Fourth Saturday of Lent / Commemoration of the Departed, Tone 7

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

 

1. Comely and good to taste was the fruit which brought death upon me.  But Christ is the

Tree of life, and eating thereof I die not, but cry out with the thief: Remember me in Thy

kingdom, O Lord!

 

2. Having finished the good struggle and kept the faith, ye received from God crowns of

incorruption, and were vouchsafed His glory, O most lauded martyrs, inhabitants of

heaven with the angels.

 

3. Let the assemblies of the sacred ministers and prophets, and let praise be given the

company of honorable women be praised, for they dwell now in joy in the mansions of

the firstborn and abide with the incorporeal hosts.

 

4. Number those whom Thou hast taken from us in the mansions of the saints, O Word of

God, overlooking the offenses of their souls committed on earth, in knowledge and in

ignorance; and take pity upon Thy servants.

 

5. Dying in Thee, O Holy Trinity, Thy servants come to Thee to be delivered from

dreadful torments, and to receive, forgiven, the good things of Thy holy glory at the hour

of judgment.

 

6. The Effulgence of the Father made His abode within thy womb, O most holy and pure

one, and those who were beguiled by the evil counsel of the enemy and fell into

corruption did He restore again.

 

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. 6:9-12 (§313); I Cor. 15:47-57 (§163)]

 

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 7:31-37 (§31); 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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