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Sunday


SUNDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN

THE TOMB WAS OPEN AND HELL LAMENTING;
MARY CRIED OUT TO THE HIDING APOSTLES:
COME OUT, WORKERS OF THE VINEYARD:
PROCLAIM THE WORD OF THE RESURRECTION!
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!

MARY MAGDALENE STOOD BY YOUR TOMB,
AND AS SHE TOOK YOU TO BE THE GARDENER,
SHE SAID WITH LOUD LAMENTING:
WHERE HAS THE ETERNAL LIFE BEEN HIDDEN?
WHERE IS HE LAID WHO SITS UPON THE THRONE OF THE CHERUBIM?
FOR THOSE WHO WERE GUARDING HIM ARE DEAD WITH FRIGHT!
GIVE ME MY LORD, OR CRY OUT WITH ME:
GLORY TO YOU, FOR YOU WERE AMONG THE DEAD,//
YET YOU MADE THE DEAD TO RISE!

GNE... (Theotokion)

GIDEON FORESHADOWS YOUR CONCEIVING, MOTHER OF GOD,
AND DAVID THE MANNER OF YOUR CHILDBEARING.
FOR THE WORD DESCENDED INTO THE WOMB LIKE RAIN UPON THE FLEECE,
AND WITHOUT SEED YOU PUT FORTH THE FLOWER THAT IS CHRIST OUR GOD,
O BLESSED VIRGIN,//
THE SALVATION OF THE WORLD!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN

THE LIFE LAY IN THE TOMB AND THE SEAL LAY UPON THE STONE.
THE WATCH GUARDED CHRIST LIKE A SLEEPING KING!
HAVING INVISIBLY STRUCK HIS ENEMIES,//
THE LORD AROSE!

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

JONAH PREFIGURES YOUR BURIAL
AND SIMEON FORETELLS YOUR DIVINE RESURRECTION, IMMORTAL LORD.
FOR YOU WENT DOWN AS DEAD INTO THE TOMB, BREAKING IN PIECES THE GATES OF HELL!
WITHOUT SEEING CORRUPTION,
YOU ROSE AS MASTER FOR THE SALVATION OF THE WORLD, CHRIST OUR GOD,//
THE ENLIGHTENER OF THOSE IN DARKNESS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

VIRGIN THEOTOKOS, PRAY TO YOUR SON,
WHO OF HIS OWN WILL WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS:
CHRIST OUR LORD WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD//
SO THAT HE MIGHT SAVE OUR SOULS!

THE CANON

CANTICLE ONE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: CROSSING THE DEEP ON FOOT AS IF IT WERE DRY LAND,
ISRAEL LOOKED ON THE PURSUING PHARAOH AS HE DROWNED AND CRIED ALOUD:
LET US SING A SONG OF VICTORY TO GOD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

O good Jesus,
with Your arms stretched out upon the Cross,
You fulfilled perfectly the good will of the Father.
Let us sing a song of victory to You!

Lord of life, death approached You in fear,
as an ordered slave.
Through him you award to us
eternal life and Resurrection.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Pure One, you received your Creator beyond all understanding,
made flesh of His own will in your seedless womb:
you are proclaimed in truth to be Queen of all creation!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: IN ANCIENT TIMES HE BURIED THE PURSUING TYRANT
BENEATH THE WAVES OF THE SEA,
BUT THE CHILDREN OF THOSE HE SAVED
BURIED HIM BENEATH THE EARTH.
BUT LET US WHO ARE FORMED ANEW SING TO THE LORD,
FOR GLORIOUSLY HAS HE BEEN GLORIFIED!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

The Judge stands before the seat of Pilate,
willingly condemned by a lawless sentence,
and God, before whom earth and heaven tremble
is struck in the face by unjust hands.

Savior, stretching out Your sacred hands
on Your pure and life-giving Cross,
You led all nations to knowledge of You, Master,
as they worship Your glorious Crucifixion, O Lord.

(Theotokion)

The blameless Virgin stood by Your Cross, O Savior,
shedding a fountain of tears
as she beheld the drops of blood from Your side,
and she glorified Your incomparable compassion.

CANTICLE THREE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: NONE IS HOLY BUT YOU, O LORD,
OUR GOD WHO HAS RAISED UP THE HORN OF YOUR FAITHFUL IN YOUR GOODNESS,
ESTABLISHING US UPON THE ROCK OF YOUR CONFESSION!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

As it beheld God crucified in the flesh,
creation was torn with fear,
but the One who was crucified for us
held all things together by the strength of His hand.

Wretched death lies lifeless,
having been destroyed by death.
The strong man dies, unable to with stand the divine assault of Life
and thus the Resurrection is given to all.

(Theotokion)

The wonder of your divine child bearing
surpasses the laws of nature, pure One:
For you marvelously conceived God in your womb
and having brought Him forth, you remained a virgin.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: AS CREATION BEHELD YOU, HANGING ON THE CROSS,
WHOSE INVINCIBLE MIGHT HUNG THE EARTH ABOVE THE WATERS,
IT CRIED OUT, SEIZED WITH TREMBLING AND AWE:
NONE IS HOLY BUT YOU, O LORD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Having lain for three days in the tomb,
by Your life-giving Resurrection,
You raised those who had suffered death.
Loosed from their condemnation,
they cried out exulting with one accord:
Behold, You are come, Lord, our Redemption.

Glory to Your rising, Savior,
for You have delivered us from hell as Almighty,
saving us from corruption and death.
Therefore we cry out and sing:
None is holy but You, Lord and Lover of mankind.

(Theotokion)

Most holy and pure Lady,
when you beheld the One whom you bore pierced with the spear,
you were pierced in your heart,
and cried out in amazement:
What reward has the violent crowd given You, my Child?

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Ineffably taking upon Himself from you, Theotokos,
my changing and mortal flesh,
the Good One united it eternally to Himself
making it incorruptible.

As they behold God made flesh of you, O Virgin,
the choirs of angels are struck with awe and wonder,
And with unceasing hymns they honor you as Theotokos.

The prophet Daniel was amazed as he beheld you,
the living mountain from which a stone was cut without the hand of man,
breaking with its might the altars of demons, O Mother of God.

No mortal word or tongue
can worthily praise you, O Virgin.
For Christ the Giver of life
was pleased to be made flesh from you without seed, all-pure One.

CANTICLE FOUR:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE HOLY CHURCH SINGS IN REVERENT WORSHIP:
CHRIST IS MY STRENGTH, MY GOD AND MY LORD!
RAISING HER VOICE IN PURITY OF REASON
AND KEEPING FEAST IN THE LORD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Truly, Christ, the Tree of Life has blossomed,
for the Cross, planted in the earth,
fed with blood and water from Your pure side,
has put forth life for us.

The serpent's lying whisper is no more:
You shall be like God!
For Christ, divine Creator of mankind's nature,
has opened without hindrance before me
the pathway of life.

(Theotokion)

Ever-virgin Theotokos,
the mysteries of your divine child bearing
are truly ineffable
and beyond the comprehension of heaven and earth.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: HABAKKUK FORESAW YOUR DIVINE EMPTYING ON THE CROSS,
AND HE CRIED OUT IN ECSTASY;
YOU SHATTERED THE MIGHT OF THE STRONG, O GOOD ONE,
AND AS ALL-POWERFUL, CAME TO THOSE IN HELL.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND

RESURRECTION!

We venerate Your precious Cross, O Christ,
the nails, the holy spear, the reed and crown of thorns:
these all delivered us from the corruption of hell.

The tomb received You, Savior,
of Your own will, dead indeed for us,
but it could not hold You in any way, O Word:
as God You are risen, saving our nature.

(Theotokion)

Ever-virgin Theotokos,
you bore Christ the Savior for mortals:
we run to your holy protection in faith.
Save us from danger and torments.

CANTICLE FIVE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: IN YOUR GOODNESS, ENLIGHTEN WITH DIVINE LIGHT
THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO SEEK YOU EARLY WITH LOVE,
THAT THEY MAY KNOW YOU TO BE THE TRUE GOD:
I ENTREAT YOU, O WORD OF GOD,
FOR YOU CALL THEM BACK FROM THE DARKNESS OF TRANSGRESSIONS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The Cherubim now withdraw from me,
and the flaming sword turns back, beholding You, Master,
for You, Word of God, and God indeed,
make straight a path for the thief to Paradise.

I no longer fear my return to the dust, O Master Christ,
for in Your compassion, by Your Resurrection,
You have led me, lost and forgotten,
from the dust to heights of incorruption.

(Theotokion)

Queen of creation,
save those who confess you from the heart to be the Theotokos,
for we have gained you, who are the Mother of God indeed,
as our invincible protection.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: ISAIAH, BEHOLDING THE LIGHT THAT KNOWS NO EVENING:
YOUR COMING, CHRIST, IN YOUR GREAT LOVE FOR US,
ROSE AT EARLY DAWN AND CRIED:
THE DEAD SHALL ARISE,
AND THOSE IN THE TOMBS SHALL BE RAISED UP,
AND ALL THOSE BORN ON EARTH SHALL REJOICE!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

After disobeying Your command, good Lord,
Adam slipped into corruption,
deceived by eating of the tree in Eden.
But in Your obedience to the Father, Savior,
You restored him to his first beauty
by the tree of the Cross.

The power of death has been destroyed
by Your death, good One.
The fountain of Life flows for us,
bestowing immortality.
Therefore we venerate Your tomb and Resurrection in faith,
by which, as God, You have enlightened the world.

(Theotokion)

The Lord and Creator of all
Who dwells in the heavens,
ineffably came to dwell in your womb.
He made you more glorious than the heavens, spotless One,
more holy than the ranks of immaterial hosts:
therefore we on earth now bless you.

CANTICLE SIX:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: BEHOLDING THE RAGING SEA OF LIFE
WITH ITS ROUGH WATERS OF TEMPTATION,
I RUN TOWARDS YOUR CALM HAVEN AND CRY ALOUD TO YOU:
LEAD UP MY LIFE FROM CORRUPTION, GREATLY MERCIFUL ONE!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Crucified, Lord, by the nails which fastened You,
You annulled the curse against us;
pierced in the side by the spear,
You tore up the scroll written against Adam,
setting the whole world free.

Deception tripped Adam by the heel,
bringing him down to the pit of corruption,
but You, O God, who are compassion by nature,
came down, seeking him,
and lifting him upon Your shoulders,
You raised him up with Yourself.

(Theotokion)

All-pure Lady,
you brought forth for mortals their Lord and Pilot:
still the ceaseless tumult of the sea of my passions,
and grant my heart calm tranquillity.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: JONAH WAS CONFINED IN THE DEPTHS OF THE WHALE,
YET HE WAS NOT DETAINED,
FOR HE BORE IN TYPE YOUR PASSION AND BURIAL
AND COMING FORTH FROM THE SEA MONSTER AS A BRIDEGROOM FROM HIS CHAMBER,
HE CRIED OUT TO THE WATCHMEN:
YOU HAVE GUARDED AN EMPTY LIE AND LET GO COMPASSION!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

The mob of the people were slayers of Christ and of the prophets;
unafraid to kill the prophets of old,
Your mystical rays of the truth,
so now, urged on by jealousy,
they killed the Lord whom those prophets proclaimed.
But His death has become life for us.

The tomb confined You, Savior and Word,
yet did not detain You.
For You willingly tasted of death,
but as God You arose immortal,
raising up with Yourself those held in the bondage of hell,
changing the women's grief to joy.

(Theotokion)

The pure Virgin spoke:
Your flesh in the hour of Your Passion
appeared despised and rejected by mankind;
Your divinity was shown to David
as radiant with beauty.
Yet You have dashed in pieces the strength of the enemy
with the scepter of Your kingdom!
My Son and my God, rise from the grave!

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.

IKOS

Let us, faithful, praise and venerate the tomb of the Giver of Life! For You, Immortal One, have bound hell as almighty God, raising up the dead with Yourself, destroying death and shattering the gates of hell. Therefore we who dwell on earth glorify You with love, for You are risen, overthrowing the might of the all-destroying enemy, raising all who have put their faith in You, and delivering the world from the sting of the serpent. You have saved us from the deceit of the enemy, almighty One. Therefore we sing the praises of Your Resurrection, through which You have saved us,//

THE RESURRECTION, THE LIFE, AND THE GOD OF ALL!

CANTICLE SEVEN:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: AN ANGEL MOISTENED THE FURNACE WITH DEW FOR THE HOLY CHILDREN,
BUT THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD CONSUMED THE CHALDEANS WITH FIRE,
MAKING THE TYRANT CRY ALOUD:
BLESSED ARE YOU, GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The sun, lamenting Your Passion
wrapped itself in darkness.
The light of day was hidden over the whole of the earth
which cried out: Blessed are You, God of our fathers!

Your descent, O Christ,
clothed the underworld in splendor.
Our first father beheld the light,
and springing up with a joyful heart
he danced and cried aloud:
Blessed are You, God of our fathers!

(Theotokion)

Light and joy have risen for all the world
through you, Virgin Mother,
for you have borne God, the Creator of all.
Beseech Him for us, all-pure One
to send down great mercy on your faithful people.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: WONDER, SURPASSING THOUGHT!
HE WHO DELIVERED THE HOLY CHILDREN FROM THE FLAMES OF THE FURNACE
IS LAID LIFELESS IN THE GRAVE FOR THE SALVATION OF US WHO SING:
BLESSED ARE YOU, O GOD OUR REDEEMER!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Unheard of providence!
He who delivered Israel from bondage to Pharaoh,
loosing the cords of sin
is willingly crucified by the one he delivered.
We sing to Him in faith:
Blessed are You, O God our Redeemer!

The lawless people impiously crucified You, the Savior,
on the place of the skull.
You shattered the gates and bars of bronze
for the salvation of us who sing:
Blessed are You, O God our Redeemer!

(Theotokion)

When you bore the deliverance of Eve, pure Virgin,
you loosed Adam from the ancient curse.
Therefore, with the angels we sing to you,
praising you with your Son as we cry aloud:
Blessed are You, O God our Redeemer!

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

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: YOU POURED DEW FROM THE FLAMES UPON THE HOLY YOUTHS
AND BURNED THE WATER POURED ON THE SACRIFICE BY YOUR RIGHTEOUS SERVANT,
FOR YOU, CHRIST, DO ALL THINGS BY THE POWER OF YOUR WILL ALONE
AND WE EXALT YOU ABOVE ALL FOREVER!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Jealousy, which made the people killers of prophets,
brought them finally to be killers of God.
They hung You upon the Cross, O Word of God,
Whom we exalt above all forever.

Without forsaking the vaults of heaven,
You descended to hell,
raising up with Yourself
all of mankind that lay in corruption
and who exalt You above all forever!

(Theotokion)

You conceived the light-giving Word from Light.
You ineffably bore Him, and are glorified,
for the divine Spirit dwelt in you
and therefore we exalt you above all forever.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: STAND IN AWE AND TREMBLE, HEAVENS,
AND SHAKE, FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH:
FOR BEHOLD, THE ONE WHO DWELLS IN THE HIGHEST
IS COUNTED AMONG THE DEAD.
HE IS DETAINED IN A SMALL GRAVE AS A STRANGER.
BLESS HIM, CHILDREN, AND PRAISE HIM, PRIESTS!
EXALT HIM, PEOPLE, THROUGHOUT THE AGES!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Every ear listened in awe
when the Most High came willingly to earth
to master the strength of hell through the Cross and the tomb
and to raise all mankind to cry:
Bless Him, children, and praise Him, priests!
Exalt Him, people, throughout the ages!

Hell's tyranny has ended,
and his royal pomp is destroyed.
For the God of all established the Cross upon the earth,
laying his kingdom in ruins.
Bless Him, children, and praise Him, priests!
Exalt Him, people, throughout 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.

Your love for mankind is ineffable, O Christ,
and Your goodness past telling!
For beholding me, perishing in hell,
You rescued me by enduring the Passion.
Therefore we bless You, the Master of all
and exalt You above all forever.

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

THE MAGNIFICAT IS SUNG

CANTICLE NINE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: NO ONE IS ABLE TO SEE GOD
UPON WHOM THE HOSTS OF ANGELS DARE NOT GAZE,
YET THROUGH YOU, PURE ONE, THE WORD MADE FLESH WAS SEEN BY MANKIND.
TOGETHER WITH THE RANKS OF HEAVEN WE MAGNIFY HIM AND CALL YOU BLESSED!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You remained free from passions, Lord,
when in the flesh You associated with passions.
And You freed mankind from passion, Savior
when You made passion suffer,
for You alone are impassable and almighty.

Undergoing the corruption of death, O Lord,
You kept Your body from tasting corruption,
and Your life-giving, divine soul was not left in hell, Master,
but arising from sleep,
You raised us up with Yourself.

GLORY TO YOU, O HOLY TRINITY, OUR GOD!

With pure lips we mortals glorify God the Father
and God the Son who with Him has no beginning,
and we honor the glorious power of the all-holy Spirit.
For You are the One, all-powerful, undivided Trinity.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: DO NOT LAMENT, O MOTHER,
BEHOLDING THE SON YOU CONCEIVED WITHOUT SEED LYING IN THE TOMB.
FOR I SHALL ARISE AND BE GLORIFIED,
AND AS GOD I SHALL EVER RAISE UP INTO GLORY
THOSE WHO MAGNIFY YOU IN FAITH AND LOVE!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

You descended into the tomb as a mortal man,
Giver of Life,
yet You destroyed the power of hell,
raising with Yourself the dead it had swallowed,
and granting resurrection
to those who magnify You in faith and love!

Let creation rejoice and blossom as the lily,
for Christ has risen as God from the dead.
We cry out: Death, where is your sting?
Hell, where is your victory?
The compassionate One has raised up our horn,
and cast you down to the earth!

(Theotokion)

Most pure Lady,
you carried the One who carries all creation,
and you held in your arms
the One who delivered us from the arms of the enemy.
And you beheld, lifted up on the Cross,
the One who raised us up from the pit of wickedness.

THE PRAISES

WE PLACE OUR TRUST IN YOUR CROSS, O LORD,
AS LIFE AND RESURRECTION FOR YOUR PEOPLE!
WE PRAISE YOU, OUR RISEN GOD://
HAVE MERCY ON US.

YOUR BURIAL, O MASTER,
HAS OPENED PARADISE FOR THE HUMAN RACE,
AND HAVING BEEN DELIVERED FROM CORRUPTION,
WE PRAISE YOU, OUR RISEN GOD://
HAVE MERCY ON US.

LET US PRAISE CHRIST, WHO IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD,
WITH THE FATHER AND THE SPIRIT!
LET US CRY TO HIM:
YOU ARE OUR LIFE AND RESURRECTION://
HAVE MERCY ON US.

YOU ROSE FROM THE GRAVE ON THE THIRD DAY, O CHRIST,
AS IT HAD BEEN WRITTEN,
RAISING OUR FOREFATHER WITH YOURSELF.
THEREFORE ALL MANKIND GLORIFIES YOU,//
AND PRAISES YOUR RESURRECTION!

(The Anatolian stikhera)

THE MYSTERY OF YOUR RESURRECTION IS GREAT AND DREADFUL, LORD!
FOR AS A BRIDEGROOM COMING FROM HIS CHAMBER,
YOU PROCEEDED FROM THE GRAVE, TRAMPLING DOWN DEATH BY DEATH
TO DELIVER ADAM!
THEREFORE THE ANGELS EXULT IN HEAVEN,
AND MANKIND ON EARTH GLORIFIES THE COMPASSION YOU HAVE SHOWN US,//
LOVER OF MANKIND!

WHERE ARE THE SEALS AND THE SILVER PIECES
WHICH YOU HANDED TO THE WATCHMEN, WICKED ONES?
THE TREASURE WAS NOT STOLEN, BUT AROSE AS POWERFUL!
YOU HAVE DENIED CHRIST AND BEEN PUT TO SHAME!
THE LORD OF GLORY WHO SUFFERED WAS BURIED
AND IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD!//
LET US ADORE HIM!

SINCE THE TOMB WAS SEALED,
HOW COULD YOU BE ROBBED, O JEWS?
YOU PLACED THE WATCH AND FIXED THE SEALS:
THE KING HAS PASSED THROUGH CLOSED DOORS!
EITHER PRODUCE HIM AS DEAD,
OR WORSHIP HIM AS GOD, SINGING WITH US://
GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

THE MYRRH BEARING WOMEN REACHED YOUR TOMB WITH LOUD LAMENTATIONS,
SEEKING TO ANOINT YOUR MOST PURE BODY.
THEY FOUND A RADIANT ANGEL SITTING OH THE STONE!
HE SPOKE TO THEM AND SAID:
WHY DO YOU MOURN FOR THE ONE WHO HAS CAUSED LIFE TO FLOW FROM HIS SIDE TO THE WORLD?
WHY DO YOU SEEK THE IMMORTAL AMONG THE DEAD IN A TOMB?
BUT GO QUICKLY TO TELL HIS DISCIPLES
THE WHOLE JOY OF HIS GLORIOUS RESURRECTION!
ENLIGHTEN US ALSO, SAVIOR://
GRANT US FORGIVENESS AND GREAT MERCY!

GLORY... GOSPEL HYMN

NOW AND EVER... TONE 2

YOU ARE MOST BLESSED...

SUNDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera of repentance by the monk Joseph)

I WANDER IN SIN EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY:
HUMBLE MY THOUGHTS AND GIVE ME TEARS OF REPENTANCE, SAVIOR,
THAT I MAY WASH AWAY THE EVIL FILTH OF MY SOUL!
YOUR MOTHER PRAYS FOR THIS WITH THE CHOIR OF ANGELS,//
AND WE KNOW YOU AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND.

COME, MY SOUL, AND REPENT OF THE MANY SINS
YOU HAVE COMMITTED IN YOUR LIFE.
PRAY TO THE HOSTS OF ANGELS WITH TEARS AND SIGHS
THAT TIME MAY BE GIVEN YOU TO REPENT,
THAT YOU NOT BE CAST OUT LIKE THE BARREN FIG TREE//
INTO THE TORMENTING FLAMES OF HELL.

I HAVE NOT OBEYED A SINGLE COMMAND ON THIS EARTH.
HOW THEN SHALL I APPEAR TO ANSWER BEFORE YOUR THRONE
WHEN YOU WILL SIT IN JUDGMENT OF ALL I HAVE DONE
BOTH IN KNOWLEDGE AND IN IGNORANCE?
THEREFORE I CRY TO YOU, O CHRIST:
SAVE ME THROUGH THE PRAYERS OF YOUR SERVANTS,//
FOR I HAVE GONE ASTRAY.

GNE... (Theotokion)

AT THE WORD OF THE ARCHANGEL, THEOTOKOS,
YOU CONCEIVED THE WORD IN YOUR WOMB:
THE ONE WHO EXISTED FROM ALL ETERNITY
WITH THE FATHER AND THE SPIRIT.//
YOU ROSE HIGHER THAN THE CHERUBIM, THE SERAPHIM, AND THE THRONES!

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)

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

GNE... (Theotokion)

LET US THE FAITHFUL SING WITH THE ARCHANGEL
TO THE SEALED DOOR AND HEAVENLY CHAMBER:
REJOICE, LADY,
THROUGH WHOM CHRIST THE SAVIOR OF ALL CAME FORTH FOR US,
THE GOD AND GIVER OF LIFE!
DEFEAT OUR GODLESS ENEMIES AND THOSE WHO TORMENT US, PURE ONE,//
HOPE OF ALL CHRISTIANS!

THIRD CANON TO THE THEOTOKOS

CANTICLE ONE:

IRMOS: CROSSING THE DEEP ON FOOT AS IF IT WERE DRY LAND,
ISRAEL LOOKED ON THE PURSUING PHARAOH AS HE DROWNED AND CRIED ALOUD:
LET US SING A SONG OF VICTORY TO GOD!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

By taking fruit from the forbidden tree,
Eve brought the curse on us.
But you have loosened it, pure One,
by bearing Christ, the first-fruit of blessing.

Pure One, you gave birth to Christ,
the Pearl of divine lightning:
Disperse by the light of your radiance,
the mists of my passion and the tumult of sins.

Jacob secretly foresaw with the eyes of the mind,
the expectation of the nations made flesh of you:
the God who delivers us by your intercession.

When the princes of the tribe of Judah ceased,
your Son and God, purest One, came forth as Ruler,
now reigning in fulfillment to the ends of the earth.

CANTICLE THREE:

IRMOS: NONE IS HOLY BUT YOU, O LORD,
OUR GOD WHO HAS RAISED UP THE HORN OF YOUR FAITHFUL IN YOUR GOODNESS,
ESTABLISHING US UPON THE ROCK OF YOUR CONFESSION!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Ineffably taking upon Himself from you, Theotokos,
my changing and mortal flesh,
the Good One united it eternally to Himself
making it incorruptible.

As they behold God made flesh of you, O Virgin,
the choirs of angels are struck with awe and wonder,
And with unceasing hymns they honor you as Theotokos.

The prophet Daniel was amazed as he beheld you,
the living mountain from which a stone was cut without the hand of man,
breaking with its might the altars of demons, O Mother of God.

No mortal word or tongue
can worthily praise you, O Virgin.
For Christ the Giver of life
was pleased to be made flesh from you without seed, all-pure One.

CANTICLE FOUR:

IRMOS: THE HOLY CHURCH SINGS IN REVERENT WORSHIP:
CHRIST IS MY STRENGTH, MY GOD AND MY LORD!
RAISING HER VOICE IN PURITY OF REASON
AND KEEPING FEAST IN THE LORD!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US! We have been saved through you, pure One;
we sing our hymns to you.
We cry out, reverently praising the undefiled One in song:
Blessed are you, ever-Virgin, who gave birth to God!

Most blessed Virgin,
you have borne the never-setting light,
shining through your flesh to those in the darkness of life,
pouring out joy on those who sing your praises.

Grace has blossomed through you, all-holy One,
and the law has ceased,
for you bore the Lord who grants forgiveness,
pure and ever Virgin.

CANTICLE FIVE:

IRMOS: IN YOUR GOODNESS, ENLIGHTEN WITH DIVINE LIGHT
THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO SEEK YOU EARLY WITH LOVE,
THAT THEY MAY KNOW YOU TO BE THE TRUE GOD:
I ENTREAT YOU, O WORD OF GOD,
FOR YOU CALL THEM BACK FROM THE DARKNESS OF TRANSGRESSIONS!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Shining radiantly with purity,
all mankind sings your praises!
For you became the dwelling place of the Master;
you alone were shown to be the true Mother of God,
Whom you carried as a Babe in your arms.

Arrayed in the spiritual beauty of your soul,
sealed with virgin integrity,
you became the Bride of God,
shining on the world in the splendor of purity.

Let the ungodly lament:
those who do not proclaim you openly to be the Mother of God,
for you are revealed to us as the gateway of God,
Who shines forth, dispersing the deep gloom of sin.

CANTICLE SIX:

IRMOS: BEHOLDING THE RAGING SEA OF LIFE
WITH ITS ROUGH WATERS OF TEMPTATION,
I RUN TOWARDS YOUR CALM HAVEN AND CRY ALOUD TO YOU:
LEAD UP MY LIFE FROM CORRUPTION, GREATLY MERCIFUL ONE!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Moses, great among the prophets,
proclaimed you in symbols in days of old
as the Tabernacle and the Table,
the candlestick and vessel of Gold,
signifying the Incarnation of the Most High from you, Virgin Mother.

Death attacked your Child, O Lady,
and was put to death,
and corruption, Adam's curse, was abolished,
for you brought forth the Life that delivers from corruption
all who sing your praises, Virgin Mother.

The shadow of the law passed
when the grace of your inconceivable child-bearing came:
the Birth of our God and Savior,
was revealed to me.

CANTICLE SEVEN:

IRMOS: AN ANGEL MOISTENED THE FURNACE WITH DEW FOR THE HOLY
CHILDREN, BUT THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD CONSUMED THE CHALDEANS WITH FIRE,
MAKING THE TYRANT CRY ALOUD:
BLESSED ARE YOU, GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The fiery furnace which did not burn the three children
prefigured your child-bearing.
For the divine fire dwelt in you without burning you,
teaching us all to cry:
Blessed are You, God of our fathers!

All the ends of the earth call you blessed, as you foretold,
enlightened by the radiance of your beauty and grace,
crying out, all-pure Mother:
Blessed are You, God of our fathers!

The evil serpent bit me with his deadly fangs,
but your Son broke them, Theotokos,
giving me the strength to cry:
Blessed are You, God of our fathers!

Only-blessed One of God,
you are the mercy seat of human nature.
You bear in your arms the God who sits on the shoulders of cherubim,
and you cry: Blessed are You, God of our fathers!

CANTICLE EIGHT:

IRMOS: YOU POURED DEW FROM THE FLAMES UPON THE HOLY YOUTHS
AND BURNED THE WATER POURED ON THE SACRIFICE BY YOUR RIGHTEOUS SERVANT,
FOR YOU, CHRIST, DO ALL THINGS BY THE POWER OF YOUR WILL ALONE
AND WE EXALT YOU ABOVE ALL FOREVER!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

All-holy One: your Son has decked you with gold-woven robes
in the radiant light of the Spirit!
At His right hand, He placed you as Queen.
We exalt Him throughout the ages!

He, whose will alone established the universe
borrowed flesh from your pure womb,
for He willed to form it anew.
We exalt Him throughout the ages.

From the union of the Word with me, a human person,
you, pure One, became a holy dwelling place,
shining clearly with the radiance of virginity.
Therefore we sing your praises throughout 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.

The golden candlestick prefigured you,
for you ineffably conceived the unapproachable Light;
the Light which enlightens all with the knowledge of Himself.
We sing to you, pure One, throughout the ages.

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

CANTICLE NINE:

IRMOS: NO ONE IS ABLE TO SEE GOD
UPON WHOM THE HOSTS OF ANGELS DARE NOT GAZE,
YET THROUGH YOU, PURE ONE, THE WORD MADE FLESH WAS SEEN BY MANKIND.
TOGETHER WITH THE RANKS OF HEAVEN WE MAGNIFY HIM AND CALL YOU BLESSED!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

A star arose from Jacob,
shining with the radiance of divinity
upon those held fast in deep darkness:
Christ God the Word,
made flesh through you, all-pure One.
Enlightened by Him, with the armies of heaven,
we cry out and call you blessed.

Given courage by your power and grace,
I have eagerly fashioned a song for you from my heart.
Accept it, pure Virgin,
granting manifold grace from your incorruptible treasures,
O blessed One of God

Virgin, you are the loom of divinity,
on which the Word wove the robe of His body,
thus making my form divine.
He clothed Himself with it,
saving us all who magnify you with a purified mind.

Through your ineffable conceiving,
resurrection was given to the dead, all-pure Theotokos
for Life, clothed in the flesh taken from you,
shone on all, releasing them from the darkness and gloom of death.


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