THE VIGIL SERVICE COMMON TO TWO OR MANY APOSTLES.

On O Lord I have cried, the Stichera, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: As a virtuous.

   As eyewitnesses and ones who testified * of the incarnation of the Word, * O truly favored disciples, Ye are indeed blessed. * For like brilliant flashes of lightning you appeared to the world, * and like spiritual mountains dripping with sweet dew you nourished the faithful; * and like an assemblage of eternally-flowing rivers of paradise * you gave unto the Churches of the Gentiles divine waters to drink.

   Like rays resplendent with the effulgence of the Spirit, * you were sent into the whole world * and wrought therein an abundance of miracles. * You showed yourselves to be ministers of the mysteries of Christ * and Godly written tablets of divine grace * inscribed by God with the law taught by God, * O ye sacred initiates.

   The rods of the fishermen troubled the arrogant philosophers * and put in place the eloquent orators. * For clearly expounding in the gospels the teachings of Divine wisdom * and the doctrines of grace, * you taught all the salutary mystery of participation in eternal delight, * which is the never ending glory and delight of the Angels.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   Rejoice luminous star that gave birth to the never-setting Sun * the Daystar that mystically shines forth; * Rejoice, mind that flashes forth the divine light; * Rejoice, ray of pure and resplendent golden light * illumining the ends of the earth, * revealing unto the faithful * the never-ending uncreated Light.

The Stavrotheotokion: Seeing Christ, the Lover of mankind, * crucified and with a lance pierced in His side, * thou O all-pure One lamented, crying out: * 'What is this, O my Son ? * What did the ungrateful people render unto Thee * in return for all the good things Thou hast rendered unto them ?' * And yet so lovingly dost Thou show thy care for me * that I may endure my childlessness. * I stand in awe, O Compassionate One, at Thy voluntary crucifixion.

If an Idiomelon be appointed: Glory ..., In Tone VIII:

   O ye disciples of the Savior, * enlightening with your teaching * the creation amongst which ye traversed, * and burning, as if dry sticks, the deceit of the idols * delivered nations from the depths of ignorance * to the understanding of things divine * and thereby saved them. * We beseech you to entreat Christ God * that He be merciful unto us on the day of judgment.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone VIII:

   If the Celebration be with a Polyeleos, and not a Resurrection Service, sing the following Dogmatic of In Tone VIII [If the service is a Resurrection service sing the Dogmatic of the In Tone for that service ]:

   The King of heaven through his love for mankind * hath appeared on earth and dwelt among mankind. * Taking flesh from a pure Virgin * and coming forth from her, * he is one Son, dual in nature, * but not in persons; * therefore proclaiming him as truly perfect God * and yet perfect man, * we confess Christ to be our God; * therefore implore him, O Mother without bridegroom, * to have mercy on our souls.

Otherwise, Theotokion: O most pure Virgin Theotokos, * receive the supplications of us who entreat thee, * and unceasingly beseech the Lord, * that He grant us remission of sins.

The Stavrotheotokion: O Lord, when the sun beheld Thee, * who art Sun of righteousness, hung upon the tree of the cross, * it hid its rays changing light into darkness * as did the moon likewise, * while Thy Mother the all-immaculate one, * was sorely wounded in the depths of her soul.

The Entrance. The Prokeimenon of the day. The 3 Readings

The First General Epistle of St. Peter [1:3-9]

   Brethren: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls..

The First General Epistle of St. Peter [1:13-19]

   Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning her in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, a silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your Fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

The First General Epistle of St. Peter [2:11-24]

   Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; our unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using [your] liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory [is it], if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this [is] acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

At the Aposticha, these stichera: In Tone VI:

Spec. Mel.: Risen on the third day.

   O ye disciples of Christ, * theologians and seers of God, * were shown to be ministers of the great mysteries of God, * and having received the grace of healing, * you cure the maladies of all mankind.

Stichos: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth and their words unto the ends of the world.

   Revealed as great refuges and shelters for our souls * and the vanquishing of evil spirits, * O ye Apostles of the Lord and God-seers; * wherefore we always honor you.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

   O ye, blessed Apostles of God, * deliver from every attack and mischief of the demons * and from transgressions and captivity to the evil one * all those who in faith praise you.

Glory ..., In Tone IV:

   Like unto Vessels well appointed by divine ministering, O Apostles, * you were entrusted with the calling of the Gentiles, * instructing them both by word and deed * in the knowledge of Christ, * and thereby enlightening all to confess the true divinity of Christ, * the Savior of our souls.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone IV:

   If the Celebration be with a Polyeleos, sing Theotokion of the Resurrection:

   Mercifully regard the supplications of thy servants, * O all-immaculate one, * quelling the cruel uprisings of the demons against us, * delivering us from every sorrow; * for thee alone do we have as a steadfast and sure confirmation, * and having acquired thine intercession; * let not us who call upon thee be put to shame, * O Sovereign Lady. * Hasten thou to answer the entreaties of those who cry out to thee with faith: * Rejoice, thou help, joy and protection of all, * and the salvation of our souls!

Otherwise, Theotokion: Possessing in thee, O Theotokos, * our hope and protection, * we fear not the assaults of the enemy, * for thou dost save our souls.

The Stavrotheotokion: A sword, as Simeon didst foretell, * pierced thy heart, O all-holy Theotokos, * when thou didst behold the ineffable Word, * Who shone forth from thee, * condemned by the lawless, and lifted upon the Cross, * partaking of vinegar and gall, * whilst His side was pierced and His hands and feet nailed. * With motherly lamentations thou didst exclaim: * ‘What is this new mystery, O my sweet Child?’

The Troparion, In Tone III:

   O holy Apostles * entreat the Merciful God * that He grant remission of sins * unto our souls.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion In Tone III:

   We hymn thee who hast mediated the salvation of our race, * O Virgin Theotokos; * for thy Son and our God, * accepting suffering on the Cross in the flesh * He had received of thee, * hath delivered us from corruption, * in that He is the Lover of mankind.

   The Dismissal:

AT MATINS

   At "God is the Lord ...", the same Troparion [Twice]. Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., The Theotokion.

After the 1st Kathisma, the Sedalion: In Tone I:

Spec. Mel.: Thy sepulchre O Savior.

   The spiritual choir of Apostles * of the Most High God * have been mysteriously dispatched * and appeared as physicians of those suffering in servitude, * invoking the only Three-Hypostatic One; * they wisely described the divine incarnation of Emanuel the Lord. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   As the bush which Moses saw unconsumed, * as God's mountain, and a holy cloud, * as an undefiled tabernacle, and an alter acceptable to God, * as the palace of the Great King, and an all-radiant and impassable door, * do we hymn thee, O Virgin.

After the 2nd Kathisma, the Sedalion: In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast appeared today.

   Like unto stars on high, * you Apostles, illumine with resplendent beams of light, * even unto the ends of the earth, * by the instructions of your holy preaching, * O heavenly initiates of the Lord. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   As an ardent protection of those in need, * and as our succor and intercessor before God, * by whom we have been freed from corruption, * let us, O ye faithful, * bless the Theotokos and ever Virgin Mary.

After the Polyeleos, the Megalynarion: We magnify you, O holy Apostles, who have enlightened the whole world with your teachings and have brought all the ends of the Earth unto Christ.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

After the Polyeleos, the Sedalion: In Tone III:

Spec. Mel.: The Divine.

   Ye, divine trumpets of the Comforter, * radiating the inspiring words of salvation, * which ye proclaim unto the world, * and thus awakening those that are sleeping in the darkness of deceit, * bringing them unto the light of the knowledge of God, * O Apostles of the Divine Light, * entreating Christ God that our souls may be saved. [Twice]

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   Without divesting Himself of His divine nature, * God became flesh in thy womb; * and remaining God after His Incarnation, * preserved thee, His mother and Virgin, * without blemish, as thou wast before birth. * Being One and the same Lord, * ever entreat Him to grant unto us great mercy.

If not a Resurrection Service, Sing the following for the Graduals.

The 1st Antiphon of the 4th Tone:

   From my youth * do many passions war against me; * but do Thou Thyself defend * and save me, O my Savior.

   Ye haters of Zion * shall be shamed by the Lord; * for like grass, by the fire * shall ye be withered.

   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, * both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

   In the Holy Spirit, * every soul is quickened, * and, through cleansing, is exalted * and made radiant by the Triple Unity in a hidden sacred manner.

Prokeimenon, In Tone VIII, [Psalm 18:4, 1]

The Prokeimenon: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth * and their words unto the ends of the world.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.

   Let every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mathew [9, 36-38; 10, 1-8]

   At that time Jesus: saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

   After the 50th Psalm:

Glory: Through the intercessions of the Holy Apostles…

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

   Then the Sedalion: In Tone VI:

   The all-honorable festival of the Apostles * hath come unto the Church of Christ * for the salvation of us all; * wherefore praising them let us cry: * Rejoice, O ye lamps, radiating forth unto those in darkness * rays of the spiritual Sun; * Rejoice, O ye Apostles, immovable foundations of divine doctrines, * Ye friends of Christ, and honored vessels. * Come invisibly into our midst * and vouchsafe spiritual gifts unto those who praise your festival in song.

The Canon. In Tone IV:

ODE I

Irmos: Through the deep of the Red Sea, * marched dry shod Israel of old, * and by Moses’ outstretched hands, * raised in the form of a Cross, * the power of Amalek was routed in the wilderness.

   Refrain: Holy Apostles of the Lord pray to God for us

   Grant unto me O Christ God, as One fervently desiring to hymn the choir of Apostles, and by their intercessions, a ray of the All-holy Spirit and the light of Thy wisdom.

   Strengthened with Thy might and grace, and by their unyielding inclination toward Thee O Christ, Thy revered and Godlike Apostles triumphed over the power of hostile enemies.

   Accomplishing healings in Thy name, O Master, thy glorious Apostles have netted the gatherings of the nations with the knowledge of Thee and made them shine with thy light.

   Having learned heavenly wisdom, the most glorious and wise Apostles have clearly made foolish the verbosity of the impious by the brevity of their proclamations.

Theotokion: One of the most divine Trinity hast thou brought forth, O most pure one, He that appeared from thee, O Virgin and Mother, in our flesh, by the goodwill of the Father and by the working of the Most Holy Spirit.

ODE III

Irmos: Thy Church, O Christ, * rejoices in thee crying aloud: * Thou, O Lord, art my strength, * my refuge and my firmament.

   The heralds of Christ, aflame with tongues of fire, proclaimed on earth the divine and honorable doctrines handing them down unto us.

   Thou, O Master, hast shown Thy disciples to be spiritual heavens who declare Thy glory unto all the ends of the world.

   Written in the heavens and appearing as companions with Christ, O most wise ones, you now preserve us who lovingly venerate you.

Theotokion: He that dwelleth on high, O most pure one, dwelt among us, for without seed taking flesh of thee, He was revealed unto us.

The Sedalion, In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: Of Wisdom.

   With the net of divine words * you caught the rational fish * and brought them as first-fruits unto our God, * for longing to bear the marks of Christ you have appeared like Him in His passion, * O glorious Apostles; * wherefore having come together we dutifully honor your all-festive memorial, * and with one voice cry out to you: * Intercede with Christ God to grant remission of sins * unto those who lovingly venerate your holy memory.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   As a Virgin and as a women * who brought forth God in the flesh without seed, * does the race of mankind call thee blessed, * for the fire of the Divinity dwelt in thee. * Thou didst suckle the Creator as the infant Lord, * wherefore, both the orders of Angels and the race of mankind, * worthily glorify thine all-holy birth-giving, * and with one voice cry unto thee; * ‘Intercede with Christ God to grant remission of sins * unto those who lovingly venerate thy holy birth-giving.’

The Stavrotheotokion: The Ewe-lamb seeing the Lamb, Shepherd and Deliverer * upon the Cross, * lamented and wept bitterly crying unto Him: * ‘The world rejoices, for through Thee it receives redemption, * but my inner self burns at the sight of Thy crucifixion, * which thou didst endure through thy merciful compassion.’ * O long-suffering Lord, abyss of mercy, * have compassion and bestow forgiveness of sins * to those who with faith hymn Thy divine passion.

ODE IV. Irmos:

   Seeing Thee, the Sun of righteousness * lifted upon the Cross, * the Church stands arrayed * and worthily cries out: * Glory to Thy power, O Lord.

   The sound of the Apostles' divine words hath passed like a torch of fire throughout the entire inhabited world, burning up the fuel of error, and enlightening the nations of the devout with grace.

   The disciples of the Lord, like unto bright lights lit by God, have enlightened the world blackened by the fog of godlessness, with beams of grace and the brightness of their preaching.

   O all-praised Apostles, Illumined with the sacred rays of the spiritual Sun, like unto the sun you shone forth in the world with the divine light and vanquished the fog of error.

   Holding Thy Cross as a staff of strength, O Word, Thine eye-witnesses like horses cutting through the salty sea of life, disturbed the waters of polytheism

Theotokion: Adorned with a multihued illumination, thy living heaven O Christ, Thou King of kings, the most pure Virgin is now glorified as the Theotokos .

ODE V

Irmos: Thou, O Lord, who camest into the world, * art my light, * a holy light turning from the darkness of ignorance * those who sing thy praises in faith.

   O Christ, Thou hast shown thy divine and most wise servants, as lights in the world, announcing Thee, the never-setting Light, unto all.

   O Apostles, you clearly practiced every virtue, and thereby destroyed the snares of the many-sided malice of the demons.

   Uttering in tongues of fire, the Apostles made clear unto us the Trinity shining in the Unity of the Divinity.

Theotokion: We offer thee as an invincible weapon against our enemies; For in thee, O Bride of God, we have gained an anchor and the hope of our salvation.

ODE VI

Irmos: The Church crieth out unto Thee * 'I will sacrifice unto Thee, O Lord, * with the voice of praise' * having been cleansed of the filth of the demons' * with the blood that mercifully flowed from Thy side.

   Having fortified Thy disciples, O Savior, with wisdom and miracles, Thou didst make them stronger than the babbling Hellenes, and thus they overthrew their deceiving doctrines.

   The divine rivers of wisdom have filled with the waters of salvation all the valleys of the Church, having enriched them with streams from the wellsprings of salvation.

   Having appeared as living stars, O most highly praised Apostles, you have dispersed every dark and gloomy error by the brilliant beams of light radiating from you, illumining all with the light of the knowledge of God.

Theotokion: Having found in thee a dove entirely perfect, liken to a beautiful bright lily and flower of the valleys, the spiritual Bridegroom dwelt within thee.

   The Kontakion from the Typicon; but if there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Kontakion, In Tone IV:

   O most wise Apostles, * You have appeared as branches on the vine of Christ, * bearing great clusters of virtues * and making the wine of salvation flow forth unto us; * partaking of which and filled with gladness, * we celebrate your honored memory; * wherefore, O Apostles of the Lord, intercede before Christ our God * that we may be granted great mercy * and the remission of our sins.

The Ikos: O seers of God, as disciples of the Master of all, with the net of your prayers snatch out of the depth of transgressions my humble soul which hath been ensnared in the nets of the demons, that passing the rest of my life in well-doing I may lovingly hymn you and glorify the unblemished lives which you led on earth, enlightening those in darkness and teaching them to honor the Divine Trinity, O Apostles of the Lord.

ODE VII

Irmos: In the Persian furnace the youths and descendants of Abraham, * burning with a love of piety * rather than by the flame of a fire, * cried out aloud saying: * 'Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord'.

   Thou who by nature wast God before [Thy incarnation] hast made sons of Thy disciples, O Most Gracious One, and shown them heirs of Thy Father's glory, for Thou, O God and Master, didst deign that they accompany Thee.

   Granting unto Thy divine disciples O Word, an outpouring of wisdom, a breadth of heart and an eloquent tongue, Thou didst send them out unto all the nations to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom.

   Appearing as clouds of divine light, the Apostles rained life-giving water upon all crying: 'Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord'.

Theotokion: O most pure one thou hast appeared adorned with divine glory, since thou alone from all eternity, O Mother and Virgin, conceived the Word of God. Blessed art thou among women, O all-blameless Sovereign-Lady.

ODE VIII

Irmos: Having spread his hands, Daniel closed the lions jaws * in their den; * while the zealously devout youths, * girded with virtue, * quenched the power of the fire and cried out: * 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye works of the Lord'.

   The divine and most wise choir of the Apostles of Christ, by the fire of the Spirit, burned like tares the temples of images of the demons, and illumined the hearts of the faithful, who cry out: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye works of the Lord'.

   With one accord let us honor with hymns the Apostles as divine Disciples of Christ who thundered unto us the heavenly doctrines, as refuges of the faithful, as common benefactors of mankind and as servants of the Savior.

   Let us honor the all-venerable and spacious vessels of virtues, the first-fruits of mortals, the trumpets of preaching, the streams of incorruptible life, the God-bearing lightning, the wellsprings of healing and the beautiful feet of the Gospel.

Theotokion: So that we may partake of His fullness, The Full One emptied Himself for our sake; for He, the Immeasurable One, having entered thy most pure womb without leaving His Father's bosom, became incarnate; wherefore we all bless thee, O Mary, Bride of God.

ODE IX

Irmos: A cornersIn Tone not cut by hand O Virgin, * was cut from thee the unhewn mountain: * even Christ, Who hath joined together the separated natures; * therefore rejoicing we magnify thee, * O Theotokos.

   O eyewitnesses of God, you received from the Master the power to loose the bonds of transgressions, we beseech you to mercifully cleanse the sins of those who hymn you, and make them worthy of salvation.

   Ye all, O glorious Apostles, received the full radiance of the Spirit that appeared unto you in the fullness of its Divine energy, and in the upper room you were initiated into the sublime teachings and dogmas, and now you are worthily called blessed.

   Unto you His friends that are gone to rest, Christ granted unfading crowns and the fullness of the contemplation of God; implore Him now to preserve securely all right believing Orthodox Churches.

Theotokion: Willing to dwell in the flesh He Who hath adorned everything by His word made His abode in thee, having found thee to be the holiest of all, and hath revealed thee to be the true Theotokos , O Virgin Mother.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

   O come, all ye people! * Let us hymn in divine odes * the Apostles of Christ, * the preachers of faith, * as those who pray to Christ for our souls.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O all-holy, all-pure Sovereign-Lady, * our salvation and hope, * thou who conceived without wedlock, * entreat our God who was born of thee * to save the world * from all deception, calamities and afflictions.

With Lauds, the Stichera,

In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: O Lord, although before the judgment seat.

   O Lord, Thou hast illumined Thine Apostles * with the glowing of the Comforter * and by the enlightenment of the understanding of Thee, O Master * hast set them forth as beacons for the strengthening of the faith; * wherefore we adore Thine unspeakable love toward mankind. [Twice]

   O Lord, through the intercessions of Thine Apostles * Thou hast fenced in this Thy flock, * which Thou hast purchased with Thine own precious blood * preserving it unharmed from the temptations of the enemies, * and from enslavement to the adversary, * as thou alone art Compassionate and the Lover of mankind.

   You appear together as foundations of the Church, * as goodly stones, * radiating unto the universe the bright light of the knowledge of God, * O divine Apostles, * ye that stand before the Trinity, * pray for our souls.

Glory ..., In Tone IV:

   As winged eagles * ye have traversed the entire earth, * spreading the venerable doctrines of Christ, * and by grace, O all-lauded ones, * tearing out the tares of deception * and producing abundant fruit, * with which ye eternally fill the spiritual granaries, * preserving them in all richness for the Immortal Shepherd.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   In thee, O Theotokos, * do we have our hope and defence, * wherefore we fear not the assaults of the enemy, * for thou dost save our souls.

The Stavrotheotokion:

Spec. Mel.: As virtuous.

   Seeing Christ, the Lover of mankind, * crucified and with a lance pierced in His side, * thou O all-pure One lamented, crying out: * 'What is this, O my Son ? * What did the ungrateful people render unto Thee * in return for all the good things Thou hast rendered unto them ?' * And yet so lovingly dost Thou show thy care for me * that I may endure my childlessness. * I stand in awe, O Compassionate One, at Thy voluntary crucifixion.

   The Doxology:

   If the service be with the Great Doxology, but not a Resurrection service, the Troparion is sung after the Doxology:

The Troparion, In Tone III:

   O holy Apostles * entreat the Merciful God * that He may grant remission of sins * unto our souls.

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. The heralds of Christ, aflame with tongues of fire, proclaimed on earth the divine and honorable doctrines handing them down unto us.

   2. Thou, O Master, hast shown Thy disciples to be spiritual heavens who declare Thy glory unto all the ends of the world..

   3. Written in the heavens and appearing as companions with Christ, do ye, O most wise ones, now preserve us who lovingly venerate you.

   4. Having fortified Thy disciples, O Savior, with wisdom and miracles, Thou didst make them stronger than the babbling Hellenes, and thus they overthrew their deceiving doctrines.

   5. The divine rivers of wisdom have filled with the waters of salvation all the valleys of the Church, having enriched them with streams from the wellsprings of salvation.

   6. Having appeared as living stars, O most highly praised Apostles, you have dispersed every dark and gloomy error by the brilliant beams of light radiating from you, illumining all with the light of the knowledge of God.

   7. O eyewitnesses of God, you received from the Master the power to loose the bonds of transgressions, we beseech you to mercifully cleanse the sins of those who hymn you, and make them worthy of salvation.

   8. Ye all, O glorious Apostles, received the full radiance of the Spirit that appeared unto you in the fullness of its Divine energy, and in the upper room you were initiated into the sublime teachings and dogmas, and now you are worthily called blessed.

The Troparion, In Tone III:

   O holy Apostles * entreat the Merciful God * that He may grant remission of sins * unto our souls.

Kontakion, In Tone IV:

   O most wise Apostles, * You have appeared as branches on the vine of Christ, * bearing great clusters of virtues * and making the wine of salvation flow forth unto us; * partaking of which and filled with gladness, * we celebrate your honored memory; * wherefore, O Apostles of the Lord, intercede before Christ our God * that we may be granted great mercy * and the remission of our sins.

Prokeimenon, In Tone VIII, [Psalm 18:4, 1]

The Prokeimenon: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth * and their words unto the ends of the world.

Stichos: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands. 

The First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians

[1 Cor. 4: 9-16]

   Brethren: I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honorable, but we are despised. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, [and are] the offscoring of all things unto this day. I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn [you]. For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet [have ye] not many Fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

Alleluia, In Tone I, [Psalm 88:5, 7] The heavens shall confess thy wonders, O Lord, thy truth in the Church of the saints.

Stichos: God, who is glorified in the council of the saints.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke

[Luke. 10:1-16]

   At that time: The Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly [is] great, but the laborers [are] few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace [be] to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

Communion, [Psalm 18:4] Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth * and their words unto the ends of the world.