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Friday


FRIDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

WHEN THE WOOD OF YOUR CROSS WAS SET UP, CHRIST OUR LORD,
THE FOUNDATIONS OF DEATH WERE SHAKEN!
HELL SWALLOWED YOU EAGERLY,
BUT IT LET YOU GO WITH TREMBLING!
YOU HAVE SHOWN US YOUR SALVATION, HOLY ONE,
AND WE GLORIFY YOU, SON OF GOD -- HAVE MERCY ON US!

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

YOUR PEOPLE CONDEMNED YOU TO DEATH, O LORD,
YET YOU ARE THE LIFE OF ALL:
WITH MOSES' ROD YOU LED THEM ON DRY GROUND THROUGH THE RED SEA,
YET THEY NAILED YOU TO THE CROSS;
YOU FED THEM WITH HONEY FROM THE ROCK,
YET THEY GAVE YOU GALL.
BUT YOU WILLINGLY ENDURED THESE THINGS TO FREE US FROM THE BONDAGE OF THE ENEMY!//
CHRIST OUR GOD, GLORY TO YOU!

GNE... (Theotokion)

VIRGIN THEOTOKOS,
YOUR SON, CHRIST OUR GOD, WAS NAILED OF HIS OWN WILL UPON THE CROSS.
HE HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD!//
PRAY TO HIM FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the martyrs)

BLESSED TREE OF THE CROSS,
YOU HEAL ALL ILLS AND EXPELL ALL DEMONS!
YOU ARE THE STRENGTH AND PROTECTION OF BELIEVERS,
THE PRIZE OF KINGS AND TRUE PRIDE OF THE ORTHODOX,
THE SUPPORT OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST://
BE OUR SAFEGUARD, OUR ASSURANCE AND OUR RAMPART

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

THE LORD HAS GIVEN GLORY TO THOSE WHO PREACHED CHRIST IN THE ARENA,
AND DID NOT FEAR THE THREATS OF THE UNGODLY.
THEY SUFFERED BRAVELY AND CAST DOWN THE PRIDE OF THE TRANSGRESSORS!
CHRIST GAVE THEM THE GRACE OF HEALING AS THEIR DUE REWARD!
WITHOUT CEASING THEY MAKE INTERCESSION//
FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

ALL-HOLY MOTHER OF GOD,
DO NOT ABANDON ME IN MY LIFE-TIME,
DO NOT DELIVER ME OVER TO HUMAN PROTECTION.//
PROTECT ME YOURSELF AND HAVE MERCY ON ME!

APOSTIKHA

(Of the Cross)

IN YOUR CROSS I POSSESS MY HOPE;
BOASTING IN IT, I CRY:
CAST DOWN THE ARROGANCE OF THOSE WHO DO NOT CONFESS YOU AS GOD AND MAN,//
LORD AND LOVER OF MANKIND!

WE WHO ARE PROTECTED BY THE CROSS
ARE ABLE TO WITHSTAND THE ENEMY,
NOT FEARING HIS SNARES OR CUNNING;
FOR THE PROUD ONE WAS CAST DOWN AND TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT//
BY THE POWER OF CHRIST WHO WAS NAILED TO THE TREE!

(To the martyrs)

IN THE MEMORY OF YOUR SAINTS, LORD,
ALL CREATION FEASTS!
HEAVEN REJOICES WITH ANGELS AND EARTH CELEBRATES WITH MEN!//
BY THEIR PRAYERS, HAVE MERCY ON US!

GNE... (Theotokion)

AS MAN I WAS FASTENED TO THE TREE AND SLAIN,
AND PLACED IN THE GRAVE AS MORTAL,
BUT, MOTHER AND PURE VIRGIN,
AS GOD, I WILL ARISE AGAIN IN GLORY//
ON THE THIRD DAY!

FRIDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the Martyrs )

YOUR MARTYRS, LORD, DID NOT DENY YOU,
NOR DID THEY TURN FROM YOUR COMMANDMENTS.//
BY THEIR INTERCESSIONS HAVE MERCY ON US. (twice)

YOUR VICTORIOUS MARTYRS, WHEN THEY CONTENDED ON THIS EARTH,
ENDURED GREAT TORMENTS;
BUT NOW THEY DWELL IN HEAVEN
AND HAVE RECEIVED A PERFECT CROWN,//
THAT THEY MAY OFFER INTERCESSION FOR OUR SOULS.

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHO WILL NOT BLESS YOU, MOST HOLY VIRGIN?
WHO WILL NOT SING OF YOUR MOST PURE CHILDBEARING?
THE ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON SHONE TIMELESSLY FROM THE FATHER,
BUT FROM YOU HE WAS INEFFABLY INCARNATE!
GOD BY NATURE, HE BECAME MAN FOR OUR SAKE!
NOT DIVIDED INTO TWO PERSONS BUT KNOWN AS ONE IN TWO NATURES.
ENTREAT HIM, PURE AND ALL-BLESSED LADY,//
TO HAVE MERCY ON OUR SOULS!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the martyrs)

THOSE WHO SUFFERED MARTYRDOM FOR YOU, O CHRIST,
ENDURED GREAT TORMENTS://
PRESERVE US BY THEIR PRAYERS AND INTERCESSIONS, LORD!

YOUR CROSS, LORD, WAS AN INVINCIBLE WEAPON FOR THE MARTYRS.
THEY SAW DEATH BEFORE THEM,
BUT LOOKING TO THE LIFE THAT IS TO COME,
THEY WERE STRENGTHENED BY THEIR HOPE IN YOU.//
BY THEIR INTERCESSIONS HAVE MERCY ON US.

(For the departed)

YOUR CREATING COMMAND
WAS MY ORIGIN AND MY FOUNDATION.
FOR YOU WILLED TO FASHION ME AS A LIVING CREATURE
FROM NATURES VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE:
YOU MADE MY BODY FROM THE EARTH
AND GAVE ME A SOUL BY YOUR DIVINE AND LIFE-CREATING BREATH.
THEREFORE, SAVIOR, GRANT REST TO YOUR SERVANTS IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING,//
IN THE MANSIONS OF THE RIGHTEOUS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

BY THE PRAYERS OF HER WHO BORE YOU, CHRIST,
AND OF YOUR MARTYRS, APOSTLES AND PROPHETS,
OF THE HOLY HIERARCHS, MONKS AND RIGHTEOUS
AND OF ALL YOUR SAINTS,//
GIVE REST TO YOUR SERVANTS WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP.


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