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Thursday


THURSDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the apostles)

AS YOU WERE PRESENT IN THE MIDST OF YOUR DISCIPLES AND GAVE THEM PEACE,//
COME ALSO NOW TO US AND SAVE US, SAVIOR!

Verse: Their voice has gone out into all the earth and their words to the ends of the universe!

YOUR DISCIPLES, JESUS, WERE SENT TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH,
AND IN THEIR ZEAL FOR THE TRUE FAITH
THEY CAUGHT THE NATIONS LIKE FISH
AND BROUGHT THEM AS AN OFFERING TO YOU, LOVING LORD!
TRUSTING IN THEIR PRAYERS WE CRY TO YOU://
GRANT YOUR PEOPLE GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

HOLY LADY, MOTHER OF CHRIST OUR GOD,
YOU HAVE INEFFABLY BORNE THE MAKER OF ALL!
IN UNITY WITH THE HOLY APOSTLES,
PRAY TO HIM AT ALL TIMES,
THAT IN HIS LOVE HE MAY RELEASE US FROM THE PASSIONS//
AND GRANT US REMISSION OF OUR SINS.

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the apostles)

FILLING THEIR BOATS THROUGH THE NET OF FAITH,
THE FISHERS OF MEN HAVE DRAWN OUT FROM THE DEPTHS OF ERROR
ALL THOSE WHO THEY OFFERED TO GOD//
AS WORSHIPPERS WHO EVER MAGNIFY HIM.

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

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

GNE... (Theotokion)

STANDING IN THE TEMPLE OF YOUR GLORY,
WE THINK THAT WE ARE IN HEAVEN!
THEOTOKOS, GATE OF HEAVEN,
OPEN TO US THE GATE OF YOUR MERCY!

APOSTIKHA

(To the apostles)

YOUR APOSTLES, LORD,
ONCE WENT DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA WITH THEIR NETS,
AND THEN BECAUSE OF THEIR DECREES
THEY ATTAINED THE TOP MOST HEIGHT OF THE KINGDOM.
FOR BY THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR CRAFT
THEY EXPLORED THE UNFATHOMED DEEP,
WHILE BY THEIR FAITH THEY REACHED YOUR INFINITE BOSOM,
AND PROCLAIMED YOUR TIMELESS SON TO THE WORLD!//
BY THEIR INTERCESSIONS AND THOSE OF ALL THE SAINTS, HAVE MERCY ON US!

WHEN YOUR DISCIPLES, CHRIST,
WERE CAUGHT BY A STORM IN THEIR SHIP
THEY CRIED OUT TO YOU:
SAVE US, TEACHER, FOR WE PERISH!
NOW WE TOO CRY OUT:
DELIVER US FROM OUR DISTRESS, WE PRAY YOU,//
OUR SAVIOR, THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

(To the martyrs)

OUR GOD HAS SHOWN MARVELLOUS THINGS
IN HIS CHOSEN AND SAINTS.
REJOICE AND BE GLAD, HIS SERVANTS!
HE HAS PREPARED CROWNS AND HIS KINGDOM FOR YOU!//
BUT DO NOT FORGET US, WE ENTREAT YOU!

GNE... (Theotokion)

PURE VIRGIN MOTHER OF GOD,
YOU WERE FOUND WORTHY OF GREAT GIFTS,
FOR YOU BORE IN THE FLESH ONE OF THE TRINITY,
CHRIST THE GIVER OF LIFE,//
FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

THURSDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the Cross)

LOVER OF MANKIND,
MY FORBEARING AND COMPASSIONATE AND MOST MERCIFUL GOD,
HOW HAVE YOU ON BEHALF OF MANKIND
ENDURED BEING SENT TO THE SLAUGHTER
AND BEING PUT TO DEATH ON THE TREE?//
WE GLORIFY YOUR GOODNESS!

LONG-SUFFERING LORD,
WHO ENDURED BUFFETING, INSULTS AND CRUCIFIXION,
IN YOUR DESIRE TO DELIVER ALL MANKIND FROM THE HANDS OF THE DECEIVER:
YOU ALONE ARE THE GIVER OF LIFE,//
ENDURING ALL THINGS, GOOD ONE.

THE SHEPHERD ASCENDED THE CROSS,
AND AS HE STRETCHED OUT HIS HANDS HE CRIED:
COME TO ME, O PEOPLE, DARKENED BY DELUSION,
AND BE ENLIGHTENED, FOR I AM THE TRUE LIGHT!//
GLORY TO YOU, ONLY GIVER OF LIGHT!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN YOUR MOST PURE MOTHER BEHELD YOU NAILED TO THE TREE
SHE CRIED OUT: MY SON AND MY GOD,
WHAT IS THIS STRANGE SIGHT I SEE,//
THAT YOU SUFFER IN YOUR GREAT MERCY!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the Cross)

YOUR CROSS, O LORD,
IS LIFE AND RESURRECTION FOR YOUR PEOPLE!
AND WE WHO PUT OUR TRUST IN IT,
PRAISE YOU, OUR GOD CRUCIFIED IN THE FLESH.//
HAVE MERCY ON US.

YOUR CROSS, O CHRIST,
HAS OPENED PARADISE FOR MANKIND,
AND WE DELIVERED FROM CORRUPTION,
PRAISE YOU, OUR GOD CRUCIFIED IN THE FLESH.//
HAVE MERCY ON US.

(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)

THE VIRGIN STOOD BESIDE THE WOOD
AT THE TIME OF YOUR CRUCIFIXION
TOGETHER WITH YOUR VIRGIN DISCIPLE.
SHE LAMENTED AND CRIED ALOUD:
WOE IS ME!
HOW DO YOU, CHRIST, IMPASSIBILITY ITSELF,//
SUFFER ALL THINGS?


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