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Saturday


SATURDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the saints)

YOU HAVE MADE YOUR SAINTS SHINE BRIGHTER THAN GOLD, O CHRIST,
AND GLORIFIED YOUR HOLY ONES.
THEY CRY OUT TO YOU ON OUR BEHALF, O GOOD ONE:
DIRECT OUR LIVES AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND.
LET OUR PRAYER ARISE AS INCENSE,//
FOR YOU ALONE REST AMONG THE SAINTS.

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

MARTYRS OF THE LORD,
BLESSED IS THE EARTH THAT WAS DRENCHED WITH YOUR BLOOD
AND HOLY THE TOMBS THAT RECEIVED YOUR BODIES!
YOU MADE A SPECTACLE OF THE ENEMY IN THE ARENA,
PROCLAIMING CHRIST WITH BOLDNESS!
WE ENTREAT YOU TO PRAY TO HIM, FOR HE IS GOOD,//
THAT HE MAY SAVE OUR SOULS.

GNE... (Theotokion)

YOUR MYSTERY, THEOTOKOS, IS MOST GLORIOUS,
SURPASSING UNDERSTANDING,
FOR YOU ARE SEALED IN PURITY AND PRESERVED IN VIRGINITY!
WE KNOW YOU IN TRUTH TO BE THE MOTHER WHO GAVE BIRTH TO THE TRUE GOD.
BESEECH HIM TO SAVE OUR SOULS.

After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (for the departed)

GIVER OF LIFE, YOU RULE AS GOD OVER ALL MANKIND,
BOTH THE LIVING AND THE DEAD.
LISTEN TO THE PRAYERS OF YOUR SERVANTS:
SHOW YOUR COMPASSION AND MERCY TOWARDS ALL!
GIVE REMISSION TO THE SOULS OF THE DEPARTED WITH THE HOPE THAT IS IN YOU,//
FOR YOU ARE THE ONLY GOOD ONE!

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

REMEMBER YOUR SERVANTS, LORD, IN YOUR LOVE
AND FORGIVE THEM ALL THE SINS THEY COMMITTED IN THIS LIFE,
FOR NO ONE IS SINLESS BUT YOU, O LORD,//
WHO CAN GIVE REST TO THE DEPARTED!

GNE... (Theotokion)

HOLY MOTHER OF THE INEFFABLE LIGHT,
WE REVERENTLY MAGNIFY YOU,//
SINGING ANGELIC PRAISES IN YOUR HONOR.

APOSTIKHA

(to the martyrs)

TAKING UP THE CROSS OF CHRIST AS THEIR INVINCIBLE WEAPON,
THE HOLY MARTYRS HAVE DESTROYED ALL THE POWER OF THE DEVIL!
THEY HAVE RECEIVED HEAVENLY CROWNS,
AND HAVE BECOME A WALL OF DEFENSE FOR US//
EVER INTERCEDING ON BEHALF OF US ALL!

(for the departed)

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

MASTER, BY YOUR LIFE-GIVING DEATH,
YOU HAVE OVERTHROWN DEATH'S VIOLENCE AND CORRUPTION!
YOU HAVE BECOME A FOUNTAIN OF ETERNAL LIFE FOR ALL
GIVING RESURRECTION TO THE DEAD!
THEREFORE, WE ENTREAT YOU:
GIVE REST, SAVIOR, AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND,
TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEPARTED TO YOU IN FAITH.//
COUNT THEM WORTHY OF THE FULLNESS OF YOUR GLORY!

Verse: Their memorial is from generation to generation!

DESIRING IN YOUR SURPASSING LOVE
TO SAVE THE WORK OF YOUR HANDS,
WITH JOY YOU FULFILLED THE DEEP MYSTERY
OF THE WORK OF YOUR REDEMPTION:
YOU BOUGHT THE WHOLE WORLD AT THE PRICE OF YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD!
THEREFORE WE ENTREAT YOU, LOVER OF MANKIND:
BE MERCIFUL TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEPARTED TO YOU IN FAITH.//
COUNT THEM WORTHY OF THE SWEETNESS OF YOUR BEAUTY.

GNE... (Theotokion)

PURE VIRGIN, YOU CONCEIVED GOD
WHO REPAYS THE DEBT OF OUR FIRST MOTHER EVE!
HE BESTOWS INCORRUPTION AND RESURRECTION UPON THE FAITHFUL;
HE CROWNS WITH IMMORTAL GLORY THOSE WHO GLORIFY YOU!
DO NOT CEASE TO INTERCEDE BEFORE HIM, BRIDE OF GOD,//
THAT HE MAY SHINE UPON US ALL WITH THE LIGHT OF HIS SPLENDOR!

SATURDAY EVENING

LORD I CALL

COME, LET US WORSHIP THE WORD OF GOD
BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER BEFORE ALL AGES,
AND INCARNATE OF THE VIRGIN MARY!
HAVING ENDURED THE CROSS,
HE WAS BURIED AS HE HIMSELF DESIRED!
AND HAVING RISEN FROM THE DEAD, HE SAVED ME, THE ERRING ONE.

CHRIST OUR SAVIOR
NAILED TO THE CROSS THE BOND AGAINST US,
HE VOIDED IT AND DESTROYED THE DOMINION OF DEATH!//
WE FALL DOWN BEFORE HIS RESURRECTION ON THE THIRD` DAY!

WITH THE ARCHANGELS
LET US PRAISE THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST!
HE IS OUR SAVIOR, OUR REDEEMER!
HE IS COMING WITH AWESOME GLORY AND MIGHTY POWER//
TO JUDGE THE WORLD WHICH HE MADE!

(Anatolian Stikhera):

THE ANGEL PROCLAIMED YOU
THE CRUCIFIED AND BURIED MASTER.
HE TOLD THE WOMEN: COME, SEE THE PLACE WHERE HE LAY!
HE IS RISEN AS HE SAID
FOR HE IS ALMIGHTY.
WE WORSHIP YOU, ONLY IMMORTAL ONE.//
CHRIST, THE GIVER OF LIFE, HAVE MERCY ON US.

BY YOUR CROSS, YOU DESTROYED THE CURSE OF THE TREE.
BY YOUR BURIAL YOU DESTROYED THE DOMINION OF DEATH.
BY YOUR RISING, YOU ENLIGHTENED THE HUMAN RACE.//
BENEFACTOR, CHRIST OUR GOD, GLORY TO YOU.

THE GATES OF DEATH OPENED TO YOU FROM FEAR, O LORD!
WHEN THE GUARDS OF HELL SAW YOU THEY WERE AFRAID,
FOR YOU DEMOLISHED THE GATES OF BRASS AND SMASHED THE IRON CHAINS!//
YOU HAVE LED US FROM THE DARKNESS AND THE SHADOWS OF DEATH, AND HAVE BROKEN OUR BONDS!

LET US COME AND WORSHIP IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD,
SINGING THE HYMN OF SALVATION:
CLEANSE OUR SINS, FOR YOU WERE CRUCIFIED AND RAISED FROM THE DEAD,//
AND ARE IN THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER.

(3 stikhera from the menaion)

(Dogmatic)

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

YOUR RESURRECTION, CHRIST OUR SAVIOR,
HAS ENLIGHTENED THE WHOLE UNIVERSE,
RECALLING YOUR CREATION.//
GLORY TO YOU, ALMIGHTY LORD.

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

SAVIOR, BY THE TREE YOU DESTROYED THE CURSE OF THE TREE.
BY YOUR BURIAL YOU MORTIFIED THE MAJESTY OF DEATH.
YOU HAVE ENLIGHTENED OUR RACE BY YOUR RESURRECTION.//
GIVER OF LIFE, CHRIST OUR GOD, GLORY TO YOU.

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

O CHRIST, WHEN YOU WERE SEEN NAILED TO THE CROSS,
YOU RESTORED THE BEAUTY OF YOUR CREATURES.
THE SOLDIERS SHOWED THEIR INHUMANITY WHEN THEY PIERCED YOUR SIDE WITH A SPEAR.
THE HEBREWS NOT KNOWING YOUR POWER ASKED THAT YOUR TOMB MIGHT BE SEALED,
BUT THROUGH THE MERCY OF YOUR COMPASSION,
YOU ACCEPTED THE TOMB AND ROSE ON THE THIRD DAY!//
O LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

VERSE: Holiness befits Your house, Lord, for evermore!

CHRIST, THE GIVER OF LIFE,
FOR THE SAKE OF THE DEAD YOU VOLUNTARILY ENDURED DEATH,
DESCENDING INTO HELL AS THE MIGHTY ONE
TO SAVE THOSE WHO AWAITED YOUR COMING,
GRANTING THEM THE LIFE OF PARADISE INSTEAD OF HELL.
GRANT ALSO TO US WHO GLORIFY YOUR RESURRECTION ON THE THIRD DAY//
CLEANSING OF OUR SINS AND GREAT MERCY.

GNE... (Theotokion)

A NEW MIRACLE SURPASSES ALL ANCIENT MIRACLES!
WHO KNOWS OF A MOTHER WHO GAVE BIRTH WITHOUT A MAN,
WHO CARRIED IN HER ARMS HER CREATOR?
THIS BIRTH IS THE WILL OF GOD!
SINCE YOU CARRIED HIM AS AN INFANT IN YOUR ARMS, MOST PURE ONE,
AND SINCE YOU POSSESS MOTHERLY BOLDNESS BEFORE HIM:
DO NOT CEASE PRAYING FOR US WHO HONOR YOU,//
THAT HE MAY BE BOUNTIFUL AND SAVE OUR SOULS!

SUNDAY

TROPARION

WHEN YOU DESCENDED TO DEATH, LIFE IMMORTAL,
YOU DESTROYED HELL WITH THE SPLENDOR OF YOUR GODHEAD!
AND WHEN FROM THE DEPTHS YOU RAISED THE DEAD,
ALL THE POWERS OF HEAVEN CRIED OUT://
GIVER OF LIFE! CHRIST OUR GOD! GLORY TO YOU!

KONTAKION

HELL BECAME AFRAID, ALMIGHTY SAVIOR,
SEEING THE MIRACLE OF YOUR RESURRECTION FROM THE TOMB!
THE DEAD AROSE! CREATION, WITH ADAM, BEHELD THIS AND REJOICED WITH YOU!//
AND THE WORLD, MY SAVIOR, PRAISES YOU FOREVER.

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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