The Holy New Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth

Beatitude Verses: Martyr 4 from Ode 3, Canon 1; 4 from Ode 6, Canon 2.

 

1 & 2.  The beginning of thine earthly life didst thou spend in the city of Darmstadt,

where the pious martyred Tsar built a church to the holy Mary Magdalene, equal of the

apostles.

 

3.  Thou didst find everlasting peace in the holy convent of that same saint, in the holy

city of Jerusalem, near the church of the Dormition of the All-holy Theotokos, whom

thou didst love with all thy heart.

 

4.  There now, in Holy Gethsemane, are thy holy relics preserved, before which we, thine

unworthy and useless servants, bow down in piety.

 

5.  Thou wast shown to be a precious vessel of the divine Spirit, bearing divine perfume

in thy heart, and sweetening the hearts of those who keep thy memory with faith.

 

6.  Thou didst break the jaws of the noetic wolves with the power of the Spirit, O

venerable martyr Elizabeth.  Shining forth never-waning radiance, guide us also in the

paths of unshakable love for God.

 

7.  Having traversed all of Siberia in thy martyred body, and visited far-flung lands in thy

relics, thou didst arrive in the holy city, in the convent which thou hadst loved from of

old.

 

8.  Thou wast obedient to the words of God, O all-pure Theotokos, and gavest birth in the

flesh to the all-beginningless Word Who hath delivered us from irrationality.

 

Troparia & Kontakia

 

Tone 4: Causing meekness, humility and love to dwell in thy soul, /

thou didst earnestly serve the suffering, O holy passion-bearer Princess Elizabeth; /

wherefore, with faith thou didst endure sufferings and death for Christ, /

with the martyr Barbara.  //

With her pray for all who honor thee with love.

 

Glory… Tone 4: Taking up the Cross of Christ, /

thou didst pass from royal glory to the glory of heaven, /

praying for thine enemies, O holy martyred Princess Elizabeth; /

and with the martyr Barbara thou didst find everlasting joy.  //

Therefore, pray ye in behalf of our souls.

 

Glory… Both now… Tone 6:

O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, /

O mediation unto the Creator unfailing, /

disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, /

but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; /

hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, //

thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

 

The Epistle

 

Reader: The Prokimenon in the 4th Tone:  For Thy sake, O Lord, we are slain all the

day long.

Choir:  For Thy sake, O Lord, we are slain all the day long.

Reader:  We are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

Choir:  For Thy sake, O Lord, we are slain all the day long.

Reader: For Thy sake, O Lord.

Choir:  We are slain all the day long.

 

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

[Romans 8:28-39 (§99)]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Our God is refuge and strength, a helper in afflictions which mightily befall us.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:   O Lord, save the king, and hearken unto us in the day when we call upon Thee.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [John 15:17-16:2 (§52)]

 

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

afraid of evil tidings. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

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