24th Sunday After Pentecost / Apostle Philemon and those with him / Afterfeast of the Entry

Beatitudes on 10: Octoechos: 6; Feast: 4, from Ode 1, 1st Canon.
1.  The fruit which slew me was beautiful and good to eat; but Christ is the Tree of life, and eating of Him I do not die, but cry out with the thief: Remember me, O Lord, in Thy kingdom!
2.  O Compassionate One, Who wast lifted up upon the Cross, Thou hast erased the record of Adam’s ancient sin, and hast saved the whole human race from deception.  Wherefore, we hymn Thee, O Lord and Benefactor.
3.  Thou didst nail our sins to the Cross, O compassionate Christ, and by Thy death Thou didst slay death, O Thou who didst raise up the dead from among the dead.  Wherefore, we worship Thy holy resurrection.
4. The serpent once poured its venom into the ears of Eve; but on the tree of the Cross, Christ poured forth the sweetness of life upon the world.  Wherefore, we cry out: Remember us, O Lord, in Thy kingdom!
5.  Thou wast laid in the tomb as one dead, O Christ, Thou Life of all; and Thou didst break down the gates of hades; and having risen again in glory on the third day as One mighty, Thou hast illumined all.  Glory to Thine arising!
6.  Having risen from the dead on the third day, the Lord bestowed His peace upon His disciples; and having blessed them, He sent them forth saying: Lead all into My kingdom!
7.  O all-pure one, we know thee to be a treasury of wisdom and an ever-flowing fountain of grace; and we pray thee rain drown drops of knowledge upon us that we may praise thee forever.
8.  Being a temple and palace more exalted than the heavens, O all-pure one, thou wast set apart in the Temple of God to be prepared as a divine dwelling-place for His advent.
9.  Shining with the Light of grace, the Theotokos hath illumined all and assembled them to adorn her most splendid festival. Come ye, let us draw nigh to her!
10.  The glorious portal which thoughts cannot pass having opened the doors of the Temple of God, doth now command us that have assembled to delight in her divine wonders.
Troparia & Kontakia

Tone 7: Thou didst destroy death by Thy Cross, /

Thou didst open paradise to the thief. /

Thou didst change the lamentation of the Myrrh-bearers, /

and Thou didst command Thine Apostles to proclaim  /

that Thou didst arise, O Christ God, //

and grantest to the world great mercy.


Tone 4: Today is the prelude of God’s good will /

and the heralding of the salvation of mankind. /

In the temple of God, the Virgin is presented openly, /

and she proclaimeth Christ unto all. /

To her, then, with a great voice let us cry aloud: /

Rejoice, O thou fulfillment //

of the Creator’s dispensation.


[Troparion of the Temple]


Tone 3:  O holy Apostles, /

intercede with the merciful God, //

that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of offenses.


Tone 7:  No longer will the dominion of death be able to keep men captive; /

for Christ hath descended, demolishing and destroying the powers thereof. /

Hades is bound; /

the prophets rejoice with one voice, saying: /

A Savior hath come for them that have faith. // 

Come forth, ye faithful, for the Resurrection.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Glory… Tone 2:  Let us praise the apostles of Christ / 
-- the glorious Philemon , / 
the sacred Archippus, Onesimus, / 
Mark and Apollos, / 
and with them the most wise Apphia / 
-- as most radiant stars illuming the ends of the earth; / 
and let us cry out: // 
Pray ye unceasingly in behalf of us all!


Both now...  Tone 4:  The most pure temple of the Savior, /

the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, /

the sacred treasury of the glory of God, /

is on this day brought into the house of the Lord, /

bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. /

And the angels of God chant praise unto her: //

she is the heavenly tabernacle.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 7th Tone:  The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Choir: The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Reader:  Bring unto the Lord, ye sons of God, bring unto the Lord the sons of rams.

Choir: The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Reader:  In the 8th Tone: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
Choir:  Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.


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

[Eph. 2:14-22 (§221); Philem. 1:1-25 (§after 302)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 7th Tone: It is good to give praise unto the Lord, and to chant unto Thy name, O Most High.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: To proclaim in the morning Thy mercy, and Thy truth by night.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  In the 1st Tone: The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the congregation of saints.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 12:16-21 (§66); Luke 10:1-15 (§50)]


Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the First Canon of the feast, Fourth Tone:


            Refrain:  The angels beholding the entry of the most pure one /

were struck with wonder, //

seeing how the Virgin entered into the Holy of Holies.

            Irmos:   Let no profane hand touch the living Ark of God, /

but let the lips of the faithful, chanting unceasingly /

the words of the angel to the Theotokos, /

cry out with joy: //

Truly art thou high above all, O pure Virgin.


Communion Verse:  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


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