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Saturday


SATURDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the martyrs)

ALL WHO LOVE THE MARTYRS REJOICE TODAY!
WITH ONE ACCORD SING PRAISE TO CHRIST!
HE HAS MADE THEM SHINE LIKE STARS UPON THE WORLD,
AND YEAR BY YEAR THEIR FEASTS GRANT US THE GRACE OF MIRACLES,//
ENLIGHTENING OUR SOULS AND MINDS!

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

YOUR BRAVE ENDURANCE, GLORIOUS MARTYRS,
DEFEATED THE SNARES OF THE ENEMY FROM WHOM ALL EVIL COMES:
THEREFORE YOU WERE COUNTED WORTHY OF ETERNAL BLESSEDNESS!
INTERCEDE, THEN, WITH THE LORD, WITNESSES OF THE TRUTH,//
FOR THE SALVATION OF CHRIST'S FAITHFUL FLOCK!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WE SING YOUR PRAISES, VIRGIN THEOTOKOS,
FOR YOU INTERCEDE FOR THE SALVATION OF US ALL!
YOUR SON AND OUR GOD, IN THE FLESH HE TOOK FROM YOU,
ACCEPTED SUFFERING ON THE CROSS,//
AND AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND HAS DELIVERED US FROM CORRUPTION!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (for the departed)

WHEN AT YOUR COMMAND, LORD AND SAVIOR,
WE STAND BEFORE YOUR IMPARTIAL JUDGMENT SEAT,
DO NOT CONDEMN US WHO HAVE BELIEVED IN YOU!
WE HAVE ALL SINNED, YET WE HAVE NOT TURNED AWAY FROM YOU.
WE ENTREAT YOU, O CHRIST, GIVE REST IN THE DWELLINGS OF THE RIGHTEOUS
TO THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE TAKEN TO YOURSELF,//
FOR YOU ALONE ARE RICH IN MERCY!

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

THROUGH THE TREE WE HAVE HAVE FALLEN INTO BITTER DEATH,
BUT BY THE PRECIOUS TREE WE RISE AGAIN,
FOR THROUGH YOUR CROSS, YOU HAVE PUT DEATH TO DEATH, O SAVIOR,
AND GIVEN ALL MEN UNENDING LIFE!
MERCIFUL LORD, MAKE THE MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD WHO HAVE DEPARTED TO YOU
WORTHY OF THAT LIFE,//
AND GIVE THEM YOUR KINGDOM!

GNE... (Theotokion)

RECEIVE YOUR SERVANTS WHO HAVE LEFT THE STORMY SEAS OF THIS LIFE IN FAITH,
ALL UNDEFILED VIRGIN,
AND LEAD THEM TO OUR JUDGE AND GOD,
PRAYING HIM TO GRANT THEM REDEMPTION.
FOR AS THE MOTHER OF HIM WHO DOES ALL THINGS,//
YOU HAVE BOTH THE POWER AND THE WILL.

APOSTIKHA

(to the martyrs)

COME, ALL PEOPLES,
LET US HONOR THE MEMORY OF THE HOLY AND VICTORIOUS MARTYRS!
HAVING BECOME A SPECTACLE TO ANGELS AND MANKIND,
THEY HAVE RECEIVED THE CROWN OF VICTORY FROM CHRIST,//
AND THEY EVER INTERCEDE FOR OUR SOULS!

(for the departed)

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

LORD, ALONE RICH IN MERCY,
I GLORIFY YOUR PRECIOUS CROSS,
FOR THROUGH IT LIFE AND BLESSEDNESS
ARE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO SING YOUR PRAISES WITH FAITH AND LOVE!
THEREFORE WE CRY TO YOU, CHRIST OUR GOD:
GIVE REST TO OUR DEPARTED BRETHREN,//
CALLING THEM TO BE WITH YOU IN THE DWELLING OF THOSE WHO REJOICE!

Verse: Their memorial is from generation to generation!

YOU SLEPT IN THE TOMB AS MAN;
AS GOD YOU RAISED UP ALL THOSE IN THE TOMB BY YOUR UNCONQUERABLE MIGHT!
WITH NEVER-SILENT VOICES THEY OFFER YOU A HYMN OF PRAISE!
THEREFORE WE CRY TO YOU, CHRIST OUR GOD:
GIVE REST TO OUR DEPARTED BRETHREN,//
CALLING THEM TO BE WITH YOU IN THE DWELLING OF THOSE WHO REJOICE!

GNE...

WE ALL ACKNOWLEDGE YOU, THEOTOKOS, TO BE THE SPIRITUAL LAMP
THAT BORE THE FIRE OF DIVINITY JOINED TO MANKIND'S MATERIAL FLESH.
PRAY, THEN, TO YOUR SON AND GOD:
MAY HE GIVE REST TO OUR DEPARTED BRETHREN,//
CALLING THEM TO BE WITH HIM IN THE DWELLING OF THOSE WHO REJOICE!

SATURDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

BY YOUR CROSS, CHRIST OUR SAVIOR,
DEATH'S DOMINION HAS BEEN SHATTERED;
THE DEVIL'S DELUSION DESTROYED!
THE HUMAN RACE, BEING SAVED BY FAITH,//
ALWAYS OFFERS YOU A SONG!

ALL HAS BEEN ENLIGHTENED BY YOUR RESURRECTION, LORD!
PARADISE HAS BEEN OPENED AGAIN.
ALL CREATION PRAISING YOU,//
ALWAYS OFFERS YOU A SONG!

I GLORIFY THE POWER OF THE FATHER AND THE SON!
I PRAISE THE AUTHORITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!
THE UNDIVIDED, UNCREATED GODHEAD,//
THE CONSUBSTANTIAL TRINITY WHICH REIGNS FOREVER!

(The Anatolian stikhera)

WE BOW DOWN IN WORSHIP BEFORE YOUR PRECIOUS CROSS, O CHRIST,
AND WE GLORIFY AND PRAISE YOUR RESURRECTION,//
FOR BY YOUR WOUNDS WE HAVE ALL BEEN HEALED.

WE PRAISE THE SAVIOR INCARNATE OF THE VIRGIN,
FOR HE WAS CRUCIFIED FOR OUR SAKE AND RESURRECTED ON THE THIRD DAY,//
GRANTING US GREAT MERCY.

CHRIST DESCENDED TO HELL PROCLAIMING THE GLAD TIDINGS:
BEHOLD! NOW I HAVE TRIUMPHED!
I AM THE RESURRECTION, I WILL LEAD YOU OUT,//
FOR I HAVE SHATTERED THE GATES OF DEATH.

STANDING UNWORTHILY IN YOUR MOST PURE HOUSE, CHRIST GOD,
WE OFFER OUR EVENING SONG CRYING FROM THE DEPTHS:
YOU ENLIGHTENED THE WORLD BY YOUR RESURRECTION ON THE THIRD DAY,//
LOVER OF MANKIND, DELIVER YOUR PEOPLE FROM THE HAND OF YOUR ENEMIES.

(3 stikhera from the menaion)

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

THE SUN WAS DARKENED BY YOUR PASSION, O CHRIST,
BUT ALL CREATION WAS ENLIGHTENED BY THE LIGHT OF YOUR RESURRECTION!//
ACCEPT OUR EVENING SONG, LOVER OF MANKIND.

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

YOUR LIFE-BEARING RESURRECTION, LORD,
ENLIGHTENED THE WHOLE UNIVERSE,
RECALLING YOUR CREATION.
DELIVERED FROM ADAM'S CURSE, WE SING://
ALMIGHTY LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

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

YOU ARE THE CHANGELESS GOD,
WHO, SUFFERING IN THE FLESH WAS CHANGED!
CREATION COULD NOT ENDURE SEEING YOU ON THE CROSS.
IT WAS FILLED WITH FEAR WHILE PRAISING YOUR PATIENCE!
BY DESCENDING TO HELL AND RISING ON THE THIRD DAY,//
YOU HAVE GRANTED TO THE WORLD LIFE AND GREAT MERCY.

VERSE: Holiness befits Your house, Lord, forevermore!

YOU ENDURED DEATH, O CHRIST,
TO DELIVER THE HUMAN RACE FROM DEATH.
YOU ROSE FROM THE DEAD ON THE THIRD DAY,
RAISING WITH YOURSELF THOSE WHO KNEW YOU AS GOD//
AND ENLIGHTENING THE WORLD: GLORY TO YOU!

GNE... (Theotokion)

BY THE WILL OF THE FATHER,
WITHOUT SEED, OF THE HOLY SPIRIT YOU CONCEIVED THE SON OF GOD!
HE WAS BORN OF THE FATHER BEFORE ETERNITY WITHOUT A MOTHER,
BUT NOW FOR OUR SAKE HE CAME FROM YOU WITHOUT A FATHER!//
DO NOT CEASE ENTREATING HIM TO DELIVER OUR SOULS FROM HARM.

SUNDAY

TROPARION

LET THE HEAVENS REJOICE!
LET THE EARTH BE GLAD!
FOR THE LORD HAS SHOWN STRENGTH WITH HIS ARM!
HE HAS TRAMPLED DOWN DEATH BY DEATH!
HE HAS BECOME THE FIRST BORN OF THE DEAD!
HE HAS DELIVERED US FROM THE DEPTHS OF HELL,
AND HAS GRANTED TO THE WORLD//
GREAT MERCY.

KONTAKION

ON THIS DAY YOU ROSE FROM THE TOMB,
MERCIFUL ONE,
LEADING US FROM THE GATES OF DEATH.
ON THIS DAY ADAM EXULTS AS EVE REJOICES;
WITH THE PROPHETS AND PATRIARCHS THEY UNCEASINGLY PRAISE//
THE DIVINE MAJESTY OF YOUR POWER.

THEOTOKION

BEYOND ALL THOUGHT AND EXCEEDINGLY GLORIOUS ARE YOUR MYSTERIES,
THEOTOKOS!
SEALED IN PURITY AND PRESERVED IN VIRGINITY,
YOU WERE REVEALED AS TRULY THE MOTHER WHO BORE THE TRUE GOD!//
BESEECH HIM TO SAVE OUR SOULS!


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