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Monday


MONDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of repentance)

I THINK UPON THE FEARFUL DAY AND LAMENT MY EVIL ACTS.
WHAT ANSWER SHALL I GIVE TO THE IMMORTAL KING?
WHAT BOLDNESS WILL I, THE PRODIGAL, HAVE TO GAZE UPON THE JUDGE?
COMPASSIONATE FATHER,
ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON AND HOLY SPIRIT,//
HAVE MERCY ON ME!

Verse: Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger!

IN THE VALLEY OF LAMENTATION,
IN THE PLACE YOU HAVE APPOINTED,
WHEN YOU SHALL SIT, MERCIFUL LORD,
TO EXECUTE JUST JUDGMENT,
DO NOT PUBLISH MY SECRET SINS;
DO NOT CONDEMN ME BEFORE THE ANGELS,
BUT SPARE ME, MY GOD,//
AND HAVE MERCY ON ME!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WITH OUR WHOLE HEART AND NEVER SILENT VOICES,
LET US PRAISE THE MOST GLORIOUS MOTHER OF GOD!
SHE IS MORE HOLY THAN THE HOLY ANGELS!
LET US CONFESS HER AS THEOTOKOS,
FOR IN VERY TRUTH SHE GAVE BIRTH TO GOD MADE FLESH,//
AND WITHOUT CEASING SHE PRAYS FOR OUR SOULS!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (of repentance)

MY SOUL, YOU PASS YOUR ENTIRE LIFE HEEDLESSLY;
YOU FORGET THE TERRIBLE DAY OF JUDGMENT!
AWAKEN AND CHOOSE REPENTANCE!
COME BEFORE CHRIST AND CRY OUT TO HIM:
LORD AND GOD OF LOVE,//
DO NOT REMEMBER THE GREAT NUMBER OF OUR SINS WHEN YOU COME TO JUDGE US!

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

THERE IS LIGHT AT ALL TIMES FOR THE RIGHTEOUS!
FOR ILLUMINED BY YOU,
THE SAINTS EVER SHINE AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN!
THEY DARKEN THE LAMP OF THE GODLESS!//
AT THEIR PRAYERS, MY LORD AND SAVIOR, MAKE MY LAMP SHINE AND SAVE ME!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WITH OUR WHOLE HEART AND NEVER-SILENT VOICES,
LET US PRAISE THE GLORIOUS MOTHER OF GOD
WHO IS HOLIER THAN THE ANGELS.
LET US CONFESS HER TO BE THE THEOTOKOS,
FOR IN TRUTH SHE GAVE BIRTH TO GOD IN THE FLESH//
AND SHE EVER PRAYS FOR OUR SOULS!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

SAVIOR, HEAL THE WOUNDS OF MY HEART
LEFT BY MY MANY SINS!
PHYSICIAN OF SOULS AND BODIES,
GRANT FORGIVENESS OF FAULTS TO THOSE WHO ASK.
EVER GIVE ME TEARS OF PENITENCE,
RELEASING ME FROM WHAT I OWE YOU, LORD,//
AND HAVE MERCY ON ME!

FINDING ME NAKED OF VIRTUES,
THE ENEMY WOUNDED ME WITH THE ARROW OF SIN,
BUT AS PHYSICIAN OF SOULS AND BODIES,
HEAL THE WOUNDS OF MY SOUL, O GOD,//
AND HAVE MERCY ON ME!

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

GNE... (Theotokion)

YOU ACCEPTED THE WORD OF THE ARCHANGEL,
AND WERE REVEALED AS THE THRONE OF THE CHERUBIM!
THEOTOKOS, YOU HELD IN YOUR ARMS//
THE HOPE OF OUR SOULS!

MONDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera of repentance)

WHO WILL NOT WEEP FOR ME,
A TRANSGRESSOR OF THE LORD'S COMMANDS?
I FIND MYSELF IN BITTERNESS
THROUGH UNRESTRAINED GAZING AT DEADENING PLEASURES.
BECAUSE OF THIS I AM CUT OFF FROM LIFE AND THE GLORY OF GOD.
BUT ACCEPT ME IN REPENTANCE, LORD,
FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR GREAT MERCY.

BEHOLD MY SICKNESS AND MY SORROW,
THE MANY TRANSGRESSIONS WHICH CAUSE TURMOIL IN MY SOUL;
BEHOLD MY MIND'S BEWILDERMENT,
AND UNDERSTAND THE VOICE OF ONE FORSAKEN AND JUDGED.
GRANT ME A CONTRITE SOUL AND HUMBLE HEART, O LORD,
BESTOW ON ME THE GIFT OF TEARS,
GRANTING ME THE REMISSION OF MY MANY SINS//
FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR GREAT MERCY.

YOU DESIRE THAT ALL MANKIND BE SAVED, O GOD,
THEREFORE CONSIDER AND HEAR MY PRAYERS.
DO NOT DESPISE MY TEARS AS THOUGH THEY ARE VAIN,
FOR WHO HAS COME TO YOU WITH TEARS AND NOT BEEN SAVED?
WHO HAS CRIED TO YOU FERVENTLY AND NOT BEEN HEARD?
BUT YOU HASTEN TO SAVE THOSE WHO CALL UPON YOU, O MASTER,//
IN YOUR GREAT AND INSURPASSABLE MERCY.

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE REMEMBRANCE OF WRONGS IS A SIGN OF ANGER
AND IRRITATION IS A MANIFESTATION OF WRATH!
BECAUSE OF THESE, TERRIBLE INSULTS COME WITHOUT SHAME FROM THE MOUTH.
IT IS WRITTEN: THE PERSON WHO ACTS THUS IS LIABLE TO THE FIRE OF GEHENNA!
THEREFORE, WATCH, MY SOUL:
FLEE FROM BITTER IRRITATION, WRATH, MALICE AND INSULT
AND EVERY POISONOUS WORD.
CRY OUT TO THE THEOTOKOS://
SAVE ME, MY LADY!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

AT YOUR TERRIBLE COMING, O CHRIST,
MAY WE NOT HEAR THE WORDS: I KNOW YOU NOT!
FOR WE HAVE PUT OUR HOPE IN YOU.
AND IF THROUGH NEGLECT WE HAVE NOT KEPT YOUR COMMANDS,//
YET WE ENTREAT YOU TO HAVE MERCY ON OUR SOULS.

I HAVE NOT GAINED REPENTANCE OR TEARS,
THEREFORE I ENTREAT YOU, CHRIST GOD:
TURN ME BACK BEFORE I DIE,//
THAT I MAY FIND MERCY AND BE DELIVERED FROM TORMENTS.

(To the martyrs)

THOSE WHO SUFFERED MARTYRDOM FOR YOUR SAKE, O CHRIST,
ENDURED GREAT TORMENTS.
THEY RECEIVED AS THEIR REWARD A PERFECT CROWN IN THE HEAVENS,//
THAT THEY MIGHT INTERCEDE FOR OUR SOULS

GNE... (Theotokion)

THEOTOKOS AND VIRGIN,
YOU ARE THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE AFFLICTED
AND THE DELIVERANCE OF THE WEAK.
ONLY PROTECTOR OF THE FAITHFUL,
YOU BRING PEACE TO THOSE IN BATTLE,
TRANQUILITY TO THOSE IN STORMS://
SAVE THIS COUNTRY AND PEOPLE!


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