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Thursday


THURSDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading from the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMNS (to the apostles)

CHRIST OUR GOD, IN YOUR INEFFABLE LOVE FOR MANKIND,
YOU MADE FISHERMAN WISER THAN THE ORATORS!
YOU SENT THEM AS PREACHERS THROUGHOUT THE EARTH:
THROUGH THEM, STRENGTHEN YOUR CHURCH AND BLESS THE FAITHFUL,//
FOR YOU ALONE ARE MERCIFUL AND LOVE MANKIND.

VERSE: Their voice has gone out through all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the universe!

THE FISHERMEN CAUGHT THE NATIONS IN THEIR NET
AND TAUGHT THE ENDS OF THE EARTH TO WORSHIP YOU, O CHRIST OUR GOD,
TOGETHER WITH THE FATHER AND THE SPIRIT.
THROUGH THEM, STRENGTHEN YOUR CHURCH AND BLESS THE FAITHFUL,//
FOR YOU ALONE ARE MERCIFUL AND LOVE MANKIND.

GNE... (Theotokion)

THROUGH YOU, EVER-VIRGIN THEOTOKOS,
WE HAVE BECOME PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE,
FOR YOU GAVE BIRTH TO THE INCARNATE GOD FOR OUR SAKE.//
THEREFORE WE ALL DEVOUTLY MAGNIFY YOU!

(After the 2nd reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMNS (to St. Nicholas & All saints)

BY THE LIGHT SHINING FROM YOUR MIRACLES, NICHOLAS,
YOU ENLIGHTEN ALL ON THE EARTH,
DISPERSING THE GLOOM OF AFFLICTION,
AND DRIVING AWAY APPROACHING DANGERS,//
FOR YOU ARE A MOST FERVENT INTERCESSOR!

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

APOSTLES, MARTYRS AND PROPHETS,
HOLY HIERARCHS, SAINTS AND RIGHTEOUS:
HAVING FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AND KEPT THE FAITH
YOU HAVE BOLDNESS TOWARDS THE SAVIOR.
INTERCEDE FOR US WITH HIM FOR HE IS GOOD.//
WE PRAY THAT HE MAY SAVE OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

I FALL BEFORE YOU, ALL-PURE VIRGIN,
FOR YOU ALONE CONCEIVED GOD WITHOUT SEED,
REMAINING PURE AFTER THIS AWESOME CHILD-BEARING!
I CRY TO YOU WITH FAITH: //
PRESERVE ME FROM PASSION, ILLNESS AND TRIBULATION!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of the apostles)

SAVIOR, YOU HAVE MAGNIFIED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
THE NAMES OF YOUR CHIEF APOSTLES,
FOR THEY LEARNED HEAVENLY MYSTERIES AND GRANTED WHOLENESS TO MANKIND!
EVEN ONLY THEIR SHADOW HEALED PASSIONS!
ONE, A FISHERMAN, PERFORMED MIRACLES,
THE OTHER, A HEBREW, EXPLAINED THE TEACHINGS OF GRACE.//
BECAUSE OF THEM, MERCIFUL ONE, GRANT US GREAT MERCY!

OUR UNJUST DEEDS HAVE BECOME OUR ENEMIES,
AND WE RUN TO YOU, THE LIVING GOD.
WE OFFER YOU THE WORDS OF YOUR DISCIPLE:
SAVE US, LORD, BEFORE WE PERISH!
SHOW YOURSELF NOW TO OUR ENEMIES,
FOR BY THE PRAYERS OF YOUR APOSTLES
YOU PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE AND SAVE THEM FROM DANGER,
OVERLOOKING ALL THEIR SINS IN YOUR GREAT GOODNESS.//
O LORD, GLORY TO YOU!

(To the martyrs)

EVERY CITY AND COUNTRY HONORS YOUR RELICS, VICTORIOUS MARTYRS,
FOR HAVING STRUGGLED LAWFULLY,
YOU WON HEAVENLY CROWNS!
YOU ARE THE JOY OF PRIESTS;//
THE VICTORY OF KINGS AND THE ADORNMENT OF CHURCHES!

GNE...(Theotokion) To the special melody, Joseph Of Arimathea

JOY OF ALL THE AFFLICTED,
PATRON OF THE WRONGED AND SUSTAINER OF THE POOR,
COMFORT OF STRANGERS AND HAVEN OF THE BESTORMED,
VISITATION OF THE SICK,
PROTECTION AND AID OF THE OPPRESSED AND STAFF OF THE BLIND:
MOTHER OF THE MOST HIGH GOD!
WE ALL FALL BEFORE YOU AND CRY://
RESCUE US FROM ALL EVIL!

THURSDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the Cross)

SAVIOR, THE SUN WAS DARKENED IN FEAR,
SEEING YOU NAILED TO THE CROSS.
THE CURTAIN OF THE TEMPLE WAS TORN IN TWO.
THE EARTH QUAKED; THE ROCKS SHATTERED WITH TREMBLING,
UNABLE TO BEAR THE SIGHT OF THE CREATOR AND GOD,
SUFFERING OF HIS OWN WILL UPON THE WOOD,//
SHAMEFULLY TREATED BY LAWLESS MEN.

AFTER THE SNAKE OF ALL EVIL
LIFTED YOU UNLAWFULLY UPON THE CROSS, LOVER OF MANKIND,
HE WAS CAST DOWN FOREVER ON THE EARTH,
UTTERLY OVERTHROWN AND PROSTRATE, HE LAY A FALLEN CORPSE.
ADAM'S CURSE WAS LOOSED, AND THE CONDEMNED WAS SAVED.
THEREFORE WE ENTREAT YOU TO SAVE US AND HAVE MERCY ON US,//
MAKING US WORTHY OF YOUR KINGDOM!

SAVIOR, WHEN YOU WERE LIFTED UP ON THE CROSS
AND YOUR SIDE PIERCED WITH A LANCE,
THE SUN HID ITSELF, NOT WANTING TO BEHOLD YOU, SINLESS ONE.
THE EARTH QUAKED; THE ROCKS SPLIT IN FEAR!
YOU ENDURED SHAMEFUL TREATMENT,
YET THE WHOLE CREATION CRIED OUT TO YOU:
GLORY TO YOUR CRUCIFIXION, WORD,//
BY WHICH YOU HAVE SAVED ALL, LOVER OF MANKIND!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHEN THE PURE EWE SAW HER LAMB LED WILLINGLY TO THE SLAUGHTER,
SHE CRIED OUT WITH WEEPING:
DO YOU HASTEN TO LEAVE ME, YOUR MOTHER, CHILDLESS, O CHRIST?
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SUFFER LIKE THIS?//
I WILL SING AND GLORIFY YOUR GREAT AND INEFFABLE GOODNESS, LOVER OF MANKIND!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the Cross)

SAVE ME, O SAVIOR CHRIST,
BY THE POWER OF THE CROSS
AND HAVE MERCY ON ME,//
O GOD WHO SAVED PETER IN THE SEA!

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, CHRIST, YOU ENDURED THEIR INSOLENCE,//
IN YOUR DESIRE TO SUFFER AND TO SAVE US, AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

(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) To the special melody, Joseph of Arimathea

WHEN THE LAWLESS PEOPLE, SAVIOR, PUT YOU, THE LIFE OF ALL,
ON THE WOOD,
YOUR PURE AND BLAMELESS MOTHER STOOD BY AND CRIED OUT WEEPING:
WOE IS ME, MY SWEET CHILD, THE LIGHT OF MY EYES!
HOW CAN YOU BEAR TO BE NAILED TO THE CROSS BETWEEN EVIL-DOERS?//
FOR YOU HUNG THE EARTH UPON THE WATERS?


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