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Sunday


SUNDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN

AFTER THE LIFE HAD BEEN LAID IN THE TOMB
AND THE SEALS HAD BEEN SET ON THE STONE,
THE SOLDIERS GUARDED CHRIST AS A SLEEPING KING;
THE ANGELS GLORIFIED HIM AS THE IMMORTAL GOD;
THE WOMEN CRIED OUT: THE LORD IS RISEN, //
GRANTING THE WORLD GREAT MERCY!

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

BY YOUR THREE DAYS IN THE TOMB YOU HAVE DESPOILED DEATH;
BY YOUR LIFE-BEARING RESURRECTION YOU HAVE RAISED CORRUPTED MAN!
GLORY TO YOU, CHRIST OUR GOD, THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

VIRGIN MOTHER OF GOD, EVER PRAY TO CHRIST OUR GOD
THAT HE MAY SAVE OUR SOULS:
HE WAS CRUCIFIED AND ROSE FOR US,//
LAYING LOW THE POWER OF DEATH!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN

WHEN THE SEPULCHRE WAS SEALED, O CHRIST OUR GOD,
AS LIFE, YOU ROSE FROM THE TOMB!
WHEN THE DOORS WERE CLOSED YOU STOOD IN THE MIDST OF YOUR DISCIPLES.
THROUGH THEM, RESURRECTION OF ALL,
YOU RENEW A RIGHT SPIRIT WITHIN US//
FOR YOU ARE GREAT IN MERCY!

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

THE WOMEN RAN TO THE TOMB IN TEARS, BEARING SPICES
WHILE THE SOLDIERS KEPT THEIR WATCH OVER YOU, THE KING OF ALL.
THEY SAID TO EACH OTHER: WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE FOR US?
THE ANGEL OF GREAT COUNSEL IS RISEN, TRAMPLING DOWN DEATH!//
GLORY TO YOU, ALMIGHTY LORD!

GNE... (Theotokion)

HAVEN AND INTERCESSOR FOR MANKIND!
THE DELIVERER OF THE WORLD WAS MADE FLESH OF YOU:
ONLY YOU ARE BOTH MOTHER AND VIRGIN,
EVER BLESSED AND GLORIFIED!//
INTERCEDE WITH CHRIST OUR GOD THAT HE MAY GRANT PEACE TO THE WORLD!

THE CANON

CANTICLE ONE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: AT YOUR COMMAND, LORD, THE WATER CHANGED ITS NATURE;
NO LONGER DIFFUSE AND SHIFTING, IT BECAME FIRM AS THE GROUND.
ISRAEL WALKED DRYSHOD, AND SANG YOU A SONG OF VICTORY!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The tyranny of death has been condemned
through the Tree of the Cross;
by Your condemnation, Lord, to an unjust death.
Thus the prince of darkness lost the battle
and has justly been cast out.

Hell approached You, but his jaws were broken,
for his teeth were not strong enough to crush Your body!
Therefore, Savior, having destroyed the pains of death,
You are risen on the third day!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The pains of our mother Eve have been destroyed,
for not knowing a man, you bore a child without pain.
Therefore, beholding you clearly as the Mother of God, we glorify you, most pure One.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: YOU BROUGHT WARS TO AN END!
YOU OVERTURNED PHARAOH AND ALL HIS CHARIOTS IN THE DEEP.
LET US SING TO HIM, FOR HE IS GLORIFIED!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

The Savior on the Cross poured out for us
two life-bearing fountains from His wounded side.
Let us sing to Him, for He is glorified!

Christ dwelt in the tomb and rose on the third day,
granting mortal man the hope of incorruption.
Let us sing to Him for He is glorified!

(Theotokion)

You alone are seen to be Virgin after childbearing,
for you bore the incarnate Creator of the world.
Therefore, we all cry to you: Rejoice!

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: LORD AND SAVIOR, IN THE BEGINNING
YOU FOUNDED THE HEAVENS AND THEIR POWERS
BY YOUR DIVINE AND ALL-CREATING SPIRIT:
ESTABLISH ME FIRMLY ON THE UNSHAKEABLE ROCK OF YOUR CONFESSION.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Ascending the Cross, compassionate Savior,
of Your own will You suffered pain for us,
enduring the wounding,
the means of salvation and peace for the faithful,
reconciling us all to Your Father, merciful One.

Christ, You cleansed me from the wound my soul suffered
at the bite of the serpent.
You showed light to me as I lay in darkness and corruption,
for by Your Cross You descended to hell, raising me up with Yourself.

(Theotokion)

Savior, by the prayers of Your unwedded Mother,
grant peace to the world;
grant victory to Orthodox Christians over their adversaries,
counting them worthy of Your ineffable glory.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: YOU FOUNDED THE HEAVENS BY YOUR WORD,
AND ESTABLISHED THE EARTH UPON THE WATERS;
NOW ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND,
FIRMLY ESTABLISH MY MIND UPON YOUR WILL.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

You endured the sufferings on the Cross
and opened Paradise ta the thief as God and Benefactor;
now only Lover of mankind,
firmly establish my mind upon Your will.

You rose from the tomb on the third day,
and made life shine on earth, as God and Giver of Life. Now only Lover of mankind, firmly establish my mind upon Your will.

(Theotokion)

Mary, Virgin and Mother, you conceived God without seed and freed Eve from the curse; entreat God made flesh of you to save your flock.

CANTICLE FOUR:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: CHRIST GOD, WITHOUT LEAVING THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER,
YOU CAME DOWN TO THE EARTH.
I HAVE HEARD THE MYSTERY OF YOUR DISPENSATION,
AND I GLORIFY YOU, ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

He who was made flesh of the Virgin,
gave His back to scourging.
The innocent Master was tortured for the slave who had sinned,
freeing me from my reproach.

The One who judges the whole world in righteousness
stood trial before lawless judges
and He who is the Creator of man
was convicted and struck on the face by a hand of clay!

(Theotokion)

True Theotokos, pray to your Creator and Son
to guide me to the haven of His glorious will, immaculate One.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: CHRIST, THE PROPHET AS HE SAW YOUR COMING
IN THE LAST TIMES, CRIED OUT:
LORD, I HAVE HEARD OF YOUR SOVEREIGN DOMINION,
FOR YOU COME TO SAVE YOUR ANOINTED!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Lord, You did not know sin,
yet because af it, You became what You were not.
You took another form and fashioned it anew
to save the world and lure the tyrant to his death.

Lord, You hung upon the Cross
and destroyed the sin of our first father Adam.
You filled our mother Eve with joy,
for You come to save Your anointed.

(Theotokion)

You were born of a Virgin and You died,
bringing to life Adam, who had wandered in understanding.
Death trembled in fear at Your strength,
for You came to save all those held in its corruption.

CANTICLE FIVE:

CANON ONE

IRMOS: THE NIGHT IS DARK TO THOSE WITHOUT FAITH, O CHRIST,
BUT LIGHT COMES FOR THE FAITHFUL THROUGH DELIGHT IN YOUR WORDS.
THEREFORE I RISE EARLY IN THE MORNING AND COME TO YOU
SINGING THE PRAISES OF YOUR DIVINITY.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You were sold for Your slaves, O Christ,
and enduring blows, You purchased freedom for those
who rise early in the morning and come to You
singing the praises of Your divinity.

By Your divine strength in the weakness of the flesh, O Christ,
You cast down the strong one.
Through the Resurrection, Savior,
You revealed me as a conqueror of death.

(Theotokion)

Pure Mother, you gave birth to God made flesh from you
in a way divinely fitting.
For you, all-praised One did not know a man,
but conceived by the Holy Spirit.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: AS I RISE AT EARLY DAWN, MY LORD AND GOD,
I BEG YOU TO FORGIVE MY TRANSGRESSIONS.
I BESEECH YOU TO MAKE STRAIGHT MY PATH
IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR COMMANDMENTS.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

You were numbered among the transgressors and lifted up on Golgotha. The lights of heaven hid themselves; the earth was seized with violent trembling. The veil of the temple was torn in two revealing the defection of the people.

We glorify You in song for You have destroyed the power of the tyrant by the strength of Your incomprehensible divinity, raising the dead by Your Resurrection.

(Theotokion)

All-praised Theotokos, Mother of the King and God, by your prayers, grant purification of sins to the faithful who unceasingly sing to your honor with faith and love.

CANTICLE SIX:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: TOSSING ON A SEA OF WORLDLY CARES,
SINKING WITH MY COMPANIONS, MY SINS,
THROWN OVERBOARD TO THE SOUL-DESTROYING MONSTER,
AS JONAH, I CRY ALOUD TO YOU:
CHRIST, LEAD ME UP FROM THESE DEADLY DEEPS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The souls of the righteous imprisoned and abandoned in hell
remembered You and prayed to You for salvation.
You granted it through Your Cross, O Christ,
descending to the depths of the earth, Compassionate One.

The choir of the apostles lost hope that they would see again
the Living Temple not made by human hands
destroyed by all that fell upon It in the Passion.
But then beyond hope, they worshipped and proclaimed everywhere
that He is risen from the dead.

(Theotokion)

Who can tell of your ineffable childbearing for our sake
Virgin Bride of God?
For God the Word who cannot be circumscribed,
was united to you and became flesh from you.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: JONAH CRIED OUT FROM THE BELLY OF THE WHALE:
REDEEM MY LIFE FROM CORRUPTION!
AND WE CRY OUT TO YOU, ALMIGHTY SAVIOR: HAVE MERCY ON US!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Lifted up of Your own will upon the Cross,
nailing to it, Good Savior, the written scroll of our sins,
You have led captive the dominion of the enemy.

Rising in power from the dead, Savior,
You raised the race of man with Yourself,
bestowing on us life and immortality
as the Lover of mankind.

(Theotokion)

Pray without ceasing to our God, pure and ever-Virgin
Whom you bore beyond reason, Theotokos,
to save from peril those who sing your praises.

KONTAKION

THE DOMINION OF DEATH
CAN NO LONGER HOLD MEN 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!

IKOS

Today death and hell and the lowest depths of the earth shake in terror at the presence of One of the Trinity. The earth quakes and the gatekeepers of hell are struck with terror at beholding You. But all creation, rejoicing with the prophets, sings a song of victory to You, our Redeemer and God, as You destroy now the power of death. Let us also shout and cry aloud to Adam and those who are sprung from him: The Cross has brought him back!//

ENTER, YOU FAITHFUL, INTO THE RESURRECTION!

CANTICLE SEVEN:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: IN DAYS OF OLD THE CHILDREN SHOWED US THE FLAMING FURNACE
COOLED BY THE GENTLY DROPPING DEW
AS THEY SANG THE PRAISES OF THE ONE GOD AND SAID:
THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS IS HIGHLY EXALTED
AND IS GLORIFIED OVER ALL.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Adam freely willed to be disobedient
and was put to death through a tree
but Christ's obedience has formed him anew,
for the Son of God has been crucified for me
and is glorified over all.

Christ, the whole creation hymns Your rising from the tomb,
for You have caused life to blossom for those in hell,
Resurrection for the dead and light for those in darkness.
He is glorified over all!

(Theotokion)

Rejoice, Daughter of corrupted Adam;
Rejoice, only Bride of God!
Rejoice, for by your conceiving God, corruption has been banished.
Pure One, pray to Him, to save us all.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: THROWN INTO THE FIERY FURNACE
THE HOLY CHILDREN CHANGED THE FIRE TO DEW AS THEY SANG:
BLESSED ARE YOU, LORD GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

You deadened the sting of sin on the wood of the Cross,
and destroyed the writing of Adam's sin by the spear in Your side.
Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers.

When Your side was pierced, You cleansed the polluted earth
from the defilement of idolatry by Your sprinkled blood.
Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers.

(Theotokion)

You caused Christ to shine on the world, Mother of God:
the Light Who was before the sun.
He saves from darkness and enlightens with the knowledge of God all who cry:
Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers.

CANTICLE EIGHT: (May be sung as stikhera on the Song of the Three Children)

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE BUSH ON SINAI THAT BURNED YET WAS NOT CONSUMED
REVEALED GOD TO MOSES WHO WAS SLOW IN TONGUE AND CLUMSY IN SPEECH.
AND IN BURNING ZEAL FOR GOD THE CHILDREN WERE REVEALED UNHARMED,
AND THEY CRIED FROM THE MIDST OF THE FIRE:
ALL WORKS OF THE LORD, BLESS THE LORD
AND EXALT HIM ABOVE ALL FOREVER!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The reasoning Lamb without blemish
was slaughtered as a sacrifice for the world.
Thus as God He brought to an end the sacrifices of the law,
and sinless, cleansed the world which cries:
all works of the Lord, bless the Lord,
and exalt Him above all forever!

The Creator assumed our corruptible flesh before the Passion;
after the Passion and Resurrection He reformed it in incorruption,
thus remaking mortal men, who cry:
all works of the Lord, bless the Lord
and exalt Him above all forever!

(Theotokion)

Your wholly unblemished purity, Virgin
has cleansed the filth and pollution of the world.
You have become the means of our reconciliation to God, all-pure One.
Therefore all men bless you and exalt you above all forever!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: THE ONLY ETERNAL KING OF GLORY,
BLESSED BY THE POWERS OF HEAVEN,
AND BEFORE WHOM THE RANKS OF ANGELS TREMBLE:
PRAISE HIM, PRIESTS, AND HIGHLY EXALT HIM, PEOPLE,
THROUGHOUT ALL THE AGES.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

He willingly endured the Passion,
and was voluntarily nailed upon the Cross
destroying the powers of hell:
Praise Him, priests, and highly exalt Him, people,
throughout all the ages.

He laid low the dominion of death
and rose from the tomb in glory saving the race of men.
Praise Him, priests, and highly exalt Him, people,
throughout all the ages.

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

(Theotokion)

The only-compassionate, pre-eternal Word
was born in the last times of the Virgin
destroying the ancient curse.
Praise Him, priests, and highly exalt Him, people,
throughout all the ages.

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

THE MAGNIFICAT IS SUNG

CANTICLE NINE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: YOU CONCEIVED WITHOUT TASTING CORRUPTION,
LENDING FLESH TO THE WORD, THE CREATOR OF ALL,
UNWEDDED MOTHER, VIRGIN THEOTOKOS,
THE VESSEL WHICH CONTAINED THE UNCONTAINABLE,
THE DWELLING FOR YOUR INFINITE CREATOR: WE MAGNIFY YOU!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Stop your mouths, all you whose minds have gone astray,
attributing suffering to divinity.
For we magnify the Lord of glory, crucified in the flesh,
but not crucified in His divine nature,
for He is one Person in two natures.

Come to the tomb of Christ and learn
all who deny the Resurrection of the body.
For the flesh of the Giver of life has been put to death,
and rose again in assurance of the final resurrection, for which we hope.

GLORY TO YOU, HOLY TRINITY, OUR GOD!

We worship three Persons, not three gods;
One God, but not one person.
We part from those who divide, and confound those who dare to confuse
the Trinity whom we magnify!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: VIRGIN THEOTOKOS, YOU BORE A CHILD
AND REMAINED A VIRGIN AFTER GIVING BIRTH.
THIS WAS NOT THE WORK OF NATURE BUT THE DESCENT OF GOD.
THEREFORE, AS THE ONLY ONE COUNTED WORTHY OF GOD'S DIVINE MIRACLES
WE EVER MAGNIFY YOU!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Light of Light, the Radiance of the holy glory of the Immortal Father,
Christ shone in the darkness of man's life,
driving away the pursuing night.
We faithful ever magnify Him.

Myrrh is fitting for the dead; song for the living!
Since, women, your tears are for the dying,
bring a song for the Life of all
Whose Resurrection the messenger proclaims,
announcing the glad tidings of the Rising of Christ.

(Theotokion)

The Church cries out to You:
I know no other God but You!
You chose me from the unbelieving nations to be Your Bride!
Therefore, compassionate Word
grant salvation to the faithful
through the prayers of her who bore You.

THE PRAISES

CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD,
HAVING DESTROYED THE BONDS OF DEATH!
EARTH, PROCLAIM GREAT JOY!//
HEAVENS, PRAISE THE GLORY OF GOD!

HAVING BEHELD THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST,//
LET US WORSHIP THE HOLY LORD JESUS, THE ONLY SINLESS ONE!

WE CEASELESSLY PRAISE THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST,
FOR HE HAS SAVED US FROM OUR SINS://
THE HOLY LORD JESUS WHO HAS MANIFESTED THE RESURRECTION!

WHAT SHALL WE RENDER TO THE LORD
FOR ALL HIS BOUNTY TO US?
FOR OUR SAKE, GOD CAME AND DWELT AMONG MEN!
BECAUSE OF OUR CORRUPTED NATURE THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US!
HE IS BENEFACTOR TO THE UNGRATEFUL, DELIVERER TO CAPTIVES,
THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS TO THOSE SITTING IN DARKNESS,
IMPASSABLE ON THE CROSS,
LIGHT IN HELL AND RESURRECTION FOR THE FALLEN!//
LET US CRY OUT TO HIM: OUR GOD, GLORY TO YOU!

(The Anatolian stikhera)

YOU HAVE DESTROYED THE GATES OF HELL, LORD,
AND BY YOUR GREAT POWER, ABOLISHED THE DOMINION OF DEATH!
BY YOUR DIVINE AND GLORIOUS RESURRECTION,
YOU HAVE RAISED THE DEAD TOGETHER WITH YOURSELF:
THOSE WHO SLEPT FOR AGES IN DARKNESS,//
AS THE KING AND ALL POWERFUL GOD!

COME, LET US EXULT IN THE LORD
AND REJOICE IN HIS RESURRECTION!
FOR HE HAS RAISED WITH HIMSELF THE DEAD
WHO WERE HELD BY INDESTRUCTIBLE BONDS IN HELL,//
AND HAS GRANTED THE WORLD ETERNAL LIFE AND GREAT MERCY!

THE SHINING ANGEL SAT ON THE STONE OF YOUR LIFE BEARING TOMB,
AND ANNOUNCED THE GLAD TIDINGS TO THE MYRRH BEARING WOMEN:
THE LORD IS RISEN AS HE SAID TO YOU!
ANNOUNCE TO THE DISCIPLES THAT HE GOES BEFORE YOU INTO GALILEE,//
AND HAS GRANTED THE WORLD ETERNAL LIFE AND GREAT MERCY!

WHY, EVIL ONES, HAVE YOU REJECTED THE HEAD CORNER STONE?
GOD HAS PLACED THE ONE WHO MADE WATER FLOW FROM THE ROCK IN ZION,
AND CAUSED IMMORTALITY TO FLOW FROM HIS SIDE FOR US!
THIS IS THE STONE CUT FROM A VIRGIN MOUNTAIN WITHOUT DESIRE OF MAN!
HEE IS THE SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN
AS DANIEL HAS SAID, BEFORE THE ANCIENT OF DAYS,//
AND HIS KINGDOM IS EVERLASTING!

GLORY...

GOSPEL HYMN

NOW AND EVER....TONE 2: YOU ARE MOST BLESSED...

SUNDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL (Stikhera of repentance)

LIFT UP YOUR EYES, MY SOUL, AND GAZE ON GOD'S MERCY AND DISPENSATION:
HE CAME DOWN TO EARTH FROM HEAVEN,
TO RAISE YOU FROM THE DISTRESS OF YOUR PASSIONS,
AND TO SET YOU ON THE ROCK OF FAITH!
GREAT MIRACLE! YOU HUMBLED YOURSELF!//
GLORY TO YOU, O LOVER OF MANKIND!

BEHOLD YOUR LAWLESS DEEDS, MY SOUL,
AND BE AMAZED THAT THE EARTH STILL ENDURES YOU,
THAT LIGHTNING HAS NOT STRUCK YOU,
THAT WILD BEASTS HAVE NOT DESTROYED YOU,
THAT THE NEVER-SETTING SUN STILL SHINES ON YOU!
ARISE, REPENT, AND CALL TO THE LORD:
I HAVE SINNED; TRULY HAVE I SINNED!//
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON ME!

HOPING IN YOU, WE PRAY TO YOU, ALMIGHTY LORD:
DELIVER US FROM ALL DANGERS, PASSIONS AND DISTRESS,
THAT WE MAY PASS OUR LIFE IN PEACE,
AND LIVING IN PURITY, ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT,//
WE MAY FIND YOU OUR KIND AND MERCIFUL MASTER.

GNE... (Theotokion)

WITH THE ANGELS, LET US SING TO THE THEOTOKOS,
FOR SHE GAVE BIRTH TO THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD!
AFTER HIS BIRTH SHE REMAINED A VIRGIN,
AND HER CHILDBEARING SAVED THE WORLD FROM ERROR.
BY NOURISHING WITH MILK THE SAVIOR OF OUR SOULS,//
YOU HAVE GIVEN US ETERNAL FOOD.

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

LIKE THE PRODIGAL I COME AND FALL BEFORE YOU, LORD;
ACCEPT ME AS ONE OF YOUR HIRED SERVANTS,//
AND HAVE MERCY ON ME, COMPASSIONATE ONE!

AS THE MAN WHO FELL AMONG THIEVES AND WAS WOUNDED,
I HAVE FALLEN, AND MY SOUL IS BRUISED BY MY MANY SINS.
TO WHOM CAN I, THE GUILTY ONE, RUN,
IF NOT TO YOU, THE ONLY MERCIFUL PHYSICIAN OF OUR SOULS?//
POUR OUT YOUR GREAT MERCY ON ME, O GOD!

(To the martyrs)

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

GNE... (Theotokion)

REJOICE, O BRIDE OF GOD!
WE CRY OUT TO YOU WITH THE ANGELS.
YOU ARE CALLED THE ARK, THE SACRIFICIAL ALTAR, AND THE GATE,//
MOUNTAIN OF ABUNDANCE AND BURNING BUSH!

THIRD CANON TO THE THEOTOKOS

CANTICLE ONE:

IRMOS: AT YOUR COMMAND, LORD, THE WATER CHANGED ITS NATURE;
NO LONGER DIFFUSE AND SHIFTING, IT BECAME FIRM AS THE GROUND.
ISRAEL WALKED DRYSHOD, AND SANG YOU A SONG OF VICTORY!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Virgin, You bore the Depth of compassion:
shine on my soul with your light-bearing radiance
that with love I may sing the praises of the depth of your wonders.

Beholding us wounded by the darts of sin,
the Lord in His kindness, took pity on us:
the Most High God united Himself ineffably to flesh from you, O Virgin.

Virgin, the corrupt and mortal nature of man
was swallowed up by death,
but by conceiving Life, you brought it from corruption back to life.

CANTICLE THREE:

IRMOS: LORD AND SAVIOR, IN THE BEGINNING
YOU FOUNDED THE HEAVENS AND THEIR POWERS
BY YOUR DIVINE AND ALL-CREATING SPIRIT:
ESTABLISH ME FIRMLY ON THE UNSHAKEABLE ROCK OF YOUR CONFESSION.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The creeping serpent beguiled me with the desire to be like God,
dragging me out of Eden to the earth.
But, Virgin Mother, the One whose nature is compassion and mercy
dwelt within your womb and became like me,
and so He made me like God.

Blessed is the fruit of your womb,
Virgin Mother of God, the joy of us all;
for you indeed brought joy and gladness to the world, Bride of God,
dispersing all the grief of sin,

Virgin Theotokos, you bore for us eternal Life, Light and Peace,
setting aside the ancient enmity of mankind towards God the Father
by faith and the confession of grace.

CANTICLE FOUR:

IRMOS: CHRIST GOD, WITHOUT LEAVING THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER,
YOU CAME DOWN TO THE EARTH.
I HAVE HEARD THE MYSTERY OF YOUR DISPENSATION,
AND I GLORIFY YOU, ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

You were chosen from all and beautiful above all creation,
appearing to God in the splendor of your shining radiance.
All-praised One, illumine and purify all those who sing to you.

Pure Virgin Mother,
from your pure blood you brought God to mortal men.
He delivers from countless sins
those who honor you and sing your praises.

Reasoning nature has now been taught
the mysteries of your ineffable conceiving, all-blessed One.
It offers the sacred rites of worship to Him
Who came from you, O Virgin.

CANTICLE FIVE:

IRMOS: THE NIGHT IS DARK TO THOSE WITHOUT FAITH, O CHRIST,
BUT LIGHT COMES FOR THE FAITHFUL THROUGH DELIGHT IN YOUR WORDS.
THEREFORE I RISE EARLY IN THE MORNING AND COME TO YOU
SINGING THE PRAISES OF YOUR DIVINITY.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

As Jacob saw the ladder set up to the heights of heaven,
he beheld the type of your mystery, Virgin.
For through you, all-pure Lady, God came down among men.

We have found eternal salvation through you, Virgin,
and we fervently cry out to you: Rejoice, Bride of God!
We rejoice in your light, all-praised One,
ever singing hymns to you.

The Bridegroom found you, the only lily among thorns,
radiant with the brightness of purity,
and shining with the light of virginity.
He took you to be His Bride, immaculate Virgin.

CANTICLE SIX:

IRMOS: TOSSING ON A SEA OF WORLDLY CARES,
SINKING WITH MY COMPANIONS, MY SINS,
THROWN OVERBOARD TO THE SOUL-DESTROYING MONSTER,
AS JONAH, I CRY ALOUD TO YOU:
CHRIST, LEAD ME UP FROM THESE DEADLY DEEPS!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The types of the law and predictions of the prophets,
clearly foretold you, pure Virgin,
as the one who bore the Benefactor of all creation
Whose goodness is found in many different ways
for the faithful who sing your praises.

Adam, the first-formed man,
was banished long ago from the divine delights of Paradise
through the will and intent of the murderer.
But you, unwedded one, led him back again
by bearing Him who delivers us from our transgressions.

Pure One, He who made the whole world from nothing
by divine will and creative might,
proceeded from your womb,
shining on those in the darkness of death
with the lightning flashes of divinity.

CANTICLE SEVEN:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: IN DAYS OF OLD THE CHILDREN SHOWED US THE FLAMING FURNACE
COOLED BY THE GENTLY DROPPING DEW
AS THEY SANG THE PRAISES OF THE ONE GOD AND SAID:
THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS IS HIGHLY EXALTED
AND IS GLORIFIED OVER ALL.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Virgin, decked with gold-woven robes,
in many-colored robes,
your Creator and Lord loved you, His own.
The God of our fathers is highly exalted and glorified over all!

Maiden, In days of old
Isaiah was cleansed by the touch of the coal of fire.
He beheld there the type of the Child you bore,
The God of our fathers Who is highly exalted and glorified over all!

The holy prophets of old beheld the symbols of your divine childbearing,
and singing with one accord, they cried aloud:
The God of our fathers is highly exalted and glorified over all!

CANTICLE EIGHT:

IRMOS: THE BUSH ON SINAI THAT BURNED YET WAS NOT CONSUMED
REVEALED GOD TO MOSES WHO WAS SLOW IN TONGUE AND CLUMSY IN SPEECH.
AND IN BURNING ZEAL FOR GOD THE CHILDREN WERE REVEALED UNHARMED,
AND THEY CRIED FROM THE MIDST OF THE FIRE:
ALL WORKS OF THE LORD, BLESS THE LORD
AND EXALT HIM ABOVE ALL FOREVER!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

What wonder! You enlightened the world
by the splendor of your childbearing, Mother of God.
For you indeed carried God in your arms!
He enlightens the faithful who cry:
All works of the Lord, bless the Lord
and exalt Him above all forever!

Pure One, in reverence we sing the praises of your womb
where God dwelt and took a body,
giving the light of divine knowledge to the faithful who cry:
All works of the Lord, 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.

By the brilliance of your light, Theotokos
you cause those who sing your praises to shine with light.
For you, Mother of God appeared as the dwelling of Light,
enlightening with joy those who unceasingly cry:
All works of the Lord, 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:

IRMOS: YOU CONCEIVED WITHOUT TASTING CORRUPTION,
LENDING FLESH TO THE WORD, THE CREATOR OF ALL,
UNWEDDED MOTHER, VIRGIN THEOTOKOS,
THE VESSEL WHICH CONTAINED THE UNCONTAINABLE,
THE DWELLING FOR YOUR INFINITE CREATOR: WE MAGNIFY YOU!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

You are revealed as a cause of eternal joy and gladness
ever-virgin Maiden,
for you indeed brought forth the Redeemer through the Holy Spirit
Who sets free all who honor Him as God.

Your ancestor David, all-pure One, sang your praises,
calling you the ark of divine holiness
containing, beyond nature, the God who abides in the bosom of the Father
Whom we faithful ever magnify.

You, Maiden, are indeed higher than all creation,
for you bore incarnate the Creator of all for us.
Therefore as Mother and Queen of the only Lord,
you bear away the whole victory!


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