Meatfare Saturday

Beatitudes on 8: Triodion: 4, from Ode 3; Triodion: 4, from Ode 6.

 

1.  To those who have passed through the course of life in the glory of the faith, grant a crown of righteousness, O God, and count them worthy to enjoy eternal blessings.
 
2.  To those who have been suddenly snatched away, burnt up by lightning, frozen by the cold, or struck down by any other calamity, give rest, O God, when Thou shalt make trial of all things in the fire.
 
3. To those who have sailed across the ever-troubled sea of this earthly life steered by the Orthodox faith, grant a safe anchorage, O Christ, in the harbor of immortal life with Thee.
 
4. Those whom the creatures of the sea or the birds of the air have devoured, O Christ our God, raise up in glory on the Last Day, as Thou judgest right.
 
5. Author of Life, by Thy Passion Thou hast loosed the pains of death: give rest, our God, to Thy servants who have fallen asleep from the beginning of time.
 
6. To those whom in Thy ineffable providence Thou hast permitted to be killed by drugs or poison, or through choking on bones, give rest, O Lord, with Thy saints.

 

7. Thrice-holy Godhead, one in throne, Father, Son, and Spirit, Thou art my God, holding all in unity by Thine almighty power.

 

8.  Leap for joy, Jesse the Forefather; from thy root has sprung the Flower of Life that saves the world, Christ our God, born from the pure Maiden.

 

Troparia & Kontakia

 

Tone 8:  O Thou Who by the depth of Thy wisdom /

dost provide all things out of love for man, /

and grantest unto all that which is profitable, O only Creator: /

Grant rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants; for in Thee have they placed their hope,//

O our Creator and Fashioner and God.

 

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

Choir:  Their souls shall dwell among good things.

Reader:  Unto Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. O my God, in Thee have I trusted; let me never be put to shame.

Choir:  Their souls shall dwell among good things.

Reader:  Their souls shall dwell.

Choir:  Among good things.

 

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

[I Cor. 10:23-28 (§146) & I Thess. 4:13-17 (§270)]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 6th Tone:

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  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!

Reader:  Their souls shall dwell among good things.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [Luke 21:8-9,25-27,33-36 (§105) & 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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