Presanctified Liturgy: Friday in the 4th Week
St. Gerasimos of the Jordan
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
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!
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.