St. John the Theologian / St. Arsenius the Great
Thursday of the 5th Week after Pascha
Vespers: Priest: Glory to the Holy. Choir: Amen.
Priest: Christ is risen 2 ½ times. The Choir sings: And upon those in the tombs bestowing life.
Blessed is the man.
Lord I have Cried, Tone 4, on 10: Samaritan woman: 3 (Finding the Samaritan woman); Apostle 4 (The beholder of ineffable revelations); Saint 3 (O divinely wise father Arsenius); G: Apostle (O ye of the race of man); N: Samaritan woman (Thou didst arrive at the well).
Entry, O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 5: O God, in Thy name save me.
3 Readings for the Apostle.
Litia: Temple; Apostle (Rivers of theology); Saint (O venerable father); G: Apostle (Reclining against the breast of Christ); N: Samaritan woman (The Son Who with the Father is equally without beginning – from the Doxasticon at the Matins Praises).
Aposticha: Apostle (Theologizing concerning the Son of the Most High); G: Apostle (O apostle of Christ); N: Samaritan woman (When the Lord came to the well).
Troparia: Apostle (O beloved apostle of Christ God) x2; O Theotokos and Virgin x1.
Matins: Choir: Christ is risen x3.
Reader: Glory to God in the highest; and the 6 psalms as usual.
God is the Lord, Tone 4; Troparia: Resurrection, Tone 4 (Having learned the joyful proclamation) x1; Apostle (O beloved apostle of Christ God); G: Saint (With the streams of thy tears); N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 8 (O Good One).
After the first Kathisma: Sessional hymns of the Apostle (As the disciple of Christ, the Master of all); G/N: Pentecostarion (As Thou didst open the fountain of Thy divinity – written as Sessional Hymn after second reading in Pentecostarion ).
After the second Kathisma: Sessional hymns of the Apostle (With hymns and sacred praises); G/N: Pentecostarion (As Thou didst open the fountain of Thy divinity).
Polyeleos and Magnification of the Apostle: We magnify thee, O holy apostle and evangelist John the Theologian, and we honor thy pains and labors whereby thou hast labored in the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ. Psalm verse: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands.
All the Sessional hymn of the Apostle; G/N: Pentecostarion (As Thou didst open the fountain of Thy divinity).
Hymns of Ascents, First Antiphon, Tone 4: From my youth.
Prokimenon of the Apostle, Tone 4: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth.
Matins Gospel: John 21:15-25 (§67).
Having beheld the resurrection x1; Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the holy apostle and evangelist John the Theologian; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Sticheron of the Apostle in the Menaion (O virgin theologian). Save, O God, Thy people.
Canon: Samaritan woman 4 Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.
Apostle 6 Holy apostle and evangelist John the Theologian, pray to God for us.
Saint 4 Venerable father Arsenius, pray to God for us.
Irmos of Samaritan woman (twice): O Thou Who didst smite Egypt. Katavasia: It is the day of resurrection.
After Ode 3, Kontakion ((Having come to the well in faith) and Ikos of Samaritan woman; Kontakion (From Rome thou didst shine forth) and Ikos of the Saint; Sessional hymn of the Apostle (Having reclined against the breast of Wisdom); G: Saint (Fleeing the tumults of the world); N: Pentecostarion (Let Heaven joyfully resound and exult now – see the sessional hymn for Matins of the Sunday of the Samaritan woman).
After Ode 6, Kontakion (Who can recount thy mighty works) and Ikos of the Apostle.
At Ode 9, More Honorable.
Exapostilarion: Apostle (As a Son of thunder); G: Saint (Thou didst turn); N: Samaritan woman (On coming to Samaria).
Praises, Tone 4, on 6: Pentecostarion 3 (As the Wellspring and Abyss of goodness – from the Matins Aposticha); Apostle 3 (O all-wise and blessed John); G: Apostle (O evangelist John); N: Pentecostarion (Let heaven and earth rejoice). After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Resurrection, Tone 4 (Having learned the joyful proclamation); Apostle; G: Saint; N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 8 (O Good One); the two remaining Litanies and Resurrectional Dismissal; First Hour.
Hours: Troparion: Resurrection, Tone 4 (Having learned the joyful proclamation); G: Apostle; Kontakion: Samaritan woman & Apostle, alternating.
Liturgy: The beginning, as on St. Thomas Sunday. Beatitudes on 8, Samaritan woman: 4, from Ode 7; Apostle: 4, from Ode 6.
After the entrance, the Troparia: Resurrection, Tone 4 (Having learned the joyful proclamation); Apostle; Saint; Kontakion of the Apostle; G: Saint; N: Samaritan woman.
Prokimenon, Tone 3: O chant unto our God, chant ye. & Tone 8: Their sound hath gone forth.
Epistle: Acts 14:20-27 (§35); 1 John 1:1-7 (§68).
Alleluia, Tone 4 & Tone 1 (Feast & Apostle).
Gospel: John 9:39-10:9 (§35); John 19:25-27, 21:24-25 (§61).
Instead of It is truly meet, we sing the refrain The angel cried, with the Irmos of the Ninth Ode of Pascha (Shine, shine).
Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord in the heavens. & Their sound hath gone forth.
And the rest as on St. Thomas Sunday.