Presanctified Liturgy: Friday in the 3rd Week

The First and Second Findings of the Head of the Forerunner


Tone 7:

Like the Prodigal, /

I have departed from Thy grace and wasted the riches of Thy love: /

but now I run to Thee crying, O compassionate Lord: //

I have sinned, O God, have mercy upon me.                Twice


Tone 6:

Thy martyrs, O Lord, /

denied Thee not and forsook not Thy commandments: /

At their intercessions //

have mercy upon us.


Those who suffered martyrdom for Thee, O Christ, /

endured great torments: /

at their prayers and intercessions, //

O Lord, preserve us all.


Thy victorious martyrs, /

when they contended on this earth, endured great torments; /

but now they dwell in heaven /

and have received a perfect crown, //

that they may offer intercession for our souls.


Thy Cross was for the martyrs /

an invincible weapon, O Lord.  /

They saw death before them; /

but, looking to the life that is to come, /

they were strengthened by their hope in Thee. /

At their intercessions //

have mercy upon us.


Tone 5:

Rejoice, O sacred and light-bearing head, /

venerated by the angels, /

which of old was severed by a sword /

and cut down the shame of impurity with sharp reproofs, /

wellspring of miracles which giveth drink unto the faithful, /

and which proclaimeth the saving advent of the Savior /

and of old perceived the coming of the Spirit, /

which took up His abode in thee /

who didst stand between the grace of the Old and New Covenants. //

Entreat Christ God to grant our souls great mercy!                                   Twice


The head of the Forerunner, /

which once was concealed in an earthen vessel, /

hath appeared, manifestly given up from the bosom of the earth /

and pouring forth streams of healing; /

for in the waters did he wash the head of Him /

Who even now covereth the chambers of the firmament with waters /

and raineth down divine remission upon men. /

Wherefore, let us bless it as truly most glorious, /

and in its discovery let us joyously keep festival, //

entreating Christ to grant our souls great mercy.


The head which proclaimed the Lamb of God /

Who hath appeared in the flesh, /

which with divine commands /

 hath declared to all the ways of saving repentance, /

which of old denounced the iniquity of Herod /

and was therefore severed from its body /

and endured concealment for a time, /

hath shone forth upon us like a radiant sun, crying out: /

Repent ye, and in compuction of soul submit now to Christ //

Who granteth the world great mercy!


Glory… Tone 6:

The divinely preserved head, /

a treasury of divine gifts, O Forerunner, /

hath shone forth from the bosom of the earth; /

and we, faithfully receiving and bowing down before it, O glorious one, /

are enriched by thee with most glorious miracles /

and the forgiveness of our offenses, //

O Baptist of Christ!


Both now… Tone 6:

Who doth not call thee blessed, O all-holy Virgin? /

Who will not hymn thine all-pure birthgiving? /

For the only-begotten Son /

Who shone forth timelessly from the Father, /

came forth, ineffably incarnate, from thee, the pure one; /

and being God by nature, /

He became man by nature for our sake, /

not divided into two Persons, /

but known in two natures without confusion. /

Him do thou beseech, O pure and most blessed one, //

that our souls find mercy!


Entrance with the Gospel


Prokimena and Old Testament Readings


Tone 4: Give us help from affliction, for vain is the salvation of man.

Stichos: O God, Thou hast cast us off and hast destroyed us.


Reading: Genesis 8:4-21


Tone 6: O God, unto my supplication; attend unto my prayer.

Stichos:  From the ends of the earth unto Thee have I cried.


Reading: Proverbs 10:31 – 11:12


After “Let my prayer by set forth…” and the prayer of St. Ephrem:


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 7th tone: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord,

and shall hope in Him.

Choir:  The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord and shall hope in Him.

Reader:  Hearken, O God, unto my prayer, when I make supplication unto Thee..

Choir:  The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord and shall hope in Him.

Reader: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord.

Choir: And shall hope in Him.


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

Corinthians: [2nd Corinthians 4:6-15]


Reader: Alleluia in the 4thTone .

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  The righteous man shall flourish like a palm tree and like a cedar in Lebanon

shall he be multiplied.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: Truth is sprung up out of the earth, and righteousness hath looked down from


Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matthew 11:2-15]


Communion Verse:  O taste and see how good the Lord is.  In everlasting remembrance

shall the righteous be; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!