Triodion

Mode 4. On Friday Morning

On Friday of the First Week at Matins

Menaion - March 6

Memory of the 42 Martyrs of Amorion

   

MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 4.

Verse 1: My spirit rises early in the morning to You, O God, for Your commands are a light upon the earth. [SAAS]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Verse 2: Learn righteousness, you who dwell on the earth. [SAAS]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Verse 3: Jealousy will seize an untaught people; and now fire will devour the adversaries. [SAAS]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Verse 4: Bring more evils on them, O Lord, bring more evils on them, on the glorious of the earth. [SAAS]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

From Horologion - - -

Triadic Hymns

Mode 4.

Like the Cherubim we dare to glorify the unoriginate Father, and You, O Christ God, and Your all-holy Spirit, and we say: Holy, holy, holy are You our God. By the power of Your Cross save us. [SD]

Glory.

Now like the order of Angels in heaven, and the ranks of people on earth, with we offer You a hymn of victory, O good One. Holy, holy, holy are You our God. By the intercessions of the Saints save us. [SD]

Both now.

We mortals dare to offer You the hymn of Your noetic ministers, and we say: Holy, holy, holy are You our God. Through the Theotokos have mercy on us. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 13. There is no litany, but immediately the following:

From Triodion - - -

CHOIR

Kathisma I.

Kathisma I. For the Cross.

Mode 4. Come quickly.

O Savior, the Jewish people had You nailed to a cross, * by which in the early days You called us back to yourself * from the Gentiles, O Christ our God. * Thereupon of Your own will * You, O Lord, stretched Your hands out, * accepting to have Your side pierced * by a lance, [O Master], * in the multitude of Your tender mercies, * as You alone love mankind. [SD]

Verse: Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at the footstool of His feet; for He is holy. [SAAS]

Mode 4. N/M (Come quickly.)

O Christ, the light of our souls, as we now look at Your immaculate Cross and venerate it, we cheerfully shout to You: Glory to You, who were willingly lifted up on it! Glory to You, who through it illumined all of creation. Because of Your Cross, we unceasingly sing hymns to You and glorify You. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Stavrotheotokion.

Mode 4. Come quickly.

Beholding You lifted up upon the tree of the Cross, * Your immaculate Mother grieved, O Word of God, and she said, * lamenting maternally: * You, as the Life of all things, * are with death now conversing, * wishing in Your compassion * to give life unto those who are dead. * This wonder without precedent * baffles me, O my Son. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 20. It would be followed by the short litany.

DEACON

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

For You, O God, are good and love mankind, and to You we offer glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

CHOIR

From Triodion - - -

Kathisma II. From the Triodion.

Mode 2.

By your divine cross you have put to death the passions of my flesh; ⁄ by your passion you have given all men freedom from passions! ⁄ Count me worthy also, Lord, to see your holy resurrection, ⁄⁄ that I may receive your great and abundant mercy! [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Stavrotheotokion.

Mode 2.

Guarded by the precious cross of your Son, ⁄ pure Lady and Theotokos, ⁄ we easily turn away all the assaults of the enemy! ⁄ Therefore we rightly call you blessed, ⁄⁄ for you are the mother of light and the only hope of our souls! [OCA]

There is no reading of an additional Kathisma from the Psalter.

PRIEST

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(To You, O Lord.)

For blessed is your name, and glorified is your kingdom, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

CHOIR

From Triodion - - -

Kathisma III. From the Triodion.

Mode 2.

You are the source and fountain of purity, ⁄ merciful Lord; ⁄ preserve us in the fast. ⁄ Behold us as we fall before you: ⁄ look upon the lifting up of our hands, ⁄ for you stretched out your hands upon the tree ⁄ and were crucified for the sake of all the earth-born ⁄⁄ only Lord of the angelic powers! [OCA]

Glory. Both now. Stavrotheotokion.

Mode 2.

Beholding you, Christ, stretched dead upon the tree, ⁄ your virgin mother cried out with bitter tears: ⁄ my Son, what is this fearful mystery? ⁄ How do you suffer willingly a shameful death upon the cross ⁄⁄ when you give eternal life to all? [OCA]

READER

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Glory. Both now.

Psalm 50 (51).

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my lawlessness and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my lawlessness, and my sin is always before me. Against You only have I sinned and done evil in Your sight; that You may be justified in Your words, and overcome when You are judged. For behold, I was conceived in transgressions, and in sins my mother bore me. Behold, You love truth; You showed me the unknown and secret things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be cleansed; You shall wash me, and I will be made whiter than snow. You shall make me hear joy and gladness; my bones that were humbled shall greatly rejoice. Turn Your face from my sins, and blot out all my transgressions. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your guiding Spirit. I will teach transgressors Your ways, and the ungodly shall turn back to You. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall greatly rejoice in Your righteousness. O Lord, You shall open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. For if You desired sacrifice, I would give it; You will not be pleased with whole burnt offerings. A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, a broken and humbled heart God will not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Your good pleasure to Zion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be built; then You will be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with offerings and whole burnt offerings; then shall they offer young bulls on Your altar. [SAAS]

PRIEST

O God, save your people and bless your inheritance. Look upon your world with mercy and compassion. Raise the Orthodox Christians in glory, and send down upon us your rich mercies, through the intercessions of our most pure Lady the Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary, the power of the precious and life giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, bodiless Powers of heaven, the supplications of the honorable and glorious prophet, and forerunner John the Baptist, the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy Apostles, our Fathers among the Saints, the great hierarchs and ecumenical teachers, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, Athanasios, Cyril, and John the Merciful, patriarchs of Alexandria; Nicholas, bishop of Myra, Spyridon, bishop of Trimythous, Nektarios of Pentapolis, the wonder-workers; the holy, glorious great Martyrs George the Victorious, Demetrios the Myrobletes, Theodore the Teron, and Theodore the General, Menas the Wonderworker, the Hieromartyrs Haralambos and Eleftherios; the holy, glorious, and victorious martyrs; the glorious great Martyr and all-laudable Euphemia; the holy and glorious Martyrs Thecla, Barbara, Anastasia, Katherine, Kyriake, Fotene, Marina, Paraskeve and Irene; of our holy God-bearing Fathers; (local patron saint); the holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, and of all your Saints. We beseech you, only merciful Lord, hear us sinners who pray to you and have mercy on us.

CHOIR

Lord, have mercy. (12)

PRIEST

Through the mercy, compassion, and love of mankind of your only-begotten Son, with whom you are blessed, together with your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

From Menaion - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode i. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

Verse: Let us sing to the Lord, for He is greatly glorified.

The host of Israel traversed the sea on foot, * as if walking over land; * and as they beheld therein * the pursuer Pharaoh drown, they cried, * "Let us sing to God a canticle of victory." [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

Manifesting at the top of the Church of Christ as radiant stars, O glorious Martyrs, you illumine the souls of the faithful, banishing the darkness of falsehood. [un]

Verse: The Lord reigns forever and ever and ever. For Pharaoh's horses went with his chariots and horsemen into the sea. [SAAS]

With bravery of mind you battled with the opposer and brought him down, O most blessed Martyrs; and when you died, you discovered everlasting life together. [un]

Verse: But the children of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea. [SAAS]

Made to radiate with the splendor of your shining brightness and constant competition, you were given to Christ, O Martyrs, and you were added to the multitude of the choir of the Martyrs. [un]

Glory.

O you forty-two renowned Martyrs of the Lord, since you routed ten thousand of the unrighteous, you have been declared worthy of much goodness in the Heavens. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

O exalted holy Virgin, who is the ornamentation from above of the athletes, who gave birth to Christ, Who is attractive in loveliness, entreat Him to make my soul beautiful. [un]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode iii. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

Verse: Holy are You, O Lord, and my spirit praises You.

O Lord my God, there is no one * that is holy as You are, * who exalted the horn of those who are faithful to You, * O good One; and on the rock * of Your confession You established them. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

Standing in the middle of the arena, you did bravely declare with an uninhibited voice the Word of Salvation, Who was made flesh for us, O greatest Theodore of firm heart. [un]

Verse: The Lord went up into the heaven and thundered. The Lord judges the ends of the earth. [SAAS]

Standing in the middle of the arena, you did bravely declare with an uninhibited voice the Word of Salvation, Who was made flesh for us, O greatest Theodore of firm heart. [un]

Verse: He gives strength to our leaders, and He will exalt the horn of His Christ. [SAAS]

Prudently battling for the Faith, and rejecting your flesh, you lowered yourself to the assault of the sword and were sacrificed as a lamb, O Constantine, immitable Martyr. [un]

Glory.

The hour of contention show you to everyone as a faithful friend of God, when you took your mind away from harmful alliance to the flesh, O supreme Theophilos. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

As the cohort of the Forty-two Saints battled, they openly declared you to be the true Mother of God who is above all, who made them mighty by your intercessions. [un]

Heirmos.

O Lord my God, there is no one * that is holy as You are, * who exalted the horn of those who are faithful to You, * O good One; and on the rock * of Your confession You established them. [SD]

Ode 3: Short Litany

DEACON

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

For you are our God, and to you we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

CHOIR

Kathisma.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. N/M (You who were lifted.)

Bravely and with strength in the face of the unrighteousness, and equipped in mind and word against the wicked, you clothed yourselves with the entire armor of our Christ and God. Resolutely grasping faith in hand as a sword for the battle, you placed hope as a shield on your shoulders in war; and as a chest piece, you were clothed with love; because of this, you truly routed the foes in defeat. [un]

Glory. Another.

Mode pl. 4. N/M (By conceiving the wisdom.)

Taken away in captivity and bondage by the cruel enemy and incarcerated for many years, yet kept by devout faith, you were preserved entirely free of harm; and separated from the body through the sword, O Saints, you were truly tied in a love that was inspired by God. Therefore, as luminaries you enlighten the entire world and thereby you shine on all with the grace of the All-holy Spirit, O you most blessed champions. Pray to Christ our God that remission of all their sins may be given to them that with fervency honor your holy memory. [un]

Both now. Stavrotheotokion.

Mode pl. 4. N/M (By conceiving the wisdom.)

As the ewe-lamb saw, suspended on the Cross, the Redeemer and Shepherd and Lamb of God, in lamentation, she cried and mourned and she exclaimed sorrowfully: While the world rejoices on receiving salvation, yet my innards are enflamed as I behold You crucified; which You undertake in Your innards of mercy, O kind and patient Lord, spring without fail and Abyss of all mercy and love. Have compassion, then, and generously grant to Your servants remission of their sins; for they faithfully sing the praises of Your holy passion. [un]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode iv. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

Verse: Glory to Your strength, O Lord.

O Christ, my strength are You, * my God and Lord are You, * the divine congregation, aptly for God, * sings in chorus crying out to Him in purity of mind, * as she celebrates the feast in the Lord. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

By the might of the Holy Spirit you trampled all the power of the enemy devoid of might, O Martyrs, who were put to death and inherited eternal life. [un]

Verse: The Lord God is my strength; He will direct my feet to the end. [SAAS]

Supremely armoring his soul with godly prudence like a courageous young man, Kallistos set out willingly for the blow of the sword and inherited the Heavens. [un]

Verse: He will set me upon high places, so to conquer by His song. [SAAS]

Wonderfully you set your the noetic feet of your mind upon the bedrock of wisdom, O all-blessed Bassoes; and courageously countering your adversaries, you drove them away. [un]

Glory.

Pouring out your blood, you wonderfully forfeited your spirits together to Him who in the wealth of His goodness poured out His own Blood on the Cross for our cause, O all-celebrated Martyrs. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

Understanding that you are a pure Mother, O Maiden, the godly Martyrs, exulting in your glory, inherited the undying gifts in the highest. [un]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode v. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

Verse: O Lord our God, grant us peace.

With Your divine light, O good One, shine * on the souls of those who longingly rise to You early, I supplicate, * so that they may know You the very God, Word of God, * who call them to return from the gloom offences bring. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

You manifested as mystical lanterns radiating on the souls of the righteous with the light of righteousness and dispelling the gloom of foolishness, O most beatific champions of the Lord. [un]

Verse: My spirit rises early in the morning to You, O God, for Your commands are a light upon the earth. [SAAS]

You manifested as mystical lanterns radiating on the souls of the righteous with the light of righteousness and dispelling the gloom of foolishness, O most beatific champions of the Lord. [un]

Verse: Learn righteousness, you who dwell on the earth. [SAAS]

Traveling unhurt through the wide mouths of noetic lions, O Martyrs of the Lord, you became the sweetest food for the Master of all, declared worthy of the joy that is eternal. [un]

Verse: O Lord, Your arm is exalted, but they did not know it. But when they know it, they shall be ashamed. [SAAS]

Intercede for us to God, O you Forty-two Martyrs, so that we may be saved from every distress and the unceasing trials that will happen. [un]

Verse: Jealousy will seize an untaught people; and now fire will devour the adversaries. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

O pure Virgin, I ask you, guide my mind's movement to God, who, being the Way of Life, has made the path smooth for the champions so that they may be led to the Heavens. [un]

(read)

Intermediate Verses of Ode Five.

O Lord our God, grant us peace, for You render everything to us. [SAAS]

O Lord our God, possess us; O Lord, we know no other besides You; we name Your name.

The dead will not see life; neither will physicians raise them. Therefore You brought evils upon them and destroyed them, and took away every male of theirs.

Because of Your fear, O Lord. We have been with child, we have been in pain, and we have given birth. We brought forth the spirit of Your salvation on the earth. [SAAS]

(sung)

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode v. Mode 2. (N/M)

Verse: Bring more evils on them, O Lord, on the glorious of the earth [SAAS]

Seeing the sinfulness that is in me, ⁄ the deceitful enemy urges me on to sin and works with me: ⁄ for he truly rejoices over my perdition. ⁄ But I entreat you, Savior, ⁄ grant me amendment of life that I may destroy him! [OCA]

Verse: O Lord, I remembered You in my hard circumstances. Your chastening to us was a small affliction. [SAAS]

By your cross you have triumphed over the powers of darkness. ⁄ Deliver me from their wickedness, ⁄ for I am fallen into a depth of sin and a pit of iniquity; ⁄ but by your mercy, I hope to be saved. [OCA]

Verse: As a woman with child is in pain and cries out in her pangs, when she draws near the time of her delivery, so we became Your beloved. [SAAS]

You hung dead upon the cross: ⁄ restore life to my soul, deadened through sin, O Christ, ⁄ count me worthy to attain your holy resurrection tn peace, ⁄ obediently fulfilling your commandments. [OCA]

Verse: We shall not fall] but the inhabitants of the world shall fall. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

Pure Maiden, you are a light to me in my infirmity ⁄ and the salvation of my darkened soul; ⁄ save me, O save me, for I perish! ⁄ Clothe me, corrupted by my grievous sins, ⁄ in a garment of incorruption! [OCA]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode v. Mode 2. N/M (With the night being over.)

Verse: The dead shall rise up; and those in the tombs shall arise. Those in the earth shall be glad. [SAAS]

You only are immortal, ⁄ yet accepted to be crucified in the flesh ⁄ at the place of the skull, O Lord, ⁄ giving men immortality and fashioning them anew. [OCA]

Verse: For your dew is a healing for them, but the land of the ungodly shall come to an end. [SAAS]

When the creation saw the outrage of your passion, Lord, ⁄ it was wholly changed, lamenting the murder by your own people. ⁄ But you patiently endured these things to save the whole world! [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

All-holy Trinity, we worship you: ⁄ you are our refuge and our strength. ⁄ We sing your praises in unity of nature: ⁄ send down on us the forgiveness of our sins. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Rejoice, Theotokos, Maiden of many names: ⁄ tabernacle, vessel of manna and table, ⁄ candlestick that bears the light; ⁄ the burning bush, and the mountain overshadowed by God! [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Saying farewell to the world and all that is in it, ⁄ let us now be crucified with Christ; ⁄ let us endure outrage, mockery and other sufferings, ⁄ that we may be glorified in him. [OCA]

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: ⁄ your light has shone upon the world! ⁄ Therefore the ranks of angels sing your praises, ⁄ and they glorify you, O Lord! [OCA]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode vi. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

Verse: Save us, O Lord, like You saved the Prophet Jonah.

Perceiving the open sea of temporal life to rise, * and billow with the surging waves * of temptations, and fleeing for refuge in Your calm port, I cry to You: * Raise my life from corruption, O most merciful Lord. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

Guided by the sail of the Cross, the athletes were kept dry while traversing the ocean of sin; and when they arrived at peaceful shelter, they became guides of the righteous. [un]

Verse: Those who follow vanity and lies forsake their own mercy. [SAAS]

Guided by the sail of the Cross, the athletes were kept dry while traversing the ocean of sin; and when they arrived at peaceful shelter, they became guides of the righteous. [un]

Verse: As much as I vowed, I shall offer up to You, to You, the Lord of Deliverance. [SAAS]

Let us righteously praise the Lord's Martyrs Constantine and the famous Theodore, Kallistos and Bassoes, along with the great Theophilos, and their other companion athletes. [un]

Glory.

As fragrant flowers blossoming mystically in the prairie of the athletes, you have filled the whole Church with spiritual odor and have expelled the rotten stench of falsehood. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

The Mother of God and Maiden supernaturally conceived You against the natural laws, O Christ, who has indeed given the crowns to the Martyrs that righteously competed through faith. [un]

Heirmos.

Perceiving the open sea of temporal life to rise, * and billow with the surging waves * of temptations, and fleeing for refuge in Your calm port, I cry to You: * Raise my life from corruption, O most merciful Lord. [SD]

Ode 6: Short Litany

DEACON

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

For You are the King of peace and the savior of our souls, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

From Triodion - - -

READER

For the Martyrs. Mode 4.

The solemn feast of the medal-winning Martyrs showed that the Church is heaven; and Angels join chorus with people to celebrate. By the entreaties of Your Saints, O Christ our God, save our souls. [SD]

Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On March 6, we commemorate the holy Martyrs who witnessed in Amorion: Theodore, Kallistos, Theophilos, Bassoes, and those with them.

On this day we commemorate our devout fater Arcadios.

On this day we commemorate devout Saint Hesychios the Wonder-worker.

On this day Saint Efphrosynos died when boiling water was poured down his throat.

On this day we commemorate the finding of the precious Cross by blessed St. Helen.

On this day we commemorate the finding of the precious nails.

On this day Saints Julian and Evoulos died by the sword.

By the intercessions of Your saints, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

From Menaion - - -

CHOIR

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode vii. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

Verse: Blessed are You, the God of our fathers.

Once the Angel caused the fiery furnace to emit * dew to refresh the three holy youths. * The Chaldeans were by command of God completely burnt. * And therefore the tyrant was convinced * to cry aloud, "O God of our fathers, blessed are You." [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

After being incarcerated for many years, the Forty-two Martyrs of Christ, who had held to His true statutes, were freed from the prison of the flesh and became our custodians, while living in the Heavens. [un]

Verse: Blessed are You on the throne of Your kingdom, and You are praised and exalted beyond measure unto the ages. [SAAS]

After being incarcerated for many years, the Forty-two Martyrs of Christ, who had held to His true statutes, were freed from the prison of the flesh and became our custodians, while living in the Heavens. [un]

Verse: Blessed are You in the firmament of heaven, for You are praised and glorified unto the ages. [SAAS]

As captives taken away into a far away country, you imitated the three godly Youths who were prisoners in ancient Babylon, O righteous and victorious Martyrs; and therefore you defeated the most hostile adversary. [un]

Glory.

O prudent Saints, by the trickling of your blood, you made the rivers of conceit go dry; and thrown into the currents of the river, you came into the water of life, causing springs of immortality to spurt forth for our sake. [un]

Both now. Theotokion.

You, O pure one, are the tome of a new book having inscribed in you the Word, Who has etched into the Book of Life the divine athletes who conscientiously completed what He has written. [un]

Ode viii.

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

Verse: O you works, to the Lord sing a hymn, and exalt Him beyond measure unto the ages.

You made dew gush from fire for the devout young men, * and with water You burned up the just one's sacrifice. * You accomplish all, O Christ, * simply by willing it. * Unto all the ages supremely we exalt You. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

Beginning the holy race track of the Martyrs, you resolutely manifested your trials, routing the adversary with unyielding defiance. Thus we commend you, O hoplites of Christ. [un]

Verse: Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

Beginning the holy race track of the Martyrs, you resolutely manifested your trials, routing the adversary with unyielding defiance. Thus we commend you, O hoplites of Christ. [un]

Verse: Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord, you heavens of the Lord, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

O athlete Constantine, with strength you endured the empty-headed men who coerced you to detach yourself from the love of Christ; and you were added to the list of Martyrs. [un]

Verse: Bless the Lord, all you waters above the heaven, all you powers of the Lord, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

Like innocent lambs sacrificed with each other, the Forty-two champions with magnificent bravery gladly imitated the eminent sufferings of Him who was sacrificed as though He were a sheep. [un]

Verse: Bless the Lord, you sun and moon, you stars of heaven, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

The holy Archangel appeared to you as a bridegroom, saying to you: Rejoice, O throne of God in fire, pure and unblemished Virgin, anchor of the champions who confessed God incarnate. [un]

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Intermediate Verses of Ode Eight.

Bless the Lord, every shower and dew, all you winds, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

Bless the Lord, you fire and heat, you winter cold and summer heat, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages.

Bless the Lord, you dews and snows, you frost and cold, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages.

Bless the Lord, you hoarfrosts and snows, you lightning and clouds, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages.

Bless the Lord, you light and darkness, you night and day, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages.

Bless the Lord, you earth, you mountains and hills, and all you things growing on the earth, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages.

Bless the Lord, you springs, you seas and rivers, you sea-monsters and everything that moves in the waters, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

(sung)

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode 2. N/M (When God went down.)

Verse: Bless the Lord, all you birds of heaven, all ou wild animals and cattle, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

In your compassion you humbled yourself, and were lifted on the cross, ⁄ raising up with yourself ⁄ the one who had fallen of old through eating from the tree. ⁄ Therefore you are glorified, Lord, alone greatest in love, ⁄ and we sing your praises for ever! [OCA]

Verse: Bless the Lord, O children of men. Bless the Lord, O Israel, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

I have fallen into the heavy sleep of sin through heedlessness, ⁄ but, my Christ, who for my sake fell asleep on the cross, ⁄ awaken me, that the night of death not come on me. [OCA]

Verse: Bless the Lord, O priests of the Lord, O servants of the Lord, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

Blinded by sensual pleasures, ⁄ I bear within me a darkened soul, ⁄ and the crafty enemy laughs when he sees me. ⁄ But give me light, O Christ, and deliver me forever from his malice. [OCA]

Verse: Bless the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, O holy ones and humble in heart, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

Theotokion.

I have wasted my life in carelessness, ⁄ and my soul is heavy with the drowsiness of sin. ⁄ I fly to your unsleeping intercession, all-pure Virgin: ⁄ do not let me slumber in the sleep of death! [OCA]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode viii. Mode 2. N/M (Within the bush.)

Verse: Bless the Lord, O Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

Crowned with thorns, O Christ, and clothed in a scarlet robe, ⁄ you shone with glory, ⁄ surpassing in beauty ail the sons of men. [OCA]

Verse: Bless the Lord, O Apostles, Prophets, and Martyrs, and exalt Him beyond measure, unto all the ages. [SAAS]

You drank gall and vinegar, ⁄ and from your divine side ⁄ poured a double stream of life and incorruption ⁄ to those who praise and glorify you in faith forever. [OCA]

Verse: We bless the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; we sing a hymn to Him and exalt Him beyond measure unto the ages. [SAAS]

For the Trinity.

O Godhead, one in Trinity, ⁄ undivided in nature yet divided in persons, ⁄ power that shall never be destroyed, ⁄ Father, Son and Spirit, ⁄ we sing your praises forever! [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Pure Mother of God, ⁄ gate of heaven and door of salvation, ⁄ accept the prayer of all Christians ⁄ who call you blessed forever. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Cross, the sceptre of Christ and strength of the church, ⁄ the victory of kings and guardian of Christians! ⁄ You are my light, and my boast forever. [OCA]

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

Let us praise him, who of old in the burning bush ⁄ prefigured the miracle of the Virgin to Moses on Sinai: ⁄ let us bless and exalt him above all forever! [OCA]

DEACON

Let us honor and magnify in song the Theotokos and the Mother of the light.

CHOIR

Ode ix.

Megalynarion. Mode pl. 2.

Verse: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

From Menaion - - -

Canon for the Martyrs.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 2. Heirmos.

For man to see God it is impossible, * for even the angelic armies dare not to gaze on Him. * But through you, O all-pure Maid, the Logos appeared incarnate unto mortals.* Him do we magnify, * and together with the hosts of heaven we pronounce you blest. [SD]

Troparia.

Saints of God, intercede for us.

You are declared worthy to look upon the Lord, Who bestowed upon you the eternal crown of glory. O Constantine, Bassoes, Theodore, right-minded Kallistos, and blessed Theophilos, joined with the others of your cohorts, forever pray on our behalf. [un]

Verse: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people. [RSV]

As the light, as the morning, as a great sun, the remembrance of the champions radiated today, causing the souls of the faithful to radiate. As we rejoice in it, let us commend them that glorified Christ the Redeemer in their bodies. [un]

Verse: And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David. [RSV]

A platoon of Martyrs, a holy cohort of forty-two athletes has by grace been added to numbers of the tens of thousands of Angels; and they now supplicate that the remission of transgressions be given to us in the span of the Fast of forty days. [un]

Verse: As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old. That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us. [RSV]

O all-blessed Martyrs, the earth took in your blood, and the river joined your incapacitated bodies to your heads thrown into it, as the holy radiance of a stronger power manifested itself from on high and proceeded ahead. [un]

Verse: To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant. [RSV]

Theotokion.

O most grace-bestowed one of God, you carrier of the Light, illumine my heart with your radiant brightness, dispersing the clouds of laxity and dispelling the murkiness of iniquity, O you who gave birth to God who is without sin. [un]

From Triodion - - -

Canon 1 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode 2. N/M (Lady, from your virginal belly.)

Verse: The oath which he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, be[ing] delivered from the hand of our enemies. [RSV]

Hateful thoughts have covered my soul with leprosy: ⁄ cleanse it, word of God, with the sprinkling of your blood. ⁄ Christ, for my sake you have suffered shameful crucifixion: ⁄ make me a partaker in your glory. [OCA]

Verse: [That we] might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life. [RSV]

I am bowed down to the earth, O Christ, ⁄ by the burden of my sinful deeds, ⁄ and in dark discouragement I cry to you, lover of mankind: ⁄ by your precious blood heal the incurable wounds of my soul ⁄ that I may sing the praises of your divinity. [OCA]

Verse: And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways. [RSV]

I have made iniquity my food and heedlessness my drink, ⁄ and I continue without any change. ⁄ I take pleasure in abstaining from food to no purpose, ⁄ for such is not the fast the Lord has chosen. [OCA]

Verse: To give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God. [RSV]

Theotokion.

You have destroyed the sentence of condemnation ⁄ passed upon mankind of old; ⁄ you are the restoration of our first mother eve, ⁄ the cause of our reconciliation to God, our bridge to the creator! ⁄ We magnify you, Theotokos! [OCA]

Canon 2 from the Triodion.

Ode ix. Mode 2. (N/M)

Verse: When the day shall dawn upon us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. [RSV]

The creation quaked when you were crucified upon the tree! ⁄ As God, in your tender mercy ⁄ you have suffered in the flesh for our salvation. [OCA]

Verse: To guide our feet into the way of peace. [RSV]

Great is the might of your cross, Lord, ⁄ for signing ourselves with it ⁄ we drive away at once the power of the demons. [OCA]

Glory. For the Trinity.

Unity of three co-equal persons, ⁄ undivided Trinity, sovereign nature, ⁄ Father, Son and divine Spirit, save us all. [OCA]

Both now. Theotokion.

Rejoice, Theotokos, the mercy-seat of the world! ⁄ We sinners, ever fleeing to you for refuge ⁄ gain reconciliation with God. [OCA]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

By the divine power of your cross, Lord, ⁄ give me the strength to offer to you ⁄ this time of pure and blameless fasting. [OCA]

Heirmos (not metered). Mode 2.

Pure and undefiled Virgin Mother, ⁄ in faith and true devotion ⁄ we magnify you in song as the Theotokos! [OCA]

It is truly right to bless you, Theotokos, ever blessed, most pure, and Mother of our God. Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify.

DEACON

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

For all the powers of heaven praise You and give You glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

From Horologion - - -

CHOIR

Photagogic Hymns

Mode 4.

O Lord, who cause the light to rise on Your world, purify from every sin my soul, which is in the darkness; by the power of Your Cross, and save me. [SD]

O Lord, who cause the light to rise on Your world, purify from every sin my soul, which is in the darkness; by the intercessions of the Saints, and save me. [SD]

O Lord, who cause the light to rise on Your world, purify from every sin my soul, which is in the darkness; by the intercessions of the Theotokos, and save me. [SD]

READER

Lauds. (read)

Psalm 148.

Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the highest. Praise Him, all you His angels; praise Him, all you His hosts. Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars and light. Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens. Let them praise the Lord's name, for He spoke, and they were made; He commanded, and they were created. He established them forever and unto ages of ages; He set forth His ordinance, and it shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, you dragons and all the deeps, Fire and hail, snow and ice, stormy wind, which perform His word, mountains and all the hills, fruitful trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds, kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth, young men and maidens, elders with younger, let them praise the Lord's name, for His name alone is exalted; His thanksgiving is in earth and heaven. And He shall exalt the horn of His people, a hymn for all His saints, for the children of Israel, a people who draw near to Him. [SAAS]

Psalm 149.

Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of His holy ones. Let Israel be glad in Him who made him, and let the children of Zion greatly rejoice in their King. Let them praise His name with dance; with tambourine and harp let them sing to Him; for the Lord is pleased with His people, and He shall exalt the gentle with salvation. The holy ones shall boast in glory, and they shall greatly rejoice on their beds; the high praise of God shall be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand, to deal retribution to the nations, reproving among the peoples, to shackle their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, to fulfill among them the written judgment: This glory have all His holy ones. [SAAS]

Psalm 150.

Praise God in His saints; praise Him in the firmament of His power; praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness. Praise Him with the sound of a trumpet; praise Him with the harp and lyre; praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and flute; praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with triumphant cymbals; let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Alleluia. [SAAS]

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Doxology (read)

To you belongs glory, O Lord our God, and to you we send up glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men. We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you, and we thank you, for your great glory. Lord, King, Heavenly God, Father Almighty; only-begotten Son, Lord Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. Lord God, the Lamb of God, the Son of the Father, who take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, you who take away the sins of the world. Accept our supplication, you who sit at the right of the Father, and have mercy on us. For you are the only Holy One, you are the only Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. Every day I shall bless you, and I shall praise your name forever, and unto the ages of ages. Lord, you have become for us a refuge from generation to generation. I have said: Lord, have mercy on me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against you. Lord, to you I have fled; teach me to do your will, for you are my God. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we shall see light. Extend your mercy to those who know you. Grant, O Lord, that in this day we may be kept without sin. Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our Fathers, and praised and glorified is your name unto the ages. Amen. Let your mercy, Lord, come upon us, just as we have hoped in you. Blessed are you, O Lord, teach me your commandments. Blessed are you, O Master, make me understand your commandments. Blessed are you, O Holy One, enlighten me with your commandments. Lord, your mercy remains forever, do not turn away from the works of your hands. To you belongs praise, to you belongs a hymn, to you belongs glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

DEACON

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

(Lord, have mercy.)

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

(Lord, have mercy.)

That the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask the Lord.

(Grant this, O Lord.)

For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask the Lord.

(Grant this, O Lord.)

For pardon and remission of our sins and transgressions, let us ask the Lord.

(Grant this, O Lord.)

For that which is good and beneficial for our souls, and for peace for the world, let us ask the Lord.

(Grant this, O Lord.)

That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us ask the Lord.

(Grant this, O Lord.)

And let us ask for a Christian end to our life, peaceful, without shame and suffering, and for a good defense before the awesome judgment seat of Christ.

(Grant this, O Lord.)

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST

For You are the God of mercy and compassion and love for mankind, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

(Amen.)

PRIEST

Peace be with all.

(And with your spirit.)

DEACON

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

(To You, O Lord.)

PRIEST (in a low voice)

Holy Lord, dwelling on high and beholding things below and, with your eye that observes all, keeping watch over the whole creation, to you we have bowed the neck of our soul and body, and we beseech you, O Holy of Holies: Stretch forth your invisible hand from your holy dwelling and bless us all. And, as you are good and love humankind, pardon us if we have sinned in anything, voluntarily or involuntarily, granting us your blessings both of this world and of the world above.

PRIEST

For Yours it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to ages of ages.

(Amen.)

CHOIR

Aposticha. From the Triodion.

From Triodion - - -

Idiomelon. Mode pl. 4.

Let us receive the proclamation of lent with joy! ⁄ For if our forefather adam had kept the fast, ⁄ we would not have been deprived of paradise. ⁄ The fruit which killed us was beautiful to see and good to eat, ⁄ so let us not be fooled by our eyes, ⁄ for after food is eaten, it is worthless. ⁄ Let us flee from intemperance, ⁄ so that we may not be conquered by passions after having our fill. ⁄ Let us sign ourselves with the blood of the one ⁄ who, for our sake, was voluntarily led to death, ⁄ so that the destroyer might not touch us. ⁄ So we will partake of the sacred pascha of Christ ⁄⁄ for the salvation of our souls. [OCA]

Verse: I lift my eyes to You, who dwell in heaven. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hands of their masters, as the eyes of the maidservant look to the hands of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God until He shall have compassion on us. [SAAS]

Let us receive the proclamation of lent with joy! ⁄ For if our forefather adam had kept the fast, ⁄ we would not have been deprived of paradise. ⁄ The fruit which killed us was beautiful to see and good to eat, ⁄ so let us not be fooled by our eyes, ⁄ for after food is eaten, it is worthless. ⁄ Let us flee from intemperance, ⁄ so that we may not be conquered by passions after having our fill. ⁄ Let us sign ourselves with the blood of the one ⁄ who, for our sake, was voluntarily led to death, ⁄ so that the destroyer might not touch us. ⁄ So we will partake of the sacred pascha of Christ ⁄⁄ for the salvation of our souls. [OCA]

For the Martyrs.

Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

Verse: Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us, for we are greatly filled with contempt; our soul is greatly filled with it. We are a disgrace to those who prosper, and a contempt to the arrogant. [SAAS]

What are we to call you, O holy ones? * Cherubim, inasmuch as Christ has found repose in you. * Seraphim, for without ceasing you were glorifying Him. * Or Angels, from the body you had turned away. * Or Powers, you are active doing miracles. * Your names are many, and greater are * the spiritual gifts that you received. * So intercede, we entreat you, that our souls be saved. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Stavrotheotokion.

Mode pl. 4. What a paradoxal.

As all creation was witnessing * You, Savior, crucified, * it was struck with astonishment. * It reacted violently, * and the earth quaked, unable to bear * that You should suffer unjustly, O good Lord. * Also, Your pure Virgin Mother cried aloud * tearfully, "Woe is me! * O my sweetest Son, what is this that I see? * What is this sensational and shocking spectacle?" [SD]

PRIEST

It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing to Your name, O Most High, to proclaim Your mercy in the morning and Your truth at night. [SAAS]

READER

Trisagion Prayers.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3)

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for your name's sake.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

PRIEST

For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

READER

Standing in your glorious church, O Theotokos, we think we are standing in heaven. O heavenly Gate, open to us the door of your mercy.

Lord, have mercy. (40)

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify.

In the name of the Lord, Father, bless!

PRIEST

Blessed are You, Christ our God, always now and forever and to the ages of ages.

(Amen.)

O heavenly King, uphold our rulers, strengthen the Faith, calm the nations, give peace to the world. Protect this holy Church (or, Monastery); grant our departed fathers and brethren that they may dwell with the righteous, and accept us in repentance and confession; for You are good and love mankind.

(Amen.)

Prayer of St. Ephraim

O Lord and Master of my life, do not permit the spirit of laziness and meddling, the lust for power and idle talk to come into me.

Instead, grant me, your servant, the spirit of prudence, humility, patience and love.

Yes, Lord and King, give me the power to see my own faults and not to judge my brother.

For you are blessed unto the ages of ages. Amen. [HC]

Then we begin the First Hour, saying: "Come let us worship..."

or:

READER

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (3) Father, bless!

Dismissal

PRIEST

May Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-pure and all-immaculate holy Mother, the power of the precious and life-giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, bodiless powers of heaven, the supplications of the honorable, glorious prophet and forerunner John the Baptist, of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy apostles, of the holy, glorious, and triumphant martyrs, of our righteous and God-bearing fathers, (local patron saint); of the holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and loves mankind.

Conclusion, i.e. "Through the prayers..."

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us [and save us].

(Amen.)