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Wednesday


WEDNESDAY 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 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)

BEHOLDING YOU, O CHRIST,
STRETCHED DEAD UPON THE TREE,
THE VIRGIN MOTHER LAMENTED BITTERLY AND CRIED:
MY SON, WHAT IS THIS AWESOME MYSTERY?
HOW DOES HE, WHO GIVES ETERNAL LIFE TO ALL//
DIE A SHAMEFUL DEATH OF HIS OWN WILL UPON THE CROSS?

(After the 2nd reading from the Psalter)

SESSIONAL HYMN (to the Cross)

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!

BLESSED IS THE EARTH THAT WAS DRENCHED WITH YOUR BLOOD,
MARTYRS OF THE LORD,
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 G00D,//
THAT HE MAY SAVE OUR SOULS!

GNE... (Theotokion)

WHAT GREAT WONDER!
THE VIRGIN CRIED OUT AS SHE BEHELD HER SON TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS:
HE WHO CARRIES THE WHOLE WORLD IN THE HOLLOW OF HIS HAND,
SUBMITS TO THE PASSION;//
THE JUDGE IS CONDEMNED WHO GRANTS FORGIVENESS TO ALL MANKIND!

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, O 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)

A MULTITUDE OF YOUR MARTYRS ENTREATS YOU, O CHRIST://
HAVE MERCY ON US, AS THE LOVER OF MANKIND!

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!

WEDNESDAY VESPERS

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!

LORD I CALL

(stikhera to the holy apostles)

AS STREAMS OF THE SPIRIT,
DIVIDING AND GOING FORTH FROM EDEN
YOU WATERED THE WHOLE EARTH, O DISCIPLES OF THE LORD.
YOU PLOUGHED AND PLANTED WITH THE WORD OF SALVATION,
REAPING AN ABUNDANT HARVEST OF THE SOULS OF THE SAVED//
STORING THEM AS A REASONABLE WEALTH IN SPIRITUAL TREASURIES.

STARS OF THE SPIRITUAL EAST;
SHINING LIGHTS OF THE SUN:
YOU ANNOUNCED HIM TO ALL MANKIND, DISPERSING THE NIGHT OF ERROR.
FREE MY HEART FROM THE DARKNESS OF PASSION AND SENSUAL THINGS
ABANDONED TO PASSIONATE VICES
AND AS EYE-WITNESSES OF THE LORD,//
ENTREAT HIM TO ENLIGHTEN OUR MINDS.

AS NEW TABLETS OF GRACE,
TRULY INSCRIBED BY GOD;
AS LIVING SCROLLS INITIATED INTO HIS MYSTERIES,
HOLDING THE WORD OF SALVATION WRITTEN WITH THE FINGER OF THE FATHER
YOU TRAVELLED OVER THE ENDS OF THE EARTH,
SHOWING THE ORTHODOX FAITH CLEARLY TO ALL MANKIND://
THE PATH LEADING TO HEAVEN!

GNE... (Theotokion)

THE WORD, EQUAL IN HONOR WITH THE FATHER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT,
SHONE FORTH ON EARTH IN THESE LAST DAYS
AS THE GREAT SUN COMING FROM THE VIRGIN.
HE SENT YOU, HIS GLORIOUS APOSTLES, AS RAYS OF THE DAWN,
TO ENLIGHTEN THOSE IN THE DARKNESS OF ERROR WITH THE LIGHT OF FAITH,//
LEADING THEM BY YOUR DIVINE TEACHINGS!

APOSTIKHA

(Stikhera to 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 EXISTING 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)

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!

GNE... (Theotokion)

AS A FRUITFUL OLIVE TREE,
THE VIRGIN BORE YOU, THE FRUIT OF LIFE,//
WHO BROUGHT FORTH THE FRUIT OF GREAT AND RICH MERCY FOR THE WORLD.


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