THE GENERAL VIGIL SERVICE TO THE FOOLISH
FOR CHRIST'S SAKE SAINTS

ANDREW OF CONSTANTINOPLE, ISIDORE OF ROSTOV, MAXIM AND BASIL OF MOSCOW, XENIA OF ST. PETERSBURG, & OTHERS

On "Lord, I have cried ...", the Stichera,

In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: O most glorious wonder.

   O blessed Divinely-wise [name], * Thy pure soul shining with an Orthodox understanding, * and resplendent with the radiance of virtues, * illumines the hearts of the faithful, * driving away the darkness of the demons; * wherefore as a participant of uncreated grace * we all reverently praise thee, O wonder-worthy one.

   With a compassionate soul, * pure thoughts, a valiant heart, undoubting faith, * and truly impartial love * thou hast departed from earth to heaven * and made thy habitation with the choirs of the righteous; * wherefore we all honor thee with sacred hymns * and reverently glorify thee, O wonder-worthy [name].

   Strengthened by divine teaching, * thou hast driven away the passions of the body * and showed thyself a spotless habitation of the Holy Trinity; * for which thou hast departed unto a life divine, * and thy sanctified body is now preserved incorrupt by God, * Who in His divine judgment, * as He Himself knoweth, * revealed and glorified thee, O [name].

Glory ..., In Tone IV:

   How can we not help but wonder at thy life? * or how can we abstain from praising, O holy [name], * thine angelic life, the chastity of thy thoughts, * thy humble and silent meekness, * and thine inexhaustible charity? * for thou wast adorned with all the virtues, O blessed one; * wherefore the heavenly Kingdom and ineffable joy awaiteth thee.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone IV:

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

   Prophet David, the ancestor of God, * spoke of thee in song unto Him who hath done great things for thee. * For God was well pleased without father to become man from thee, * the Queen who stands at His right hand, * and He the source of life * declared thee to be His mother, * that he might refashion his own image, corrupted by passions. * O Theotokos, thy son Christ, * who is richly and abundantly merciful, * hath found the lost sheep wandering on the mountain and hath laid it upon his shoulders, * that he might bring it to his Father; * and by his own will unite it to the heavenly Powers * and thus save the world.

Otherwise, Theotokion: Accepting the supplications of us sinners * and despising not the sighs of us the afflicted, * O most holy Theotokos, * entreat thy Son born from thy most pure womb * that our souls may be saved.

The Stavrotheotokion: Seeing of old thy Son and Master * with arms outstretched upon the cross, * His side pierced with a lance, * thou, O most pure Mother, didst cry out lamenting: * ‘Woe unto me! How canst thou Who deliverest mankind from their suffering, suffer?’ * O only Lover of mankind.

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

The Reading from the Book of Proverbs

[3, 13-16; 8, 6 ].

   The memory of the just is praised, and the blessing of the Lord is upon his head. Blessed is the man who hath found wisdom, and the mortal who knoweth prudence. For it is better to traffic for her, than for treasures of gold and silver. And she is more valuable than precious stones: no precious thing is equal to her in value. For length of existence and years of life are in her right hand; and in her left hand are wealth and glory: out of her mouth righteousness proceedeth, and she carrieth law and mercy upon her tongue. Hearken to me, O children, for I will speak solemn truths. Blessed is the man who shall keep my ways; for my outgoings are the outgoings of life, and in them is prepared favor from the Lord. Ye, O men, do I exhort; and utter my voice to the sons of men. I, wisdom, have built up; upon counsel, knowledge and understanding have I called. Counsel and safety are mine; prudence is mine, and strength is mine. I love those that love me; they that seek me shall find grace. O ye simple, understand subtlety, and ye that are untaught, imbibe knowledge. Hearken unto me again; for I will speak solemn truths. For my throat shall meditate truth; and false lips are an abomination before me. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing in them wrong or perverse. They are all evident to those that understand, and right to those that find knowledge. For I will instruct you in truth, that your hope may be in the Lord, and ye may be filled with the Spirit.

The Reading from the Book of Proverbs

[10, 31-32 ; 11, 1-10].

   The mouth of the righteous droppeth wisdom: but the tongue of the unjust shall perish. The lips of just men drop grace: but the mouth of the ungodly is perverse. False balances are an abomination before the Lord: but a just weight is acceptable unto Him. Wherever pride entereth, there will also disgrace: but the mouth of the humble doth meditate wisdom. The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the overthrow of the rebellious shall spoil them. Possessions shall not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness will deliver from death. When a just man dieth, he leaveth regret: but the destruction of the ungodly is speedy and causeth joy. Righteousness traceth out blameless paths: but ungodliness encountereth unjust dealing. The righteousness of upright men delivereth them: but transgressors are caught in their own destruction. At the death of a just man his hope doth not perish: but the boast of the ungodly perisheth. A righteous man escapeth from a snare, and the ungodly man is delivered up in his place. In the mouth of ungodly men is a snare for citizens: but the understanding of righteous men is prosperous. In the prosperity of righteous men a city prospereth, but at the destruction of the wicked there is exultation. At the blessing of the upright a city shall be exalted, but by the mouths of ungodly men it is overthrown. A man void of understanding sneereth at his fellow citizens: but a sensible man is quiet.

The Reading from the Wisdom of Solomon [3,1-9].

   The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, and there shall no torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die, and their departure is taken for misery, and their going from us to be utter destruction, but they are in peace. For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded, for God proved them and found them worthy for Himself. As gold in the furnace hath He tried them, and received them as a burnt offering. And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble. They shall judge the nations and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. They that put their trust in Him shall understand the truth; and such as be faithful in love shall abide with Him; for grace and mercy is to His saints and visitation for His elect.

For the Vespers Aposticha the Stichera.

In Tone II:

Spec. Mel.: O House of Ophrah.

   A temple and abode of the Most Holy Spirit wast thou, * O most wise [name]; * wherefore also make us who honor thy holy memory * temples of the same Spirit.

Stichos: The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him.

   Thy life like the sun shines forth in the hearts of the faithful, * emitting miracles; * wherefore illumine with the never-fading light * us also who honor thine all-honorable memory.

Stichos: The righteous man shall flourish like a palm-tree; like a cedar in Lebanon shall he be multiplied.

   Cease not making supplication on behalf of us thy servants, * so near unto thee, * since thou [name], hast enlightened us with thy spiritual life, * that we all may joyfully honor thy honorable memory.

Glory ..., In Tone IV:

   Thou hast appeared, O most blessed [name], /as an earthly Angel and a heavenly dweller, * a fountain of compassion, a current of mercy, * an abyss of wonders, a stream of healings, * a divine olive-tree truly fruitful, * with the oil of thy labors enlightening those who faithfully honor thee, * O truly wonder-worthy one, * entreat the Lover of mankind to deliver from afflictions * those who lovingly celebrate thine all-honorable memory.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone IV:

   If the Celebration be with a Polyeleos, sing the 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: Deliver us from all our necessities, * O Mother of Christ our God * who hath given birth unto the Creator of all, * that we all may cry unto thee: * Rejoice thou, O only intercessor for our souls.

The Stavrotheotokion:

Spec. Mel.: As a virtuous.

   Seeing Christ crucified and slaying the crafty one, * the most pure Sovereign Lady sang unto Him the Compassionate One * as unto the Master who came forth from her, * for astonished at His long suffering, she cried aloud: * ‘O my greatly beloved Child! * forget not Thy servants, * tarry not, O my consolation’.

The Troparion, In Tone I:

   Having heard the voice of Thine Apostle Paul, saying: * We are foolish for Christ's sake, * Thy servant [name], O Christ God, * did love the life of the foolish for Thy sake on earth. * Wherefore in venerating his [her] memory * we entreat Thee, O Lord, to save our souls.

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

   When Gabriel announced to thee, "Rejoice!", O Virgin, * the Master of all became incarnate within thee, the holy tabernacle, * at his cry, as the righteous David said. Thou wast shown to be more spacious than the heavens, * having borne thy Creator. * Glory to Him Who made His abode within thee! * Glory to Him Who came forth from thee! * Glory to Him Who hath set us free by thy birthgiving.

   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 V:

Spec. Mel.: The Co-unoriginate Word.

   Let us honor with hymns the God-bearing [name], * as a firm and immovable pillar against the assaults of the enemy; * for by his [her] endurance He [She] hath truly put to shame and set to flight the opposing enemy, * and doth now make supplication for the salvation of our souls. [Twice]

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

   Dreadful is the wonder of Thy conception * and ineffable is the manner of the childbirth that hath been shown in thee, * O most pure Ever-virgin Mary, * they astonish my mind and astound my thoughts. * Thy glory, O Theotokos, hath spread throughout all the world * to the salvation of our souls.

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

Spec. Mel.: Speedily prevent.

   By fasting and abstinence * and lying on bare ground * thou hast withered the passions of the body, * but enlightened the soul, * and in heaven received from Christ a great reward; * wherefore, having pleased God, * even after thy passing away * thou hast appeared as a worthy vessel of miracles * for those who have recourse unto the shrine of thy relics, O most blessed [name]. * Entreat Christ God to grant remission of sins * to those who lovingly venerate thy holy memory. [Twice]

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

   With thy divine birth O pure one, * thou hast renewed the nature of those born on earth, * mortal and corrupted by passions, * and raised all from death unto the life of incorruption; * wherefore we all dutifully bless thee, * O most glorious Virgin, * as thou didst foretell.

After the Polyeleos, the Megalynarion: We bless thee, O holy and righteous [name], and honor thy holy memory, for thou dost pray for us unto Christ our God.

Stichos: Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, in His commandments shall he greatly delight.

After the Polyeleos, the Sedalion: In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Speedily prevent.

   Thou appearest wonderful in thine endurance, * pleasing unto Christ in every way; * thou hast, O most blessed [name], * strengthened thy soul with wise contemplations, * and subjugated the flesh to the spirit; * electing to practice virtue in order to labor wholly for God's sake, * manfully didst thou say: * The winter may be severe, but paradise is sweet; * painful is the work, but blessed is the spiritual meadow. * Wherefore, O most blessed one, supplicate Christ our God to save our souls. [Twice]

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

   We magnify thee, O Theotokos, * exclaiming: * Thou art the only blessed one, * for from thee Christ our God was ineffably born.

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.

The Prokeimenon, In Tone VII: [Psalm 63:10,1]

The Prokeimenon: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, * and shall hope in Him.

Stichos: Hearken, O God, unto my prayer, when I make supplication unto Thee.

Let every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mathew [MT. 11, 27-30]

   All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

   After the 50th Psalm:

Glory: Through the intercessions of Blessed [name]…

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion, In Tone VIII:

   O man [woman] of God, * wonderful [name]! * Having ascended the ladder of virtues, * thou also ascended unto Jerusalem on high * and there dost thou behold Christ, the Desired One. * For His sake thou didst emaciate thy body * and exchanged the corruptible for immortal life. * Do thou Supplicate Him unceasingly for us * that our souls may be granted peace and great mercy.

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 blessed [name] pray to God for us

   Through participation in the uncreated light that is God, thou, O holy and blessed [name], became light, and departing unto Him, O Father [Mother], and as a consequence of thy profound desire, thou hast attained the realization of thy blessed hope.

   Inflamed by desire for God, thou didst forsake the world and, having met on the way Christ, thy fellow-traveler, thou O glorious Father [Mother] [name], hast joyfully walked with Him along the saving path.

   Not desiring to become wealthy in exhaustible riches, thou hast virtuously and wisely rejected transient wealth and glory, temporary food and worldly possessions.

Theotokion: Having learned thee to be a fair, select and all-honorable one, the Son of God became thy Son, O most unblemished one, and by grace hath made sons those, O Theotokos , who honor thee.

ODE III

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

   With zeal hast thou stripped thyself of all for the sake of spiritual deeds and thus vanquished, with help from the Divine Spirit, the armies of the enemy.

   With wounds, prayerful abstinence and bows hast thou, O holy Father [Mother] [name], painfully subdued the worldly passions.

   Having joyfully desired Thy life-giving death, O Master, Thy Blessed, [name], O Jesus, hath starved to death the enemy.

Theotokion: Thou O most pure and most unblemished one, hast given birth Unto Him who delivereth mankind from the dreadful fall, the result of disobedience, unto the cause of all that is.

The Sedalion, In Tone V:

Spec. Mel.: The Co-unoriginate.

   Illumined by divine harmony, * thou unerringly walked along the paths * leading to the rays of divine light, * and, having evaded the attacks of the enemy, * appeared as a son of the light and of the day, * O blessed of God, holy Father [Mother] [name].

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

   O most pure Theotokos, * city of Christ God! * deliver from dangers * thy people who call to thee, * and repulse the attacks of the spiritual, proud enemies, * that we may cry to thee: * Rejoice, O all-blessed one!

The Stavrotheotokion: O thou vessel of God's grace, * by the cross of thy Son, * the beguilement of idols hath been done away with * and the might of demons vanquished. * Wherefore we, the faithful, dutifully hymn and bless thee, * confessing thee in truth as the Mother of God, * we magnify thee.

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.

   O holy [name], traversing the paths of righteousness, and entering the God-preserved divine city thou art now adorned with the salvific radiance.

   Comprehending a uniform, God-bearing meaning in all the divine narratives, thou, O holy [name], vested thyself in them as in a divine garment.

   The grace of the Holy Spirit found thy heart, O holy Father [Mother] [name], to be an altogether clear tablet, upon which it hath inscribed perfect humility, faith and love unfeigned.

Theotokion: He that sitteth on the most exalted cherubic throne, our God the most glorified, having thee, O Mary Bride of God as His throne, rested in thine arms.

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.

   Having perceived the most resplendent light, thou, O worthy of glory [name], appeared like a sun and thus vanquished the demonic darkness.

   Through his [her] desire for Thee, O Christ, the all-righteous [name] hath rejected the desires of the body, having cast them off as worldly refuse.

   Having strengthened thy soul by divine power, thou didst make thine abode in the world as a homeless one in order to free thyself of passions, O Divinely-wise Father [Mother] [name].

Theotokion: The cares of corruptible things hath ceased, for the Virgin hath incorruptibly given birth, above nature and word, unto God the Word, and yet remaineth a Virgin.

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

   Directing thy mind entirely towards God in unceasing study, thou, O [name], mercilessly rejected the temptations of carnal love and the acquisition of earthly goods.

   O blessed one, whilst living in the midst of the world, thou didst not permit any defilement, nor spot to affect thee, but rather by thy venerable supplications, thou cleanseth the defilement of the souls of those who have recourse unto thee.

   Harboring thoughts above carnal subtlety, thou wast not affected, when bared in the midst of women [men], for thou O [name], didst clothe thyself in the vestment of dispassion.

Theotokion: We praise thee, O most holy Theotokos , with both our lips, thoughts and hearts; for through thee we who were once rejected through the transgression of or foreparents, have been reconciled with God.

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

Kontakion, In Tone VIII:

   Desiring heavenly beauty, * thou O blessed [name], didst discard the ignoble carnal delights of the body, * and leading a life like that of the Angels * utterly void of desire for things of this vain world * thou didst repose; * wherefore we beseech thee that together with the Angels * ye may ever intercede before Christ our God * on behalf of us all.

The Ikos: How can I a sinner, defiled in both body and soul, describe the Angelic life lived by thee while in the flesh, and the multitude of thy most glorious miracles? When even the multitude of the wise are unable to succeed in describing thy humility and fervent love for Christ, and thy great endurance, yet trusting in thy meekness, O blessed one, I presume to cry unto thee exclaiming:

   Rejoice, O most brilliant star, shining forth from the East of virtues and illumining the universe with thy miracles!

   Rejoice, thou who disdained thy parents' love, but loved with all thy heart Christ alone, Who is the God of all, and followed Him with an irrevocable desire!

   Rejoice, thou who didst choose, in accordance with the Apostle, a turbulent and foolish life!

   Rejoice, thou who hast transfigured things corruptible and wavering by the hope of future reward.

   Rejoice, thou who in thine endurance wast like unto ancient Job!

   Rejoice, O great sufferer of Christ, invincible, ever vanquishing the devil with thy humility!

   Rejoice, thou who, like unto that ancient beggar Lazarus, now rests in the bosom of Abraham!

   Rejoice, thou who, after thy departure from this world, art an ever ready intercessor and protector for all those who are in the midst of dangers and temptations!

   Rejoice, O quick protector of those that invoke thee!

   Rejoice, O Divinely-wise [name]!

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'.

   Inspired by a Christ-like divine desire to save others, thou O Father [Mother] [name], didst joyfully and entirely give thyself unto Him, exclaiming: 'Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy Glory, O Lord'.

   Having received divine food from heaven, thou, O blessed Father [Mother] [name], dost feed with it those who gracefully accept thine admonitions, and abandon destructive sin.

   Following the traditions of the Holy Fathers, thou, O wise [name], hast commanded all to shun the wicked and destructive teachings of Origen and all the heretics, wherefore we cry out: 'Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thy glory, O Lord'.

Theotokion: Rejoice O Theotokos, the hallowed divine tabernacle of the Most High, for through thee joy is granted unto those, who cry out: 'Blessed art thou among women, O all-spotless 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'.

   O Most brilliant star, bringing life unto those mired in the bog of the passions, for convincing defiled women to lead a chaste life, thou didst vanquish all their infirmities, wherefore they exclaim: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye the works of the Lord'.

   Being complete in mind, O holy [name], thou hast caught many in the nets of thy wise miracles, and inspired them to foolishness for Christ's sake, knowing full well they may be abused, wherefore in thy purest soul thou dost exclaim: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye the works of the Lord'.

   The Lord alone is perfect, and it is He that glorifies His own according to their worthiness. When therefore thou wast carried unto thy grave, O blessed one, He didst honor thee with heavenly illustrious hymns wherefore thou dost exclaim: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye the works of the Lord'.

Theotokion: He that delivereth us, even the Lord, hath shone forth from thee, O pure Virgin; supplicate Him, O Sovereign-Lady, that those who hymn thee may be enlightened, and that delivered from all attacks we may exclaim: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye the works of the Lord'.

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 .

   With all thy heart thou didst offer thyself unto the Trinity, and was thereby found worthy of receiving the divine illuminating rays of the Spirit, by which thou wast made resplendent O [name], rejoicing together with the Angels.

   Having united thyself unto God through divine desire and enlightenment by abstinence, thou, O God-blessed [name], hast already participated in the enjoyment of future blessings.

   Through thy labors and thy sweat thou hast attained unto the joy that hath no end; delighting therein, O most blessed [name], do thou also ever remember us.

Theotokion: O holy Sovereign-Lady who gavest birth to the Deliverer and Benefactor of all, save me and vanquish from my soul the clouds of the passions that ever war with me, O thou cloud of divine Light, and ever strengthen me.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

   In thy roamings didst thou wander far * from those who were near to thee in this world, * and in thy spotless life thou hast pleased Christ God of all; * unto Him do we thy servants now beseech thee O Divinely-wise [name], * to make supplication on behalf of those * who in faith celebrate thine all-honorable memory.

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

   Do thou, O Virgin, * who hast given birth unto the Hypostatic Wisdom, * the pre-eternal Word * and the Physician of all, * heal the bitter and of longstanding scars and sores of my soul, * and pacify the passionate thoughts of my heart.

At the Aposticha, the Stichera, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast given a sign.

   O Most Kind Lord, * Thou hast given us a parable of endurance and courage * in Thy righteous servant [name], * who shinest forth with many miracles, virtues, words and deeds, * adorned with chastity and meekness; * wherefore we glorify Thine ineffable odispensation, * O Jesus all-powerful One * and Savior of our souls. [Twice]

   Righteous and meek, * truthful, unblemished and faithful, * eschewing every evil thing, * illumined with virtues and shining forth in piety, * hast thou appeared, O blessed [name]; * wherefore we praise thee * and today joyfully celebrate thy holy and honorable repose, * O Divinely-wise one.

   Having clothed thyself in chastity and a right faith, * as a most precious purple robe, * and having been crowned with truth and meekness as with a divine crown, * thou, O [name], desired to reign with the sufferers for Christ's sake, * and now thou standest before the King of Hosts, * even Jesus, the all-merciful Savior of our souls.

Glory ..., In Tone VIII:

   The unveiling of thy virtues, * O Divinely-wise one, * hath illumined the hearts of the faithful. * For who cannot but wonder at hearing of thine immeasurable humility and endurance? * or of thy meekness and sympathy unto all, * or of thy mercy unto the sorrowing and thy speedy help unto those in danger, * unto travelers by water an untroubled haven, * and unto those travelling by land a safe passage! * Every adverse calamity hast thou, O wonder-worthy one, in a Godly manner prevented, * and now thou art crowned with an unfading crown * from the hands of the Almighty God. * Him do thou supplicate that our souls may be saved.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   O Sovereign-Lady, * accept the prayers of us thy servants * and deliver us * from every need and suffering.

   The Doxology:

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

Troparion, In Tone I:

   Having heard the voice of Thine Apostle Paul, saying: * We are foolish for Christ's sake, * Thy servant [name], O Christ God, * did love the life of the foolish for Thy sake on earth. * Wherefore in venerating his [her] memory * we entreat Thee, O Lord, to save our souls.

   The Dismissal:

    

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. With zeal hast thou stripped thyself of all for the sake of spiritual deeds and hast thus vanquished, with help from the Divine Spirit, the armies of the enemy.

   2. With wounds, prayerful abstinence and bows hast thou, O holy Father [Mother] [name], painfully subdued the worldly passions.

   3. Having joyfully desired Thy life-giving death, O Master, Thy Blessed, [name], O Jesus, hath starved to death the enemy.

   4. Directing thy mind entirely towards God in unceasing study, thou, O [name], mercilessly rejected the temptations of carnal love and the acquisition of earthly goods.

   5. O blessed one, thou, whilst living in the midst of the world, didst not permit any defilement, nor spot to affect thee, but rather with thy venerable supplications, thou cleanseth the defilement of the souls of those that have recourse unto thee.

   6. Harboring thoughts above carnal subtlety, thou wast not affected, when bared in the midst of women [men], for thou O [name], didst clothe thyself in the vestment of passionlessness.

   7. With all thy heart thou didst offer thyself unto the Trinity, and was thereby found worthy of receiving the divine effulgent rays of the spirit, by which thou wast made resplendent O [name], and rejoiceth together with the Angels.

   8. Having united thyself unto God through divine desire and enlightenment by abstinence, thou, O God-blessed [name], hast already participated in the enjoyment of future blessings.

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

Troparion, In Tone I:

   Having heard the voice of Thine Apostle Paul, saying: * We are foolish for Christ's sake, * Thy servant [name], O Christ God, * did love the life of the foolish for Thy sake on earth. * Wherefore in venerating his [her] memory * we entreat Thee, O Lord, to save our souls.

Kontakion, In Tone VIII:

   Desiring heavenly beauty, * thou O blessed [name], didst discard the ignoble carnal delights of the body, * and leading a life like that of the Angels * utterly void of desire for things of this vain world * thou didst repose; * wherefore we beseech thee that together with the Angels * ye may ever intercede before Christ our God * on behalf of us all.

Prokeimenon, In Tone VII, [Psalm 115:6,3] Precious in the sight of the Lord * is the death of His saints.

Stichos: What shall I render unto the Lord for all that He hath rendered unto me?

The Epistle to the Galations [Gal. 5: 22, 6:1-2] 

   Brethren: the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Alleluia, In Tone VI, [Psalm 111: 1, 2] Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, in His commandments shall he greatly delight.

Stichos: His seed shall be mighty upon the earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke [LK. 6:17-23]

   At that time, Jesus: came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their Fathers unto the Prophets.

Communion, [Psalm 111:6, 7] In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be, he shall not be afraid of evil tidings.