32nd Sunday After Pentecost / The Circumcision of the Lord / St Basil the Great

Beatitude Verses: Octoechos: 4; Ode 3 of the Feast: 4; Ode 6 of the Saint: 4


1.  The fruit which slew me was beautiful and good to eat; but Christ is the Tree of life,

and eating of Him I do not die, but cry out with the thief: Remember me, O Lord, in Thy



2.  O Compassionate One, Who wast lifted up upon the Cross, Thou hast erased the

record of Adam’s ancient sin, and hast saved the whole human race from deception. 

Wherefore, we hymn Thee, O Lord and Benefactor.


3.  Thou didst nail our sins to the Cross, O compassionate Christ, and by Thy death Thou

didst slay death, O Thou who didst raise up the dead from among the dead.  Wherefore,

we worship Thy holy resurrection.


4. The serpent once poured its venom into the ears of Eve; but on the tree of the Cross,

Christ poured forth the sweetness of life upon the world.  Wherefore, we cry out:

Remember us, O Lord, in Thy kingdom!


5&6. Having been made flesh, the transcendent Word was circumcised unto the ceasing

of the law.  And He gave us divine first fruits of grace and of life incorruptible.


7&8.  Christ incarnate showed Himself fulfiller of the law as not being contrary to God,

and He vouchsafed of His own will to be circumcised on the eighth day.


9.  Thou, O Basil, hast bountifully fed the souls of the poor wasted with hunger and hast

filled with every kind of divine gladness the hearts of the famished.


10.  Thou hast fed the souls of the hungry with heavenly food; for thy word, O Basil, is

the bread of angels.  Thereby hast thou been an excellent dispenser of corn.


11.  O Basil, thou hast gathered with the love of labor of the bees the flowers of every

virtue and, grown very skilful, thou hast therefore been pronounced blessed.


12.  The bush on Sinai communing with fire depicted Thee, Mother Ever-Virgin, O

unwedded Theotokos Mary.




Tone 7: Thou didst destroy death by Thy Cross, /

Thou didst open paradise to the thief. /

Thou didst change the lamentation of the Myrrh-bearers, /

and Thou didst command Thine Apostles to proclaim  /

that Thou didst arise, O Christ God, //

and grantest to the world great mercy.


Tone 1: 

Thou Who sittest with the Eternal Father on a fiery throne in the heights, /

wast pleased through the Divine Spirit /

to be born on earth of a Virgin Maiden, Thy Mother, O Jesus.  /

Wherefore, Thou wast circumcised as a man on the eighth day.  /

Glory to Thine all-gracious will.  /

Glory to Thy providence.  /

Glory to Thy condescension, //

O only Lover of mankind.


Tone 1: 

Thy fame hath gone forth into all the earth, which hath received thy word.  /

Thereby thou hast divinely taught the Faith; /

thou hast made manifest the nature of  created things; /

thou hast made the moral life of men a royal priesthood. /

O Basil, our righteous father, //

intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.


Glory… Tone 4:  Thou didst prove to be an unshakable foundation of the church, /

giving to all mortals an inviolate lordship, /

and sealing it with thy doctrines, /

O righteous Basil, //

revealer of heavenly things.


Both now... Tone 3:  The Lord of all undergoeth circumcision, /

and in His goodness hath circumcised the sins of mortals. /

On this day, He giveth the world salvation.  /

And Basil, the hierarch, the Creator’s light-bearer /

and Christ’s divine mystic, //

rejoiceth in the highest.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 6th Tone:  Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine


Choir: Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Reader: Unto Thee, O Lord, Will I cry; O my God, be not silent unto me.

Choir: Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Reader:  In the 1st Tone:  My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart

shall be of understanding.

Choir:  My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of



Reader: The Reading is from the Second Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to Timothy: 

[II Tim. 4:5-8 (§298); I Tim. 1:15-17 (§280 mid); Col. 2:8-12 (§254).]


Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone: God be gracious unto us and bless us.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: Cause His face to shine upon us and have mercy on us.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  O Shepherd of Israel attend, Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Mark 1:1-8 (§1); Luke 18:35-43 (§93); Luke 2:20-21,40-52 (§6)]


Instead of “It is truly meet…”[Tone 8 in the Octoechos, but usually sung to one of

many special melodies]:


All creation – the assembly of angels and the race of man – rejoiceth in thee, O thou who

art full of grace, O sacred temple and noetical paradise, boast of virgins, from whom 

God, Who existeth from before time, was incarnate and became a child; for He made thy

body a throne, and thy womb He made more spacious than the heavens.  All creation

rejoiceth in thee, O thou who art full of grace.  Glory to thee!


Communion Verse:  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! In

everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings. 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!



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