15th Sunday After Pentecost / Ss. Peter and Febronia of Murom

Beatitudes on 10 Octoechos 6; Saints 4, from Ode 3.
1.  Remember me when Thou comest in Thy kingdom, O God my Savior, and save me, for Thou alone lovest mankind.
2.  By a tree was Adam deceived; yet again by the Tree of the Cross was the thief saved, who cried out: Remember me in Thy kingdom, O Lord!
3.  O Bestower of life, Who hadst broken down the gates and portals of hades, Thou hast saved all who cry out to Thee, O Savior: Glory to Thine arising!
4.  O Thou Who by Thy burial hast made death captive, and by Thy resurrection hast filled all with joy: remember me, in that Thou art compassionate.
5.  The myrrh-bearing women who came to the tomb heard an angel cry out: Christ, Who hath enlightened all things is risen!
6.  Together let us all hymn Christ, Who was nailed to the Cross and hath delivered the world from beguilement.
7.  Be thou a helper for the helpless and merciful consolation for the grieving, O blessed Peter, that, delivered by your supplications, we may honor thee.
8. As thou didst once commit the serpent to utter destruction, slaying him, O thrice blessed one, so now vanquish those who make war upon thy homeland, that we may glorify thee.
9. Behold our despondency; behold our grief; behold the misfortune that the enemy bringeth upon us!  Wherefore, change it by your prayer unto the Lord, O Peter, that we may piously honor thee.
10. Thee have all of us Christians acquired as a refuge and bulwark, and thee do we unceasingly glorify, O thou who knewest not wedlock.
Troparia & Kontakia
Tone 6: Angelic hosts were above Thy tomb, /
and they that guarded Thee became as dead. / 
And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate body. /
Thou didst despoil hades and wast not tempted by it. /
Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life.  //
O Thou Who didst rise from the dead, O Lord, glory be to Thee.

[Troparion of the Temple]


Tone 8: Having lived well in piety, O blessed Peter, /
thou wast like a most precious offshoot of the root of piety; /
and thus having pleased God in peace with thy spouse, the all-wise Febronia, /
ye were vouchsafed the life of the holy monastics.  /
With them pray ye to the Lord, that He preserve your homeland unharmed, //
that we may honor you unceasingly.


Tone 6:

Having by His life bestowing hand raised up all the dead out of the dark abysses, /

Christ God, the Giver of life, hath bestowed the Resurrection upon the fallen human race; /

for He is the Savior of all, //

the Resurrection, and the Life, and the God of all.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Glory… Tone 8:  Pondering the transitory glory and governance of this world, /
for this thou didst live piously in peace with the all-wise Febronia thy spouse, /
O Peter, pleasing God with almsgiving and prayers.  /
Wherefore, lying inseparably in the tomb even after death, ye invisibly impart healing.  //
Pray ye now unto Christ, that He preserve your city and the people who glorify you.

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 6th Tone:  Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Choir: Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Reader: Unto Thee, O Lord, Will I cry; O my God, be not silent unto me.

Choir: Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

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 Second Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians: [II Cor. 4:6-15 (§176); Gal. 5:22-6:2 (§213)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 6th Tone: He that dwelleth in the help of the Most High shall abide in the shelter of the God of heaven.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: He shall say unto the Lord: Thou art my helper and my refuge.  He is my God, and I will hope in Him.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

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

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matt. 22:35-46 (§92); Matt. 4:25-5:12 (§10)]


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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