Apodosis of the Meeting of the Lord / Forgiveness Sunday / Tone 4

Beatitudes Verses: Octoechos: 4; Triodion: 4 from Ode III; Feast: 4 from Ode IX


1. By the tree was Adam forced to depart from paradise; but by the Tree of the Cross was

the thief made to dwell in paradise.  For the one by tasting, broke the commandment of

the creator; while the other, crucified with Him, confessed the hidden God, crying out:

Remember me in Thy kingdom!


2. O Lord Who wast lifted up upon the Cross, Who hast destroyed the power of death and

as God hast destroyed the record of our sins, grant also the repentance of the thief unto us

who faithfully serve Thee and cry out to thee, O Christ God Who alone lovest mankind:

Remember us also in Thy kingdom!


3. On the Cross Thou didst tear asunder with the spear the record of our sins; and,

numbered among the dead, Thou didst bind the tyrant of hades, O Lord Who lovest

mankind, Who by Thy resurrection hast delivered all from the bonds of hades.  Thereby

have we been illumined, and we cry to Thee: Remember us also in Thy kingdom!


4. O Thou Who alone art immortal, Who wast crucified and as almighty didst arise from

the tomb on the third day, and hast raised up Adam, the first created: Vouchsafe that I

also may turn to repentance with my whole heart, and may ever cry out to Thee with

fervent faith: Remember me, O Savior, in Thy kingdom!


5. Long ago the crafty serpent envied my honor and whispered deceit in Eve’s ear.  By her

was I led astray and banished, woe is me! from the dance of life.


6. Rashly I stretched out my hand and tasted from the tree of knowledge, though God had

ordered me on no account to eat from it; and I was bitterly cast out from divine glory.


7. Woe to thee, my wretched soul!  How hast thou not recognized the craftiness of the

enemy?  How hast thou not perceived his deceit and envy?  But thou wast darkened in

mind and hast transgressed the commandment of thy Maker.


8. O holy Virgin, thou art my hope and my protection, for thou alone hast covered fallen

Adam’s nakedness: by thy childbearing, pure Lady, clothe me once more with incorruption.


9 & 10.  The ancients were wont to offer a pair of new-born doves and two young birds,

but the godly elder and the chaste prophetess Anna serve in their stead, magnifying the

only-begotten Son of the Father, Who was born of the Virgin and is borne into the



11. Thou hast imparted unto me the joy of Thy salvation, cried Symeon.  Accept Thou

Thy servant, for I am weary of the shadow, as a mystic and sacred preacher of the new

grace, magnifying Thee in praise!


12. The aged Anna, chaste and venerable, prophesying in sacred manner, openly

confessed the Lord in the temple, and she magnified the Theotokos, proclaiming her to all



Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 4:  Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the angel, /

and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, /

the women disciples of the Lord spake to the apostles exultantly: /

Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, //

granting to the world great mercy.


Tone 1:  Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, O Virgin Theotokos, /

for from thee hath risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, /

enlightening those in darkness. /

Rejoice, thou also, O righteous Elder, /

as thou receivest in thine arms the Redeemer of our souls, //

Who also granteth unto us the Resurrection.


Glory… Tone 6:  O Thou guide unto wisdom, /

bestower of prudence, instructor of the foolish and defender of the poor:  /

Establish and grant understanding unto my heart, O Master.  /

Grant me speech, O Word of the Father; /

for behold, I shall not keep my lips from crying unto Thee: O Merciful One, //

have mercy on me who have fallen.


Both now… Tone 1:  Thou Who didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb by Thy birth, /

and didst bless Symeon’s hands as was meet, /

by anticipation didst even now save us, O Christ God. /

But grant peace in the midst of wars unto Thy commonwealth, /

and strengthen Orthodox Christians //

whom Thou hast loved, O only Lover of mankind.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 8th Tone:  Make your vows and pay them to the Lord

our God.

Choir:  Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God.

Reader:  In Judea is God known, His name is great in Israel.

Choir:  Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God.

Reader: In the 3rd Tone: My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in

God my Savior.

Choir:  My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.


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

[Rom. 13:11-14:4 (§112)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 6th 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 8th Tone: Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master,

according to Thy word.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matt. 6:14-21 (§17)]


Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the Canon of the

feast, Third Tone:

Refrain:  O Virgin Theotokos, thou hope of Christians: //

Do thou protect, preserve, and save those that hope in thee.


Irmos:  In the shadow and the letter of the Law, /

let us, the faithful, discern a figure: /

every male child that opens the womb /

shall be sanctified to God.  /

Therefore do we magnify the firstborn Word and Son of the Father without beginning, /

the firstborn Child of a Mother //

who hath not known a man.


Communion Verse:  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  I will

take the cup of salvation, and I will call upon the name of the Lord.  Alleluia, Alleluia,




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