Presanctified Liturgy: Friday in the 1st Week
The Great Martyr Theodore
Come, ye faithful, and in the light let us perform the works of God; /
let us walk honestly as in the day. /
Let us cast away every unjust accusation against our neighbor, /
not placing any cause of stumbling in his path. /
Let us lay aside the pleasures of the flesh, /
and increase the spiritual gifts of our soul. /
Let us give bread to those in need, /
and let us draw near unto Christ, crying in penitence: //
O our God, have mercy on us. Twice
O martyrs of the Lord, living oblations, /
spiritual burnt-offerings, /
perfect victims sacrificed to God, /
sheep that know God and are known by Him, /
whose fold no wolf can enter: /
pray that we be led with you //
to feed beside the water of repose.
Precious is the death of Thy saints, O Lord. /
Slain by the sword, by fire or frost, /
they poured out their blood, putting all their trust in Thee /
and awaiting from Thy hand the reward of their labors. /
They endured to the end and from Thee, O Savior, //
they received great mercy.
Since, O saints, ye have boldness in the presence of the Savior, /
pray without ceasing for us sinners, /
asking that remission of offences and great mercy //
may be granted to our souls.
Thou art glorified in the memorials of Thy saints, O Christ our God: /
at their intercessions //
send down upon us Thy great mercy.
Come, all ye who love the martyrs, /
let us rejoice in spirit and keep festival. /
For today Theodore the martyr has set before us a table /
laden with mystic food, /
bringing joy to all of us who gladly celebrate his memory. /
Unto him we cry: /
Rejoice, victorious champion, /
who has trampled underfoot the tyrants’ threats. /
Rejoice, thou who gavest thy body of clay to torture /
for the sake of Christ our God. /
Rejoice, thou who hast shown thyself, in manifold tribulations, /
a tested warrior of the heavenly host. /
O glory of the martyrs, //
we entreat thee to pray for our souls.
The God-given grace of thy miracles, O martyr Theodore, /
thou dost grant to all who turn to thee in faith. /
We therefore praise thee, saying: /
Thou dost deliver prisoners and heal the sick; /
thou givest riches to the poor and guardest those who sail the seas. /
Thou restrainest slaves from useless flight, /
and showest robbers what their punishment will be; /
thou teachest soldiers to abstain from plunder. /
In thy loving compassion thou dost grant the prayers of children, /
and thou art the fervent protector of all who keep thy holy memory. /
With them we also sing the praises of thy martyrdom, O saint of God: //
pray to Christ that He may show us His great mercy.
O martyr Theodore, thou art a matchless gift from God: /
for after thy death as during thy lifetime, /
thou dost grant the petitions of those who turn to thee. /
Thus once it happened that the son of a poor widow /
was carried off by soldiers of another faith; /
and she came weeping to thy shrine. /
Mounted upon a white horse, in loving compassion /
thou hast defended her child with thine invisible protection. /
And now as then, never dost thou cease from working wonders: //
pray to Christ our God, for the salvation of our souls.
O thrice-blessed Theodore, I honor thee: /
rightly art thou named “Gift from God”. /
For thou hast shown thyself a never-setting star of the divine Light, /
and through thy sufferings thou dost shine on all the world. /
Proving thyself stronger than fire, thou has quenched the flames; /
and thou hast crushed the head of the deceitful serpent. /
Therefore, in the midst of thy sufferings, /
Christ came and set a crown upon thy holy head. /
O Great Martyr, who hast boldness before God, //
do thou offer fervent intercession for our souls.
Glory… Tone 6: Using as his tool the Apostate Emperor, /
the enemy devised a cruel plot: /
with food polluted by unclean sacrifices /
he sought to defile the people of God /
as they purified themselves through fasting. /
But thou hast defeated his design by a more skillful plan: /
appearing in a dream to the Archbishop, /
thou hast revealed to him the evil plot. /
Therefore we offer thee a sacrifice of thanksgiving, /
honoring thee as our protector /
and keeping the yearly memorial of what was done. /
May we be kept safe, we pray, from the designs of the enemy //
at thine intercessions, O Martyr Theodore.
Both now… Tone 8:
In His love for mankind, /
the King of heaven appeared on earth /
and dwelt among men; /
for He who received flesh from the pure Virgin /
and came forth from her having received human nature, /
is the only Son of God, two in natures but not hypostasis./
Therefore, proclaiming Him to be truly perfect God and perfect man, /
we confess Christ our God. /
Him do thou beseech, O Mother unwedded, //
that our souls find mercy!
Tone 5: The Lord hear thee in the day of affliction.
Stichos: The name of the God of Jacob defend thee.
Lesson: Genesis 2:20-3:20
Tone 6: Be Thou exalted, O Lord, in Thy strength; we will sing and chant of Thy mighty acts.