3rd Sunday After Pentecost / Hieromartyr Methodius

Beatitudes on 8, from the Octoechos. 

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. Risen from the tomb, Thou didst meet the myrrh-bearing women; and Thou didst tell Thy disciples to announce Thine arising.
6. Those who slept in darkness, beholding Thee, the Light, in the nethermost parts of hades, O Christ, were raised from the dead.
7. Let us glorify the Father; let us all worship the Son, and let us hymn the Holy Spirit with faith.
8. Rejoice, fiery throne!  Rejoice, bride unwedded!  Rejoice, O Virgin who for men gavest birth unto God!
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 2:

Thy blood mystically crieth out to God from the earth, like that of Abel, /

O divinely wise and holy hierarch Methodius, /

who manifestly preached that God became man.  /

Wherefore, thou hast put the deception of Origen to shame /

and hast passed over to the heavenly bridal chamber.  //

Entreat Christ God, that He save our souls.


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]


Glory… Tone 4:  Thou wast a priest of the mysteries of the Holy Trinity, /
a proclaimer of the commandments of God which pass all understanding, /
and the confirmation of the Orthodox, O Methodius; /
for the sake of Orthodoxy thou didst denounce the thoughts of the heretics, /
shown by thy blood to be a hieromartyr.  /
Standing before Christ with the angels, //
entreat Him 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:  The Lord is my strength and my song, and He is become my salvation.
Choir:  And He is become my salvation.


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

[Romans 5:1-10 (§88)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 2nd Tone

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  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!


Gospel [Matthew 6:22-33 (§18)]


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


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