDOR OF YOUR GIFTS,
UNFAILING TREASURY OF LOVE!
AS GOD, ACCEPT THOSE WHO HAVE DEPARTED TO YOU
AND MAKE THEM DWELL IN THE LAND OF YOUR ELECT:
IN A PLACE OF REST, IN THE HOUSE OF YOUR GLORY;
IN THE JOY OF PARADISE, THE BRIDAL CHAMBER OF VIRGINS,//
FOR YOU ARE COMPASSIONATE!

GNE... (Theotokion)

YOU BEAR THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW: THE DELIVERER MADE FLESH!
FOR TO THOSE BEFORE HIS COMING,
THERE WAS NO JUSTIFICATION IN THE LAW,
BUT CHRIST CRUCIFIED FOR OUR SAKES HAS JUSTIFIED US!
SINCE YOU HAVE THE BOLDNESS OF A MOTHER,
VIRGIN, WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE,
PRAY TO YOUR COMPASSIONATE SON
THAT HE MAY GIVE REST TO THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE DEPARTED FROM US//
IN THE TRUE FAITH!

SATURDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

COME, LET US REJOICE IN THE LORD
WHO DESTROYED THE DOMINION OF DEATH!
LET US SING TO HIM WITH THE BODILESS HOSTS,
FOR HE ENLIGHTENED THE HUMAN RACE!//
OUR MAKER AND SAVIOR, GLORY TO YOU!

YOU ENDURED THE CROSS AND BURIAL FOR OUR SAKE!
BY YOUR DEATH, YOU DESTROYED DEATH AS GOD!
WE FALL DOWN BEFORE YOUR RESURRECTION ON THE THIRD DAY,//
O SAVIOR, GLORY TO YOU!

WHEN THE APOSTLES BEHELD THE RESURRECTION OF THE MAKER,
THEY WERE AMAZED AND SANG THE ANGELIC PRAISE!
THIS IS THE GLORY OF THE CHURCH!
THIS IS THE RICHNESS OF THE KINGDOM!//
LORD, CRUCIFIED FOR OUR SAKE, GLORY TO YOU!

(The Anatolian stikhera)

YOU WERE HELD BY LAWLESS MEN, O CHRIST,
BUT TO ME, YOU ARE GOD AND I AM NOT ASHAMED!
YOU WERE SMITTEN ON THE CHEEK, BUT I DO NOT DENY YOU!
YOU WERE NAILED TO THE CROSS AND I DO NOT CONCEAL IT,
FOR I GLORY IN YOUR RESURRECTION; YOUR DEATH IS MY LIFE!//
ALMIGHTY LORD AND LOVER OF MANKIND, GLORY TO YOU!

FULFILLING THE PROPHECY OF DAVID,
CHRIST MANIFESTED HIS GREATNESS IN ZION TO THE DISCIPLES.
HE IS PRAISED AND ALWAYS GLORIFIED,
TOGETHER WITH THE FATHER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
AT FIRST AS THE WORD, HE WAS BODILESS,
BUT THEN HE TOOK FLESH AND WAS SLAIN FOR OUR SAKE.//
HE ROSE IN POWER AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

YOU DESCENDED INTO HELL AS YOU FREELY WILLED, O CHRIST,
OVERTHROWING DEATH AS GOD, AND RISING ON THE THIRD DAY AS MASTER!
WITH YOURSELF YOU RAISED ADAM
FROM THE BONDS OF HELL AND FROM CORRUPTION!//
GLORY TO YOUR RESURRECTION, ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

YOU WERE PLACED IN THE TOMB, O LORD, AS ONE ASLEEP!
ON THE THIRD DAY YOU ROSE IN POWER,
RAISING ADAM WITH YOURSELF FROM THE CORRUPTION OF DEATH//
AS THE ALMIGHTY ONE!

(3 stikhera from the menaion)

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

AS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD YOU AROSE FROM THE TOMB!
AS GOD YOU RESURRECTED THE HUMAN RACE WITH YOUR FLESH!//
O LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

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

COME, LET US WORSHIP THE ONE WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD,
AND ENLIGHTENED ALL CREATION!
BY HIS DEATH, HE HAS SAVED US FROM THE TORMENTS OF HELL!//
BY HIS RESURRECTION HE HAS GRANTED US ETERNAL LIFE AND GREAT MERCY!

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

YOU DESCENDED INTO HELL,
CAPTURING DEATH, O CHRIST!
IN THREE DAYS YOU AROSE AGAIN
RESURRECTING US WHO GLORIFY YOUR RESURRECTION!//
LORD AND LOVER OF MANKIND!

VERSE: Holiness befits Your house, Lord, forevermore!

WHEN YOU WERE PLACED IN THE TOMB AS ONE ASLEEP,
THE SIGHT WAS GREAT AND AWESOME!
BUT WHEN YOU ROSE ON THE THIRD DAY AS ALMIGHTY GOD,
YOU RESURRECTED ADAM WITH YOURSELF!//
GLORY TO YOUR RESURRECTION, ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

ALL THE EARTH BORN RUN TO YOUR PROTECTION, LADY!
THEOTOKOS, YOU ARE OUR HOPE!
DELIVER US FROM OUR COUNTLESS SINS,//
AND PRAY THAT OUR SOULS MAY BE SAVED!

TROPARION

BY YOUR CROSS, YOU DESTROYED DEATH!
TO THE THIEF, YOU OPENED PARADISE!
FOR THE MYRRHBEARERS, YOU CHANGED WEEPING INTO JOY!
AND YOU COMMANDED YOUR DISCIPLES, O CHRIST GOD,
TO PROCLAIM THAT YOU ARE RISEN,//
GRANTING THE WORLD GREAT MERCY.

KONTAKION

THE DOMINION OF DEATH
CAN NO LONGER HOLD MANKIND CAPTIVE,
FOR CHRIST DESCENDED SHATTERING AND DESTROYING ITS POWERS!
HELL IS BOUND, WHILE THE PROPHETS REJOICE AND CRY:
THE SAVIOR HAS COME TO THOSE IN FAITH,//
ENTER, YOU FAITHFUL, INTO THE RESURRECTION!

THEOTOKION

WOMAN WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE,
SINCE YOU ARE THE TREASURY OF OUR RESURRECTION,
LIFT UP THOSE WHO HAVE THEIR TRUST IN YOU,
FROM THE DEPTH AND FROM THE PIT OF SINS.
BY GIVING BIRTH TO OUR SALVATION,
YOU SAVED THOSE WHO ARE WEIGHED DOWN BY THE RESULTS OF SIN.
YOU WERE A VIRGIN BEFORE GIVING BIRTH, A VIRGIN AS YOU BROUGHT FORTH,//
AND A VIRGIN AFTER YOU HAD GIVEN BIRTH!


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