Presanctified Liturgy: Friday in the 2nd Week

St. Leo, Pope of Rome

 

Tone 4:

Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation. /

In the multitude of Thy mercy visit my soul, /

and release me from the burden of my transgressions, //

for Thou alone lovest mankind.                Twice

 

Tone 5:

Despising every earthly thing, /

bravely withstanding torture, /

ye attained the blessedness for which ye hoped, /

and were made heirs of the Kingdom of heaven, /

O martyrs worthy of all praise.  /

Since ye have boldness before God who loves mankind, /

pray that peace be given to the world, //

and to our souls great mercy.

 

Taking up the shield of faith, /

strengthening themselves with the sign of the Cross, /

Thy saints, O Lord, went willingly and bravely to torture, /

and they overthrew the pride of and error of the devil. /

At their supplications, O almighty God, /

send down peace upon the world, /

and on our souls great mercy. 

 

Intercede on our behalf, O holy martyrs, /

that we may be delivered from our sins: //

for to you is given grace to pray for us.

 

Your souls, O holy martyrs, were filled with an insatiable love; /

not denying Christ ye endured great sufferings and torment, /

and ye cast down the tyrants’ Pride.  /

Ye kept the faith unaltered and unharmed, /

and now have gone to dwell in heaven.  /

Since ye have boldness before Christ, //

pray that He may grant us His great mercy.

 

Tone 8 (Special Melody: “What shall we call you…”):

What shall we name thee, O divinely inspired one?  /

Head of the Orthodox Church of Christ?  /

Eye of piety, possessed of the spiritual understanding /

to see clearly the hearts of men, /

and pouring forth the word of life upon all the ends of the earth?  /

Divinely inscribed scroll of the right Faith?  //

Pray thou that our souls be saved.             Twice

 

What now shall we call thee, O wondrous one?  /

Preacher of the Truth, firm foundation? /

Senior among the honored supreme council? /

Excellent rule of doctrines, /

possessing the measure of correction?  /

The one who with divinely wrought revelations /

confounded the divisions of Nestorius //

and the confusion of Eutyches?

 

What now shall we call thee, O marvelous one?  /

Prince and ruler, /

splendidly exercising spiritual mastery /

over the passions of the body?  /

Vessel of divine mercy, /

habitation of perfect love?  /

Loving pastor awaiting the repentance of sinners?  //

Pray thou that our souls be saved.

 

Glory… Both now… Same Tone and melody:

Whom hast thou emulated, O wretched soul, /

who in no wise rousest thyself to repentance /

nor fearest the fire which awaiteth the wicked?  /

Arise, and cry out, calling upon her who alone is quick to help:  /

O Virgin Mother, entreat thy Son and our God, //

to deliver me from the snare of the deceiver!

 

Prokimena and Old Testament Readings

 

Tone 4: Let Thy mercy and Thy truth continually help me.

 

Stichos: With patience I waited patiently for the Lord, and He was attentive unto me.

 

Reading: Genesis 5:32 - 6:8

 

Tone 6: I said: O Lord, have mercy on me, heal my soul.

 

Stichos:  Blessed is the man that hath understanding for the poor man and the pauper.

 

Reading: Proverbs 6:20 - 7:1