Presanctified Liturgy: Friday in the 4th Week

St. Gerasimos of the Jordan

 

Tone 7:

My soul’s dignity I have enslaved to the passions; /

I am become like the beasts, /

and have no power to lift mine eyes to The, Most High. / 

But with my head bowed like the publican, /

I pray to Thee, O Christ, and cry aloud: //

God be merciful to me and save me.                Twice

 

Tone 7:

Glory be to Thee, O Christ our God, /

boast of the apostles, joy of the martyrs, //

whose preaching was the consubstantial Trinity.

 

O holy martyrs, /

who have fought the good fight and received your crowns, //

pray to the Lord for mercy on our souls.

 

Despising every earthly thing, O holy martyrs, /

and bravely preaching Christ in the arena, /

ye received from Him the due reward for all your sufferings. /

Since He is almighty God /

and ye have boldness in His presence, /

to you we run for help; /

we entreat you, pray to Him //

for the salvation of our souls.

 

O martyrs worthy of all praise, /

sheep of Christ’s spiritual flock, /

ye are a living offering /

and a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to the Lord.  /

Earth did not cover you, but heaven has received you. /

Ye have become companions of the angels: /

we entreat you, pray with them to God our Savior, /

that peace be given to the world, //

and salvation to our souls.

 

Tone 8 (Special Melody: “O most glorious wonder…”):

O divinely wise father Gerasimus, /

uniting thyself unto God /

through prayer, supplication and great abstinence, /

thou didst remain impervious to the designs of the foe, /

and didst show thyself a servant of the Almighty. /

Hence, we honor thee, /

and faithfully celebrating /

thy divine memory with great joy, //

we praise thee.                                            Twice

 

O venerable father Gerasimus, /

ever abiding in faith, /

in deserts, caves and mountains, /

thou didst seek God. /

And thou didst find Him, /

as thou didst desire. /

Ever strengthened with steadfast soul /

and good ascents, /

thou didst lead multitudes of saved monastics unto God.

 

Submitting to the behest of God /

Who beholdeth all things, /

thou didst receive the grace from Him /

to work miracles /

and to drive away wicked spirits, /

and to tame wild beasts by the purity of thy mind. /

Wherefore, we honor thee, /

and as is meet we celebrate with faith //

thy divine memory, O divinely blessed one.

 

Glory… Tone 7:

O Life-giver and Savior, /

give rest to our brethren /

whom Thou hast taken from this temporary life, /

for unto Thee they cry: //

O Lord, glory to Thee.

 

Both now… Tone 7:

Thou hast been known to have become a Mother /

in supernatural manner, O Theotokos, /

and hast remained a Virgin /

in manner past recounting and understanding; /

and no tongue can describe the wonder of thy birthgiving. /

For as thy conceiving is all-glorious, /

so is the manner of thy birthgiving beyond comprehension; /

for where God so willeth, the order of nature is over-ruled. /

Wherefore, knowing thee to be the Mother of God, /

we all earnestly entreat thee: //

Pray thou that our souls be saved!

 

Prokimena and Old Testament Readings

 

Tone 4: O Shepherd of Israel, attend, Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep.

Stichos: Thou that sittest on the cherubim, manifest Thyself.

 

Reading: Genesis 12:1-7

 

Tone 4: Rejoice in God our helper.

Stichos:  Take up a psalm, and bring the timbrel.

 

Reading: Proverbs 14:15-26

 

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