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Pentecostarion

Leave-taking of Ascension

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 4.

God is the Lord, and He revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. [SAAS]

Verse 1: Give thanks to the Lord and call upon His holy name.

or: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever.

Verse 2: All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I defended myself against them.

Verse 3: And this came about from the Lord, and it is wonderful in our eyes.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Apolytikion of the Feast.

Mode 4.

You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, after You filled the Disciples with joy, by promising to send them the Holy Spirit, and You blessed them and established their faith, that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world. (3) [SD]

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 Yours is the dominion, and Yours 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.)

CHOIR

Kathisma I.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 1. The stone had been secured.

The Angels were amazed at the strangeness of Your ascent, * and the Disciples gazed in awe as You were lifted up, O Savior. * In glory You ascended as God, * and eternal gates were lifted up for You. * Therefore the powers of heaven were astonished and cried aloud, * "Glory, to You, O Lord, for Your descent! * Glory to Your kingdom! * Glory to Your Ascension, only One who loves mankind." [SD]

Glory. Both now. Repeat.

The Angels were amazed at the strangeness of Your ascent, * and the Disciples gazed in awe as You were lifted up, O Savior. * In glory You ascended as God, * and eternal gates were lifted up for You. * Therefore the powers of heaven were astonished and cried aloud, * "Glory, to You, O Lord, for Your descent! * Glory to Your kingdom! * Glory to Your Ascension, only One who loves mankind." [SD]

Kathisma II.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 3. Seeing how beautiful.

The un-originate and pre-eternal God, * having in mystical manner now deified * the human nature He assumed, has on this day ascended. * As He was proceeding up * into heaven with glory great, * Angels who had run ahead * pointed Him out to the Apostles; * and worshiping before Him, they cried aloud, * "Glory to You, O God, who has ascended." [SD]

Glory. Both now. Repeat.

The un-originate and pre-eternal God, * having in mystical manner now deified * the human nature He assumed, has on this day ascended. * As He was proceeding up * into heaven with glory great, * Angels who had run ahead * pointed Him out to the Apostles; * and worshiping before Him, they cried aloud, * "Glory to You, O God, who has ascended." [SD]

READER

Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one. Your Cross, O Christ, we venerate, and Your holy Resurrection we praise and glorify. For You are our God; apart from You we know no other; we call upon Your name. Come, all faithful, let us venerate the holy Resurrection of Christ; for behold, through the Cross, joy has come to the whole world. Ever blessing the Lord, let us praise His Resurrection; for having endured the Cross for us, He destroyed death by death. [GOA]

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]

Ode 1: Pentecostarion: Canon-1

From Pentecostarion - - -

CHOIR

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Ode i. Mode pl. 1. Heirmos.

To our Savior and God * who led the people of old * across the Red Sea with unwetted feet, * and who submerged thereunder Pharaoh and his forces all, * to Him only let us sing, for He is glorified. (2) [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

All you peoples, let us sing * a song of victory to Christ * who on the shoulders of the Cherubim * was taken up with glory, and seated us with himself * at the right hand of the Father, for He is glorified. [SD]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

When they beheld in the heights * with His flesh Christ himself * the Mediator between God and men, * the hosts of Angels were astounded, and with one accord * they sang unto Him a hymn a victory. [SD]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Unto God who appeared * upon Mount Sinai and gave * the law to Moses the seer of God * and who ascended from the Mount of Olives in the flesh, * to Him only let us sing, for He is glorified. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

O spotless Mother of God, * without ceasing intercede * with Him who from you was incarnated * and who did not depart from the Begetter's bosom, as God, * to save those whom He fashioned from all calamity. [SD]

Ode 1: Pentecostarion: Canon-2

Canon 2 of the Feast.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 4. I open my mouth.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Immortal by nature, You rose on the third day and then appeared * unto the Eleven and to the Disciples all, * and You then returned, O Christ, unto the Father, * riding on a cloud, O You who are the Maker of all. [SD]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Divinely inspired David in his Psalm cries explicitly: * The Lord has gone up into the heavenly abodes * with a shout of joy and the blast of a trumpet, * and thus He attained unto the Father and Source of light. [SD]

Glory.

O Lord, by Your suffering and resurrection You made the world * new again; for due to many sins it had grown old. * You were taken up thereafter into heaven, * transported upon a cloud. Glory to Your glory. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O all-spotless Lady, you have given birth to the Lord of all * who deigned for our sakes to suffer voluntarily, * and who after this ascended to His Father * from whom He had never left, though He had taken flesh. [SD]

Ode 1: Katavasia

Ode i. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Having been concealed in divine darkness, Moses, * slow of tongue, declared the Law that God had written. * For shaking off impurity from his mind's eye, * he sees the One who is, being an initiate * of the Spirit's knowledge, lauding with songs inspired. [SD]

Ode 3: Pentecostarion: Canon-1

From Pentecostarion - - -

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Ode iii. Mode pl. 1. Heirmos.

By the power of Your Cross, O Christ, * firmly establish my intelligence, * so that with hymns I may glorify * Your Ascension that has saved us all. [SD]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

You ascended to the Father, O Christ * Giver of life, and did exalt our race, * in Your ineffable compassion, * O Lover of humanity. [SD]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The orders of the Angels beheld * our mortal nature going up with You. * And being struck with astonishment, * they extolled You as the Savior of all. [SD]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The choirs of the Angels were amazed * as they beheld You being bodily * taken up, O Messiah, * and they lauded Your ascension, O Lord. [SD]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

O Christ, our human nature that fell * into corruption You resurrected. * By Your ascension You exalted it * and You glorified us with thyself. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

O pure one, do unceasingly entreat * the One who came forth from your virgin womb, * that those who praise you as the Mother of God * be delivered from the Devil's deceit. [SD]

Ode 3: Pentecostarion: Canon-2

Canon 2 of the Feast.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 4. Establish your servants.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

"Behold, Christ the Lord and King of glory * is coming, now that He has put on * a body which was made of earth. * So take away your heavenly gates." * Thus spoke to their superiors the lower ranks of angelic hosts. [SD]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

O Christ, having sought and finding Adam * deceived by the guile of the snake, * You put him on yourself and then * as such did You ascend and sit * at Your coequal Father's right, * while angels praised and exalted You. [SD]

Glory.

Today earth keeps festival and dances, * and heaven rejoices now as well * at the ascension of the Lord * and Maker of creation all. * For though they were divided, He * clearly unites them as He so willed. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Maid, who gave birth to death's destroyer, * the one and only immortal God, * O Virgin Mother wholly pure, * ever entreat Him earnestly * to mortify the passions that * are killing me, and to save my soul. [SD]

Ode 3: Katavasia

Ode iii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

By itself the prayer of the Prophetess Anna * broke the fetters of her womb that made her childless, * and the harsh derision of the one with many children, * of old when she brought a broken spirit * to the God of knowledge and only Sovereign. [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.)

Mid-Ode Kathisma or Hypakoe

CHOIR

Kathisma.

From Pentecostarion - - -

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

Mounted on the clouds of heaven, leaving behind your peace to those on earth, you went up and sat down on the Father's right hand, as consubstantial with him and the Holy Spirit; for you appeared in the flesh, yet remained unchanged; therefore you await the final consummation, when you are coming on earth to judge the whole world. O Lord, just judge, spare our souls and grant forgiveness of offences, as God who has mercy on your servants. [EL]

Ode 4: Pentecostarion: Canon-1

From Pentecostarion - - -

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Ode iv. Mode pl. 1. Heirmos (not metered).

I have heard, Lord, the report of the might of your Cross, how Paradise was opened through it, and I cried out: Glory to your power, O Lord. (2) [EL]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

You were taken up in glory, King of the Angels, to send us the Advocate from the Father. And so we cry out: Glory, O Christ, to your Assumption! [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

As the Saviour had ascended to the Father with his flesh, the hosts of Angels were struck with amazement, and cried out: Glory, O Christ, to your Assumption! [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The angelic Powers cried out to those above: Lift up the gates for Christ, our King; whose praise we sing, together with the Father and the Spirit. [EL]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

The Virgin gave birth, and did not know a mother's pangs; but Mother she is, while Virgin she remained. Singing her praise we cry: Hail, Mother of God! [EL]

Ode 4: Pentecostarion: Canon-2

Canon 2 of the Feast.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 4. The One enthroned in glory. (NM)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Jesus the Giver of life, taking those he loved, ascended the mount of Olives and blessed them and, riding on a cloud, he came to the Father's bosom, which he had never left. [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The whole world, visible and invisible, keeps the feast with gladness; Angels and humans leap for joy as they glorify without ceasing the Assumption of the One who by his goodness was united to us in the flesh. [EL]

Glory.

Having abolished the might of death as immortal Lord, you granted immortality to all, O Lover of humankind, and you were taken up in glory, as your revered Disciples watched you, Jesu all-powerful. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

Blessed has your womb become, All-blameless Lady, for you were found worthy to contain beyond explanation the One who marvellously emptied the belly of Hell. Implore him to save us who sing your praise. [EL]

Ode 4: Katavasia

Ode iv. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Monarch of monarchs, the only from the only, * Logos who came forth from the uncaused Father, * as Benefactor You sent out Your unerring, * equipotent Spirit unto the Apostles, * as they sing, Glory be unto Your might, O Lord. [SD]

Ode 5: Pentecostarion: Canon-1

From Pentecostarion - - -

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Ode v. Mode pl. 1. Heirmos (not metered).

Rising at dawn, we cry to you, O Lord: Save us; for you are our God; we know no other but you. (2) [EL]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

When you had filled the universe with gladness, merciful Lord, you took your place with your flesh among the powers on high. [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The angelic powers, as they saw you being lifted up, cried out: Lift up the gates for our King! [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Apostles, as the saw the Saviour being raised up, cried out with fear: Glory to you, our King! [EL]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Mother of God, we praise you as Virgin after childbirth; for you bore for the world God the Word in flesh. [EL]

Ode 5: Pentecostarion: Canon-2

Canon 2 of the Feast.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 4. The universe was amazed. (NM)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

When you had slain death by your death, Lord, you took those whom you loved and ascended the holy mount of Olives, and from there you hastened back to your Begetter, O Christ, riding on a cloud. [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Strange was your Birth, strange your Resurrection, strange and fearful your divine Assumption from the mount, O Giver of life, of which Elias was an icon when he went up in a four-horse chariot, singing your praise, O Lover of humankind. [EL]

Glory.

Angels spoke to the Apostles as they watched: Men of Galilee, why are you amazed at the Assumption of Christ the Giver of life? He will come again to earth to judge the whole world, as most just Judge. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

O Mother of God, Christ, who kept you a virgin after His birth without corruption, goes up to the Father, from whom He never departed, even though from you He took flesh, endowed with mind and soul, in His ineffable mercy. [EL]

Ode 5: Katavasia

Ode v. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Receive now the fire-breathing dew of the Spirit, * redemptive purgation of all your offences, * O children of the Church having been illumined; * for now a law has gone forth out of Zion, * namely the tongued and fiery grace of the Spirit. [SD]

Ode 6: Pentecostarion: Canon-1

From Pentecostarion - - -

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Ode vi. Mode pl. 1. Heirmos (not metered).

The deep closed round me, the whale became my burial; but I cried out to you, Lover of humankind, and your right hand saved me, O Lord. (2) [EL]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

On seeing the Creator lifted up on high today, the Apostles leaped for joy in hope of the Spirit, and in fear they cried: Glory to your ascent! [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Angels came and cried out, O Christ, to your Disciples: In the way that you have seen Christ going up, he will come in the flesh as just Judge of all. [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

As the heavenly powers saw you, our Saviour, lifted up to the heights with your body, they cried out, saying: Great, Master, is your love for humankind. [EL]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

As Bush unburned, mountain, living ladder and heavenly gate, fittingly we glorify you, glorious Mary, boast of the orthodox. [EL]

Ode 6: Pentecostarion: Canon-2

Canon 2 of the Feast.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 4. Come godly-minded people. (NM)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Let the clouds rain down for us eternal gladness from above; for Christ, riding on a cloud as on the Cherubim, today ascends to his Father. [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Appearing in the likeness of flesh, you brought together in one things that were formerly separated, O Lover of humankind; and as your Disciples watched you, O Merciful, you were taken up to the heavenly places. [EL]

Glory.

Why are the garments red of the One who was united to the solidity of flesh? said the holy Angels, as they saw Christ bearing the divine marks of his precious passion. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

Pure Maiden, we hymn your conceiving, we hymn your ineffable giving birth, through which we have been delivered from the destruction, the wickedness and the gloomy incarceration of Hell. [EL]

Ode 6: Katavasia

Ode vi. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Master Christ, as expiation and salvation, * unto us You shone forth from the holy Virgin, * so as to snatch from corruption the entire * fallen race of Adam, as once You did Jonah * the Prophet of old from the chest of the sea beast. [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.)

Principal Kontakion and Synaxarion

READER

Kontakion.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode pl. 2. Automelon.

When You had fulfilled the dispensation for our sake, * and united things on earth with the things in heaven, * You were taken up thither in glory, O Christ our God, * going not away from any place, * but continuing inseparable, * and to them that love You crying out: * "I am with you, and there is, therefore, none against you." [SD]

Oikos.

Leaving things of earth upon the earth; consigning things of ash unto the mound; come, let us rouse ourselves, lift up eyes and thoughts, and to the heights ascend. Let our faces and our senses, mortals, likewise look to heaven's gates. Imagine us upon the mount called Olivet to gaze upon the Redeemer riding on a cloud. From there, the Lord went straightaway to the heavens. There, the Liberal One distributes gifts to His Apostles: as a father calling them, confirming them; directing them as sons; saying to them, "I do not part from you. I am with you, and there is, therefore, none against you." [GKD]

Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On June 5 we commemorate the holy Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre.

On this day we also commemorate the fearful threat and force of barbarian attack, which the merciful Lord brought upon us in His love for man, when we were justly to be taken away by them and handed over to slaughter by sword, and from which in His tender mercy He delivered us in a manner beyond all hope.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Ten Martyrs of Egypt: Marcian, Nicander, Hyperechios, Apollo, Leonidas, Arius, Gorgios, Selenios, Irene, and Pambo.

The holy Martyr Christopher of Rome died by the sword.

The holy Martyr Conon of Rome died when he was thrown into the sea.

The Holy New-Martyr Mark, who struggled ascetically in Chios, died by the sword.

By their holy intercessions, Christ God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Ode 7: Pentecostarion: Canon-1

From Pentecostarion - - -

CHOIR

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Ode vii. Mode pl. 1. Heirmos (not metered).

You saved the Youths who sang your praise in the furnace of fire; blessed are you, the God of our fathers. [EL]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

You were taken up on a cloud of light and saved the world; blessed are you the God of our fathers. [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Lifting up on your shoulders the nature which had been led astray, O Christ, you were taken up and brought it to God the Father. [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

You ascended in the flesh to the bodiless Father; blessed are you the God of our fathers. [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Lifting up our nature which had been slain by sin, O Saviour, you brought it to your own Father. [EL]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

You were born from a Virgin, whom you made Mother of God; blessed are you the God of our fathers. [EL]

Ode 7: Pentecostarion: Canon-2

Canon 2 of the Feast.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 4. The godlike Youths. (NM)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

A cloud of light received you, Lord, who are light, as you were being taken up beyond understanding from earth; and heavenly multitudes with the Apostles praised you, saying, 'O God, blessed are you'. [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Let us all gladly clap our hands at Christ's Assumption, and let us shout with joy, 'The Lord has gone up with the sound of the trumpet and, as equal in majesty with the Father, taken his seat on his right hand to the ages'. [EL]

Glory.

Great Moses of old chanted and cried out: Let the Angels of heaven worship Christ as he ascends as King of all. To him we cry, 'Lord and God of our Fathers, blessed are you'. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

O marvellous wonders! How did you, O full of God's grace, contain the uncontainable God, who made himself poor according to the flesh, and today with great glory has been taken up to heavenly places and given life to humankind. [EL]

Ode 7: Katavasia

Ode vii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

The combined sound of the instruments demanded * everyone to worship the gold, lifeless image. * But the Holy Spirit's grace, which is light-bearing, * incites to shout with awe, "Only equipotent, * unoriginate Trinity, You are blessed." [SD]

Ode 8: Pentecostarion: Canon-1

From Pentecostarion - - -

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Ode viii. Mode pl. 1. Heirmos (not metered).

The Son and God, begotten of the Father before the ages, and incarnate in the last times of a Virgin Mother, you priests praise, people highly exalt to all the ages. (2) [EL]

Troparia.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Christ, the giver of life, who rose in his two natures with glory to heaven and is now seated with the Father, you priests praise, you people highly exalt to all the ages. [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Saviour, who redeemed creation from the slavery of idols and set it free before your own Father, we praise you and highly exalt you to all the ages. [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The One who by his descent threw down the opponent and by his ascent exalted humankind, you priests praise, you people highly exalt to all the ages. [EL]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

You were revealed, pure Mother of God, as higher than the Cherubim, for you carried in your womb the One who rides upon them; whom with the bodiless powers we mortals glorify to all the ages. [EL]

Ode 8: Pentecostarion: Canon-2

Canon 2 of the Feast.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 4. The Offspring of the Mother of God. (NM)

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The Intelligences appeared to the Apostles at the Assumption and said, 'Why do you stand gazing and amazed? He who is ascending into heaven will also come again to judge humankind on earth, for he alone is judge'. [EL]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Let us give majesty to God; let us cry aloud with one accord; let us sing; let us dance and let us clap our hands. Our God has gone up from earth to heaven, as Angels and Archangels sing his praise as Master and Maker of all things. [EL]

Glory.

Our nature, which of old had fallen, has been raised above the Angels and beyond understanding established on God's throne. Come, let us keep festival and let us cry out, 'You his works, praise the Lord, and highly exalt him to all the ages'. [EL]

Both now. Theotokion.

See, Mother of God, your Son, having despoiled death by his Cross, rose on the third day, and having shown himself to his Disciples he has hastened to the heavenly places; as we worship you with him, we give praise and glory to all the ages. [EL]

Ode 8: Katavasia

Ode viii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Once the triple radiant type of the Godhead * loosed the bonds and bedewed the flame in the furnace. * The three young men then sang praises; and together * with all created nature they blessed the only * Savior and Maker of all as Benefactor. [SD]

Kontakia and Synaxarion

READER

Kontakion.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode pl. 2. Automelon.

When You had fulfilled the dispensation for our sake, * and united things on earth with the things in heaven, * You were taken up thither in glory, O Christ our God, * going not away from any place, * but continuing inseparable, * and to them that love You crying out: * "I am with you, and there is, therefore, none against you." [SD]

Oikos.

Leaving things of earth upon the earth; consigning things of ash unto the mound; come, let us rouse ourselves, lift up eyes and thoughts, and to the heights ascend. Let our faces and our senses, mortals, likewise look to heaven's gates. Imagine us upon the mount called Olivet to gaze upon the Redeemer riding on a cloud. From there, the Lord went straightaway to the heavens. There, the Liberal One distributes gifts to His Apostles: as a father calling them, confirming them; directing them as sons; saying to them, "I do not part from you. I am with you, and there is, therefore, none against you." [GKD]

Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On June 5 we commemorate the holy Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre.

On this day we also commemorate the fearful threat and force of barbarian attack, which the merciful Lord brought upon us in His love for man, when we were justly to be taken away by them and handed over to slaughter by sword, and from which in His tender mercy He delivered us in a manner beyond all hope.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Ten Martyrs of Egypt: Marcian, Nicander, Hyperechios, Apollo, Leonidas, Arius, Gorgios, Selenios, Irene, and Pambo.

The holy Martyr Christopher of Rome died by the sword.

The holy Martyr Conon of Rome died when he was thrown into the sea.

The Holy New-Martyr Mark, who struggled ascetically in Chios, died by the sword.

By their holy intercessions, Christ God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Katavasias Odes 1-8

CHOIR

Katavasias of Pentecost II

Ode i. Mode 4.

Having been concealed in divine darkness, Moses, * slow of tongue, declared the Law that God had written. * For shaking off impurity from his mind's eye, * he sees the One who is, being an initiate * of the Spirit's knowledge, lauding with songs inspired. [SD]

Ode iii.

By itself the prayer of the Prophetess Anna * broke the fetters of her womb that made her childless, * and the harsh derision of the one with many children, * of old when she brought a broken spirit * to the God of knowledge and only Sovereign. [SD]

Ode iv.

Monarch of monarchs, the only from the only, * Logos who came forth from the uncaused Father, * as Benefactor You sent out Your unerring, * equipotent Spirit unto the Apostles, * as they sing, Glory be unto Your might, O Lord. [SD]

Ode v.

Receive now the fire-breathing dew of the Spirit, * redemptive purgation of all your offences, * O children of the Church having been illumined; * for now a law has gone forth out of Zion, * namely the tongued and fiery grace of the Spirit. [SD]

Ode vi.

Master Christ, as expiation and salvation, * unto us You shone forth from the holy Virgin, * so as to snatch from corruption the entire * fallen race of Adam, as once You did Jonah * the Prophet of old from the chest of the sea beast. [SD]

Ode vii.

The combined sound of the instruments demanded * everyone to worship the gold, lifeless image. * But the Holy Spirit's grace, which is light-bearing, * incites to shout with awe, "Only equipotent, * unoriginate Trinity, You are blessed." [SD]

Ode viii.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Once the triple radiant type of the Godhead * loosed the bonds and bedewed the flame in the furnace. * The three young men then sang praises; and together * with all created nature they blessed the only * Savior and Maker of all as Benefactor. [SD]

DEACON

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

CHOIR

Ode 9: Pentecostarion: Canon-1

From Pentecostarion - - -

Canon 1 of the Feast.

Ode ix. Mode pl. 1. Heirmos.

Mode pl. 1. Heirmos.

You, transcending mind and reason the Mother of God, * who gave birth to the timeless One in time inexpressibly, * we the faithful with one accord now magnify. [SD]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

Watching You the world's Redeemer, O Christ our God, * be divinely exalted, the Apostles with reverent awe * did exultantly leap, and You they magnified.

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

As the Angels saw Your deified flesh in the heights, * they signaled to one another: * This is truly our God. [SD]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

The ranks of incorporeals, O Christ our God, * beholding You being lifted on the clouds, cried aloud: * Take away the gates for the King of glory. [SD]

Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

You, O Lord, descended to the lowest part of the earth * and You saved humanity and raised it up on high * by Your ascension. You do we magnify. [SD]

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Theotokion.

Rejoice, O Theotokos, Mother of Christ our God. * As today you watched the One whom you had borne flying up * from the earth, with the Angels Him you magnified. [SD]

Ode 9: Pentecostarion: Canon-2

Canon 2 of the Feast.

Ode ix. Mode 4. All you born on earth.

The Angels beholding the Master's ascension * were filled with great astonishment * at how with glory He was lifted * from the earth into heaven.

Oh, the gifts of God * beyond comprehension! Oh, the awesome mystery! * For the sovereign Lord of all * rising from earth to the heavenly abodes * sent down to His Disciples the all-holy Spirit of God, * who illumined their mind and their intellect, and effectively set them afire with grace. [SD]

The Angels beholding the Master's ascension * were filled with great astonishment * at how with glory He was lifted * from the earth into heaven.

To the sacred band * of holy Disciples did the risen Lord command: * Tarry in Jerusalem * and I shall send you another Comforter, * who shares the Father's throne and is of equal honor with me * whom you see now into heaven taken up, * being carried aloft on a cloud of light. [SD]

Glory.

The magnificence * of the One who in flesh became poor clearly was * higher than the heavens raised. * Our fallen nature has now been honored by * its session with the Father. Therefore let us celebrate * and with one voice jubilantly cry aloud, * and with gladness of heart let us clap our hands. [SD]

Both now. Theotokion.

O all-blameless one, * from you rose the Light which manifestly shone from Light * and which has entirely * dispelled the darkness and gloom of godlessness * and led unto the light those who had been asleep in the night. * We all, therefore, as we are obliged to do, * to eternity ever pronounce you blest. [SD]

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ode ix. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Queen of all, rejoice! boast of mothers and virgins; * for there is no fluent, no eloquent speaker * whose words have the power worthily to praise you; * and every mind is dazed when on your childbirth it thinks; * hence we glorify you in unison. [SD]

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.)

CHOIR

Exaposteilarion.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 2. Automelon.

With the disciples witnessing, You ascended, * O Christ, unto the Father, to sit beside Him. * Angels ran before You and they cried aloud, * Lift up the gates, O lift them up. * Behold the King has ascended * to light-principial glory. (3) [SD]

Lauds. Mode 1.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest. It is fitting to sing a hymn to You, O God. [SAAS]

Praise Him, all you His angels; praise Him, all you His hosts. It is fitting to sing a hymn to You, O God. [SAAS]

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.

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.

Praise God in His saints; praise Him in the firmament of His power.

   

Stichera for the Feast.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 1. For the celestial orders.

Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness. [SAAS]

Let us on earth like the angels festively celebrate, * crying aloud and singing * unto God, who is mounted * on the throne of glory, the thrice-holy hymn, * "Heavenly Father, holy are You; * co-unoriginate Logos, holy are You; * and all-holy Spirit, holy are You." [SD]

Praise Him with the sound of trumpet; praise Him with the harp and lyre. [SAAS]

Let us on earth like the angels festively celebrate, * crying aloud and singing * unto God, who is mounted * on the throne of glory, the thrice-holy hymn, * "Heavenly Father, holy are You; * co-unoriginate Logos, holy are You; * and all-holy Spirit, holy are You." [SD]

Praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and flute. [SAAS]

As the pre-eminent Angels perceived Your strange ascent, * they were perplexed, O Savior, * and they asked one another, * "What are we beholding? Human in form * is the one we are seeing here. * He has a body; and yet, look how He ascends * far above the heavens, as our God." [SD]

Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with triumphant cymbals; let everything that breathes praise the Lord. [SAAS]

The men of Galilee, watching as You were taken up * from the Mount of Olives * with Your body, O Logos, * heard the voice of Angels who cried out to them, * saying, "Why do you stand and look? * This Jesus, henceforth incarnate, will come again * in the same way as you saw Him go." [SD]

Glory. Both now.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 2.

You were born, as You so willed; You appeared, as You so wished. You suffered in the flesh, O our God; You rose from the dead, after trampling death. You were taken up in glory, You who fill the universe; and You sent us the divine Spirit, that we might extol and glorify Your Divinity. [SD]

Great Doxology

Glory be to You who showed the light. Glory in the highest to God. His peace is on earth, His good pleasure in mankind. [SD]

We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we give thanks to You for Your great glory.

Lord King, heavenly God, Father, Ruler over all; Lord, only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; and You, O Holy Spirit.

Lord God, Lamb of God, 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 hand of the Father, and have mercy on us.

For You alone are holy, You alone are Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Every day I will bless You, and Your name will I praise to eternity, and to the ages of ages.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day, that we be kept without sin.

Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name to the ages. Amen.

Let Your mercy be on us, O Lord, as we have set our hope on You.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Lord, You have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: Lord, have mercy on me. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.

Lord, I have fled to You. 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.

Continue Your mercy to those who know You.

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.

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Apolytikion.

From Pentecostarion - - -

Mode 4.

You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, after You filled the Disciples with joy, by promising to send them the Holy Spirit, and You blessed them and established their faith, that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world. [SD]

Litanies, End, no Dismissal

DEACON

Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great mercy, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for (episcopal rank) (name).

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for our brethren: the priests, the hieromonks, the hierodeacons, the monastics, and all our brotherhood in Christ.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, protection, forgiveness, and remission of the sins of the servants of God, all pious Orthodox Christians residing and visiting in this city: the parishioners, the members of the parish council, the stewards, and benefactors of this holy church.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable founders of this holy church, and for all our fathers and brethren who have fallen asleep before us, who here have been piously laid to their rest, as well as the Orthodox everywhere.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for those who bear fruit and do good works in this holy and all-venerable church, for those who labor and those who sing, and for the people here present who await Your great and rich mercy.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

PRIEST

For You are a merciful God Who loves mankind, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever 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.)

DEACON

Wisdom.

(Father, bless!)

PRIEST

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

Make firm, Lord our God, the holy and pure faith of the pious Orthodox Christians, together with the Holy Church and this city forever.

READER

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.

Litanies and Dismissal

DEACON

Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great mercy, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Let us pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for (episcopal rank) (name).

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for our brethren: the priests, the hieromonks, the hierodeacons, the monastics, and all our brotherhood in Christ.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, protection, forgiveness, and remission of the sins of the servants of God, all pious Orthodox Christians residing and visiting in this city: the parishioners, the members of the parish council, the stewards, and benefactors of this holy church.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable founders of this holy church, and for all our fathers and brethren who have fallen asleep before us, who here have been piously laid to their rest, as well as the Orthodox everywhere.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

Again we pray for those who bear fruit and do good works in this holy and all-venerable church, for those who labor and those who sing, and for the people here present who await Your great and rich mercy.

(Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.)

PRIEST

For You are a merciful God Who loves mankind, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever 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.)

DEACON

Wisdom.

(Father, bless!)

PRIEST

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

Make firm, Lord our God, the holy and pure faith of the pious Orthodox Christians, together with the Holy Church and this city forever.

READER

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.

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 He who ascended from us into heaven in glory, and sat at the right hand of God the Father, 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.)