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Friday


FRIDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (of the Cross)

CHOOSING TO SUFFER CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH,
YOU SET UP THE CROSS IN THE MIDST OF CREATION!
WHEN YOU HAD CONSENTED, SAVIOR, THAT YOUR BODY SHOULD BE NAILED TO THE WOOD,
THE SUN HID ITS RAYS!
SEEING THIS, THE THIEF CONFESSED YOU AS GOD AND CRIED OUT TO YOU:
LORD, REMEMBER ME!//
FOR HIS FAITH, HE WAS GRANTED PARADISE!

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

YOU WERE EXALTED, LAMB OF GOD,
UPON THE CYPRESS, THE PINE AND THE CEDAR,
SAVING THOSE WHO WORSHIP YOUR VOLUNTARY CRUCIFIXION IN FAITH!//
GLORY TO YOU, O CHRIST OUR GOD!

GNE... (Theotokion)

YOU FREELY CHOSE TO ENDURE A SHAMEFUL DEATH UPON THE CROSS,
COMPASSIONATE CHRIST.
WHEN YOUR MOTHER SAW YOU, SHE WAS WOUNDED IN HER HEART.
AT HER PRAYERS, LORD ALONE SUPREME IN LOVE,
THROUGH YOUR TENDER MERCY HAVE COMPASSION ON THE WORLD AND SAVE IT,//
FOR YOU TAKE AWAY ITS SIN!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the Cross)

IN YOUR INEFFABLE MERCY, SINLESS ONE,
YOU ENDURED THE CROSS, THE INSTRUMENT OF HTE CURSE,
FREEING THE FIRST-FORMED MAN FROM THE FIRST CURSE.
THEREFORE, WE VENERATE YOUR GLORIOUS PASSION
AND PRAISE YOUR HOLY DISPENSATION WHICH YOU ALONE FULFILLED IN YOUR LOVINGKINDNESS,//
FOR THE SALVATION OF YOUR CREATURES!

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

THROUGH YOUR FAITH YOU SHINE AS RADIANT LIGHTS,
PHYSICIANS OF THE TRUE WORSHIP OF GOD:
HOLY AND GLORIOUS MARTYRS!
YOU WERE NOT TERRIFIED BY THE TORMENTS OF THE TYRANTS,
BUT YOU CAST DOWN THE BLASPHEMOUS TEACHINGS OF IDOLATRY,//
TAKING UP THE TRUE CROSS AS YOUR EMBLEM OF VICTORY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE THINGS IN HEAVEN WERE SEIZED WITH TERROR
AND THINGS ON EARTH TREMBLED WITH FEAR
WHEN THEY SAW THE SINLESS ONE RAISED UPON THE CROSS.
THE SUN WAS DARKENED AND THE MOON LOST ITS LIGHT!
THEN THE MOTHER WEPT AND SPOKE:
WHAT IS THIS SIGHT, O MY SON?//
HOW DO YOU SUFFER, FOR YOU ALONE ARE THE RULER OF ALL?

APOSTIKHA

(Of the Cross)

LET HIM BE CRUCIFIED!
CRIED THE PEOPLE WHO HAD ALWAYS DELIGHTED IN YOUR GIFTS,
AND THE KILLERS OF THE RIGHTEOUS ASKED TO RECEIVE A CRIMINAL
INSTEAD OF A BENEFACTOR.
BUT YOU KEPT SILENT, O CHRIST,
ENDURING THEIR RECKLESS HASTE,//
WISHING TO SUFFER AND TO SAVE US AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

BECOMING POOR BY YOUR OWN FREE WILL,
YOU BORE ADAM'S POVERTY, CHRIST GOD,
AND CAME ON EARTH INCARNATE OF A VIRGIN!
YOU ACCEPTED THE CROSS
SO THAT YOU MIGHT FREE US FROM THE BONDAGE OF THE ENEMY.//
O LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

COME, ALL YOU PEOPLE,
LET US HONOR THE MEMORY OF THE MARTYRS:
THEY BECAME A SPECTACLE FOR BOTH ANGELS AND MANKIND;
THEY RECEIVED FROM CHRIST THE CROWNS OF VICTORY,//
AND NOW THEY CEASELESSLY PRAY FOR OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

DRAINING THE RIVERS OF TEARS,
THE ALL-BLAMELESS ONE SIGHED DEEPLY.
SHE MOURNED, CRYING OUT FROM THE DEPTHS OF HER SOUL:
SWEETEST LIGHT OF THE SUN, HOW CAN YOU HAVE SET?
MY JESUS, WHO CREATED ALL THINGS BY A WORD,//
HOW CAN YOU BE SEEN NOW AS A SPEECHLESS CORPSE UPON THE CROSS?

FRIDAY EVENING

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the martyrs)

LORD, GREAT IS THE MIGHT OF YOUR CROSS!
SET IN ONE PLACE, IT ACTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
IT MADE FISHERMEN INTO APOSTLES,
AND THE GENTILES INTO MARTYRS.//
MAY THEY ALWAYS INTERCEDE FOR OUR SOULS.

GREAT IS THE MIGHT OF YOUR MARTYRS, O CHRIST,
FOR THOUGH THEY LIE IN THEIR TOMBS THEY DRIVE AWAY DEMONS
AND DEFEAT THE POWER OF THE ENEMY.
THEY HAVE LIVED THEIR LIVES IN BATTLE FOR TRUE PIETY//
BY FAITH IN THE TRINITY.

THE PROPHETS, APOSTLES, AND MARTYRS OF CHRIST
TAUGHT US TO SING THE PRAISES OF THE CONSUBSTANTIAL TRINITY.
THEY ENLIGHTENED THE NATIONS WHICH HAD GONE ASTRAY,//
AND MADE THE CHILDREN OF MANKIND COMPANIONS OF THE ANGELS.

GNE... (Theotokion)

HOW CAN WE NOT WONDER
AT YOUR MYSTICAL CHILDBEARING, EXALTED MOTHER?
FOR WITHOUT RECEIVING THE TOUCH OF MAN,
YOU GAVE BIRTH TO A SON IN THE FLESH, IMMACULATE VIRGIN!
THE SON BORN OF THE FATHER BEFORE ETERNITY
WAS BORN OF YOU AT THE FULLNESS OF TIME, HONORED LADY!
HE UNDERWENT NO MINGLING, NO CHANGE, NO DIVISION;
BUT PRESERVED THE FULLNESS OF EACH NATURE.
ENTREAT HIM TO SAVE THE SOULS, LADY AND VIRGIN AND MOTHER,
OF THOSE WHO CONFESS YOU IN THE ORTHODOX MANNER//
TO BE THE THEOTOKOS.

APOSTIKHA

(Stikheron to the martyrs)

YOUR MARTYRS, LORD,
WERE CONFIRMED BY FAITH AND STRENGTHENED BY HOPE.
SPIRITUALLY UNITED BY LOVE OF YOUR CROSS,
THEY OVERCAME THE TYRANNY OF THE ENEMY.
THEY HAVE OBTAINED CROWNS OF GLORY,//
AND TOGETHER WITH THE ANGELS, THEY PRAY FOR OUR SOULS!

(For the departed)

NO HUMAN VANITY SHALL REMAIN AFTER DEATH:
WEALTH SHALL NOT REMAIN, NOR SHALL GLORY GO WITH US ON THE WAY.
WHEN DEATH COMES, IT SHALL SWALLOW THESE.
THEREFORE LET US SING TO CHRIST, THE IMMORTAL KING:
GIVE REST TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEPARTED FROM US,//
FOR YOU ARE THE ABODE OF ALL THOSE WHO REJOICE IN YOU!

WHY DO WE BUSTLE ABOUT IN VANITY?
FOR THE WAY IN WHICH WE WALK IS SHORT!
LIFE IS SMOKE, MIST, DUST AND ASHES;
IT COMES QUICKLY AND VANISHES AWAY!
THEREFORE LET US SING TO CHRIST, THE IMMORTAL KING:
GIVE REST TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEPARTED FROM US,//
FOR YOU ARE THE ABODE OF ALL THOSE WHO REJOICE IN YOU!

GNE... (Theotokion)

YOU ARE HOLY AMONG WOMEN, UNWEDDED MOTHER:
ENTREAT YOUR SON AND OUR KING, THEOTOKOS,//
TO SAVE OUR SOULS, AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND.


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