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Hieratikon

Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Pentecostarion

The Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ

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LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Unless otherwise indicated, the texts of the prayers and hymns of the Divine Liturgy are from: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (© 2016), used with permission from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. This text was produced by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and approved by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Antiphon I. Mode 2. Psalm 46.

Verse 1: Oh, clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with the voice of rejoicing. [SAAS]

Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Savior, save us. [GOA]

Verse 2: For the Lord Most High is fearsome, a great King over all the earth. [SAAS]

Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Savior, save us. [GOA]

Verse 3: He subdued the peoples under us and the nations under our feet. [SAAS]

Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Savior, save us. [GOA]

Glory. Both now.

Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Savior, save us. [GOA]

   

Antiphon II. Mode 2. Psalm 47.

Verse 1: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised. [SAAS]

Save us, O Son of God, who were taken up in glory to heaven from us. We sing to You, Alleluia. [GOA]

Verse 2: God is known in her palaces when He helps her. [SAAS]

Save us, O Son of God, who were taken up in glory to heaven from us. We sing to You, Alleluia. [GOA]

Verse 3: For behold, the kings assembled; they came together. [SAAS]

Save us, O Son of God, who were taken up in glory to heaven from us. We sing to You, Alleluia. [GOA]

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

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Only begotten Son and Logos of God, being immortal, You condescended for our salvation to take flesh from the holy Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary and, without change, became man. Christ, our God, You were crucified and conquered death by death. Being one of the Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit: Save us. [GOA]

   

Antiphon III. Mode 4. Psalm 48.

Verse 1: Hear this, all you nations. [SAAS]

Verse 2: My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart, understanding. [SAAS]

Verse 3: I will incline my ear to a parable; I will open my riddle on the harp. [SAAS]

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. [SD]

Entrance Hymn. Mode 2.

God ascended with a shout, the Lord with the sound of the trumpet. Save us, O Son of God, who were taken up in glory to heaven from us. We sing to You, Alleluia. [GOA]

   

Hymns After the Small Entrance.

Apolytikion of the Feast.

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. (3) [SD]

From Pentecostarion - - -

Kontakion of the Feast.

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]

   

THE TRISAGION HYMN

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

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.

   

The Epistle

THURSDAY OF THE ASCENSION

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 107.

Be exalted above the heavens, O God, and Your glory above all the earth. [SAAS]

Verse: My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready; I will sing and give praise in my glory. [SAAS]

The reading is from the Acts of the Apostles.

Acts 1:1-12

In the first book, O Theophilos, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit." So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom of Israel?" He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth." And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." Then they returned from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away. [RSV]

   

Alleluia. Mode 2. Psalm 46.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Verse 1: Oh, clap your hands, all you nations. [SAAS]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Verse 2: Shout to God with the voice of rejoicing. [SAAS]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

The Gospel

Holy Ascension

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Lk. 24:36-53

At that time, Jesus, having risen from the dead, stood in the midst of his disciples and said to them, "Peace to you." But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See my hands and feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish [and some honeycomb], and he took it and ate before them. Then he said to them, "These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high." Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God. [RSV]

   

Hymn to the Theotokos.

Mode pl. 1.

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

   

Communion Hymn.

God ascended with a shout, the Lord with the sound of the trumpet. Alleluia. [SAAS]

   

Hymn after Holy Communion.

Instead of "We have seen."

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]

   

THE DISMISSAL

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.

   

Fasting Rule

Fast Free: All foods allowed.

It is a major feast.