Presanctified Liturgy: Wednesday in the 4th Week
The Reigning Icon
The Fast that brings us blessings has now reached it midmost point; /
it has helped us to receive God’s grace in the days that are past, /
and will bring us further benefit in the days still to come. /
For by continuing in what is right we attain yet greater gifts. /
We therefore cry to Christ, the giver of all good: /
O Thou who for our sakes hast fasted and endured the Cross, /
make us worthy to share uncondemned in Thy divine Passover. /
May we spend our lives in peace //
and rightly glorify Thee with the Father and the Spirit.
Tone 5: If we look for a spiritual recompense, /
let us perform our good deeds in secret; /
let us not proclaim them in the streets /
but keep them hidden in our hearts. /
Then He Who sees the secrets of all men will reward us for our abstinence. /
Let us complete the Fast, not with a sad countenance, /
but praying in the inner chamber of our souls; /
and without ceasing, let us cry: /
Our Father Who art in heaven, /
lead us not into temptation, we pray, //
but deliver us from the evil one.
Your souls, O holy martyrs, /
were filled with an insatiable love; /
not denying Christ ye endured great sufferings and torments, /
and ye cast down the tyrant’s pride. /
Ye kept the Faith unaltered and unharmed, /
and now have gone to dwell in heaven, /
since ye have boldness before Christ, /
pray that peace be given to the world, //
and to our souls great mercy.
Tone 1: Let us wash our souls clean in the waters of the Fast, /
and, approaching the precious and honored Cross of the Lord, /
let us venerate it in faith; /
let us draw from it divine enlightenment, //
gathering the fruit of eternal salvation, peace and great mercy.
O Cross, glory of the apostles, /
attended by principalities and powers and archangels, /
keep safe from all harm those that venerate thee. /
Grant us to follow rightly to the end the divine path of abstinence, //
and to reach the day of salvation when we too shall be saved.
Tone 7: As we venerate today the Cross of the Lord, let us cry: /
Rejoice, Tree of Life, victor over hell; /
rejoice, joy of the world and slayer of corruption, /
for by thy power thou scatterest the demons! /
Strong support of the faithful, weapon that cannot be broken, //
we pray thee, guard and sanctify those who show thee honor.
Tone 4: I have lamented and cried unto thee, O Mistress, /
but my crying hath availed me nought, /
and my wailing hath been drowned out by the torrent of my sins. /
How then can I offer thee supplication? /
Do thou thyself grant my prayer and preserve thy servant. /
My heart hath withered, and my head is covered with sores; /
my eyes are grown weak from darkness, /
and I am wounded in my joints. /
But save me, in that thou art she who reigneth, //
and grant me great mercy.
Injustice hath covered thy land like a sea, /
and we are now cruelly engulfed; /
but do thou stretch forth thy right hand and, as thou art all-lauded, /
set us upon the rock of the Faith. /
Save us, save us, O Mistress, //
and establish thy dominion among us.
Thy flock here is shown to have the character of the serpent, /
for we are buffetted by the wind and are unable to endure; /
but, as thou art good, still thou the waters of contention /
and reject not thy servants, ever maintaining thy mercy even unto us. /
If thou, O Theotokos who art exalted far above all others, /
if thou, O impregnable rampart and joy of the world, wilt not, /
who then will beseech thy Son, Christ our God, in our behalf, /
that He have mercy upon His grieving people, who are contrite of heart? //
Before Him, then, be thou a never-tiring mediatress, and save us.
Come, all ye faithful, and, assembling together, /
let us cry out to the reigning Mistress and say to her thus: /
We are all unprofitable, and we therefore fall down before thee /
and entreat thee with boldness and faith, saying: /
Disdain us not who are accursed; //
but haste thou to make entreaty, and save all the Orthodox!
Glory... Tone 8 [from Triodion, p. 349]:
Today He Who is intangible in essence /
becometh tangible to me /
and undergoeth suffering, freeing me from the passions. /
He Who granteth light to the blind /
is spat upon by the mouths of the iniquitous, /
and giveth His shoulders over to stripes /
for those who have been made captive. /
And the pure Virgin Mother, /
seeing Him upon the Cross, cried aloud in pain: /
"Woe is me, O my Child! /
What is this that Thou hast done? /
Thou Who art comely in beauty beyond all men /
dost show Thyself to be bereft of breath and sight, /
lacking in appearance and beauty. /
Woe is me, O my Light! /
I cannot look upon Thee asleep. /
I am wounded within, /
and a cruel sword passeth through my heart! /
I hymn Thy sufferings, /
I worship Thy loving-kindness. //
O Long-suffering One, glory be to Thee!
Both now… Tone 4:
Put not your trust in princes who pass away; /
for they are able to accomplish nought, and are sons of men; /
they will fade like the grass, and no one will remember them. /
But pray, pray, O brethren, /
and the Mother of our God will take you under her protection; /
and we shall find rest, O ye people, //
beneath her mantle.
and Old Testament
Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, * Who alone doeth wonders.
Stichos: O God, give Thy judgment to the king, and Thy righteousness to the son of the king.
But it is good for me * to cleave unto God.
Stichos: How good is God to
And the 3 Readings of the Icon in the Menaion.