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Sunday


SUNDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN

CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD,
THE FIRSTFRUITS OF THOSE THAT SLEEP:
THE FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION AND MAKER OF ALL CREATED THINGS!
IN HIMSELF HE RESTORED THE CORRUPTED NATURE OF MANKIND!
YOU SHALL REIGN NO MORE, O DEATH,//
FOR THE MASTER OF ALL HAS DESTROYED YOUR POWER!

Verse: Arise, Lord my God, lift up Your hand; do not forget Your poor forever!

LORD, HAVING TASTED DEATH IN THE FLESH,
BY YOUR RESURRECTION YOU EMPTIED DEATH OF ITS STING;
YOU HAVE STRENGTHENED MANKIND AGAINST DEATH,
PROCLAIMING THE ABOLITION OF THE ANCIENT CURSE!//
GLORY TO YOU, LORD, THE PROTECTOR OF OUR LIVES!

GNE... (Theotokion)

THEOTOKOS, AS HE CRIED TO YOU,
GABRIEL MARVELLED AT THE BEAUTY OF YOUR VIRGINITY;
THE GREAT BRIGHTNESS OF YOUR PURITY!
WHAT PRAISE FITTING FOR YOU CAN I OFFER?
BY WHAT NAME MAY I CALL YOU?
I AM TROUBLED AND AFRAID.
THEREFORE AS I WAS COMMANDED, I RAISE MY CRY://
REJOICE, O FULL OF GRACE!

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN

HELL WAS DISMAYED SEEING YOUR DIVINITY UNCHANGED, LORD,
WHILE BEHOLDING YOUR VOLUNTARY PASSION! IT MOURNED AND SAID:
I TREMBLE BEFORE THE FLESH OF THE INCORRUPTIBLE PERSON!
I SEE HIM WHO CANNOT BE SEEN MYSTERIOUSLY FIGHTING ME,
WHILE THOSE I HOLD IN MY POWER ARE CRYING OUT://
GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR RESURRECTION!

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

WHEN WE SPEAK OF THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO GOD,
WE FAITHFUL TOUCH UPON AN INEFFABLE MYSTERY:
THE CRUCIFIXION WHICH THE MIND CANNOT COMPREHEND
AND THE RESURRECTION BEYOND ALL DESCRIPTION!
FOR TODAY DEATH AND HELL ARE DESPOILED
WHILE MANKIND IS CLOTHED IN INCORRUPTION!
THEREFORE IN THANKSGIVING WE CRY ALOUD://
GLORY, O CHRIST, TO YOUR RESURRECTION!

GNE... (Theotokion)

MOTHER OF GOD, YOU MYSTERIOUSLY HELD IN YOUR WOMB
HIM WHOM NONE CAN COMPREHEND AND NOTHING CAN CONTAIN,
WHO IS ONE IN ESSENCE WITH THE FATHER AND THE SPIRIT!
BY YOUR CHILDBEARING WE HAVE COME TO KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD
THE ONE AND ONLY ENERGY OF THE TRINITY WITHOUT CONFUSION
SHOULD BE GLORIFIED!
THEREFORE IN THANKSGIVING, WE CRY ALOUD TO YOU://
REJOICE, O FULL OF GRACE!

THE CANON

CANTICLE ONE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: IN ANCIENT TIMES, GOD GATHERED THE WATERS TOGETHER
AND DIVIDED THE SEA FOR THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.
HE IS OUR GOD, HE IS GLORIOUS,
TO HIM ALONE WILL WE SING
FOR HE HAS BEEN GLORIFIED!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

He condemned the earth to bear thorns
in the sweat of the transgressor's brow;
He accepted in the flesh the crown of thorns
from the hands of lawless men.
He is our God, He has broken the curse,
for He has been glorified!

He was shown to be the Conqueror,
smitten by death whom He vanquished.
For putting on passable flesh, He wrestled with the tyrant.
He is our God; He has raised all mankind with Himself,
for He has been glorified!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

All nations glorify you, true Theotokos,
for you have brought forth without seed.
Our God came down into your sanctified womb,
and endowed with our being,
both God and man, He was born of you.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: PEOPLES, LET US SING A NEW SONG,
TO THE ONE WHO, FOR OUR SALVATION, WAS BORN OF THE VIRGIN,
UNITING EARTH TO HEAVEN,
FOR HE HAS BEEN GLORIFIED!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

By His divine blood, Christ redeemed mortals
held in bondage to the tyrant through love of sin.
He renewed him and made him divine,
for He has been glorified!

Christ, the Guardian of life,
willingly tasted death as a mortal,
but being immortal by nature, He made the dead to live,
for He has been glorified!

(Theotokion)

What an exchange has come to pass in you!
For God, the Source of all good, has given us the divine Spirit,
while He has taken flesh from you, Maiden,
for He has been glorified!

CANTICLE THREE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: ALMIGHTY LORD, YOU BROUGHT ALL THINGS FROM NOTHING INTO BEING,
CREATED BY THE WORD AND PERFECTED BY THE SPIRIT:
ESTABLISH ME IN YOUR LOVE!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The ungodly was brought to shame by Your Cross;
he dug a pit, and himself fell into the hole which he made,
but the horn of the humble is exalted
by Your Resurrection, O Christ.

The proclamation of God has gone out to the nations
as the waters cover the seas,
for You rose from the tomb, Lover of mankind,
revealing the Light of the Trinity to mankind.

(Theotokion)

Glorious things are spoken of you,
living city of the King who reigns forever.
For through you, O Lady,
God dwelt among those on earth.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: YOU SHATTERED THE BOW OF THE ENEMY,
AND BROKE HIS SHIELD IN YOUR STRENGTH.
YOU ARE OUR FIRM SUPPORT, O CHRIST.
HOLY ARE YOU, O LORD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Pure Cross, you are shown to be the cleansing
of all the symbols of purification,
for Jesus, the Most High God,
stretched out His hands on you.

Let all the faithful venerate you, life-bearing tomb,
for Christ our true God was buried in you
and He arose from you.

(Theotokion)

The rod from the stem of Jesse has budded
as the prophets foretold;
the Virgin has blossomed You for us, O Christ:
holy are You, O Lord!

CANTICLE FOUR:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: LORD, YOU SHOWED YOUR STEADFAST LOVE FOR US,
FOR YOU GAVE YOUR ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON UP TO DEATH FOR OUR SAKES.
THEREFORE, WITH THANKSGIVING WE CRY OUT TO YOU:
GLORY TO YOUR POWER, O LORD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

In Your compassion, You endured wounds and bruising,
patiently enduring the insults of blows.
You were long-suffering to their spitting:
thus You have brought about my salvation:
glory to Your power, O Lord.

You partook of death in a mortal body
for the sake of the misery of Your poor
and the sighs of the needy, O Life.
You destroyed the destroyer, glorified God,
raising all with Yourself, only Lover of mankind.

(Theotokion)

Receive the compassionate prayers of Your glorified Mother, O Christ,
remember the flock which You have gathered by Your Passion,
visiting it in its affliction:
deliver it by Your might, O Lord.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: I HAVE HEARD OF THE STRANGE AND INEFFABLE MYSTERY OF YOUR BIRTH
AND I AM AFRAID.
JOYFULLY I CRY OUT TO YOU:
GLORY TO YOUR POWER, LOVER OF MANKIND!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

By being crucified on Golgotha
You saved mankind, made in Your own image
who lay dead in sin through transgression.

At Your rising from the tomb, O Christ,
death gave up the dead it had devoured
while the destroying kingdom of hell was struck down.

(Theotokion)

Lord, You are my portion,
You are the inheritance I desire.
You have united me with Your Person through the Virgin,
becoming a Person in the flesh, O Word.

CANTICLE FIVE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: I SEEK YOU EARLY, CREATOR OF ALL
AND PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING.
GUIDE ME IN YOUR COMMANDMENTS, FOR THEY ARE MY LIGHT.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

All-seeing Lord, You were delivered to an unjust judge
through the envy of the Jews.
You judged all the world in righteousness
and delivered Adam from the ancient condemnation.

Christ, as You are risen from the dead,
grant peace to Your Church
and by the virtue of Your Cross, save our souls.

(Theotokion)

Holy Tabernacle, more spacious than the heavens,
you received the Word of God whom all creation cannot contain.
You alone are the ever-Virgin.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: WE RISE EARLY IN THE MORNING TO SING TO YOU, LOVER OF MANKIND,
THE INVISIBLE WHO WAS SEEN ON EARTH:
THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE FREELY CONVERSING WITH MORTALS.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

As Your side was pierced by a spear, O my Christ,
You set the woman free from the curse,
she who was formed from the side of man,
and was the mediator of ruin for all mankind.

Christ our Savior, equal in essence to the Father,
You raised from the dead
Your most pure and sacred body.

(Theotokion)

Though he fashioned living flesh for Himself from you, Virgin,
your Son, the Word of God, was not a created being:
the Fashioner of Adam, the first-formed man.

CANTICLE SIX:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE UTTER DEPTH OF SIN SURROUNDS ME AND MY SPIRIT FAILS,
BUT STRETCH OUT YOUR MIGHTY ARM AS YOU DID TO PETER IN THE SEA
AND SAVE ME, O MY SAVIOR!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

A depth of mercy and compassion surrounds me
from Your merciful descent,
for made flesh, and taking the form of a servant,
You made me as God, and glorify me with Yourself, O Master.

When he saw the dead come to life,
the one who deals in death died.
These things are the tokens of Your Resurrection, O Christ,
and the rewards of Your pure Passion.

(Theotokion)

All pure One, beyond all understanding,
you alone are the mediator between the Creator and mankind.
Entreat the mercy of your Son for your erring servants,
and be our defender.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: AS HE DWELT IN THE LOWEST DEPTHS OF HELL,
JONAH, THE TYPE OF HUMAN NATURE, CRIED OUT:
DELIVER ME FROM CORRUPTION, LOVER OF MANKIND!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Put Yourself to the test of wounds and blows,
by Your suffering on the Cross,
You raised with Yourself the wounded in hell.
Therefore I cry out to You:
Lover of mankind, deliver me from corruption!

The gates of hell opened to You in fear, O Christ,
while the spoil of the enemy was taken away.
Thus when the women met You with sorrow,
in its place, they carried joy away.

(Theotokion)

Deliver me from the depth of sin
and from the storm of passions, most pure One.
For you are a harbor and a depth of wonders
for those who run to you in faith.

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.

IKOS

Let heaven and earth dance to day, and sing with one accord the praises of Christ. He who sits on one throne with God has raised those held captive from the grave. Together, all creation rejoices and brings every fitting song to the Creator and Deliverer of all. For today, as the Giver of Life, He drew mortal man from hell, lifting him up with Himself into heaven. He has trampled the pride of the enemy and broken the gates of hell//

BY THE DIVINE MAJESTY OF HIS POWER!

CANTICLE SEVEN:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: AS OF OLD, YOUR DEW REFRESHED THE THREE GODLY CHILDREN
IN THE CHALDEAN FURNACE,
SO ILLUMINE US WITH THE FIRE OF YOUR DIVINITY
FOR WE CRY ALOUD:
BLESSED ARE YOU, THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The bright curtain of the temple was torn
by the Cross of the Creator
proclaiming clearly to the faithful
the hidden truth of the Scriptures, as they cry:
Blessed are You, the God of our fathers!

When Your side was pierced, O Christ,
divinely flowing streams of Your life-giving blood
fell to the earth in God's dispensation
forming anew the earth-born, who cry:
Blessed are You, the God of our fathers!

GLORY TO YOU, HOLY TRINITY, OUR GOD!

Let us the faithful glorify the Spirit of goodness
together with the Father and the only-begotten Son.
Let us honor one Principle and Godhead in Trinity, crying:
Blessed are You, the God of our fathers!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: THE PROUD TYRANT BECAME A MOCKERY TO THE THREE CHILDREN
AS THEY TRAMPLED DOWN THE FIRE THAT FLAMED SEVEN-FOLD,
AND SANG:
BLESSED ARE YOU, LORD, GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

The sun was darkened as it beheld not just a simple man,
but God Incarnate, hung on the Cross.
And we sing: Blessed are You, Lord God of our fathers!

When the belly of hell received the Giver of incorruption,
strong in His divinity,
it belched forth the souls of the just who cried:
Blessed are You, Lord, God of our fathers!

(Theotokion)

You are a priceless treasury of blessings, all pure One,
for those who acknowledge you to be the Mother of God with purity of heart.
For the God of our fathers was indeed made flesh of you.

CANTICLE EIGHT: (Sung as stikhera on the Song of the Three Children)

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: UNITED IN THE UNBEARABLE FIRE,
THE YOUTHS WHO FEARED GOD STOOD UNHARMED BY THE FLAME.
TOGETHER THEY SANG THE DIVINE HYMN:
BLESS THE LORD, ALL WORKS OF THE LORD:
SING AND EXALT HIM THROUGHOUT ALL THE AGES!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

When Your Cross was set up on the place of the Skull,
the glory of the temple was torn.
All creation bowed down and sang in fear:
Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord:
exalt Him throughout all ages!

You are risen from the tomb, O Christ,
and by the divine power of the Cross
You restored mankind who was fallen through treachery
who cried out and said:
Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord:
exalt Him throughout all ages!

(Theotokion)

You are proclaimed to be the Temple of God,
His living resting place and Ark,
for you, pure Theotokos have reconciled the Creator to mortals,
and as is fitting, we the creatures of the Lord
praise and bless you above all forever!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: BY THE STRENGTH OF THE SPIRITUAL FIRE OF THE CROSS
THE GOD-BEARING CHILDREN QUENCHED THE MATERIAL FIRE AS THEY SANG:
BLESS THE LORD, ALL WORKS OF THE LORD:
SING AND EXALT HIM THROUGHOUT ALL AGES!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

The Word is not subject to suffering,
for He is impassible in His divinity,
yet God suffers in the flesh, and to Him we sing:
Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord:
exalt Him throughout all ages!

In the flesh You fell asleep
as a mortal man, O Savior.
But You are risen as immortal,
and save from death all who sing the song:
Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord:
exalt Him throughout all ages!

LET US BLESS THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE LORD, NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

Without ceasing we worship in reverence the Godhead,
three Persons, yet united in one.
And we sing, Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord:
exalt Him throughout all ages!

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

THE MAGNIFICAT IS SUNG

CANTICLE NINE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: DIVINE AND GREAT NEW WONDER!
THE LORD PLAINLY PASSES THROUGH THE CLOSED GATE OF THE VIRGIN!
HE ENTERS UNCLOTHED, YET APPEARS GOD INCARNATE
WHILE THE GATE REMAINS SHUT.
INEFFABLY WE MAGNIFY HER AS THE MOTHER OF GOD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

It is awesome to behold You, divine Word:
the Creator hung upon the Tree;
to see God suffering in the flesh for the sake of His servants.
Yet while lying lifeless in the tomb
You released the dead from hell.
Therefore we magnify You, O Christ, as almighty.

When You were laid dead in the tomb,
You saved our forefathers from the corruption of death;
You made life blossom and raised the dead,
leading mortals to the light
and clothing them in divine incorruption.
Therefore we magnify You, Fount of everliving light.

(Theotokion)

You are proclaimed as the Temple and Throne of God,
for He who lives on high came to dwell in you,
He who was born of you without help of man
kept the gates of your flesh secure, O Virgin.
Therefore, holy Lady, by your unceasing prayers,
be swift to trample the enemies of Orthodox Christians.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: AS WE BEHOLD YOUR BEAUTY IN WONDER, O PURE ONE,
WHOLLY WORTHY OF OUR LOVE,
WOUNDED BY THE SWEET ARROW OF YOUR MOST PURE CHILD,
WE FITTINGLY MAGNIFY YOU AS THE THEOTOKOS.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

From Your dishonorable death,
You poured out honor on all mankind.
For by having tasted crucifixion, Savior,
You bestowed incorruption on me, a mortal,
Christ God, the Lover of mankind.

Rising from the grave, You saved me, O Christ.
You exalted me and led me to the Father who begot You.
You made me sit with You, O Lord, at His right hand
through Your mercy and compassion.

(Theotokion)

For the faithful with devotion,
no songs in praise of you can be enough, pure Virgin,
for with their love they receive divine and spiritual desire,
rightly magnifying you as the Mother of God!

THE PRAISES

COME, ALL PEOPLES,
AND LEARN THE POWER OF THE AWESOME MYSTERY!
FOR CHRIST OUR SAVIOR, WHO IS THE WORD FROM THE BEGINNING,
WAS CRUCIFIED AND FREELY SUFFERED BURIAL FOR OUR SAKE,
RISING FROM THE DEAD THAT HE MIGHT SAVE ALL THINGS://
COME, LET US WORSHIP HIM!

YOUR GUARDS TOLD OF ALL THE WONDERS, LORD,
BUT THE VAIN COUNCIL FILLED THEIR HANDS WITH MONEY
THINKING THAT THEY WOULD THEN CONCEAL YOUR RESURRECTION
WHICH ALL THE WORLD GLORIFIES://
HAVE MERCY ON US!

EVERYTHING WAS FILLED WITH JOY
ON LEARNING THE PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION!
MARY MAGDALENE CAME TO THE TOMB,
AND FOUND AN ANGEL IN RADIANT CLOTHING SITTING ON THE STONE, WHO SAID:
WHY DO YOU SEEK THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD?
HE IS NOT HERE BUT IS RISEN AS HE FORETOLD,//
GOING BEFORE YOU INTO GALILEE!

(The Anatolian stikhera)

IN YOUR LIGHT, MASTER, WE SEE LIGHT!
FOR YOU HAVE RISEN FROM THE DEAD,
GRANTING US SALVATION AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND!
THE WHOLE CREATION GLORIFIES YOU, THE ONLY SINLESS ONE://
HAVE MERCY ON US!

THE MYRRHBEARING WOMEN
WERE BRINGING YOU A MORNING HYMN WITH TEARS, O LORD.
CARRYING SWEET-SMELLING SPICES,
THEY REACHED THE TOMB TO ANOINT YOUR ALL PURE BODY.
AN ANGEL SITTING ON THE STONE CRIED OUT TO THEM:
WHY DO YOU SEEK THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD?
FOR HAVING TRAMPLED DOWN DEATH, HE IS RISEN AS GOD,//
GRANTING TO ALL GREAT MERCY!

A SHINING ANGEL AT YOUR LIFE-GIVING TOMB
SAID TO THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN:
THE REDEEMER HAS EMPTIED THE GRAVES,
DESPOILED HELL, AND RISEN AGAIN ON THE THIRD DAY,//
AS THE ONLY AND ALL-POWERFUL GOD!

MARY MAGDALENE WAS SEEKING YOU AT YOUR TOMB,
AND NOT FINDING YOU, SHE CRIED OUT LAMENTING:
WOE IS ME, MY SAVIOR!
YOU ARE TAKEN AWAY, KING OF ALL!
THE TWO LIFE-BEARING ANGELS CALLED OUT FROM WITHIN THE TOMB:
WOMAN, WHY ARE YOU WEEPING?
BECAUSE THEY HAVE TAKEN AWAY MY LORD, SHE SAID:
AND I DO NOT KNOW WHERE THEY HAVE LAID HIM!
AND TURNING ROUND, SHE CRIED OUT AS SHE RECOGNIZED YOU://
MY LORD AND MY GOD! GLORY TO YOU!

THEY HAVE SHUT LIFE IN THE TOMB!
THE THIEF OPENED HIS MOUTH WITH DELIGHT, AND CRIED OUT SAYING:
THE ONE WHO WAS CRUCIFIED WITH ME,
HUNG ON THE TREE BY MY SIDE, FOR MY SAKE,
AND APPEARED TO ME SITTING WITH THE FATHER ON HIS THRONE!//
FOR HE IS CHRIST OUR GOD, WHO HAS GREAT MERCY!

GLORY... GOSPEL HYMN

NOW AND EVER... TONE 2

YOU ARE MOST BLESSED...

SUNDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera of repentance)

I HAVE SINNED GREATLY, AND ANGERED YOU, GOOD MASTER,
YET AS YOU ARE THE MERCIFUL ONE,
ACCEPT ME AS I RETURN LIKE THE PRODIGAL
AND MAKE ME ONE OF YOUR HIRED SERVANTS//
FATHER IN HEAVEN.

I HAVE SPENT THE DAYS OF MY LIFE IN LAZINESS,
DRAWING NEAR TO THE END IN CONDEMNATION.
I HAVE GIVEN NO THOUGHT TO THE JUDGMENT THAT AWAITS ME,
NOR TO MY SEPARATION FROM GOD.
BUT SAVIOR, TURN ME BACK//
AND TAKE ME FROM ALL OF THIS.

DELIVER MY HUMBLE SOUL FROM HELL, LORD,
FROM THE GNASHING OF TEETH AND ETERNAL TORMENTS,
THAT WITH FAITH I MAY SING OF YOU://
OUR GOD WHO IS GOOD, AND THE LOVER OF MANKIND.

GNE... (Theotokion)

BY YOUR FERVENT INTERCESSION, PURE LADY,
AND YOUR PRAYERS AS A MOTHER, RULER OF CREATION,
FREE MY MIND FROM THE TERRIBLE RULE OF PASSIONS,//
AND MAKE ME A SERVANT OF YOUR SON AND YOUR GOD.

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

WE OFFER YOU OUR EVENING HYMN, O CHRIST,
WITH INCENSE AND SPIRITUAL SONG.//
HAVE MERCY ON US, O SAVIOR!

SAVE ME, LORD MY GOD:
YOU ARE THE SALVATION OF ALL!
THE STORM OF MY PASSIONS TROUBLES ME;
THE YOKE OF MY SINS WEIGHS ME DOWN!
STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND TO HELP ME;
LEAD ME TO THE LIGHT OF REPENTANCE,//
FOR YOU ALONE ARE THE COMPASSIONATE LOVER OF MANKIND!

(To the Cross)

GREAT IS THE MIGHT OF YOUR CROSS, LORD!
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!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WE HAVE PUT OUR TRUST IN YOU, LADY,
PROTECTOR OF ALL WHO PRAY TO YOU.
WE GLORY IN YOU AND PUT ALL OUR HOPE IN YOU.//
PRAY TO YOUR SON FOR YOUR WORTHLESS SERVANTS.

THIRD CANON TO THE THEOTOKOS

CANTICLE ONE:

IRMOS: IN ANCIENT TIMES, GOD GATHERED THE WATERS TOGETHER
AND DIVIDED THE SEA FOR THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.
HE IS OUR GOD, HE IS GLORIOUS,
TO HIM ALONE WILL WE SING
FOR HE HAS BEEN GLORIFIED!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

All creation kneels before Him who took flesh of you, Virgin:
things of heaven with things of earth
together with those beneath the earth,
for He has been glorified!

What an exchange has come to pass in you!
For God, the Source of all good, has given us the divine Spirit,
while He has taken flesh from you, Maiden,
for He has been glorified!

CANTICLE THREE:

IRMOS: ALMIGHTY LORD, YOU BROUGHT ALL THINGS FROM NOTHING INTO BEING,
CREATED BY THE WORD AND PERFECTED BY THE SPIRIT:
ESTABLISH ME IN YOUR LOVE!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The rod from the stem of Jesse has budded
as the prophets foretold;
the Virgin has blossomed You for us, O Christ:
holy are You, O Lord!

You became poor by taking our flesh from the Virgin,
to make the sons of earth partakers in divinity:
holy are You, O Lord!

CANTICLE FOUR:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: LORD, YOU SHOWED YOUR STEADFAST LOVE FOR US,
FOR YOU GAVE YOUR ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON UP TO DEATH FOR OUR SAKES.
THEREFORE, WITH THANKSGIVING WE CRY OUT TO YOU:
GLORY TO YOUR POWER, O LORD!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Lord, You established the mountains
with the measure of divine knowledge;
You were hewn from the mountain of the Virgin!
Glory to Your power, Lover of mankind.

Lord, with strong medicine You healed our ailing nature,
uniting it to Your pure Divinity in the Virgin, O Word.
Lord, You are my portion,
You are the inheritance I desire.
You have united me with Your Person through the Virgin,
becoming a Person in the flesh, O Word.

CANTICLE FIVE:

IRMOS: I SEEK YOU EARLY, CREATOR OF ALL
AND PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING.
GUIDE ME IN YOUR COMMANDMENTS, FOR THEY ARE MY LIGHT.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Though he fashioned living flesh for Himself from you, Virgin,
your Son, the Word of God, was not a created being:
the Fashioner of Adam, the first-formed man.

The Son of the Virgin and the Word of God,
one perfect Person in two natures.
Jesus the Lord is perfect God and perfect man.

CANTICLE SIX:

IRMOS: THE UTTER DEPTH OF SIN SURROUNDS ME AND MY SPIRIT FAILS,
BUT STRETCH OUT YOUR MIGHTY ARM AS YOU DID TO PETER IN THE SEA
AND SAVE ME, O MY SAVIOR!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The One who does not partake of form,
took our form from an untouched Maiden.
He was man in form and substance
without change in His divinity.

Deliver me from the depth of sin
and from the storm of passions, most pure One.
For you are a harbor and a depth of wonders
for those who run to you in faith.

CANTICLE SEVEN:

IRMOS: AS OF OLD, YOUR DEW REFRESHED THE THREE GODLY CHILDREN
IN THE CHALDEAN FURNACE,
SO ILLUMINE US WITH THE FIRE OF YOUR DIVINITY
FOR WE CRY ALOUD:
BLESSED ARE YOU, THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The Lord of glory and Master of the powers on high
Who sits with the Father
was held in the arms of the Virgin.
Blessed are You, Lord, God of our fathers.

You destroyed death in its boldness and strength
when it battled with You, Divine Person,
incarnate of the Virgin.
Blessed are You, Lord, God of our fathers!

We all know you as the Theotokos,
for you conceived God in your womb.
One of the Trinity was made flesh and born of you, pure One:
Blessed is the fruit of your womb.

CANTICLE EIGHT:

IRMOS: UNITED IN THE UNBEARABLE FIRE,
THE YOUTHS WHO FEARED GOD STOOD UNHARMED BY THE FLAME.
TOGETHER THEY SANG THE DIVINE HYMN:
BLESS THE LORD, ALL WORKS OF THE LORD:
SING AND EXALT HIM THROUGHOUT ALL THE AGES!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Blessed Virgin, exalted above the ranks of angels
and the Mother set so close to God.
We bless your Child and exalt Him throughout all ages!

LET US BLESS THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE LORD, NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.

You revealed a beauty beyond that of nature,
flashing forth as lightning the flesh of God.
We bless your Child and exalt Him throughout all ages!

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

CANTICLE NINE:

IRMOS: DIVINE AND GREAT NEW WONDER!
THE LORD PLAINLY PASSES THROUGH THE CLOSED GATE OF THE VIRGIN!
HE ENTERS UNCLOTHED, YET APPEARS GOD INCARNATE
WHILE THE GATE REMAINS SHUT.
INEFFABLY WE MAGNIFY HER AS THE MOTHER OF GOD!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

You have established for us, O Christ
an Advocate who is never put to shame
in the One who brought You forth.
You give us the Spirit at her intercessions, Giver of good,
Who proceeds through You from the Father.

For the faithful with devotion,
no songs in praise of you can be enough, pure Virgin,
for with their love they receive divine and spiritual desire,
rightly magnifying you as the Mother of God.


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