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Friday


FRIDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading from the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMNS (to the Cross)

YOU HAVE WROUGHT SALVATION
IN THE MIDST OF THE EARTH, O CHRIST GOD.
YOU STRETCHED OUT YOUR ALL-PURE HANDS UPON THE CROSS;
YOU HAVE GATHERED TOGETHER ALL THE NATIONS//
WHO CRY ALOUD TO YOU: GLORY TO YOU, O LORD!

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

THROUGH YOUR OWN GOODNESS,
WE OFFER YOU YOUR LIFE-GIVING CROSS IN PRAYER:
SAVE YOUR PEOPLE AND ALL IN AUTHORITY,
GRANT THEM PEACE THROUGH THE THEOTOKOS,//
ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND.

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE EWE LAMB AND VIRGIN CRIED OUT AS SHE BEHELD THE DEAD CHRIST:
HOW TERRIBLE IS THE MURDER!
SUN, HIDE YOUR LIGHT, FOR THE CREATOR OF ALL IS
WILLINGLY PUT TO DEATH
AND THE ONLY LORD OF THE BODILESS ANGELS IS SEEN CONDEMNED!

(After the 2nd reading from the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the saints)

LIKE THE THIEF, I CONFESS YOU,
AND CRY TO YOU, O GOOD ONE:
REMEMBER ME IN YOUR KINGDOM, LORD, AND NUMBER ME WITH HIM,//
SINCE FOR OUR SAKE YOU FREELY TOOK UPON YOURSELF THE PASSION.

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

THE SAINTS WERE CLOTHED IN YOU
AS YOU CLOTHE THE HEAVENS WITH CLOUDS.
THEY ENDURED THE TORTURES OF TRANSGRESSORS IN THIS WORLD
AND LAID LOW THE ERROR OF IDOLATRY.//
BY THEIR PRAYERS, SAVIOR, SET US FREE FROM THE INVISIBLE ENEMY
AND SAVE US

GNE... (Theotokion)

SHE WHO BORE YOU WITHOUT SEED
STOOD BY THE CROSS UNABLE TO ENDURE THE SIGHT OF YOUR SUFFERING UNJUSTLY!
SHE CRIED OUT TO YOU WITH WEEPING AND LAMENTATION:
MY SWEET CHILD, HOW DO YOU SUFFER, FOR BY NATURE YOU ARE IMPASSIBLE?
I SING THE PRAISES OF YOUR GREAT GOODNESS!

APOSTIKHA

(Of the Cross)

LET HIM BE CRUCIFIED!
CRIED THOSE WHO HAD ALWAYS ENJOYED YOUR BLESSINGS,
AND INSTEAD OF THE BENEFACTOR THEY ASKED TO RECEIVE BACK AN EVIL-DOER!
BUT KEEPING SILENT, O CHRIST, YOU ENDURED THEIR INSOLENCE,//
IN YOUR DESIRE 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
THAT YOU MIGHT FREE US FROM THE BONDAGE OF THE ENEMY!//
O LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

(To the martyrs)

SUFFERING FOR CHRIST TO THE POINT OF DEATH,
PASSION-BEARING MARTYRS,
YOU RETAIN YOUR SOULS IN HEAVEN IN THE HAND OF GOD,
WHILE YOUR RELICS ARE WATCHED OVER IN ALL THE EARTH.
PRIESTS AND KINGS AND ALL PEOPLES VENERATE THEM,
AND WE, BEING TAUGHT, CRY OUT ACCORDING TO THE CUSTOM://
PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN THE EWE-LAMB SAW YOU, HER OWN LAMB,
ON THE CROSS AND PIERCED WITH NAILS,
SHE GROANED AND WAS STRUCK WITH FEAR AND AWE:
HOW CAN IT BE THAT YOU ARE DYING,
WISHING, MY SON, TO TEAR UP THE DEBT OF ADAM, THE FIRST-FORMED MAN,
AND TO REDEEM FROM DEATH ALL HUMANITY?//
GLORY TO YOUR DISPENSATION, LOVER OF MANKIND!

FRIDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the martyrs)

YOU DID NOT SEEK FOR THE THINGS OF THE EARTH,
AND SO WERE MADE WORTHY OF HEAVENLY JOY, O MARTYRS.
YOU BECAME FELLOW-CITIZENS WITH THE ANGELS.//
LORD, THROUGH THEIR PRAYERS, HAVE MERCY ON US AND SAVE US!

BY THE HOLY MARTYRS PRAYING FOR US
AND SINGING THE PRAISES OF CHRIST
ALL ERROR HAS COME TO AN END,//
AND MANKIND IS BEING SAVED BY FAITH!

THE COMPANY OF MARTYRS CHALLENGED THEIR TORTURERS:
WE FIGHT FOR THE LORD OF HOSTS!
EVEN THOUGH YOU CONDEMN US TO FIRE AND TORTURE,//
WE WILL NOT DENY THE POWER OF THE TRINITY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE SHADOW OF THE LAW PASSED WHEN GRACE CAME!
AS THE BUSH BURNED, YET WAS NOT CONSUMED.
SO THE VIRGIN GAVE BIRTH, YET REMAINED A VIRGIN!
THE RIGHTEOUS SUN HAS RISEN INSTEAD OF A PILLAR OF FLAME!//
INSTEAD OF MOSES, CHRIST, THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS!

APOSTIKHA

(To the martyrs)

GREAT IS THE GLORY YOU OBTAINED BY FAITH, O SAINTS!
YOU NOT ONLY DEFEATED THE ENEMY IN YOUR SUFFERINGS,
BUT EVEN AFTER DEATH YOU DRIVE OUT SPIRITS,
HEALING THE SICK, PHYSICIANS OF SOULS AND BODIES!//
ENTREAT THE LORD TO HAVE MERCY ON OUR SOULS!

(Stikhera for the departed)

AS THE FLOWER WITHERS, AND A DREAM PASSES AWAY,
SO THE FLESH OF EVERY ONE IS DISSOLVED AT DEATH.
BUT AT THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET, ALL THE DEAD SHALL ARISE,
TREMBLING BEFORE YOUR COMING, CHRIST GOD.
THEN, MASTER, ESTABLISH IN THE MANSIONS OF THE JUST//
THE SOULS OF YOUR SERVANTS WHOM YOU HAVE TAKEN FROM US.

WOE IS ME! HOW GREAT A STRUGGLE THE SOUL ENDURES AT ITS PARTING FROM THE BODY!
WOE IS ME! HOW MANY TEARS IT SHEDS THEN!
BUT THERE IS NONE TO SHOW IT COMPASSION.
IT TURNS TO THE ANGELS, BUT PRAYS IN VAIN;
STRETCHING OUT ITS HANDS TO PEOPLE, IT FINDS NO ONE TO HELP.
THEREFORE, MY BELOVED BRETHREN,
REFLECTING ON THE SHORTNESS OF OUR LIFE,
LET US BESEECH CHRIST TO GIVE REST TO THE DEPARTED,//
AND GRANT GREAT MERCY TO OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

SAVE YOUR SERVANTS FROM TRIBULATIONS,
VIRGIN THEOTOKOS,
FOR AFTER GOD WE ALL RUN TO YOU//
AS OUR UNSHAKEABLE HAVEN AND PROTECTION.


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