THE GENERAL VIGIL SERVICE TO A PROPHET.

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

Spec. Mel.: Called from above.

   Having received, in the purity of thy mind, * inspiration from the divine light * O divine sage and Prophet, * revealed as a God-inspired mouth of the Spirit, * thou didst speak divine words, * conveying that which was unveiled unto thee by Him, * O all-honored [name], / declaring unto all peoples the salvation that was to be bestowed * and the Kingdom of Christ; * do thou entreat Him to save and enlighten our souls.

   Thou, O God-inspired [name], * hath shone forth worthily with the vision of God * and prophetic contemplation, * wherefore honored with grace, * thou wast deemed worthy of divine blessedness, * possessing now great boldness towards the Most gracious One * and great compassion towards us, * cease not to make supplication on behalf of those who in faith praise thee * and honor thee as a God-declaring, venerable and acceptable Prophet of God, * that we may be delivered from all dangers * and that our souls may be saved.

   Thy Prophet [name] O Immortal One * hast thou revealed to be like a living cloud sprinkling forth the water of eternal life, * richly endowed with the All-holy Spirit, * Which is one in essence with both Thee, the Father Almighty, * and with Thy Son who hath shone forth from Thy essence; * Sending him forth Thou hast, through him, * foretold the saving revelation of Christ our God, * and announced the mystery of salvation unto all the Nations.

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

   Since I, the miserable one, * through laziness, indifference and ignorance, * have fallen into the abyss of a multitude of transgressions, * and am now held fast in despair, * I implore thee, falling prostrate before thee crying unto thee in faith: * ‘O most pure one, * be my help, sanctification and salvation, * and grant me comfort * that I may not be a plaything for the evil one even until the end’.

The Stavrotheotokion: While beholding thy Son and God, hung upon the tree, * He Who hath suspended the earth unfettered upon the waters * and fashioned all of creation, * comforted thee saying: * 'Weep not for me, O Mother, for I shall rise again and be glorified, * and with a lofty arm I shall lay low the kingdoms of Hades, * destroying its power, and freeing its captives from its sufferings, * bringing them unto My Father, * as the compassionate Lover of mankind'.

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

   O Prophet and great herald of Christ, * thou who art ne'er separated from the throne of glory, * ever present with all those who suffer; * ever ministering upon high, blessing all the universe * wherefore thou art ever glorified throughout all the world; * do thou pray that our souls be granted great mercy.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone VI:

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

   Who will not call thee blessed, * O all-holy Virgin? * Who will not hymn thy child-birth without labor? * For the only-begotten Son, who shone forth from the Father before time, * came forth ineffably incarnate from thee, O pure Maiden. * By nature he is God, by nature for our sakes, he hath become man * not divided in a duality of persons, * but known without confusion in a duality of natures. * O all-honored and all-blessed one, implore him to have mercy on our souls.

Otherwise, Theotokion: O ye faithful, * Let us, like the archangel, hymn the heavenly chamber and the truly sealed door * singing unto her; 'Rejoice! O spiritual garden * in which the Savior hath grown, * Christ the Giver of life and God of all', * and with thy lofty arm, O most pure Sovereign Lady, * the hope of all Orthodox Christians, * subdue our wicked tormenting enemies.

The Stavrotheotokion: Beholding Thee crucified, O Christ, * she that bare Thee cried aloud: * What strange mystery is that that I see, O my Son! * How can Thou, who art the Giver of life, * die while in the flesh, * and hung upon the tree.

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

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.

The Wisdom of Solomon [5, 15-23; 6, 1-3].

   The righteous live unto the ages; their reward is also with the Lord, and the care of them is with the most High. Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom and a beautiful crown from the Lord's hand, for with His right hand shall He cover them, and with His arm shall He protect them. He shall take to Him His jealousy for complete armor, and make the creature His weapon for the revenge of His enemies. He shall put on righteousness as a breastplate and true judgment instead of an helmet. He shall take holiness for an invincible shield. His severe wrath shall He sharpen for a sword, and the world shall fight with Him against the unwise. Then shall the right-arming thunderbolts go abroad, and from the clouds, as from a well-drawn bow, shall they fly to the mark. And from the hailstones full of wrath and cast as out of a sIn Tone bow the cities shall fall down, and the water of the sea shall rage against them, and the floods shall cruelly drown them. Yea, a mighty wind shall stand up against them, and like a storm shall blow them away; thus iniquity shall lay waste the whole earth, and ill dealing shall overthrow the Thrones of the mighty. Hear therefore, O ye kings, and understand; learn ye that be judges of the ends of the earth. Give ear, ye that rule the people and glory in the multitude of nations, for power is given you of the Lord and sovereignty from the Highest.

The Wisdom of Solomon [4, 7. 16. 17. 19-20; 5, 1-7].

   The righteous man if he happen to die early shall be at rest, and the dying righteous man shall bring judgment unto the wicked living, for they will see the end of the righteous one and will not understand what is destined for him. And the Lord will hurl the wicked down voiceless and will remove them from their foundations, and they shall pass away unto the last in sorrow and their memory shall vanish, for they shall come in dread unto the realization of their sins, and their transgressions shall convict them to their faces. Then the righteous man will stand up in great boldness before those who offended him and despised his works. At the sight of him they will be agitated with great fear and will feel astonished at his glorious salvation; for, repenting and sighing from the oppression of the spirit, they shall speak within themselves, saying: this is he whom we laughed at and held in scorn; we were so foolish as to account his life as madness and his end dishonorable; how, then, is he now numbered unto the sons of God and his lot is cast among the holy? We have therefore wandered away from the right path, and the light of truth bath not illumined us, and the sun hath not shone unto us; we were full of the wicked ways and perdition, and walked in the unpassable paths, but did not comprehend God's ways.

For the Vespers Aposticha, the Stichera: In Tone II:

Spec. Mel.: When from the tree.

   Having found the purity of thy mind, O Prophet [name], * resplendent as a shining mirror, * the Spiritual Star hath through thee illumined the world * with the brightness of the knowledge of God, * enlightening us with knowledge of the divine mysteries * and of the grace that was to be bestowed upon all mankind, * O most wondrous one.

Stichos: Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of melchisedek.

   Being the mouth of God, * thou hast openly reproved evil-doers, * sentencing them to their inevitable judgment, * O [name], most richly endowed in spirit, * while following the righteous teachings of God's decrees; * wherefore beholding the fulfillment of thy most wise declarations, * we worthily praise thee in hymns, * O most blessed one.

Stichos: Moses and Aaron among His priests.

   Standing before the throne of the Master, * satiated with the ineffable and divine glory, * permeated with light, perceiving things above this world, * do thou, O God-inspired Prophet [name], / remember those who in faith honor thee, * praying, O favored of God, * that they may receive the salvation of their souls, * and the remission of their sins.

Glory ..., In Tone I:

   The glorious and honorable Prophets, * through communion and grace, * and as a gift of God, * became partakers of the attributes intrinsic to the first-formed image of God, * for the Lord enlighteneth with His brightness those who please Him.

Now & Ever ..., In Tone I:

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

   Behold, the prophecy of Isaiah hath been fulfilled, * for a Virgin hath given birth, * and after giving birth hath remained a Virgin as before. * For it was God who was born from her; * therefore He began nature anew. * O Mother of God, disdain not the supplications of thy servants, * which are offered unto thee in thy temple; * since thou didst bear the Compassionate one in thy embrace, * have pity on thy servants, and beseech Him that our souls be saved.

Otherwise, Theotokion: In Heaven, thou art the joy of the heavenly orders, * and on earth the mighty protection of mankind, * O all-pure Virgin, * save us who have recourse unto thee, * for after God we put our trust in thee.

The Stavrotheotokion: As Symeon of old hath foretold, * the Virgin, beholding Thee O Master hanging upon the tree, * spake in pain saying; * 'A sword hath pierced my heart, O my Son, * I pray Thee, arise O Immortal One, * and glorify Thy Mother and Thy servant'.

   The Troparion from the Typikon; but if there be no Typikon, sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone II:

   Celebrating the memory * of Thy holy Prophet [name], * we pray Thee O Lord, * that by his intercessions * we may save our souls.

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

   All of thy most glorious mysteries are beyond comprehension, * O Theotokos; * for, thy purity sealed and thy virginity intact, * thou art known to be a true Mother, * having given birth unto God. * Him do thou entreat, that our souls be saved.

   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 III:

Spec. Mel.: Awed by the beauty of thy virginity.

   Enlightened by the Divine Spirit, * thou didst prophesy concerning the incarnation of the Word, * O divine God-inspired [name]; * wherefore we glorify thee as a Prophet * and celebrate today thy memory, * exclaiming unto thee with one voice, * O wise one, entreat Christ God to save our souls.

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

   Inconceivable and incomprehensible is the overwhelming, divine mystery * that hath taken place in thee, * O divinely gladdened Sovereign Lady, * for conceiving, thou hast brought forth the Boundless One * clothed with flesh from thy most pure blood; * always entreat Him O pure one, as thy Son * that our souls may be saved.

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

Spec. Mel.: Of the divine faith.

   As a divine organ of the Comforter, * ever and clearly prompted by His grace, * O blessed Prophet [name]; * thou hast foretold the manifestation of things unknown * and dost illumine those who in faith have recourse unto thee, * O glorious [name]; / entreat Christ God to grant us great mercy. [Twice]

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

   The Prophets have foreseen, * the Apostles taught, * the Martyrs confessed, * and we believe thee to be the true Mother of God; * wherefore we also magnify thine ineffable birth-giving.

After the Polyeleos, the Megalynarion: We magnify thee, O Prophet of God [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.

After the Polyeleos the Sedalion: In Tone VI:

Spec. Mel.: The gate of commiseration.

   Having cleared thy mind from all corruption * O all-wise one, * transforming it into a reflection of the divine, * thou didst become receptive to illumination by the Divine spirit, * wherefore with joy thou hast departed * unto the Source of thy illumination, * O divine Prophet [name]. [Twice]

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

   Thy Son and the Word of God, * who before all ages was begotten of the Father without a mother, * hast thou, in these the last days, * brought forth incarnate of thy pure blood without a husband, * O Mother of God; * entreat Him that, before the end, * we be granted remission of sins.

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 IV, [Psalm 109:4, 1]

The Prokeimenon: Thou art a priest for ever * after the order of Melchisedek.

Stichos: The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies the footstool of Thy feet.

Let every breath.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mathew

[Matthew 23, 29-39].

   Jesus spake unto the Jews that had come to Him saying: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the Prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our Fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the Prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the Prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your Fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you Prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the Prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

   After the 50th Psalm:

Glory: Through the intercessions of the Holy Prophet [name]…

Both now: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos…

Have mercy upon us:

Then the Sedalion:

In Tone VI:

   The glorious and honorable Prophets, * through communion and grace, * and as a gift of God, * became partakers of the attributes intrinsic to the first-formed image of God, * for the Lord enlighteneth with His brightness those who please Him.

The Canon. In Tone VI:

ODE I

Irmos: When Israel walked on foot in the sea as on dry land, * on seeing their pursuer Pharaoh drowned, * they cried: * Let us sing to God * a song of victory.

   Refrain: Holy Prophet of God [name] pray to God for us

   We beseech thee, O Prophet, standing before the throne of God, ever intercede that enlightenment may be granted unto us, who in faith hymn thy honored memory.

   Thou wast revealed as a divine repository of the illuminations and gifts of the Divine Spirit, O most wise [name]; wherefore rejoicing we the faithful glorify thee.

   Standing before God the Savior as a Prophet, do thou now boldly entreat Him that those who, by the inspiration of God, glorify thee, may be enlightened in the faith by the divine radiance.

Theotokion: The rays of the Sun which hath shone forth from thy holy womb, O Sovereign-Lady, brilliantly illumineth the whole earth; therewith enlightened, we honor thee as the Mother of God.

ODE III

Irmos: There is none holy as Thou, * O Lord my God, * who hast exalted the horn of The faithful O good One, * and strengthened us upon the rock * of Thy confession.

   He who as God seeth all things, In a Godly manner clearly revealed unto thee, O blessed and wondrous one, the knowledge of things to come and the understanding of those which will come to pass.

   With devout boldness correcting thy mind, thou, O glorious one, hast submitted thyself unto the Divine Spirit, and become receptive to its divine inspirations.

   Like a stream of mysterious waters flowing from a deep abyss thou wast a herald of God's gifts of the Spirit.

Theotokion: Behold, all generations in faith call thee blessed, since thou hast brought forth in the flesh above nature and in time the pre-eternal Word and remained yet a Virgin.

The Sedalion, In Tone VI:

Spec. Mel.: The gate of commiseration.

   Having cleared thy mind from all corruption * O all-wise one, * transforming it into a reflection of the divine, * thou didst become receptive to illumination by the Divine spirit, * wherefore with joy thou hast departed * unto the Source of thy illumination, * O divine Prophet [name].

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

   Let us unceasingly hymn with our hearts * and our mouths, * the most glorious Theotokos, * who is eminently holier than the holy Angels, * confessing her to be the Mother of God, * since she hath truly borne God Incarnate * and unceasingly intercedes for our souls.

The Stavrotheotokion: O come, let us all hymn the One Who was crucified for us, * Whom Mary beheld on the tree and lamented: * ‘Even though Thou dost suffer crucifixion, * Thou art still my Son and my God.’

ODE IV

Irmos: Christ is my power, * my God and my Lord, * the holy Church divinely sings, * crying with a pure mind, * keeping festival in the Lord.

   The Lord of all hath appeared unto us, according to thy prophecy, O glorious one, summoning all unto the intimate knowledge of Himself and hath thus freed us from slavery.

   Enlightened by grace, thou hast prophesied saying: 'It behoves those who follow the faith and adore the Lord, to gather under one yoke and thus serve the Lord'.

   Being a Prophet, ever enlightened with the radiance of the light of grace, do thou, O glorious one, enlighten us who lovingly hymn thee.

Theotokion: O Mary, all-purest! do away with the agitation of the passions in my mind and quell the storm of temptations, for thou, O Mother and Virgin, hast given birth to the Source of dispassion.

ODE V

Irmos: Illumine with Thy divine light, I pray, O Good One, * the souls of those who with love rise early to pray to Thee, * that they may know Thee, O Word of God, * as the true God, * Who recalls us from the darkness of sin.

   By thy intercessions O blessed and glorious Prophet, turn me from unrighteousness to virtue and deliver me from enslavement to the passions, directing me toward the light of activity in true religion.

   Having illumined thy soul with deeds of virtue, thou hast shown it to be receptive to illumination by the Divine Spirit, from Whom thou wast also enriched with the grace of prophecy.

   Having led a pure life, thou wast revealed as a divine Prophet, and a vessel of the Holy Spirit; wherefore thou wast deemed worthy to contemplate Him Who is mystically comprehended.

Theotokion: The prophetic utterances heralded thy child-bearing in various symbols, O most pure one, and we who now behold their fulfillment, proclaim thee to be in truth the Mother of God.

ODE VI

Irmos: Beholding the sea of life surging the flood of temptations, * I run to calm haven, and cry to Thee: * Raise up my life from corruption, * O Most Merciful One.

   Having received illumination from the Spirit, O glorious one, thou hast shone forth unto all, like a reflection in a clear mirror, divinely inspired prophecies, foretelling things to come as though things present.

   Thy King is come, rejoice, O Zion, and exult at the sight of Him, He hath enlightened the world with the brightness of His Divinity, putting to shame the deceit of the demons.

   By the power of the Divine Spirit thou, O Prophet, hast foreseen the future with clarity in thy soul as if in reflections of divine phenomena in a mirror.

Theotokion: He that is the Only-begotten of the Father, became united to perishable flesh in thy womb, one coming forth from two without corruption and preserving thy virginity pure and unharmed, O All-hymned one.

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

Kontakion, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast appeared today.

   Thy pure heart Illumined by the Spirit * became a repository of illustrious prophecy, * for thou didst see as things present * things that were to come; * wherefore we honor thee, O glorious Prophet [name].

The Ikos: Adorned with the grace of prophesy, comprehending things to come, O God-inspired [name], Thou wast taught of the Spirit in a Godly manner, foretelling the coming of Christ and the fruitful calling of the Gentiles; wherefore we celebrate thy honored memory and lovingly hymn thee, glorifying thee in faith and calling unto thee, O glorious one: unceasingly entreat Christ God on behalf of us all.

ODE VII

Irmos: An Angel made the furnace throw dew on the holy Children. * But the command of God consumed the Chaldeans * and prevailed upon the tyrant to cry: * 'Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers'.

   O Prophet, thy feast, like the sun, hath dawned upon the world, illumining with the grace of thy prophecy all those who in faith sing harmoniously: 'Blessed art Thou, O God of our Fathers'.

   Revealed as a most abundant cloud, O blessed one, thou hast sprinkled upon us the salvific dew of the knowledge of God, from Sources enlightening us to cry aloud: 'Blessed art thou, O God of our Fathers'.

   Enlightened by God, the Prophets foretold the significance of things to come, and in a Godly wise manner proclaimed the coming of the pre-eternal Word, unto Whom we sing: 'Blessed art Thou, O God of our Fathers'.

Theotokion: The Word, Who of old gave unto all their being by his divine will, wishing to recall mankind, O pure one, came and dwelt in thy womb, O blessed one, who hath given birth to God in the flesh.

ODE VIII

Irmos: Thou didst make flame sprinkle the Saints with dew, * and didst burn the sacrifice of a righteous man with water. * For Thou alone, O Christ, dost do all as Thou willes, * and Thee do we exalt throughout all ages.

   Having given thyself entirely to the Almighty, thou hast mystically learned the ways of providence and taught the Gentiles of God's dispensation, wherefore we hymn Thee, O God-inspired Prophet.

   Bring unto God a hymn of supplication, O blessed of God, on behalf of those who hymn thee, and subdue the storm of temptations, that we may hymn thee, O God-inspired Prophet.

   Thou hast appeared like a fire before those sitting in darkness, in a Divinely-wise manner illumining with divine light those that in faith hymn the Lord unto the ages.

Theotokion: By given birth unto the Giver of life, God and Lord, thou, O all-holy one, hast put an end to the destruction of death which hath unrestrained slain all; wherefore we hymn thee unto all the ages.

ODE IX

Irmos: It is impossible for mankind to see God * upon Whom the orders of Angels dare not gaze; * but through thee, O pure one, * did the Word Incarnate appear to mankind * and with Heavenly Hosts * Him we magnify and thee we call blessed.

   In the land of the meek hast thou made thy dwelling, beholding the angelic splendor, O all-wise Prophet of God [name], having thyself become meek and resplendent with grace; wherefore we the faithful rejoicing, glorify thee.

   Clearly beholding the fulfillment of thy prophecies, O all-glorious one, we wonder at the grace that was given to thee, and are amazed at the purity of thy mind and the clear vision of God in thy soul.

   Thou, O Prophet [name], hast made thine abode where the angelic orders, the Prophets and patriarchs, the heavenly choirs, and the luminous holy ones dwell; and now joyfully exulting with them, do thou entreat the Lord on our behalf, that those who in faith praise thee may be saved.

Theotokion: There hath been none from ancient generations that hath ever been graced as thee, O most pure Mother of God; for thee alone among all woman doth possess incomparable purity and holiness; wherefore thou hast received God incarnate in thee.

Expostilarion [Svetilen]:

   All the Prophets rejoice and joyfully exult * celebrating thy feast day, O Divinely-wise one, * participating in thy delight and the divine glory; * do thou intercede together with them * that those who hymn thee may be saved.

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

   With the sprinkling of thy tender compassion, * O pure one, * cleanse the pollution of my soul, * and grant, O Maiden, that I may unceasingly pour forth tears * which wither the streams of my passions.

At the Aposticha, the Stichera, In Tone VIII:

Spec. Mel.: O most glorious wonder.

   The Divine Spirit hath been poured out upon us the faithful, * as thou, O honorable [name], moved by Him, didst prophesy, * and He hath opened unto us revelations of divine mysteries, * and those who receive this activity prophesize, * being illumined both by divine light and divine grace. [Twice]

   The wonderful Prophet [name], * cometh forth from Thy house O Master, * filled with Godly messages, * and like a wellspring nourishing our souls, * trickling down to us the divine sweetness, * and sweetening our thoughts, * he was revealed as wondrous in the fullness of his Spirit * and carried upon high by his virtues * he reached the divine heavenly heights.

   Through thy prophetic boldness * and spiritual nearness to God, * thou, O [name], beheld heavenly visions, * entreat Him to be merciful unto us that in faith celebrate thy memory, * O glorious one, * and to grant us great mercy and the remission of our sins, * that we may partake of the delights of heaven.

Glory ..., In Tone IV:

   Rejoicing and exulting in the Lord God thy Savior, * O God-inspired and glorious one, * thou hast received the divine light of the Immortal One, * mentally illumining thee with the light proceeding from God, * do thou, through thine intercessions, * deliver us who in faith celebrate thine all-festive memory, * from all temptations and afflictions.

Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   Deliver us from all our needs, * O Mother of Christ our God * for thou hast given birth to the Creator of all, * that we may cry unto thee: * ‘Rejoice, O only intercessor for our souls’.

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 Doxology:

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

Troparion, In Tone II:

   Celebrating the memory * of Thy holy Prophet [name], * we pray Thee O Lord, * that by his intercessions * we may save our souls.

   The Dismissal:

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes.

   1. He who as God seeth all things, In a Godly manner clearly revealed unto thee, O blessed and wonderous one, the knowledge of things to come and the understanding of those which will come to pass.

   2. With devout boldness correcting thy mind, thou , O glorious one, hast submitted thyself unto the Divine Spirit, and become receptive to its divine inspirations.

   3. Like a stream of mysterious waters flowing from a deep abyss thou wast a herald of God's gifts of the Spirit.

   4. Having received illumination from the Spirit, O glorious one, thou hast shone forth unto all, like a reflection in a clear mirror, divinely inspired prophecies, foretelling things to come as though things present.

   5. Thy King is come, rejoice, O Zion, and exult at the sight of Him, He hath enlightened the world with the brightness of His Divinity, putting to shame the deceit of the demons.

   6. By the power of the Divine Spirit thou, O Prophet, hast foreseen the future with clarity in thy soul as if in reflections of divine phenomena in a mirror.

   7. In the land of the meek hast thou made thy dwelling, beholding the angelic splendour, O all-wise Prophet of God [name], having thyself become meek and resplendent with grace; wherefore we the faithful rejoicing, glorify thee.

   8. Clearly beholding the fulfillment of thy prophecies, O all-glorious one, we wonder at the grace that was given to thee, and are amazed at the purity of thy mind and the clear vision of God in thy soul.

   The Troparion and Kontakion from the Typicon. If there be no Typicon, sing the following:

Troparion, In Tone II:

   Celebrating the memory * of Thy holy Prophet [name], * we pray Thee O Lord, * that by his intercessions * we may save our souls.

Kontakion, In Tone IV:

Spec. Mel.: Thou hast appeared today.

   Thy pure heart Illumined by the Spirit * became a repository of illustrious prophecy, * for thou didst see as things present * things that were to come; * wherefore we honor thee, O glorious Prophet [name].

Prokeimenon, In Tone IV, [Psalm 109:4, 1]

The Prokeimenon: Thou art a priest for ever * after the order of Melchisedek.

Stichos: The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies the footstool of Thy feet.

The First Epistle the Corinthians [1 Cor. 14:20-25]

   Brethren: be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

Alleluia, In Tone V, [Psalm 98:6, 96:11] Moses and aaron among His priests, and Samual among them that call upon His name.

Stichos: A light hath dawned for the righteous man, and gladness for the upright of heart.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mathew

[Math. 23:29-39]

   The Lord said: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

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