3rd Sunday after Pentecost / St. Onuphrius the Great / St. Peter the Athonite

Beatitudes on 12, Octoechos: 4; St. Onuphrius: 4, from Ode 3; St. Peter: 4, from Ode 6.
1.  We offer Thee the cry of the thief, and we pray: Remember us in Thy kingdom, O Savior.
2.  For the forgiveness of transgressions we offer unto Thee the Cross which Thou didst accept for our sake, O Thou who lovest mankind.
3. We bow down in worship, O Master, before Thy burial and rising, whereby Thou hast delivered the world from corruption, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
4. By Thy death hath death been slain, O Lord, and by Thy resurrection hast Thou saved the world, O Savior.
5 & 6. Following the vision of the angel, thou didst attain unto the desert; and having caused carnal  pleasures to wither away through abstinence, thou didst live angelically therein, O blessed one.
7. Shown forth as a tree planted by springs of the waters of abstinence, O father Onuphrius, thou didst truly produce the fruit of the virtues in due season through husbandry.
8. Having shone forth from the desert like a most radiant star upon the world, thou didst enlighten the assemblies of the pious and faithful with the beams of thy struggles, O Onuphrius our venerable father.
9. Made steadfast by the might of the Spirit, thou didst bring low all the might of the enemy; and as a victor thou didst hasten, crowned, unto Christ.
10. Following in the footsteps of the preeminent Peter, the rock of faith, O venerable one, thou didst take his name, and wast richly enriched with faith.
11. Thou didst struggle in divine feats, O father, and didst keep the faith; and the crown of good works was added unto thee.
12. The Lord dwelt within thy womb and deified all human nature, O pure one; and He hath drawn to Him a multitude of the venerable by sanctity.


Troparia & Kontakia
Tone 2:  When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, /
then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. /
And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, /
all the Hosts of the heavens cried out: //
O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

[Troparion of the Temple]


Tone 4: O God of our Fathers, /

Who ever dealest with us according to Thy gentleness, /

withdraw not Thy mercy from us, /

but by their entreaties //

govern our life in peace.


Tone 2:  Thou didst rise from the tomb, O omnipotent Savior, /

and Hades was terrified on beholding the wonder; /

and the dead arose, /

and creation at the sight thereof rejoiceth with Thee. /

And Adam also is joyful, //

and the world, O my Savior, praiseth Thee for ever.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Tone 3: Illumined by the radiance of the all-holy Spirit, O divinely wise one, /

thou didst forsake all the tumults of life; /

and on reaching the desert, O venerable father, /

thou didst gladded God the Creator, Who is over all things. /

Wherefore, Christ, the great Bestower of gifts, //

doth glorify thee, O blessed one.


Glory… Tone 2:  Having withdrawn thyself from human companionship, /
out of divine desire and love for thy Lord, O Peter, /
thou didst dwell in caves of stone and deep ravines; /
and thou didst receive from Him a crown. //
Pray thou unceasingly, that we be saved.


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 2nd Tone:  The Lord is my strength and my song, and He is become my salvation.

Choir:  The Lord is my strength and my song, and He is become my salvation.

Reader:  With chastisement hath the Lord chastened me, but He hath not given me over unto death.

Choir:  The Lord is my strength and my song, and He is become my salvation.

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

[Rom. 5:1-10 (§88); Gal. 5:22-6:2 (§213)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 2nd Tone: The Lord hear thee in the day of affliction; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee.

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!

Reader:  In the 6th Tone: Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His commandments shall he greatly delight.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matt. 6:22-33 (§18); Matt. 11:27-30 (§43)]


Communion Verse:  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!



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