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Wednesday


WEDNESDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of repentance)

TODAY THE WORDS OF THE PROPHET ARE FULFILLED:
FOR BEHOLD, LORD, WE WORSHIP AT THE PLACE WHERE YOUR FEET HAVE STOOD!
TASTING FROM THE TREE OF SALVATION,
WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FROM OUR SINFUL PASSIONS
THROUGH THE INTERCESSIONS OF THE THEOTOKOS,//
ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

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

YOUR CROSS, LORD IS HOLY,
AND BRINGS HEALING TO THOSE WHO ARE IN SICKNESS THROUGH THEIR SINS.
AS WE VENERATE IT, WE FALL BEFORE YOU://
HAVE MERCY ON US!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN THE EVER-VIRGIN MAIDEN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO YOU
SAW YOU RAISED FOR OUR SAKE ON THE CROSS,
A SWORD OF SORROW PIERCED HER SOUL
AND SHE WEPT WITH A MOTHER'S GRIEF.
AT HER INTERCESSIONS, LORD OF MERCY,//
HAVE MERCY ON US.

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

THE FORBIDDEN TREE IN EDEN
BROUGHT DEATH TO THE FIRST ADAM,
WHILE THE TREE OF THE CROSS ON GOLGOTHA
MADE LIFE BLOSSOM FORTH.
ADAM WAS SEDUCED BY THE MALICE OF THE ENEMY,
BUT WHEN CHRIST WAS NAILED TO THE TREE,
HE FOUND GRACE AND RETURNED TO PARADISE, CRYING OUT://
BLESSED IS THE TREE OF THE CROSS!

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

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

GNE... (Theotokion)

MOTHER OF GOD AND BLESSED VIRGIN,
PRAY TO YOUR SON, CHRIST OUR GOD,
WHO ALLOWED HIMSELF TO BE NAILED TO THE CROSS TO DELIVER THE WORLD FROM ERROR,//
FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

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)

THE MEMORY OF THE MARTYRS
IS JOY TO THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD!
HAVING CONTENDED FOR CHRIST AND RECEIVED CROWNS FROM HIM,//
THEY NOW BOLDLY INTERCEDE FOR OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN THE ALL-PURE ONE SAW YOU SUSPENDED ON THE CROSS
SHE CRIED OUT WITH A MOTHER'S TEARS:
MY SON AND MY GOD, MY SWEETEST CHILD,//
HOW CAN YOU BEAR THIS MOST SHAMEFUL SUFFERING?

WEDNESDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the Apostles)

DIVINE ONES WHO WERE WITNESSES OF GOD,
HIS DISCIPLES AND MINISTERS OF HIS GREAT MYSTERY,
YOU RECEIVED THE GRACE OF HEALING,//
AND CURE THE SICKNESS OF ALL MANKIND.

APOSTLES OF THE LORD,
AND EYE-WITNESSES OF GOD,
YOU ARE THE MIGHTY REFUGE AND PROTECTION OF OUR SOULS,
DRIVING AWAY EVIL SPIRITS.
THEREFORE WE EVER HONOR YOU.

BLESSED APOSTLES,
DELIVER FROM ALL CALAMITY AND HARM CAUSED BY THE DEVIL,
FROM TRANSGRESSION AND THE BONDAGE OF EVIL,//
THOSE WHO PRAISE YOU IN FAITH.

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE EVIL ADVERSARY
JEALOUS OF YOUR FLOCK, MOST PURE ONE,
ALWAYS BATTLES AND DESIRES US AS FOOD FOR HIMSELF.//
BUT DELIVER US FROM THIS DANGER, THEOTOKOS!

APOSTIKHA

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

(To the martyrs)

YOUR CROSS, O 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.

GNE... (Theotokion)

LADY, I LIFT UP THE EYE OF MY HEART TO YOU;
DO NOT DESPISE MY FEEBLE SIGHS
IN THE HOUR WHEN YOUR SON SHALL COME TO JUDGE THE WORLD,//
BUT BE MY HELPER AND PROTECTOR.


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