Second Saturday of Lent, St. Benedict

Tone 8

 

Vespers with the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: Kathisma 18.

Small litany.

Lord, I have cried, Tone 4, on 10: The Idiomelon in the Triodion, x2 (Now is the accepted time); Martyrs 4 (O martyrs of the Lord – from Friday evening vespers in the Octoechos and LTS, p. 340); Saint 4 (Having from childhood renounced the world); G: Hymn for the dead, from the Octoechos, Tone 8 (I lament and weep); N: Dogmatic Theotokion, Tone 8 (In His love for mankind).

Entry with the censer; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the Triodion, Tone 4: Let Thy mercy and Thy truth continually help me.

Reading: Gen. 5:32-6:8.

Prokimenon of the Triodion, Tone 6: I said: O Lord, have mercy on me, heal my soul.

Reading: Prov. 6:20-7:1.

Let my prayer arise; and the rest of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.

 

 

Vespers, If the Presanctified Liturgy is not served: Kathisma 18.

Small litany.

Lord, I have cried, Tone 8, on 6: Martyrs 3 (O martyrs of the Lord – from Friday evening vespers in the Octoechos and LTS, p. 340); Saint 3 (Having from childhood renounced the world); G: Hymn for the dead, from the Octoechos, Tone 8 (I lament and weep); N: Dogmatic Theotokion, Tone 8 (In His love for mankind).

There is no entrance; Reader: O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the Triodion, Tone 4: Let Thy mercy and Thy truth continually help me.

Reading: Gen. 5:32-6:8.

Prokimenon of the Triodion, Tone 6: I said: O Lord, have mercy on me, heal my soul.

Reading: Prov. 6:20-7:1.

Vouchsafe, O Lord; Litany: Let us complete our evening prayer.

Aposticha: Idiomelon of the Triodion (which is the first verse at Lord I have cried, in the Triodion – Now is the accepted time) x2; The Martyricon from the Octoechos, Tone 8 (O martyrs of the Lord – from the stichera for Lord, I have cried for Friday evening, Tone 8) x1; G/N: Theotokion, Tone 8 (O pure Virgin, portal of the Word– from the Theotokia in the Eight Tones in the Appendix of the Menaion).

Troparia: O Apostles, Martyrs, and Prophets; G: Remember, O Lord; N: Theotokion (Holy mother of the Ineffable Light).

Litany: Have mercy on us, O God;

Prayer of St. Ephraim, with 3 prostrations.

The prayer: O All-Holy Trinity, the Consubstantial Dominion.

Blessed be the name of the Lord x3.

G/N: Psalm 33 is read.

Priest: Wisdom!

Choir: It is truly meet to bless thee, the Theotokos, ever-blessed and most blameless and Mother of our God.

Priest: O most holy Theotokos, save us.

Choir: More honorable.

Priest: Glory to Thee, O Christ our God and our Hope, glory to Thee.

Choir: G/N: Lord, have mercy x3. Father (Master) bless!

Dismissal.

 

 

Great Compline:  After the first Trisagion, the Troparia: O Apostles, Martyrs, and Prophets; G: Remember, O Lord; N: Theotokion (Holy mother of the Ineffable Light).

After the second Trisagion, we sing Have mercy on us, O Lord… as usual.

Canon of the departed from the Octoechos, from the canon at Matins, Tone 8.

After It is truly meet, Trisagion, Kontakion of the Departed (With the Saints give rest). 

Great Dismissal.

 

Saturday Midnight Office: 9th Kathisma.

 

Matins: The usual beginning for daily Matins.

In place of God is the Lord, we sing Alleluia, Tone 2, with the following verses (as at a Pannikhida):

1. Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen and hast taken to Thyself, O Lord.

2. Their remembrance is unto generation and generation.

3. Their souls shall dwell among good things.

Then these Troparia: O Apostles, Martyrs, and Prophets; G: Remember, O Lord; N: Theotokion (Holy mother of the Ineffable Light).

16th Kathisma. Small litany (usual, not for the departed). Sessional Hymns from the Octoechos, Tone 8 Martyrs (Mortifying the fiery form – 2nd hymn of the 1st set of sessional hymns in the Octoechos); Martyrs (O prophets, martyrs of Christ – 1st hymn of the 2nd set of sessional hymns); Verse (Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel); Martyrs (Those who have piously departed – 2nd hymn of the 2nd set of sessional hymns); Verse (Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen and taken to Thyself, O Lord); Hymn for the Dead (O Lord, Thou only Creator – Nekrosimon from the 2nd set of sessional hymns); G/N: Theotokion (Thee do we have as a rampart – from the 2nd set of sessional hymns – or you can use the hymns as arranged in the LTS, p. 341f).

Choir: Lord, have mercy x3; Glory; Reader: Both now; and he begins the first half of the 17th Kathisma, with the refrain Blessed art Thou, O Lord, sung slowly, softly, and repeatedly, by the choir, while this is read.  The last two verses (If Thy law had not been; & I will never forget Thy statutes) are sung thrice by the choir. 

Small Litany (for the departed): Deacon: Again and again, in peace let us pray to the Lord. Choir: Lord, have mercy. Deacon: Again we pray for the repose of the departed servants of God, our forefathers, fathers, brethren, and the Orthodox here and everywhere laid to rest and that they may be forgiven every transgression, both voluntary and involuntary. Choir: Lord, have mercy. Deacon: That the Lord God commit… Choir: Lord, have mercy. Deacon: The mercy of God… Choir: Grant this, O Lord. Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord  Choir: Lord, have mercy, x40, While the priest secretly says the prayer O God of spirits. Exclamation (For Thou art the Resurrection). Choir: Amen.

The second half of the 17th Kathisma is read, with the refrain Save me, O Savior, sung while this is read, as above.  Last two verses (My soul shall live; & I have gone astray) are sung thrice. 

Then immediately, the choir sings the Evlogitaria of the Departed (Blessed art Thou, O Lord; The choir of the saints; and the rest). Small Litany (for the departed, as previously). Sessional Hymn (Give rest, O our Savior); G/N Theotokion (O Christ God, Who didst shine forth); Psalm 50.

Canon (Odes 1-5):              In a Temple of the Lord or the Theotokos:

               Canon of the Temple (Including Irmos) 6

               St. Benedict                                              4      Venerable father Benedict, pray to God for us.

 

                                             In a Temple of a Saint:

               St. Benedict                                       4             Venerable father Benedict, pray to God for us.

               Canon of the Temple                       4

 

               Katavasia: There is no Katavasia after Odes 1, 4, and 5. The Katavasia after at Ode 3 is the Irmos of the last canon.

 

After Ode 3, Small Litany (usual); Kontakion (Thou wast enriched) and Sessional hymns of St. Benedict (Being a monk in manner pleasing to God); G/N: Theotokion (Stretching forth thy divine hand).

 

Canon (Odes 6-9):

               St. Benedict                                       4             Venerable father Benedict, pray to God for us.

               First Four Canticled Canon              4             Holy martyrs, pray to God for us.

               Second Four Canticled Canon         4             Holy martyrs, pray to God for us.

               2 Additional Troparia for the Martyrs and the Departed, with the refrains in the Triodion.

               Katavasia: Irmos of the Second Four Canticled Canon.

 

 

After Ode 6, Small Litany (departed), Kontakion (With the saints give rest) and Ikos (see Triodion, p. 135).

At Ode 9, More honorable.  After the Katavasia of the 9th Ode, It is truly meet.

Exapostilaria from the Triodion (not found in the English Triodion sources): O Creator of all, who as God didst adorn the heaven with stars, and by Thy saints enlightenest all the earth, save them that hymn Thee.  G: As God, who hast authority over both the living and the dead, give rest to Thy servants in the tabernacles of the elect, for even though they sinned, O Savior, yet they turned not away from Thee. N: The sweetness of the angels, the joy of the afflicted, the intercessor of Christians art thou, O Virgin Mother of the Lord: succor me and deliver me from the eternal torments.

Praises, (all the verses are read, down to Praise Him for His mighty acts), Martyrs 4 (Ye struggled greatly, O saints – Tone 8 of the Octoechos); G: The Departed, Tone 8 (For those who have lived in fornication); N: Theotokion, Tone 1 (I flee to thy protection – See also the LTS, p. 342f).

The priest does not say To Thee glory is due, but immediately Glory to Thee who has showed us the light.

Small Doxology is read; Litany: Let us complete our morning prayer.

At the Aposticha, stichera to the Departed in the Tone of the Week, Tone 8 (Dipping Thy fingers – with the refrains in the Octoechos; G/N: Theotokion (In that thou didst conceive – See also the LTS, p. 343).

It is good to give praise x1; Trisagion prayers; Troparia: O Apostles, Martyrs, and Prophets; G: Remember, O Lord; N: Theotokion (Holy mother of the Ineffable Light). Augmented Litany; First Hour; and Dismissal

 

Hours:  Troparia: O Apostles, Martyrs, and Prophets; G: Remember, O Lord; Kontakion: With the saints give rest.

 

Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: Beatitudes, Octoechos 6.

After the entrance: Troparion to All Saints (O Apostles, Martyrs, and Prophets); Departed (Remember, O Lord); G: Kontakion of the Departed (With the saints give rest); N: Theotokion (In thee we have a wall and a haven).

Prokimenon Tone 8, Be glad in the Lord. & Tone 6, Their souls shall dwell among good things.

Epistle: Heb. 3:12-16 (§309); I Thess. 4:13-17 (§270).

Alleluia, Tone 4 & 8.

Gospel: Mark 1:35-44 (§6); John 5:24-30 (§16).

Communion Hymn: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous. & Blessed are they whom thou hast chosen.

Dismissal.

After the Liturgy, a general Panikhida is served for all Orthodox Christians.