Presanctified Liturgy: Wednesday in the 2nd Week
The Holy Martyr Pamphilus & Those With Him
Keeping a spiritual fast, O brethren, /
let us speak no lies with our tongue, /
not giving our brother cause for scandal; /
but through repentance /
let us make the lamp of our soul burn brightly, /
and let us cry with tears to Christ: //
Forgive us our trespasses in Thy love for mankind. (Twice)
O Martyrs worthy of all praise, /
your bodies were not buried in the earth, /
yet heaven has received you; /
and entering within ye have eaten from the Tree of Life. //
Pray to Christ that He may grant peace and mercy to our souls.
At the prayers of Thy divine apostles, /
grant in Thy love, O merciful Lord, /
that we may spend the time of the Fast with truly contrite minds; //
so may we all be saved and glorify Thee.
Mighty and terrible shall be Thy coming, O Lord, /
when Thou shalt sit in righteous judgment. /
Though I deserve punishment, condemn me not, //
But accept the prayers of Thine apostles and spare me, O God.
O apostles of Christ, /
shining lights to mortal men, /
treasuries of the wise knowledge of our God, /
filling the world with riches: /
through your holy prayers /
deliver us from temptation as we sing your praises, /
and guide us through the season of the Fast, /
watchfully guarding our lives in peace. /
So shall our prayers be acceptable to Christ /
as we celebrate His Passion, //
and with boldness we shall offer glory to our God.
Tone 1 (Special Melody: “Joy of the ranks of heaven…”):
Let Pamphilus and Seleucius, /
together with Valens and Paul, /
Porphyrius, Theodulus and Julian, /
and the company of the five Egyptians /
be melodiously hymned with faith //
as a harp of twelve strings. (Twice)
Exalted splendidly /
in the Faith of Christ by divine glory, /
O glorious Pamphilus, /
thou wast shown to be the goodly adornment of
being therein an all-beloved hierarch, /
in accordance with thy name, //
a most honored athlete and a faithful martyr.
O mighty Pamphilus, /
thou didst assemble a company of valiant athletes, /
twelve in number, /
who showed themselves to be a godly army. /
And vanquishing the enemy together, /
ye were taken to the Lord in divers ways, //
reposing amid your martyrdom.
Glory... Now and ever...: Theotokion, in the same tone and melody:
With the staff of thine intercession, /
O pure Theotokos, /
drive from my wretched soul the bestial passions, /
guiding me peacefully toward life; //
and add me to the holy flock of thy chosen sheep.
Prokimena and Old Testament Readings
Tone 6: Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, ye righteous.
Stichos: Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven.
Reading: Genesis 4:16-26
Tone 1: Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.
Stichos: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: praise is meet for the upright.
Reading: Proverbs 5:15 - 6:3