Third Saturday of Lent / Commemoration of the Departed, Tone 1. 

Beatitudes Verses, on 6: 6, from the Octoechos.

 

1. By food did the enemy lead Adam out of paradise, but by the Cross did Christ lead back into it the thief who cried out: Remember me, O Lord, when Thou comest in Thy kingdom!

 

2. The countless multitude of Thine athletes – the holy hierarchs, the all-wise women and the all-glorious prophets – entreat Thee, O Jesus our God: Grant us remission of transgressions, and great mercy.

 

3. O most sacred athletes of Christ, who have finished your race, with the sacred hierarchs and prophets ye have been vouchsafed to dwell in the heavenly city, rejoicing with the angels.

 

4. O Christ, in never-waning light settle those whom Thou hast taken to Thyself, overlooking their transgressions, in that Thou art the compassionate God, that we may glorify Thine incalculable mercy, O Benefactor.

 

5. We worship the Father, we glorify the Son, and all of us, the faithful, hymn the all-holy Spirit.  Remember us who cry to Thee, O God the consubstantial Trinity and Unity.

 

6. We hymn thee, O pure one, as the spacious palace, the throne of glory and the cloud of light; and we pray: Dispel the gloomy cloud from our souls by thy divine supplications.

 

At the entrance, the choir sings:

O come let us worship and fall down before Christ, Who art wondrous in the saints, O Son of God, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Troparia & Kontakia

 

Tone 2:  O Apostles, Martyrs, and Prophets, /

Venerable and Righteous Ones; /

ye that have accomplished a good labor and kept the Faith, /

that have boldness before the Savior; O Good Ones, //

intercede for us, we pray, that our souls be saved.

 

Remember, O Lord, Thy servants, for Thou art good, /

and forgive them whatsoever sins they have committed in life; /

for none is sinless but Thee, Who art able to give repose //

unto them that are departed.

 

Glory… Tone 8: 

With the saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servants, //

where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting.

 

Both now…  Tone 8:

In thee we have a wall and a haven, /

and an intercessor acceptable to God, Whom thou didst bear, //

O Theotokos unwedded, salvation of the faithful.

 

The Epistle

 

Reader: The Prokimenon in the 8th Tone:  Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, ye righteous.

Choir:  Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, ye righteous.

Reader:  Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Choir:  Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, ye righteous.

Reader:  In the 6th Tone: Their souls shall dwell among good things.

Choir:  Their souls shall dwell among good things.

 

Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews:  [Heb. 10:32-38 (§325); I Thess. 4:13-17 (§270)]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 4th Tone: The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them out of all their tribulations.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Many are the tribulations of the righteous, and the Lord shall deliver them out of them all.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  In the 8th Tone: Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen and hast taken to Thyself, O Lord, and their memorial is unto generation and generation.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [Mark 2:14-17 (§8); John 5:24-30 (§16)]

 

Communion Verse:  Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright. Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen and hast taken to Thyself O Lord, and their memorial is unto generation and generation. Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

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