TONE FOUR

ON SATURDAY EVENING

AT SMALL VESPERS

On "Lord, I have cried ...", 4 Stichera:

The Resurrection Stichera, Tone IV:

Stichos: From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch * let Israel hope in the Lord.

   Unceasingly worshiping Thy life-giving Cross, O Christ God, * we glorify Thy Resurrection on the third day, * for through it, O All-powerful one, * Thou hast renewed corrupted human nature * and showed us the way to heaven, * since Thou alone art good and a Lover of mankind.

Stichos: For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption; * and He shall redeem Israel out of all his iniquities.

   Unceasingly worshiping Thy life-giving Cross, O Christ God, * we glorify Thy Resurrection on the third day, * for through it, O All-powerful one, * Thou hast renewed corrupted human nature * and showed us the way to heaven, * since Thou alone art good and a Lover of mankind.

Stichos: O praise the Lord, all ye nations; * praise Him, all ye peoples.

   By being willingly nailed to the tree of the Cross, O Saviour, * Thou hast abolished the penalty of the tree of disobedience; * and by descending into Hades, O All-powerful one, * as God Thou hast torn apart the bonds of death. * Therefore we worship Thy Resurrection from the dead, and we cry out with joy: * 'All-powerful Lord, glory be to Thee!'

Stichos: For He hath made His mercy to prevail over us, * and the truth of the Lord abideth forever.

   Thou hast shattered the gates of Hades, O Lord, * and by Thy death Thou hast destroyed the dominion of death; * delivering mankind from corruption, * granting the world life, incorruption, * and great mercy.

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

   Thou didst conceive without seed, * and ineffably didst thou bear the One who hath cast down the mighty from their thrones * and hath exalted the humble raising the horn of His faithful, * who glorify the Cross, the Tomb and the glorious Resurrection of Christ. * Therefore, O Theotokos, with never silent hymns we call thee blessed, * the source of such great wealth, * do thou ever intercede that our souls may be saved.

Then O Joyous Light

The Prokeimenon The Lord is King with its verses.

After Vouschafe O Lord etc.,

At the Aposticha, the Stichera of the Theotokos, Tone IV:

   O Lord, by ascending the Cross * Thou hast wiped out our ancestral curse, * and by descending into Hades * Thou hast set free those enchained therein from every age, * granting incorruption to mankind; * therefore with hymns we glorify * Thy life-giving and saving Arising.

Stichos: I shall commemorate thy name in every generation and generation.

   God, the Son begotten without time from the Father * who hath no beginning, * hath through condescension become man for the salvation of mortals * that He might now grant Paradise to the First-formed man. * At the same time Thou, O Lord, hast redeemed all nature from the deception of the serpent * and thus saved the fallen image. * As thou art one who is readily placated * Thou hast made Thy Mother the Pure undefiled Mother of the Bridegroom, * whom we have all gained as the anchor of our souls.

Stichos: Harken, O daughter, and see, and incline thine ear; and forget thine own people and thy father’s house.

   Thou didst hold in thy womb, O blessed of God, * the incarnate Creator of all things * as He refashioned mankind, * which through the serpent had once fallen by the transgression. * For thou hast given birth ineffably to our God in the flesh, * and through thy childbearing thou hast freed from corruption all nature that had grown old. * Therefore we praise and glorify thy grace, * O Virgin without bridegroom, * we implore that through thee we may be delivered from every punishment.

Stichos: The rich among the people of the land will entreat Thy favour.

   Reveal to us all the multitude of thy mercy * and the limitless ocean of thy loving-kindness, * by wiping away the sins of thy servants. * For as thou art the Theotokos, O All-blameless one, * thou hast authority over creation and by thy power thou mayest order all things as thou wilt; * for the grace of the holy Spirit clearly dwelleth in thee * and with thee eternally dwelleth in all things, * O All-blessed one.

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

   The Son who with the Father and the Spirit * is glorified in the highest by the Seraphim, * wishing to refashion the First-formed man, * ineffably emptied His entire being in thy womb, * O all-praised Theotokos. * Dawning from thee He enlightened the whole world by His Godhead, * delivering it from the deception of idols, * and by this Christ our God and the Saviour of our souls * made the race of mankind divine raising it up unto heaven.

Now Master, Trisagion. Then:

Resurrection Troparion, Tone IV:

   Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the angel, * and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, * the women disciples of the Lord spake exultantly to the apostles: * 'Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, * granting to the world great mercy'.

And the Dismissal.

 

AT GREAT VESPERS

At "Lord I have cried ...," 10 Stichera: 7 Resurrection Stichera and 3 of the Saint of the day, or 4 and 6 if the Saint is ‘Feasted’.

The Resurrection Stichera. Tone IV:

Stichos: Bring my soul out of prison * that I may confess Thy name.

   Unceasingly worshiping Thy life-giving Cross, O Christ God, * we glorify Thy Resurrection on the third day, * for through it, O All-powerful one, * Thou hast renewed corrupted human nature * and showed us the way to heaven, * since Thou alone art good and a Lover of mankind.

Stichos: The righteous shall wait patiently for me * until Thou shalt reward me.

   By being willingly nailed to the tree of the Cross, O Saviour, * Thou hast abolished the penalty of the tree of disobedience; * and by descending into Hades, O All-powerful one, * as God Thou hast torn apart the bonds of death. * Therefore we worship Thy Resurrection from the dead, and we cry out with joy: * 'All-powerful Lord, glory be to Thee!'

Stichos: Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord; * O Lord, hear my voice.

   Thou hast shattered the gates of Hades, O Lord, * and by Thy death Thou hast destroyed the dominion of death; * delivering mankind from corruption, * granting the world life, incorruption, * and great mercy.

Other Stichera by Anatolios:

Stichos: Let Thine ears be attentive * to the voice of my supplication.

   Come O ye peoples, let us hymn the Savior's Rising on the third day, * whereby we were redeemed from the unbreakable bonds of Hades * obtaining incorruption and life, as we cry aloud: * 'Thou, who wast crucified and buried and rose again, * save us by Thy Resurrection, O only Lover of mankind.'

Stichos: If Thou shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, O Lord, who shall stand? * For with Thee there is forgiveness.

   Angels and mortals hymn thine Arising on the third day, O Saviour, * through which the ends of the inhabited world were filled with light, * and we were all redeemed from the slavery of the enemy, as we cry: * 'O life-giving, All-powerful Saviour, * save us by Thy Resurrection, only lover of mankind.'

Stichos: For Thy name’s sake have I patiently waited for Thee, O Lord; my soul hath patiently waited for Thy word, * my soul hath hoped in the Lord.

   Thou hath shattered the gates of brass and smashed their bars, O Christ God, * raising the fallen human race; * therefore with one accord we cry to Thee: * 'O Lord risen from the dead, * glory be to Thee!'

Stichos: From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch * let Israel hope in the Lord.

   O Lord, begotten from Thy Father without time and eternal; * Thine incarnation from a Virgin is inexpressible for man and beyond explanation; * and Thy descent into Hades is fearful for the devil and His angels; * for having trampled upon death Thou hast risen on the third day, * granting mankind incorruption and great mercy.

Then the Stichera from the Menaion, with the following Verses:

Stichos: For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption; * and He shall redeem Israel out of all his iniquities.

Stichos: O praise the Lord, all ye nations; * praise Him, all ye peoples.

Stichos: For He hath made His mercy to prevail over us, * and the truth of the Lord abideth forever.

Glory from the Menaion, if appointed otherwise:

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

   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.

After the Entrance and O Joyous Light,

Saturday Vespers Prokeimenon, Tone VI:

The Lord is King, * He is clothed with majesty.

Stichos 1: The Lord is clothed with strength and He hath girt Himself.

Stichos 2: For He established the universe which shall not be shaken.

Stichos 3: Holiness becometh Thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.

The Resurrection Aposticha. Tone IV:

   O Lord, by ascending the Cross * Thou hast wiped out our ancestral curse, * and by descending into Hades * Thou hast set free those enchained therein from every age, * granting incorruption to mankind; * therefore with hymns we glorify * Thy life-giving and saving Arising.

Stichos 1: The Lord is King, He is clothed with majesty. The Lord is clothed with strength and He hath girt Himself.

   Hung upon a tree, O only Mighty One, * Thou didst shake the whole of creation; * laid in a tomb Thou hast raised those who dwelt in the tombs, * granting the race of mankind incorruption and life; * therefore with hymns we glorify * thine arising on the third day.

Stichos 2: For He established the universe which shall not be shaken.

   A lawless people, O Christ, delivered Thee to Pilate, * and condemned Thee to be crucified, * proving themselves ungracious to their benefactor, * but voluntarily enduring burial, * by thine own power Thou didst arise on the third day as God, * granting us life everlasting and great mercy.

Stichos 3: Holiness becometh Thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.

   Reaching Thy tomb in tears the women looked for Thee; * and when they could not find Thee they cried aloud with grief and lamentation: * Woe unto us, our Saviour, the King of all, how wast Thou stolen? * What place holds Thy life-bearing body? * But an Angel answered them saying: 'Weep not, but go, and proclaim that the Lord hath risen, * granting us joy, as He alone is compassionate.'

Glory from the Menaion, if ‘Feasted’; otherwise

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

   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!

   Now Master, Trisagion. Then:

Tone IV:

   O Theotokos and Virgin, rejoice, * O Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee; * blessed art thou among women, * and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, * for thou hast borne the Savior of our souls. (Thrice)

Note 1: If it is a regular Sunday Vigil, we sing "O Theotokos and Virgin…" thrice.
Note 2:
If it is one of the twelve great feasts, we sing the Troparion of the feast thrice.
Note 3:
If it is a Sunday coinciding with some other feast, we sing "O Theotokos and Virgin" twice, and the Troparion of the Feast once.

And the Dismissal.

For Matins and Liturgy:

Resurrection Troparion, Tone IV:

   Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the angel, * and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, * the women disciples of the Lord spake exultantly to the apostles: * 'Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, * granting to the world great mercy'.

Resurrection Theotokion, Tone IV:

   The mystery hidden from all ages * and unknown to the ranks of Angels, * hath been revealed to those on earth through thee, O Theotokos: * God being made flesh in a union without confusion, * and willingly accepting the Cross for us * hath through it raised the first-formed man, * and thus saved our souls from death.



AT MATINS

At "God is The Lord ...," the Resurrection Troparion twice, Glory ..., Troparion of the feast if "feasted", else Glory ..., Now & Ever ..., The Theotokion.

After the 1st reading from the Psalter (Kathisma 2), The Sedalions of the Resurrection. Tone IV:

   Looking into the entrance of the tomb, the Myrrh-bearing women * were unable to endure the bright radiance of the Angel, * trembling in awe they said; * ‘How is it that He who opened Paradise to the Thief hath been stolen? * How is it that He who before His passion proclaimed His Rising hath been raised? * Truly Christ God hath risen, granting those in Hades life and resurrection’.

Stichos: Arise, O Lord my God, let Thy hands be lifted on high; forget not Thy paupers to the end.

   Mortal men laid in a new tomb the One who through a word established the ends of earth, * for Thou O Saviour, of Thine own will hath suffered the Cross. * Thereby conquering the adversary, and despoiling death, * for which all those in Hades extol Thy life-giving Arising saying * 'O Christ, the giver of life, is risen and abidest unto the ages'.

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

   As he contemplated what was beyond nature * Joseph was struck with wonder O Theotokos, at thy conception without seed. * He contemplated upon the mysterious dew on the fleece, * the bush unburned by fire, * Aaron's rod which blossomed. * Thus thy Betrothed and guardian bore witness and cried unto the priests saying: * A Virgin beareth a child, * and after child-birth remaineth yet a virgin.

After the 2nd Psalter reading (Kathisma 3), The Sedalions of the Resurrection. Tone IV:

   O Saviour, Thou didst rise from Hades as immortal, * raising the world together with Thee by Thy might. * O Christ our God, with strength hast Thou overthrown the dominion of death, * revealing the Resurrection to all. * Wherefore O Merciful one we also glorify Thee, O only lover of mankind.

Stichos: I will confess Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart, * I will tell of all Thy wonders.

   Gabriel radiant in white vestments descended from the heights above, * and approaching the rock upon which the Rock of life was lying, * cried unto the weeping women saying: * 'Cease your cries of lamentation; * for ye have now obtained compassion. * Take courage, for the One you seek is truly risen. * Therefore call unto the Apostles telling them the Lord is risen, to worship the risen One; and having received gladness, to take courage, together with Eve.

Glory, Now & Ever ..., Theotokion:

   All the choirs of Angels were struck with wonder, O Pure Virgin, * at the dread mystery of thy conception. * How can the One who holds all things in place with only a nod, * now be held in thy arms as a mortal? * How can the Eternal accept a beginning? * How can the One who nourishes everything that hath breath by His ineffable goodness, * be suckled at thy breast? * And upon seeing these things, with hymns they glorify thee * as truly the Mother of our God.

If a Festal Sunday the POLYELEOS is sung: (Select verses):

Stichos: Praise ye the name of the Lord; O ye servants, praise the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Stichos: Blessed is the Lord out of Zion, who dwelleth in Jerusalem. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Stichos: O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Stichos: O give thanks unto the God of Heaven; for His mercy endureth forever. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

(On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Meat-Fare, and Cheese-Fare Sundays, after the Polyeleos we sing Psalm 136: "By the rivers of Babylon…")

Then, in Slavic practice, the Megalynarion of the feast is sung, if there is one, with the selected psalm verses. However, if it is a Sunday, the Megalynarion is usually sung only once (in general parish practice), without psalm verses, unless it is a Great feast of the Lord.

The Resurrectional Verses (THE EVLOGITARIA )

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, * teach me Thy statutes.

   The assembly of angels was amazed, * beholding Thee numbered among the dead; * yet, O Savior, * destroying the stronghold of death, * and with Thyself raising up Adam, * and freeing all from hades.

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, * teach me Thy statutes.

   Why mingle ye myrrh with tears of pity, * O ye women disciples? * Thus the radiant angel within the tomb * addressed the myrrh-bearing women; * behold the tomb and understand, * for the Savior is risen from the tomb.

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, * teach me Thy statutes.

   Very early * the myrrh-bearing women hastened * unto Thy tomb, lamenting, * but the angel stood before them and said: * the time for lamentation is passed, weep not, * but tell of the Resurrection to the apostles.

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, * teach me Thy statutes.

   The myrrh-bearing women, * with myrrh came to Thy tomb, O Savior, bewailing, * but the angel addressed them, saying: * Why number ye the living among the dead, * for as God * He is risen from the tomb.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

   Let us worship the Father, * and His Son, and the Holy Spirit, * the Holy Trinity, * one in essence, * crying with the Seraphim: * Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O Lord.

Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages, Amen..

   In bringing forth the Giver of life, * thou hast delivered Adam from sin, O Virgin, * and hast brought joy to Eve * instead of sorrow; * and those fallen from life * have thereunto been restored, * by Him Who of thee was incarnate, God and man.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. (Thrice).

Then the little Litany and:

The Hypakoi:

   The Myrrh-bearing women proclaimed to the Apostles * the news of thy wondrous Rising, O Christ: * that as God Thou hast risen, * granting the world great mercy.

The Songs of Ascent: Tone IV, First Antiphon:

   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 ..., Now & Ever ...,

   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.

 

2nd Antiphon:

   From the depths of my soul * I have cried unto Thee fervently, * O Lord; * let Thy divine ears be attentive unto me.

   Every one who hath set their hope in the Lord, * is higher than all those who mourn.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ...,

   By the Holy Spirit the streams of grace swell up; * watering all creation engendering life.

3rd Antiphon:

   Let my heart be raised to Thee, O Lord; * and let none of the pleasures of the world lure me unto weakness.

   As one that hath tender love for one's mother; * so should we have even more fervent love for the Lord.

Glory ..., Now & Ever ...,

   By the Holy Spirit cometh an abundance of divine knowledge, contemplation and wisdom; for by Him the Word unveils all the Father's teachings.

Prokeimenon: (Psalm 43: 26,1) Arise, O Lord, help us * and redeem us, for Thy name's sake.

The Stichos: O God, with our ears have we heard, for our fathers have told us: the work which Thou hast wrought in their days, in the days of old.

Let every breath.

The Sunday Resurrection Gospel. Then:

   Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, * let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, * the only sinless One. * We venerate Thy Cross, O Christ, * and Thy holy Resurrection we hymn and glorify. * For Thou art our God, * and we know none other beside Thee; * we call upon Thy name. * O come, all ye faithful, * let us worship Christ’s holy Resurrection, * for, behold, through the Cross joy hath come to all the world. * Ever blessing the Lord, * we hymn His Resurrection; * for, having endured crucifixion, * He hath destroyed death by death.

Psalm 50, Then:

Glory ..., Tone VI:

   Through the prayers of the Apostles * O Merciful One, * blot out the multitude of our transgressions.

Now & Ever ..., Tone VI:

   Through the prayers of the Theotokos, * O Merciful One, * blot out the multitude of our transgressions.

   Have mercy on me, O God, * according to Thy great mercy; * and according to the multitude of Thy compassions, * blot out my transgressions.

   Jesus having risen from the grave, * as He foretold, * hath given us life eternal, * and great mercy.

After which: O God, save Thy people, The Canons:

Resurrection Canons Tone IV .

A composition by John of Damascus.

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: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   O Master, Thou wast lifted upon the immaculate tree of the Cross, setting aright our fall and healing the total ruin wrought through a tree, as Thou art supremely good and All-powerful.

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   In the tomb bodily, in Hades with Thine own soul as God, in Paradise with the Thief, and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit, filling all things, O Christ, yet Thyself remaining unbounded.

Theotokion; Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Without seed, by the Father's will, thou hast conceived from the divine Spirit the Son of God, giving birth in the flesh to the One who for our sake came forth from His Father without mother and from thee without father.

Another Canon, of Cross and Resurrection:

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   O Lord by Thy precious Blood, Thou hast healed the ruined race of mankind, demolishing the dominion of the mighty one, who of old spoiled the creature that Thou didst fashion.

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   Through dying Thou hast become the resurrection of the dead; for the power of death was done away with when it wrestled with Life-eternal, God incarnate and the Master of all things.

Theotokion; Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Surpassingly fairer than the heavenly Powers was Thy divine living Temple, the Virgin, Thy holy Mountain, who carried Thee, our God, in her womb.

Another Canon, to the most holy Theotokos:

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   O Pure Virgin, from fear of thy Offspring peoples trembled, nations were troubled, mighty kingdoms faltered; for my King came and put down the tyrant, redeeming the world from corruption.

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Living on high, but condescending to become mortal, Thou O Christ hath sanctified Thine abode, showing it to be steadfast; for she who hath given birth to Thee the Creator, hath alone, after childbirth, remained a treasure of virginity.

The Troparia from the Menaion, then the appointed Katavasia.

ODE III

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

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   The Tree of life, the true spiritual Vine, is seen hanging upon the Cross, pouring forth unto all the elixir of incorruption.

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   As One great, as One to be feared, as One who hath subdued the rage of Hades, and as God incorruptible, hast Thou arisen in the flesh.

Theotokion; Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   O Theotokos, thou hast become the sole intermediary of supra-natural blessings for those on earth, wherefore we bring unto thee our salutation.

Another, of the Cross and Resurrection:

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   The serpent plunged its poison filled fangs into me; O Saviour, but with the nails in Thy hands, O Master, Thou hast crushed them; for there is none among the Holy Holier than Thou, O Lover of mankind.

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   Thou wast revealed, O Lover of mankind, as voluntarily dead in a tomb, reopening the gates of Hades for the souls found therein from every age, O Life-giver; for there is none among the Holy Holier than Thou, O Lover of mankind.

Theotokion; Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Thou hast appeared as an unploughed field, bringing forth the fruit of life, the cause of immortality for all who partake of it, the Holy One of the Holy, Who reposeth in Holiness.

Another, of the Theotokos:

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Human nature became purified when through thee it encountered the unendurable divine fire; like a mysterious loaf baked within thee, all-pure Virgin, by the fire that preserved thee unharmed.

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Who is this who is so truly near to God, that she excels all the ranks of Angels? She who alone in the beauty of virginity shineth forth as the Mother of the Almighty.

The Troparia from the Menaion, then the appointed Katavasia.

The small litany:

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.

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   To heal my passions, Thou didst willingly ascend the Cross and endure the Passion of Thine undefiled flesh; wherefore we cry unto Thee: 'Glory to Thy power, O Lord.'

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   When death had tasted of Thy sinless and life-giving body, O Master, it was rightly slain; and we cry out to Thee: 'Glory to Thy power, O Lord.'

Theotokion; Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Without knowing wedlock thou didst bear a child, O Virgin, and after childbirth thou didst remain yet a virgin; therefore with never silent voices, O Sovereign Lady, we cry unto thee with unwavering faith, ‘Rejoice!’

Another, of the Cross and Resurrection:

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   Israel, which was subject to the law, did not recognise in Thee, O Christ, God who had ordained the law; but transgressing the law by nailing Thee to the Cross as a lawless One, they proved themselves unworthy of the law-giving.

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   Thy deified soul, O Saviour, captured the treasures of Hades raising together with itself the souls kept therein from every age; while Thy life-giving body flowed forth incorruption unto all.

Theotokion; Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   As the ever Virgin and true Theotokos we all glorify thee, O All-pure one, for Moses, the God-Seer, saw thee prefigured in the bush consumed with fire, yet remaining unburned.

Another, of the Theotokos:

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Living among man, the invisible One, who is the incomprehensible Godhead, became visible, taking a wondrous form from thee, O Maiden, and saving those who acknowledge thee to be the pure Mother of God.

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   The Virgin hath received the immaterial One in corporeal form, becaming an infant from her by His participation in corporeal things; and is thus known in two natures, God bearing flesh and supra-natural man.

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   The Word and God, Who dwelt in thee, O Virgin, and was incarnate without seed, preserved thee a Virgin during thy childbirth, and kept thee a Virgin after childbirth, for He alone is the Sovereign Lord and Creator of all creation.

The Troparia from the Menaion, then the appointed Katavasia.

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.

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   O Lord, in Thy compassion Thou didst descend to earth; and raise up fallen human nature when Thou wast hung upon the Tree.

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   By Thy divine Resurrection Thou hast abolished the pains of death, O Christ, and taken away the accusation of my sins, O most Compassionate One

Theotokion. Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   We have gained thee as our anchor and the hope of our salvation, O Bride of God, for thee we set forth as an unconquerable weapon against our foes.

Another, of the Cross and Resurrection:

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   Infatuated, Hades swallowed Thee whole in its mouth, for seeing Thee nailed to a Tree, and pierced by a lance, it reckoned Thee, the living God, to be a mere breathless mortal; but when put to the test learned the strength of Thy divinity.

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   When the temple of Thy body was destroyed, O Lover of mankind, both the tomb which took possession of it, and Hades, were forced to pay a penalty; the latter by giving up the souls of the Saints, and the former their bodies, O Immortal One.

Theotokion; Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Behold!, that which was foretold by the Prophet hath now come to pass; for the Virgin who knew not wedlock, hath carried in her womb the God of all, and given birth to the eternal Son, who granteth peace to all who hymn her.

Another, of the Theotokos:

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Having made His abode in thee, O Pure Virgin, the Son of God rendered thee a house of glory, a holy Mountain of God, a bride, a bridal chamber, and a temple of sanctification, O Paradise of everlasting delight.

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   From virginal blood, O Christ, hast Thou seedlessly taken most pure hypostatic flesh, endowed with reason and intelligence, and with a self-governing soul, energy, and will.

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   A virginal womb hath put the tyrant’s scheming to shame; for with His hand the infant hath probed the soul-destroying lair of asps, overthrowing the boastful traitor, and making him subservient to the faithful.

The Troparia from the Menaion, then the appointed Katavasia.

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.

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   Thou hast ascended the Cross and, girded with power, wrestled with the tyrant, and as God hurled him down from on high; but Adam hast Thou raised up by Thine invincible might.

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   Thou didst arise from the tomb, O Christ, in brilliant beauty, scattering every enemy by Thy divine might, and as God filling all things with joy.

Theotokion; Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   O wonder, more wonderful than all wonders; for a Virgin, without knowing a man, hath conceived in her womb the One who upholdeth all things, without bounding Him in that space.

Another, of the Cross and Resurrection:

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   I have foolishly puffed up my soul and Hades opening wide its throat hath swallowed me whole, but Christ hath come down and raised up my life, for He loveth mankind.

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   Death hath perished through death; for He that died hath arisen granting me incorruption; and appearing unto the women proclaimed joy, O immortal One.

Theotokion; Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Thy pure womb, O Theotokos, hath proved to be a palace of the unendurable Godhead; upon which the Heavenly Hosts dare not gaze without fear.

Another, of the Theotokos:

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   The serpent of old hath deceived me and put me to death through my foremother Eve; but now, O pure Virgin, through thee the One who fashioned me hath called me back from corruption.

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   The depths of compassion declared thee, O Maiden, to be the ineffably chosen deep of wonders; for from thee Christ the Pearl shone forth with the lightning flash of His divinity.

The Troparia from the Menaion, then the appointed Katavasia.

The small litany:

Kontakion. Tone IV:

   My Saviour and Redeemer * from the grave, as God, * hath raised those born on earth from their chains, * and shattered the gates of Hades; * and as Lord arisen on the third day.

The Ikos: Let all of us, born of earth, hymn Christ the giver of life, who arose from the dead on the third day. For today, by His power He hath smashed the gates of death, slaughtering Hades and crushing the sting of death, setting Adam free with Eve. Therefore with thanksgiving we cry out aloud our fervent praises, for He alone, as almighty God and Master, hath risen on the third day.

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.

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   Washed in the divine Blood of Christ, mankind hath been called back to incorruption, singing with thanksgiving: 'Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in the temple of Thy glory.'

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   Thy tomb, O Christ, hath been revealed, as the life bearing source of our resurrection, more lovely than Paradise, and more resplendent than any royal bridal chamber.

Theotokion; Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Rejoice! sanctified and divine dwelling of the Most High, for through thee, O Theotokos, joy hath been vouchsafed to those who cry: 'Blessed art thou among women, O all-spotless Sovereign Lady.'

Another, of the Cross and Resurrection:

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   Hanging upon a Tree Thou hast humbled the eye of the haughty and cast down the arrogant brow, saving mankind, O highly exalted Lord and God of our fathers, blessed art Thou.

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   By Thy power exalt the horn of us who serve Thee, O Master, who hast arisen from the dead and emptied Hades of its former wealth, a multitude of peoples. O highly exalted Lord and God of our fathers, blessed art Thou.

To the Trinity: Refrain: We bless the Lord; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

   Following divine teachings we glorify the one Godhead, as a flame of three lights, without confusion and undivided, eternally enlightening the whole of creation which sings: 'O highly exalted Lord and God of our fathers, blessed art Thou.'

Another, of the Theotokos:

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   The fire of love for the Virgin burning within my heart draws me to hymn, and cry unto the Mother and Virgin: 'O Blessed one, the Lord of Powers is with thee.'

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Thou wast revealed as higher than all creation, for thou hast given birth to the Creator and Lord of all; wherefore I cry unto thee O Theotokos: 'O Blessed one, the Lord of Powers is with thee.'

To the Trinity: Refrain: We bless the Lord; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

   Honoring Thee as one indivisible Lordship, in three wellsprings of sanctity, I hymn One Nature in three Hypostases, crying: 'Blessed art Thou, Who bringeth order to the universe.'

The Troparia from the Menaion, then the appointed Katavasia.

ODE VIII

The 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.

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   Spreading Thine arms upon the Cross, O Master, Thou hast gathered into one all the nations, and revealed one Church which hymns Thee, for both those on earth and those in heaven sing with one accord: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye works of the Lord, and exalt Him unto the ages'

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   An Angel white as snow, blazing with the unapproachable light of the Resurrection, appeared to the women crying out: 'Why do ye seek the living as a mortal in the tomb: Christ hath truly risen.' To him let us also cry: 'Sing unto the Lord, all ye works of the Lord, and exalt Him unto the ages'

Theotokion; Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Thou alone in all generations, O immaculate Virgin, wast revealed as the Theotokos; for Thou didst become the abode of the Godhead, O all-undefiled one, and remained unburned by the fire of the unapproachable light; wherefore we all bless thee, Mary, Bride of God.

Another, of the Cross and Resurrection:

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   Upon seeing Thine unjust sacrifice, creation became darkened and grieved; for while the earth trembled, the sun clothed itself in darkness; but we without ceasing praise and highly exalt Thee, O Christ, unto the ages.

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   Having come down to me, even into Hades, Thou didst open a pathway for mankind through the resurrection, and ascending on high, bearing me upon Thy shoulders, Thou hast brought me unto the Father; wherefore I cry unto Thee: 'Praise the Lord all ye His works, and exalt him unto all the ages.'

To the Trinity: Refrain: We bless the Lord; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

   We glorify the first Mind and cause of all, the Father Who alone is without cause, the Word without beginning, and the Comforting Spirit, one God and Lord, Creator of all, as we worship the Trinity one in essence and exalt It unto all ages.

Another, of the Theotokos:

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   Having fashioned thee from Adam’s side, the Lord of all, was incarnate from thy virginity, hymning Him we cry out: 'All ye His works, bless ye the Lord.'

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   In his tent Abraham beheld the mystery which came to be in thee, O Theotokos, for he received thy Son, while not yet in the flesh, and sang:: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye works of the Lord, and exalt Him unto the ages'.

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   The prefiguring [augur] of thy virginity saved the holy youths equal in number to the Trinity; for in virgin bodies they trampled down the flame, O Maiden, as they cried aloud: 'Bless ye the Lord, all ye works of the Lord, and exalt Him unto the ages'.

After the Troparia from the Menaion for the 8th ode , we sing:

Stichos: We praise, we bless, we worship the Lord, praising and supremely exalting Him unto all ages.

And then the appointed Katavasia:

And then we sing the Song of the Most Holy Theotokos (the Magnificat) Note: on great feasts special Megalynaria are sung instead of the Magnificat:

Stichos: My soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

And after each Stichos:

Refrain: More honorable than the Cherubim, * and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim; * who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, * the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify.

Stichos: For He hath looked upon the lowliness of His handmaiden; * for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

Refrain:

Stichos: For the Mighty One hath done great things to me, * and holy is His name; * and His mercy is on them that fear Him * unto generation and generation.

Refrain:

Stichos: He hath showed strength with His arm, * and He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.

Refrain:

Stichos: He hath put down the mighty from their seat, * and exalted them of low degree; * He hath filled the hungry with good things, * and the rich He hath sent empty away.

Refrain:

Stichos: He hath holpen His servant Israel * in remembrance of His mercy, * as He spake to our fathers, * to Abraham and his seed forever.

Refrain:

ODE IX

Irmos: A cornerstone 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.

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   O my God, through Thy passion which Thou didst endure in the flesh upon the Cross, the fullness of Thy nature assumed the fullness of my nature in a union without confusion, granting unto me the whole of salvation.

Refrain: Glory to Thy holy Resurrection O Lord.

   When Thy Disciples saw Thine opened tomb and the grave clothes, that had once held God, lying emptied by Thy Resurrection, they rejoiced with the Angel saying: 'The Lord is indeed risen.'

To the Trinity: Refrain: We bless the Lord; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

   All we the faithful worship a Unity of divine essence, but a Trinity of persons without confusion, whom we magnify as equal in power and equal in honour.

Another, of the Cross and Resurrection:

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   In Eden, the serpent crept up on me with guile and took me prisoner; but the almighty Lord hath dashed him against the mighty rock of Golgotha, like an infant, and through the Tree of the Cross opened up for me once again the entrance to spiritual delight.

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   Thou didst lay to waste the fortified strongholds of the enemy and plundered his wealth with Thine own all powerful hand, raising me with Thee from the ruins of Hades, exposing the ancient boaster as a mere jest and object of derision.

Refrain: Glory to Thy precious Cross and Resurrection O Lord.

   Come, O Thou Who lovest mankind, and visit the torments of Thy humbled people; and with Thine own compassionate and mighty arm fortify the power of Thy Cross-bearing Sovereigns against blaspheming enemies and rescue Thine own inheritance, O Christ.

Another, of the Theotokos:

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   We see thee, O immaculate Virgin, as a lily dyed with the purple of the divine Spirit, shining forth in the midst of thorns and filling with sweet fragrance those in truth magnify thee.

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   From thy womb, O all-undefiled One, the Incorruptible took our perishable nature and through His compassion revealed it in himself as imperishable; therefore as the true Theotokos we magnify thee.

Refrain: Most holy Theotokos save us.

   O Sovereign-Lady of all created things, grant unto thy people trophies of victory, placing the adversary in servitude to the Church, so that as the Mother of God we may magnify thee.

The Troparia from the Menaion, then the appointed Katavasia.

The small litany:

Holy is our God ….

Expostilarion (Svetilen).

Note: The Expostilarion is taken from the prescribed Eothinon according to the Resurrection Gospel, however, If the Menaion service is "feasted" the Expostilarion, with the prescribed Theotokion, are taken from the Menaion.

At the Aposticha, Let everything that hast breath. 8 Stichera of the Resurrection, however, if the service from the Menaion is "feasted" sing the first 4 stichera from the Resurrection, and the last 4 from the Menaion.

Resurrection Stichera. Tone IV:

Stichos: To do among them the judgment that is written * This glory shall be to all His saints.

   O all-powerful Lord, * who suffered the Cross and death, * and arose from the dead, * we glorify Thy Holy Resurrection.

Stichos: Praise ye God in His saints, * praise Him in the firmament of His power.

   Upon Thy Cross, O Christ, Thou hast delivered us from the ancient curse, * and by Thy death Thou hast suppressed the devil who tyrannized our nature. * By Thine arising Thou hast filled all things with joy, * wherefore we cry unto Thee: 'O Lord risen from the dead, glory be to Thee!'

Stichos: Praise Him for His mighty acts, * praise Him according to the multitude of His greatness.

   O Christ the Saviour, with Thy Cross, guide us to Thy truth, * and deliver us from the snares of the enemy; * O Thou who art risen from the dead raise us also who have fallen through sin, * by the stretching out of Thy hand, * O Lord, at the behest of the prayers of Thy Saints.

Stichos: Praise Him with the sound of trumpet, * praise Him with the psaltery and harp.

   Without departing from Thy Father's bosom, * through Thy tender compassion, Thou didst descend to earth, * O Only-begotten Word of God, * without change becoming man. * Whilst Thou art impassible in Thy divinity, * Thou didst suffer the Cross and death in the flesh; * and rising from the dead Thou hast granted immortality to race of mankind, * as Thou alone art All-powerful.

Other Stichera, by Anatolios:

Stichos: Praise Him with timbrel and dance, * praise him with strings and flute.

   Thou didst endure death in the flesh * thereby ensuring us of immortality, * and thou didst abide in a tomb, * thereby freeing us from Hades, and raising us up with together with Thyself, * suffering as a man, but rising as God, * wherefore we cry unto Thee the Lover of mankind: * 'O Lord giver of life glory be to Thee.'

Stichos: Praise Him with tuneful cymbals, praise Him with cymbals of jubilation. * Let every breath praise the Lord.

   The rocks were rent asunder, O Saviour, * when Thy Cross was set upon Golgotha; * the gate-keepers of Hades were terrified when Thou wast laid in the sepulchre as dead; * for abolishing the stronghold of death * Thou hast granted incorruption to all the dead by Thy Resurrection, * O Lord and Saviour, * giver of life, glory be to Thee!

Stichos: Arise, O Lord my God, let Thy hands be lifted high; * forget not Thy paupers to the end.

   The women longed to see Thy Resurrection, O Christ God; * Mary Magdalene having come in anticipation found the stone rolled away from the tomb, * with the Angel seated upon it and saying; * 'Why seek ye the living among the dead? * He hath arisen as God, that He may save all things.'

Stichos: I will confess Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart, * I will tell of all Thy wonders.

   Tell us, O Jews, * where is Jesus, whom ye have thought to guard? * Where is He whom you placed in the grave, * sealing it with the stone? * Give back the dead, you who denied life; * give back the buried One or else believe in the Risen One. * Though you keep silent about the Lord's Rising, * the stones cry out, above all the one that was rolled away from the grave. * Great is Thy mercy! * Great the mystery of Thy dispensation! * Our Saviour, glory be to Thee!

Glory ..., The Eothinon of the Resurrection Gospel

Note: If the service from the Menaion is "feasted" the Eothinon is taken from the Menaion, and the Eothinon of the Gospel is read at the end of Matins.

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

   Thou art most blessed, O Virgin Theotokos, * for through Him who took flesh from thee, Hades hath been captured, * Adam recalled, the curse slain, Eve set free, * death put to death, and we have been given life. * Therefore in praise we cry: * Blessed art thou, O Christ our God, who hast been thus well-pleased, glory be to thee.

Then the Great Doxology and after it the Resurrection Troparion:

   Having risen from the tomb, and having burst the bonds of hades, * Thou hast destroyed the sentence of death, O Lord, * delivering all from the snares of the enemy. * Manifesting Thyself to Thine apostles, Thou didst send them forth to preach; * and through them hast granted Thy peace to the world, * O Thou Who alone art plenteous in mercy.

 

AT THE LITURGY

Typika and Beatitudes

1. Through a tree Adam became an exile from Paradise; but through the tree of the Cross the Thief made his home in Paradise, for the former through tasting set aside his Creator's commandment, while the latter, crucified with him, confessed the hidden God, as he cried, ‘Remember me in Thy kingdom’.

2. Thou wast lifted upon the Cross, O Lord, and Thou hast abolished the power of death, and as God Thou hast expunged the record held against us. O only lover of mankind, grant the Thief’s repentance to us also, who serve Thee with faith, O Christ our God, and cry unto Thee, ‘Remember us also in Thy kingdom’.

3. On the Cross Thou didst tear up our record with the lance, and numbered among the dead Thou didst bind the tyrant there, thus delivering all from the bonds of Hades by Thy Resurrection; through which, O Lord who lovest mankind, we have been enlightened and we cry unto Thee, ‘Remember us also in Thy kingdom’.

4. Thou wast crucified and arose from the tomb on the third day as conqueror, and Thou hast raised Adam the first-formed again, O only Immortal, grant me also, O Lord, to turn again to repentance from my whole heart, and ever cry unto Thee with fervent faith, ‘Remember me, O Saviour, in Thy kingdom’.

5. For our sakes the impassible became a man, subject to suffering, and willingly nailed on the Cross He hath raised us with himself; therefore with the Cross we also glorify the Passion and Resurrection, through which we have been refashioned, and through which we are saved, as we cry, ‘Remember us also in Thy kingdom’.

6. Let us the faithful implore him who rose from the dead, despoiled the might of Hades and appeared to the women as He cried 'Rejoice!' free our souls from corruption, as we ever cry unto him in the words of the good Thief, ‘Remember us also in Thy kingdom’.

7. Let us the faithful with one mind vow to glorify the Father and the Son and the All-holy Spirit, Unity of Godhead in three Persons, remaining unconfused, simple, undivided and unapproachable, through which we are delivered from the fire of eternal punishment.

8. O Christ, most merciful Master, we bring Thee Thy Mother, who bore Thee in the flesh without seed and truly remained a Virgin incorrupt after child-birth, to intercede: ever grant pardon of offences to those who cry unto Thee: Remember us also in Thy kingdom.

Resurrection Troparion, Tone IV:

   Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the angel, * and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, * the women disciples of the Lord spake exultantly to the apostles: * 'Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, * granting to the world great mercy'.

Resurrection Kontakion, Tone IV:

   My Saviour and Redeemer * from the grave, as God, * hath raised those born on earth from their chains, * and shattered the gates of Hades; * and as Lord arisen on the third day.

At the Liturgy, the Prokeimenon: (Psalm 103:24, 1) How magnified are Thy works O Lord, * In wisdom hast Thou made them all.

The Stichos: Bless the Lord O my soul, O Lord my God Thou hast been magnified exceedingly.

Alleluia: (Psalm 44:4, 7) Bend Thy bow and proceed prosperously, and be King, because of truth and meekness and righteousness.

TheStichos: Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity.