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Saturday


SATURDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the martyrs)

THE SAINTS SUFFERED AND CONTENDED WITH PATIENT ENDURANCE!
THEY RECEIVED THE PRIZE OF VICTORY FROM YOU!
THEY LAID LOW THE SCHEMES OF TRANSGRESSORS, AND WERE GRANTED CROWNS OF INCORRUPTION.//
BY THEIR PRAYERS, O GOD, GRANT US YOUR GREAT MERCY!

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

PERSECUTED BY TYRANTS,
THE MARTYRS ENDURED AND SUFFERED BRAVELY!
NEAR THEM STOOD THE CHOIRS OF ANGELS, HOLDING PRIZES OF VICTORY.
IN THEIR WISDOM THEY ASTONISHED RULERS AND KINGS,
OVERTHROWING THE DEVIL BY CONFESSING CHRIST!//
GLORY TO YOU, O LORD, WHO MADE THEM STRONG!

GNE...(Theotokion)

VIRGIN THEOTOKOS, GOOD HOPE OF THE WORLD,
WE SEEK NO OTHER HELP THAN YOUR POWER!
HAVE COMPASSION ON YOUR PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO OTHER PROTECTOR,
AND INTERCEDE WITH THE MERCIFUL GOD
THAT HE MAY SAVE OUR SOULS FROM ALL DANGERS,//
FOR YOU ARE THE ONLY BLESSED ONE!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the martyrs)

THE MEMORIAL OF YOUR MARTYRS, LORD,
IS LIKE THE PARADISE OF EDEN,
FOR IT BRINGS JOY TO ALL CREATION!//
AT THEIR PRAYERS, GRANT US PEACE AND GREAT MERCY.

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

(for the departed)

TRULY ALL IS VANITY,
AND LIFE IS BUT A SHADOW AND A DREAM.
EVERY EARTHBORN MORTAL TROUBLES HIMSELF IN VAIN, AS SCRIPTURE SAYS!
WHEN WE HAVE GAINED THE WHOLE WORLD,
THEN WE DEPART TO THE TOMB
WHERE KINGS AND BEGGARS DWELL TOGETHER.
THEREFORE, O CHRIST OUR GOD, IN YOUR LOVE FOR MANKIND,//
GIVE REST TO YOUR DEPARTED SERVANTS.

GNE... (Theotokion)

MOTHER OF GOD AND VIRGIN MARY,
YOU ARE THE POWERFUL PROTECTION AND REFUGE OF MANKIND!
YOU GAVE BIRTH IN TIME TO THE TIMELESS SON AND WORD OF GOD.
AS A MOTHER, CEASELESSLY PRAY TO HIM
WITH THE PROPHETS, MARTYRS AND HOLY ASCETICS,//
THAT HE MAY SAVE THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED.

APOSTIKHA

(to the martyrs)

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

(for the departed)

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

YOU FREELY ENDURED A LIFE-CREATING DEATH;
YOU HAVE BECOME A SOURCE OF LIFE FOR THE FAITHFUL,
GIVING THEM ETERNAL JOY!
ESTABLISH IN THIS JOY
THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP IN HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION ,
IN YOUR MERCY FORGIVING THEM ALL THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS,
FOR YOU ALONE ARE SINLESS;
YOU ALONE ARE GOOD AND THE LOVER OF MANKIND!
THEN YOUR NAME, O CHRIST, WILL BE PRAISED BY ALL,//
AND BEING SAVED WE SHALL GLORIFY YOUR COMPASSIONATE LOVE!

Verse: Their memorial is from generation to generation!

O CHRIST, RICH IN MERCY,
WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOU IN YOUR DIVINE POWER
AS LORD OF THE LIVING AND MASTER OF THE DEAD!
IN YOUR LOVE FOR MANKIND,
GIVE REST TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEPARTED TO YOU, THEIR ONLY BENEFACTOR!
MAKE THEM DWELL WITH YOUR ELECT IN A PLACE OF REFRESHMENT,
IN THE SPLENDOR OF YOUR SAINTS.
FOR IT IS YOUR WILL TO SHOW MERCY,
AND AS GOD YOU SAVE THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE MADE IN YOUR OWN IMAGE,//
FOR YOU ALONE ARE MERCIFUL!

GNE...(Theotokion)

ALL-HOLY VIRGIN,
YOU WERE REVEALED AS GOD'S HOLY DWELLING-PLACE!
YOU HELD GOD IN YOUR WOMB AND GAVE BIRTH TO GOD,
TWO IN NATURE AND ESSENCE, BUT SINGLE IN HIS PERSON!
PRAY TO HIM, THE ONLY-BEGOTTEN AND THE FIRST-BORN,
WHO KEPT YOU A VIRGIN INVIOLATE EVEN AFTER CHILDBIRTH,
THAT HE MAY GIVE REST TO THE SOULS OF THOSE FALLEN ASLEEP IN THE FAITH,//
GRANTING THEM ETERNAL BLESSEDNESS AND GLORY!

SATURDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

POSSESSING VICTORY OVER HELL, O CHRIST,
SINCE YOU ARE FREE AMONG THE DEAD,
YOU ASCENDED THE CROSS
RAISING WITH YOURSELF THOSE WHO SAT IN THE SHADES OF DEATH!
DRAWING LIFE FROM YOUR LIGHT, ALMIGHTY SAVIOR,//
HAVE MERCY ON US!

TODAY CHRIST TRAMPLES ON DEATH,
FOR HE IS RISEN AS HE SAID!
LET US ALL SING THIS SONG,
FOR HE HAS GRANTED JOY TO THE WORLD:
LIGHT UNAPPROACHABLE, FOUNTAIN OF LIFE!//
SAVIOR ALMIGHTY, HAVE MERCY ON US!

WHERE SHALL WE SINNERS FLEE FROM YOU,
FOR YOU ARE IN ALL CREATION?
IN HEAVEN YOU DWELL!
IN HELL YOU TRAMPLED ON DEATH!
IN THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA?
EVEN THERE IS YOUR HAND, MASTER!
TO YOU WE FLEE, AND FALLING BEFORE YOU, WE PRAY://
AS YOU ROSE FROM THE DEAD, HAVE MERCY ON US!

(The Anatolian stikhera)

IN YOUR CROSS, WE GLORY, O CHRIST!
WE SING AND GLORIFY YOUR RESURRECTION!
FOR YOU ARE OUR GOD,//
AND WE KNOW NO OTHER THAN YOU!

WE WILL ALWAYS BLESS THE LORD
BY SINGING OF HIS RESURRECTION!
FOR HE ENDURED THE CROSS,//
TRAMPLING DOWN DEATH BY DEATH!

GLORY TO YOUR MIGHT, O LORD,
FOR YOU OVERTHREW THE PRINCE OF DEATH!
BY YOUR CROSS RENEWING US,//
GRANTING US LIFE AND INCORRUPTION.

YOUR BURIAL DESTROYED THE BONDS OF HELL, O LORD!
YOUR RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD ENLIGHTENED THE WORLD,//
O LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

(3 stikhera from the menaion)

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

YOUR RESURRECTION, CHRIST OUR SAVIOR,
THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN SING!
ENABLE US ON EARTH//
TO GLORIFY YOU IN PURITY OF HEART!

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

DESTROYING THE GATES OF HELL;
BREAKING THE CHAINS OF DEATH;
YOU RESURRECTED THE FALLEN HUMAN RACE AS ALMIGHTY GOD!//
LORD, WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD, GLORY TO YOU!

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

DESIRING TO RETURN US TO PARADISE,
CHRIST WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS AND PLACED IN A TOMB.
THE MYRRHBEARING WOMEN SOUGHT HIM WITH TEARS, CRYING,
WOE TO US, SAVIOR!
HOW DO YOU DEIGN TO DESCEND TO DEATH?
WHAT PLACE CAN HOLD YOUR LIFE BEARING BODY?
COME TO US AS YOU PROMISED!
TAKE AWAY OUR WAILING AND TEARS!
THEN THE ANGEL APPEARED TO THEM:
STOP YOUR LAMENTATIONS!
GO, PROCLAIM TO THE APOSTLES:
THE LORD IS RISEN,//
GRANTING US PURIFICATION AND GREAT MERCY!

VERSE: Holiness befits Your House, Lord, forevermore!

HAVING BEEN CRUCIFIED AS YOU WILLED,
BY YOUR BURIAL YOU CAPTURED DEATH, O CHRIST,
AND ROSE ON THE THIRD DAY AS GOD IN GLORY,//
GRANTING THE WORLD UNENDING LIFE AND GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

MY MAKER AND REDEEMER, CHRIST THE LORD,
WAS BORN OF YOU, MOST PURE VIRGIN!
BY ACCEPTING MY NATURE, HE FREED ADAM FROM HIS ANCIENT CURSE!
UNCEASINGLY WE MAGNIFY YOU AS THE MOTHER OF GOD!
REJOICE, CELESTIAL JOY!
REJOICE, O LADY!//
THE PROTECTION, INTERCESSION AND SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

TROPARION

THE ANGELIC POWERS WERE AT YOUR TOMB;
THE GUARDS BECAME AS DEAD MEN.
MARY STOOD BY YOUR GRAVE,
SEEKING YOUR MOST PURE BODY.
YOU TOOK CAPTIVE HELL,
NOT BEING TEMPTED BY IT.
YOU CAME TO THE VIRGIN, GRANTING LIFE.//
LORD WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD: GLORY TO YOU.

KONTAKION

WHEN CHRIST GOD THE GIVER OF LIFE
RAISED ALL OF THE DEAD FROM THE VALLEYS OF MISERY WITH HIS MIGHTY HAND,
HE BESTOWED RESURRECTION ON THE HUMAN RACE.//
HE IS THE SAVIOR OF ALL, THE RESURRECTION, THE LIFE,
AND THE GOD OF ALL.

THEOTOKION

AS THE ONE WHO CALLED YOUR MOTHER BLESSED,
YOU CAME OF YOUR OWN FREE WILL TO THE PASSION.
YOU SHONE ON THE CROSS, SEEKING TO RECALL ADAM
AND SAYING TO THE ANGELS:
REJOICE WITH ME, FOR THE LOST COIN IS FOUND!//
YOU HAVE ORDERED ALL THINGS IN WISDOM, OUR GOD: GLORY TO YOU!


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