St. Seraphim of Sarov & Forefeast of Theophany

Beatitude Verses, on 8: Forefeast 4, from ode 3; Saint 4, from Ode 6


1 & 2.  “The Christ hath appeared!” the Forerunner crieth out, “And He cometh up to the

streams of the Jordan!  Let us make haste to greet Him, enlightened by pure thoughts!”


3.  O my God, Thou deliverance of all, having clothed Thyself in mine abundant poverty,

Thou approachest to be baptized, seeking me who have strayed from the right path.


4.  Let earth and heaven now join chorus, for the Benefactor of all is baptized,

submerging the multitude of our countless transgressions in the waters.


5.  We are all full of sin, but thy supplications, O venerable Seraphim, ascend unto the

Lord like fragrant incense.  And we now pray thee: Still thou the raging tempest of

ungodliness in the land of Russia, and ask of the Lord salvation for our souls.


6.  Truly blessed wast thou, O venerable Seraphim, having acquired riches through

poverty, and through tears, joy – which thou didst abundantly bestow upon those who

came to thee.  And now thou dost emit rays of miracles and healest all that have recourse

unto thee with faith.


7.  Having dug with thine own hands a well in the wilderness, O venerable one, thou

didst give drink unto the thirsty that came unto thee.  And now thou healest the diseases

of the sick with the water therefrom.  Truly, the Master hath shown thee forth unto all as

a miraculous intercessor and wonderworker, O venerable one.


8.  We confess thee to be the Mother of God indeed, the true Theotokos, for by thy

birthgiving have we been delivered from the curse of corruption, through the loving-

kindness of God, Who loveth mankind, and have been called to life incorruptible.


Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 4:  Make ready O Zebulon, /

and prepare thyself, O Naphtali. / 

O River Jordan, stand /

and leap for joy at receiving the Lord Who cometh to be baptized. / 

Rejoice, O Adam, with our first mother, /

hide not yourselves as in paradise of old. /

For seeing us naked, He hath appeared, /

that He may clothe us with our first garment. //

Christ hath appeared wishing to renew the whole of creation.


Tone 4: From thy youth thou didst love Christ, O blessed one, /

and ardently desiring to work for Him alone /

thou didst struggle in the wilderness with constant prayer and labor; /

and having acquired love for Christ with compunction of heart, /

thou didst prove to be the beloved favorite of the Mother of God.  /

Wherefore, we cry to thee: //

Save us by thy prayers, O Seraphim, our holy father.


Glory… Tone 2:  Having left the beauty of the world /

and what is corrupt in it, O Saint, /

thou didst settle in Sarov Monastery. /

And having lived there an angelic life, /

thou wast for many the way of salvation. /

Wherefore, Christ hath glorified thee, O Father Seraphim, /

and hath enriched thee with the gift of healing and miracles.  /

And so we cry to thee: //

Rejoice, O Seraphim, our holy father.


Both now… Tone 4:  In the streams of the Jordan today /

the Lord cried to John: /

Be not afraid to baptize Me, /

for, I am come to save Adam, //

the first-fashioned man.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 7th Tone: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints

Choir: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints

Reader: What shall I render unto the Lord for all that He hath rendered unto me?

Choir: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints

Reader:  Precious in the sight of the Lord.

Choir:  Is the death of His saints


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

[Gal. 5:22-6:2 (§213)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His commandments shall he greatly


Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  His seed shall be mighty upon the earth.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 6:17-23 (§24)]


Communion Verse:  In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be; he shall not be

afraid of evil tidings.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!



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