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Tuesday


TUESDAY MATINS

(After the 1st reading from the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMNS (stikhera of repentance)

THINK UPON THE TRIAL OF THE FEARFUL DAY,
AND TREMBLE, MY SOUL!
WEEP BEFORE THE RETRIBUTION OF ETERNAL TORMENT
CRYING WITH REPENTANCE://
I HAVE SINNED, O GOD, HAVE MERCY ON ME!

VERSE: Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your wrath!

I SEARCH MY CONSCIENCE AND FIND IT CONDEMNED;
I AM AFRAID OF YOUR TERRIBLE THRONE OF JUDGMENT, LORD.
I FIND NO SALVATION IN MY WORKS.
BUT AS YOU HAVE A WEALTH OF COMPASSION, CHRIST OUR GOD,//
HAVE MERCY ON ME AND SAVE ME!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WE MAGNIFY YOU, AND CRY OUT, THEOTOKOS:
REJOICE, FOR YOU ARE THE STAFF FROM WHICH SPRANG
FORTH WITHOUT SEED//
THE GOD WHO DESTROYED DEATH ON THE TREE.

(After the 2nd reading from the Psalter):

SESSIONAL HYMNS (stikhera to the Forerunner)

YOU PLUNGED THE BOUNTIFUL SOURCE OF COMPASSION
INTO THE WATERS OF THE JORDAN, JOHN;
THEREFORE I FERVENTLY CRY TO YOU:
GUIDE ME TOWARDS THE SAFE HARBOR OF LIFE BY YOUR PRAYERS,//
FOR THROUGH MY MANY PASSIONS, I SINK DAILY IN THE SEA OF THIS WORLD!

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

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

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHO HAS EVER SEEN OR HEARD OF A MOTHER BEARING HER OWN CREATOR?
OR A VIRGIN GIVING MILK TO THE ONE WHO FEEDS ALL FLESH?
WHAT WONDER! YOUR WOMB, THEOTOKOS,
IS REVEALED AS THE THRONE OF THE CHERUBIM!//
WE BESEECH YOU TO INTERCEDE FOR OUR SOULS.

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera of repentance)

I HAVE SURPASSED ALL PEOPLE IN SIN;
FROM WHOM CAN I LEARN REPENTANCE?
IF I SIGH LIKE THE PUBLICAN,
I FEEL I WILL BURDEN THE HEAVENS!
IF I SHED TEARS LIKE THE HARLOT,
I POLLUTE THE EARTH WITH MY TEARS!//
BUT GRANT ME REMISSION OF SINS, O GOD, AND SAVE ME!

OVERLOOK MY TRANSGRESSIONS,
LORD BORN OF THE VIRGIN,
AND CLEANSE MY HEART, MAKING IT A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!
DO NOT MAKE ME AS NOTHING BEFORE YOUR FACE,//
SINCE YOU HAVE BOUNDLESS MERCY!

(To the martyrs)

WHEN THE HOLY MARTYRS RECEIVED THE CROSS OF CHRIST
AS AN INVINCIBLE WEAPON,
THEY BROUGHT ALL THE DEVIL'S POWER TO NAUGHT!
WHEN THEY RECEIVED HEAVENLY CROWNS,
THEY BECAME A RAMPART FOR US,//
INTERCEDING WITH CHRIST OUR BEHALF!

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!

TUESDAY VESPERS

LORD I CALL

(Stikhera to the Cross)

WHEN THE SUN AND WORD OF GOD SET UPON THE CROSS,
THE SKY WAS DARKENED, UNABLE TO ENDURE ITS OWN LIGHT.
THE EARTH QUAKED AND THE ROCKS WERE SPLIT;
THE CURTAIN OF THE TEMPLE WAS TORN IN TWO.
THE GRAVES WERE OPENED AND THE DEAD AROSE.
HELL SURRENDERED THOSE HELD BELOW:
THE DEVILS WERE DEFEATED,//
AND FOR ALL MANKIND SLEEP TOOK THE PLACE OF DEATH!

WHEN THE GOOD THIEF SAW YOU, CHRIST,
THE ONLY FRUITFUL VINE,
HE WAS MOST CLEVER, AND STOLE FORGIVENESS OF HIS
ANCIENT SINS,
SPEAKING SOFTLY WITH GRACE.
LET US ALL MAKE HASTE TO DO AS HE DID, AND CRY://
REMEMBER US ALSO, LOVER OF MANKIND!

YOUR CROSS SHINES INDEED LIKE A STAR IN THE CHURCH, O CHRIST,
BURNING DEMONS WHILE GIVING LIGHT TO THE FAITHFUL!
IT PUTS TO SHAME THOSE WHO CRUCIFIED YOU,
WHOSE ANCESTORS HELD ENSLAVED IN EGYPT,
WERE LED OUT BY THE WOOD WHICH FORESHADOWED THE CROSS,//
AND WERE SATISFIED IN THE WILDERNESS WITH HONEY FROM THE ROCK!

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE SUN WAS SHADED AND DARKENED
BY THE BLINDING LIGHT OF THE CROSS.
YOUR ALL-PURE MOTHER CRIED OUT AS SHE BEHELD YOU:
THIS HOLY LIGHT OVERPOWERS AND SHATTERS DARKNESS;
IT DESTROYS THE EVIL POWERS!
IT MAKES THE RIGHTEOUS JOYFUL AND JUBILANT!
THIS LIGHT OF LIGHTS IS ALMIGHTY AND CLEANSING,//
PURIFYING THE RIGHTEOUS AND MAKING THEM STRONGER!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to the Cross)

SAVE ME, 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)

SUFFERING GREATLY WHEN YOUR SON AND GOD WAS CRUCIFIED,
YOU MOANED AND CRIED ALOUD WITH WEEPING:
WOE IS ME, MY SWEETEST CHILD!
HOW UNJUSTLY YOU SUFFER//
IN YOUR DESIRE TO SAVE ADAM!


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