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Sunday


SUNDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading of the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMN

THE NOBLE JOSEPH
TOOK DOWN YOUR MOST PURE BODY FROM THE TREE
AND WRAPPED IT IN FINE LINEN AND ANOINTED IT WITH SPICES
AND LAID IT IN A NEW TOMB.
BUT YOU AROSE ON THE THIRD DAY, O LORD,//
GRANTING THE WORLD GREAT MERCY!

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

THE ANGEL CAME TO THE MYRRHBEARING WOMEN AT THE TOMB AND SAID
MYRRH IS FITTING FOR THE DEAD,
BUT CHRIST HAS SHONE HIMSELF A STRANGER TO CORRUPTION,
SO PROCLAIM THE LORD IS RISEN//
GRANTING THE WORLD GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

YOU ARE MOST GLORIOUS, O VIRGIN THEOTOKOS!
WE PRAISE YOU, FOR THROUGH THE CROSS OF YOUR SON,
HELL IS LAID LOW AND DEATH IS SLAIN!
WE WHO WERE DEAD IN SIN HAVE RISEN AND HAVE BEEN GRANTED LIFE!
WE HAVE OBTAINED PARADISE, OUR FORMER DELIGHT!
THEREFORE WE THANK AND GLORIFY CHRIST OUR GOD,//
FOR HE ALONE IS MIGHTY AND GREAT IN MERCY.

(After the final reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN

GLORY TO YOU, O LORD,
FOR WITHOUT HINDERING THE STONE OF THE TOMB FROM BEING SEALED//
YOU ROSE AND GRANTED THE ROCK OF FAITH TO ALL!

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

THE CHOIR OF THE DISCIPLES, JOINING THE MYRRHBEARING WOMEN,
REJOICED WITH ONE ACCORD!
FOR THEY KEPT THE FEAST WITH THEM IN THE SAME CELEBRATION
TO THE GLORY AND HONOR OF YOUR RESURRECTION!
THROUGH THEM, O LORD AND LOVER OF MANKIND,//
GRANT YOUR PEOPLE GREAT MERCY!

GNE... (Theotokion)

YOU ARE MOST BLESSED, VIRGIN THEOTOKOS,
FOR THROUGH THE ONE WHO WAS BORN OF YOU
HELL HAS BEEN CAPTURED AND ADAM RECALLED!
THE CURSE HAS BEEN ANNULLED AND EVE SET FREE!
DEATH HAS BEEN SLAIN SO WE ARE GRANTED LIFE!//
BLESSED IS CHRIST OUR GOD, WHOSE GOOD WILL IT WAS! GLORY TO YOU!

SUNDAY MATINS

THE CANON

CANTICLE ONE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: A TRIUMPHANT FORCE IN DAYS OF OLD
DESTROYED THE ARMIES OF PHARAOH IN THE DEEP,
AS THE GLORIOUS LORD, THE WORD INCARNATE,
HAS DESTROYED MALIGNANT SIN,
FOR GLORIOUSLY HAS HE BEEN GLORIFIED!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

For disobeying Your commandment,
we were enrolled in the books of the prince of this world.
But, Good One, he has been condemned by Your Cross.
For attacking you as a mortal,
he fell under the dominion of your power
and was exposed in his weakness.

You came into the world,
Deliverer of the human race and Author of incorruptible life.
Through Your Resurrection which we glorify
You rent the grave clothes of death:
for gloriously has He been glorified!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

You appeared, higher than all the visible and invisible creation,
pure and ever Virgin,
for you bore the Creator
Who willed to take flesh from your womb.
Pray to Him with boldness to save our souls.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: ACROSS THE STRANGE AND TRACKLESS PATH THROUGH THE SEA
CHOSEN ISRAEL MADE THE JOURNEY, CRYING OUT:
LET US SING TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GLORIFIED!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Christ, by Your Passion in the flesh,
You have become the strength of the weak,
the Resurrection of the fallen, and incorruption for the dead:
for gloriously has He been glorified!

The creating and restoring God who was dead
took pity on His fallen and broken image and raised it up:
for gloriously has He been glorified!

(Theotokion)

The Sun of righteousness passed through the closed gate
of your impassible womb, pure Virgin,
and shone upon the world:
for gloriously has He been glorified.

CANTICLE THREE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE DESERT, THE BARREN CHURCH OF THE GENTILES,
BLOSSOMED AS A LILY AT YOUR COMING, LORD,
IN WHICH MY HEART IS ESTABLISHED!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Creation was confounded at Your Passion,
as it beheld You, who had established the universe
by mere inclination of Your will
appear in poverty and mocked by lawless men.

With Your hand, O Christ,
You fashioned me from the dust in Your own image,
and when through sin, I lay in the dust of death,
You went down to hell with me,
raising me up with Yourself.

(Theotokion)

The ranks of angels were amazed at your giving birth,
and the hearts of men trembled, all-pure Virgin.
Therefore we honor you in faith, O Theotokos.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: BY YOUR POWER, O CHRIST
THE BOW OF THE MIGHTY ONE IS BROKEN
AND THE FEEBLE GIRD ON STRENGTH.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Christ, who is above all things,
by His passion in the flesh
was made lower than the angels.

Numbered as dead among the transgressors, O Christ,
You appeared to the women after Your Resurrection
shining in a crown of glory.

(Theotokion)

Let us, the faithful,
praise the womb that is more spacious than the heavens,
for through it Adam rejoices
living as a citizen of heaven.

CANTICLE FOUR:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: YOU HAVE COME FORTH FROM A VIRGIN,
NEITHER ANGEL NOR MESSENGER,
BUT THE LORD HIMSELF MADE FLESH.
AND YOU HAVE BROUGHT SALVATION TO ME, WHO AM MAN.
THEREFORE I CRY OUT TO YOU:
GLORY TO YOUR POWER, O LORD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

You are my God who stood condemned before the judgment seat.
You did not cry out, Lord, as judgment was brought upon the nations.
Therefore You have wrought salvation in the earth
through Your Passion, O Christ.

The weapons of the enemy failed before Your Passion.
The cities of the adversary were destroyed
and the tyrant's insolence overthrown
by Your descent into hell.

(Theotokion)

We, the faithful, all know you, Lady Theotokos,
as a haven of salvation,
the rampart of an invincible city,
for by your prayers you deliver our souls from danger.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: LORD, I HAVE HEARD OF YOUR GLORIOUS DISPENSATION
AND I GLORIFY YOUR IMMEASURABLE POWER, ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

As she beheld You, nailed to the Wood,
the Virgin who bore You without pain, O Christ,
suffered the anguish of a mother.

Death is conquered!
The One who died has despoiled the gates of hell!
He who devours all has been devoured
and all things past nature are given to me.

(Theotokion)

Virgin, you alone were counted worthy of the divine calling,
for you gave birth beyond the laws of nature
to Him who rules creation.

CANTICLE FIVE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: YOU ARE THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MANKIND,
FOR THROUGH YOU, MASTER, CHRIST OUR GOD,
WE HAVE ACCESS FROM THE DARKNESS OF IGNORANCE,
TO YOUR FATHER, THE AUTHOR OF LIGHT

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Christ, although it was as strong as a cedar,
You broke the insolence of the enemy,
for You willed to be lifted up in the flesh
upon the cypress, the pine, and the cedar, O Lord.

Christ, they laid You, without breath, in the lowest pit
but by Your wounds You have raised with Yourself
the wounded and forgotten who slept in the graves.

(Theotokion)

Pray to your Son and Lord, pure Virgin,
to grant deliverance to prisoners
and peace from the enemies
surrounding those who trust in you.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: AS THE BURNING COAL THAT APPEARED TO ISAIAH,
SO A SUN AROSE FROM THE WOMB OF THE VIRGIN,
BRINGING THE LIGHT OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
TO THOSE WHO WANDERED IN THE DARKNESS.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

The first Adam, refusing to fast,
tastes from the tree of death
but the second is crucified
and utterly destroys his sin.

Christ, You are impassible in Your immaterial Godhead:
You underwent suffering in death in Your human nature.
You raised the dead from the depths of hell,
making them incorruptible.

(Theotokion)

Clouds of joy, drop down sweetness upon the earth,
for to us a Child has been given:
He who was before the ages,
our God made flesh of a Virgin.

CANTICLE SIX:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: ENCIRCLED BY AN ABYSS OF SIN,
I CALL ON THE UNSEARCHABLE ABYSS OF YOUR TENDER MERCIES:
LEAD ME OUT OF CORRUPTION, O GOD!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The Righteous One was condemned as an evil doer
and nailed to the Tree with the lawless,
granting forgiveness with His own blood to the guilty.

As by one man, the first Adam, in days of old,
death came to the world,
so by one man, the Son of God,
resurrection has been revealed.

(Theotokion)

Virgin, you conceived, without knowing a man
and remain forever Virgin,
revealing the signs of the true divinity of your Son and God.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: YOU HEARD THE WORDS OF MY PRAYER, O LORD AND MASTER,
WELLING UP FROM THE DEEP AFFLICTION OF MY SOUL.
DELIVER ME FROM TERRORS,
FOR YOU ALONE ARE THE AUTHOR OF OUR SALVATION.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

You set the cherubim before the tree of life
as guards against fallen mankind.
But beholding You, they opened the gates,
for You came to show the thief the way into Paradise.

Through the death of one man,
hell became a barren wilderness,
for Christ emptied its store of wealth for the sake of us all.

(Theotokion)

The nature of mankind, enslaved by sin,
has gained freedom through you, pure Lady,
for your Son went as a lamb to the slaughter
for the sake of us all.

KONTAKION TONE 2

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!

IKOS

You are the Light of those in darkness; You are the Resurrection of all; You are the Life of mortals. Savior, when You despoiled the dominion of death and shattered the gates of hell, O Word, You raised us all with Yourself. The dead saw this and wondered at the miracle, and all creation rejoiced together at Your Resurrection, Lover of mankind. Therefore we also glorify and sing Your condescension,//

AND THE WORLD, MY SAVIOR, PRAISES YOU FOREVER!

CANTICLE SEVEN:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE GODLESS COMMAND OF A LAWLESS TYRANT
FANNED THE FLAME EXCEEDINGLY HIGH;
BUT CHRIST CAST THE DEW OF THE SPIRIT OVER THE GOD-FEARING CHILDREN.
BLESSED IS HE AND EXALTED ABOVE ALL FOREVER!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

Lord, Your tender compassion
made the sight of mankind held under the sway of death unbearable to You.
Therefore You became man
and came to save him with Your own blood.
Blessed is He, and exalted above all forever!

The gatekeepers of hell trembled as they beheld You, Christ,
clothed in the robe of vengeance,
for You came to subdue and master the unreasonable tyrant.
Blessed is He, and exalted above all forever!

(Theotokion)

We know you to be the Holy of Holies,
unwedded mother and spotless Virgin,
for you alone bore the unchangeable God:
By your divine childbearing pouring incorruption on all the faithful.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: IN ANCIENT DAYS, THE CHILDREN IN THEIR GREAT LOVE OF WISDOM
WERE SHOWN TO BE SKILLED ORATORS,
FOR WITH THEIR SOULS DIVINELY INSPIRED
THEY SPOKE OF GOD WITH THEIR LIPS AND SANG:
BLESSED ARE YOU AND ALL HOLY, THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

In ancient times, disobedience condemned our first father in Eden,
but You were condemned of Your own will,
releasing the wrong-doer from his curse.
Blessed are You and all-holy, the God of our fathers!

You have saved the one wounded in Eden
by the tongue of the venomous serpent,
for by Your voluntary Passion You healed the wound he freely chose.
Blessed are You and all-holy, the God of our Fathers!

By striking the dark form of hell
with the lightning of Your divinity,
You called me back to the light as I walked in the shadow of death.
Blessed are You and all-holy, the God of our fathers!

(Theotokion)

The one who does not proclaim You with perfect faith
to be the Son of the Virgin and One of the Holy Trinity
is guilty of profanity.
He who does not cry out:
Blessed are You, and all holy, the God of our fathers!

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

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: OF OLD IN BABYLON BY THE COMMAND OF GOD
THE FIERY FURNACE WORKED IN CONTRADICTION:
BURNING THE CHALDEANS,
IT REFRESHED THE FAITHFUL AS THEY SANG:
ALL WORKS OF THE LORD, BLESS THE LORD FOREVER!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The angels beheld in fear and trembling
the garment of Your flesh stained red with Your blood,
and amazed at Your long-suffering, they cried:
All works of the Lord, bless the Lord forever!

You have clothed my mortal being in immortality
by Your rising, compassionate Lord.
Therefore Your chosen people rejoice with thanksgiving
and sing Your praises, crying to You, O Christ:
Indeed death has been swallowed up in victory!

(Theotokion)

Theotokos, you conceived without seed
the One who dwelt in your womb as God and man
without parting from the Father
and you brought Him forth ineffably.
By this we know that you are the salvation of all!

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: FILLED WITH CONTEMPT FOR THE GOLDEN IDOL
AND BEHOLDING THE LIVING, NEVER-CHANGING IMAGE OF GOD,
THE THRICE-BLESSED CHILDREN SANG IN THE MIDST OF THE FIRE:
LET THE WHOLE CREATION BROUGHT TO BE FROM NOTHING
SING TO THE LORD AND HIGHLY EXALT HIM FOREVER!

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

You are rich in mercy, Lover of mankind,
and were beheld nailed to the Cross.
Of Your own will You was buried and rose again on the third day.
You delivered all mortal men, who sing to You:
Let the whole creation sing to the Lord and highly exalt Him forever!

Word of God, You descended to the depths of the earth,
to save him whom You fashioned in Your divine power.
and giving him immortality, my Christ,
You have made him to be a partaker of Your eternal glory.
Then let the whole creation cry aloud to Christ,
sing and exalt Him above all forever!

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

(Theotokion)

We rightfully praise you, Theotokos,
and proclaim you to be the pure one,
for you gave birth to One of the Trinity made flesh.
We sing to Him together with the Father and the Spirit:
Let the whole creation sing to the Lord and highly exalt Him forever!

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

THE MAGNIFICAT IS SUNG

CANTICLE NINE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE SON OF THE FATHER WITHOUT BEGINNING
HAS APPEARED TO US:
GOD THE LORD, MADE FLESH OF THE VIRGIN,
TO GIVE LIGHT TO THOSE IN DARKNESS
AND TO GATHER THE DISPERSED.
THEREFORE WE MAGNIFY THE THEOTOKOS.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY RESURRECTION!

The thrice-blessed Tree of Your pure Cross, Savior,
was planted on the place of the skull as in Paradise.
Watered by the divine blood and water flowing from Your side
as by a divine stream,
it blossomed for us the flower of Life.

When You were crucified, all powerful Lord,
You put down the mighty
and exalted mankind who lay low in the depth of hell
placing him upon the throne of the Father.
With Him we magnify and worship You, the One who is to come.

GLORY TO YOU, HOLY TRINITY, OUR GOD!

As Orthodox Christians we praise and glorify the three-fold Unity,
the consubstantial Trinity;
supremely divine, undivided Nature,
the threefold brightness that knows no evening
and alone has shone forth light for us.

SECOND CANON

IRMOS: YOU ARE OUR WHOLE DESIRE, OUR UNALLOYED SWEETNESS,
WORD OF GOD AND SON OF THE VIRGIN:
THE GOD OF GODS, AND LORD,
THE HOLIEST OF HOLIES,
WHOM WITH YOUR MOTHER WE MAGNIFY.

GLORY, LORD, TO YOUR HOLY CROSS AND RESURRECTION!

Christ, in Your goodness,
You were hung as a lamb on the Cross on Golgotha.
You were pierced with a spear between the condemned.
You gave life to us who are fashioned of dust
and who honor Your divine Resurrection in faith.

Faithful, let us all worship God
Who by His own death has destroyed the dominion of death with power,
raising with Himself the dead of all ages,
granting to all men life and resurrection.

(Theotokion)

Master, receive with compassion
Your Mother whom You chose to intercede with You for us,
and let all things be filled with Your goodness,
that we may magnify You, the Giver of all good!

THE PRAISES

ALL THAT HAS BREATH GLORIFIES YOU, O LORD!
FOR BY YOUR CROSS YOU HAVE DESTROYED DEATH
MANIFESTING YOUR RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD TO THE NATIONS//
AS THE ONLY LOVER OF MANKIND!

DO THEY SAY THAT THE SOLDIERS WHO GUARDED THE KING RATHER DESTROYED HIM?
THAT THE STONE DID NOT PRESERVE THE ROCK OF LIFE?
EITHER LET THEM GIVE UP THE BURIED ONE,
OR WITH US ADORE THE RISEN ONE,//
SAYING: GLORY TO YOUR GREAT MERCIES, SAVIOR: GLORY TO YOU!

COME, PEOPLE: REJOICE AND BE GLAD!
THE ANGEL SITTING ON THE STONE HAS ANNOUNCED TO US THE GLAD TIDINGS:
CHRIST HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, AS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD,
AND HAS FILLED ALL THINGS WITH SWEET FRAGRANCE://
PEOPLE, REJOICE AND BE GLAD!

LORD, BEFORE YOUR CONCEPTION,
AN ANGEL CAME WITH THE GREETING: REJOICE! TO THE ONE FULL OF GRACE,
AND AN ANGEL ROLLED THE STONE FROM YOUR GLORIOUS TOMB AT YOUR RESURRECTION.
THE ONE ANNOUNCED THE SIGNS OF JOY IN PLACE OF SORROW,
THE OTHER IN PLACE OF DEATH, PROCLAIMED TO US THE LIFE-GIVING MASTER!
THEREFORE WE CRY OUT TO YOU://
LORD AND BENEFACTOR OF ALL, GLORY TO YOU!

(The Anatolian stikhera)

THE WOMEN POURED SPICES ON YOUR TOMB WITH LAMENTATIONS,
YET THEY CRIED OUT WITH JOY WHEN IT WAS SAID://
THE LORD IS RISEN!

LET THE NATIONS AND PEOPLES PRAISE CHRIST OUR GOD,
WHO FREELY SUFFERED THE CROSS FOR OUR SAKE,
AND SPENT THREE DAYS IN HELL.
LET US ADORE HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD,//
BY WHICH ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH ARE ENLIGHTENED!

YOU WERE CRUCIFIED AND BURIED, O CHRIST,
AS YOU FREELY WILLED,
OVERTHROWING DEATH AND RISING AGAIN IN GLORY.//
AS GOD AND MASTER YOU GRANT THE WORLD ETERNAL LIFE AND GREAT MERCY!

TRULY WICKED ONES:
BY SEALING THE TOMB YOU MANIFESTED GREATER WONDERS!
THE WATCHMEN BRING THE NEWS:
TODAY HE LEFT THE GRAVE!
AND YOU TOLD THEM: SAY THAT WHILE WE WERE SLEEPING,
HIS DISCIPLES CAME AND STOLE HIM.
BUT WHO WOULD STEAL A DEAD BODY THAT WAS NAKED?
HE IS RISEN AGAIN BY HIS OWN POWER AS GOD,
AND HAS LEFT HIS GRAVE CLOTHES IN THE TOMB.
COME AND BEHOLD: HE WHO HAS OVERCOME DEATH DID NOT BREAK THE SEALS,//
BUT HAS GRANTED MANKIND ETERNAL LIFE AND GREAT MERCY!

GLORY...

GOSPEL HYMN

NOW AND EVER... TONE 2

YOU ARE MOST BLESSED...

SUNDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera of repentance)

POUR OUT STREAMS OF MERCY ON ME
AND WATERS OF GOODNESS FROM THE WELL OF YOUR COMPASSION,
GOOD FATHER, AND SON, WORD OF THE FATHER,
AND THE HOLY SPIRIT:
UNCREATED NATURE, ACCEPT OUR PRAYERS AND SUPPLICATIONS.
GRANT FORGIVENESS TO ALL WHO HAVE SINNED//
FOR YOU ARE THE GOOD GOD AND LOVER OF MANKIND.

YOU ARE BOUNTIFUL, MERCIFUL, AND GENEROUS,
ACCORDING TO YOUR DIVINE NATURE, CHRIST OUR SAVIOR.
THEREFORE WE EVER CRY TO YOU AS WE FALL TO OUR KNEES IN PRAYER:
PARDON AND FORGIVE THE MANY SINS
WHICH WE, YOUR SERVANTS HAVE COMMITTED,//
FOR YOU ARE THE GOOD GOD AND LOVER OF MANKIND.

SAVIOR, IN YOUR DESIRE TO SAVE THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE,
YOU PUT ON FLESH AND BECOME A MAN.
NOW SAVE US WHO HONOR YOUR COMMANDMENTS,
FOR YOU DID NOT COME TO SAVE THE RIGHTEOUS
BUT TO DELIVER US, THROUGH THE GRACE OF DIVINE BAPTISM,
WHEN WE WERE BOUND IN INIQUITY BY OUR MANY SINS,//
FOR YOU ARE THE GOOD GOD AND LOVER OF MANKIND.

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE HOSTS OF ANGELS SING THE THRICE HOLY PRAISES OF YOUR SON, PURE VIRGIN.
FOR YOU WERE HIS FIERY THRONE,
A LIVING CHAMBER FOR THE KING
AND DIVINE BRIDGE LEADING FROM EARTH TO HEAVEN.
WE SING REJOICE! TO YOU WITH THE ARCHANGEL GABRIEL,//
FOR YOU GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOURCE OF JOY!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

I HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU, CHRIST OUR SAVIOR,
LIKE THE PRODIGAL SON.
FATHER, ACCEPT ME IN REPENTANCE.//
HAVE MERCY ON ME, O GOD.

I CRY TO YOU, CHRIST OUR SAVIOR,
WITH THE VOICE OF THE PUBLICAN.
BE MERCIFUL TO ME, AS TO HIM.//
HAVE MERCY ON ME, O GOD.

(To the martyrs)

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

GNE... (Theotokion)

REJOICE, MARY THEOTOKOS,
TEMPLE WHICH CANNOT BE DESTROYED!
TEMPLE, EVEN MORE, OF HOLINESS,
AS THE PROPHET CRIED://
HOLY IS YOUR TEMPLE, WONDERFUL IN RIGHTEOUSNESS!

SUNDAY MATINS

THIRD CANON TO THE THEOTOKOS

CANTICLE ONE:

IRMOS: A TRIUMPHANT FORCE IN DAYS OF OLD
DESTROYED THE ARMIES OF PHARAOH IN THE DEEP,
AS THE GLORIOUS LORD, THE WORD INCARNATE,
HAS DESTROYED MALIGNANT SIN,
FOR GLORIOUSLY HAS HE BEEN GLORIFIED!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

In ancient times the heavenly ladder
and the path miraculously made dry through the sea
revealed your childbearing, pure Virgin.
We proclaim this in song,
for gloriously has He been glorified!

The power of the Most High took flesh of you, undefiled Virgin.
The Wisdom of God, the complete Being of person conversed with people,
for gloriously has He been glorified!

The Sun of righteousness passed through the closed gate
of your impassible womb, pure Virgin,
and shone upon the world:
for gloriously has He been glorified.

CANTICLE THREE:

IRMOS: THE DESERT, THE BARREN CHURCH OF THE GENTILES,
BLOSSOMED AS A LILY AT YOUR COMING, LORD,
IN WHICH MY HEART IS ESTABLISHED!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

He who transcends all time
as the Creator of time
willed to be fashioned as a little child from you, O Virgin.

Let us, the faithful,
praise the womb that is more spacious than the heavens,
for through it Adam rejoices
living as a citizen of heaven.

CANTICLE FOUR:

IRMOS: YOU HAVE COME FORTH FROM A VIRGIN,
NEITHER ANGEL NOR MESSENGER,
BUT THE LORD HIMSELF MADE FLESH.
AND YOU HAVE BROUGHT SALVATION TO ME, WHO AM MAN.
THEREFORE I CRY OUT TO YOU:
GLORY TO YOUR POWER, O LORD!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Behold the sacred mountain of the house of the Lord,
high and lifted up:
The Father of God is highly exalted
above the powers of heaven!

Virgin, you alone were counted worthy of the divine calling,
for you gave birth beyond the laws of nature
to Him who rules creation.

CANTICLE FIVE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: YOU ARE THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MANKIND,
FOR THROUGH YOU, MASTER, CHRIST OUR GOD,
WE HAVE ACCESS FROM THE DARKNESS OF IGNORANCE,
TO YOUR FATHER, THE AUTHOR OF LIGHT

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Clouds of joy, drop down sweetness upon the earth,
for to us a Child has been given:
He who was before the ages,
our God made flesh of a Virgin.

The light has come to my life and bit of flesh,
and the Most High, Incarnate without seed of the Virgin,
has brought release from the hateful gloom of sin.

CANTICLE SIX:

IRMOS: ENCIRCLED BY AN ABYSS OF SIN,
I CALL ON THE UNSEARCHABLE ABYSS OF YOUR TENDER MERCIES:
LEAD ME OUT OF CORRUPTION, O GOD!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The nature of mankind, enslaved by sin,
has gained freedom through you, pure Lady,
for your Son went as a lamb to the slaughter
for the sake of us all.

We cry out to you, true Theotokos:
Deliver your anger-provoking servants,
for you alone have acquired boldness before your Son.

CANTICLE SEVEN:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE GODLESS COMMAND OF A LAWLESS TYRANT
FANNED THE FLAME EXCEEDINGLY HIGH;
BUT CHRIST CAST THE DEW OF THE SPIRIT OVER THE GOD-FEARING CHILDREN.
BLESSED IS HE AND EXALTED ABOVE ALL FOREVER!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Jacob beheld the Incarnate God by night in a hidden manner,
but coming forth from you
He was seen as a flashing beacon by those who cry:
Blessed are You, and all holy, the God of our fathers!

He wrestled with Jacob
to prefigure the ineffable match to take place in you, pure Virgin.
For of His own will He was made one with mankind through you.
Blessed is He, and all holy, the God of our fathers!

The one who does not proclaim You with perfect faith
to be the Son of the Virgin and One of the Holy Trinity
is guilty of profanity.
He who does not cry out:
Blessed are You, and all holy, the God of our fathers!

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

IRMOS: OF OLD IN BABYLON BY THE COMMAND OF GOD
THE FIERY FURNACE WORKED IN CONTRADICTION:
BURNING THE CHALDEANS,
IT REFRESHED THE FAITHFUL AS THEY SANG:
ALL WORKS OF THE LORD, BLESS THE LORD FOREVER!

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

Through you, the One who is incomparable in goodness and power
was seen on earth and dwelt among men.
We faithful sing to him and cry:
Let the whole creation sing to the Lord and highly exalt Him forever!

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

We rightfully praise you, Theotokos,
and proclaim you to be the pure one,
for you gave birth to One of the Trinity made flesh.
We sing to Him together with the Father and the Spirit:
Let the whole creation sing to the Lord and highly exalt Him forever!

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

CANTICLE NINE:

FIRST CANON

IRMOS: THE SON OF THE FATHER WITHOUT BEGINNING
HAS APPEARED TO US:
GOD THE LORD, MADE FLESH OF THE VIRGIN,
TO GIVE LIGHT TO THOSE IN DARKNESS
AND TO GATHER THE DISPERSED.
THEREFORE WE MAGNIFY THE THEOTOKOS.

MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

The Word of God who dwelt in your womb
was given as a staff of strength to our feeble nature,
raising it as it had slipped and fallen into hell.
Therefore we magnify you, all pure Theotokos!

Master, receive with compassion
Your Mother whom You chose to intercede with You for us,
and let all things be filled with Your goodness,
that we may magnify You, the Giver of all good!


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