Translation of the relics of St. Nicholas of Myra
Friday 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 8: Samaritan Woman: 3 (Behold ye Jesus the Messiah); Hierarch 5 (Having attained); G: Hierarch (Assembling, O ye who love the feasts of the Church); N: Samaritan Woman (Finding a Samaritan woman).
Entry, O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 6: My help cometh from the Lord.
3 Readings for the Hierarch.
Litia: Temple; Hierarch (Though the land of Myra is silent); G: Hierarch (O good servant of the faithful); N: Samaritan Woman (Jesus our Savior, the Wellspring – from the Doxasticon at the Matins Praises).
Aposticha: Hierarch (Let us bless Nicholas); G: Hierarch (O man of God); N: Samaritan Woman (Thus saith the Lord to the Samaritan woman).
Troparia: Hierarch (The day of splendid solemnity is come) 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) x2; G: Hierarch (The day of splendid solemnity is come); N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden).
After the first Kathisma: Sessional hymn Pentecostarion (The Samaritan woman, going as usual – written as Sessional Hymn after second reading in Pentecostarion); G/N: repeat.
After second Kathisma: Sessional hymns of the Hierarch (Thou didst make Thy hierarch wondrous); G/N: Pentecostarion (The Samaritan woman, going as usual).
Polyeleos and Magnification of the Hierarch: We magnify thee, O holy hierarch Nicholas, and we honor thy holy memory; for thou dost pray for us to Christ our God. Psalm verse: Hear this, all ye nations; give ear, all ye that inhabit the world.
Sessional hymns of the Hierarch (Having sanctified thyself); G/N: Pentecostarion (The Samaritan woman, going as usual).
Hymns of Ascents, First Antiphon, Tone 4: From my youth.
Prokimenon of the Hierarch, Tone 4: Precious in the sight of the Lord.
Matins Gospel: John 10:1-9 (§35 mid.).
Having beheld the resurrection x1; Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the Holy Hierarch Nicholas; N: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; Have mercy on me, O God; Sticheron of the Hierarch in the Menaion (O heir of God). Save, O God, Thy people.
Canon: Samaritan Woman 6 Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.
Hierarch 8 Holy Hierarch Father Nicholas, 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; Sessional hymn of the Hierarch (The translation of thy precious relics)); G/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 (Thy relics have moved like a star) and Ikos of the Hierarch.
At Ode 9, More Honorable.
Exapostilarion: Hierarch (Great are thy wonders); G: Samaritan Woman (On coming to Samaria); N: Samaritan Woman (On coming to Samaria).
Praises, Tone 5, on 6: Pentecostarion 3 (Arriving at the well to draw forth water – from the Matins Aposticha); Hierarch 3 (Having gazed steadfastly); G: Hierarch (Let us sound the trumpet); N: Pentecostarion (Jesus our Savior, the Wellspring of the principle of life – from the praises). After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Resurrection, Tone 4 (Having learned the joyful proclamation); G: Troparion of the Hierarch; N: Resurrectional Theotokion, Tone 4 (The mystery hidden); the two remaining Litanies and Resurrectional dismissal; First Hour.
Hours: Troparion: Resurrection, Tone 4 (Having learned the joyful proclamation); G: Hierarch; Kontakion: Samaritan Woman & Hierarch, alternating.
Liturgy: The beginning, as on St. Thomas Sunday. Beatitudes on 8, Samaritan Woman: 4, from Ode 8; Hierarch: 4, from Ode 3.
After the entrance, the Troparion of Resurrection, Tone 4; Hierarch; G: Kontakion of the Hierarch; N: Samaritan Woman.
Prokimenon, Tone 3: O chant unto our God, chant ye. & Tone 7: The saints shall boast in glory.
Epistle: Acts 15:5-34 (§36); Heb. 13:17-21 (§335).
Alleluia, Tone 4 & Tone 2.
Gospel: John 10:17-28 (§37); Luke 6:17-23 (§24).
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. & In everlasting remembrance.
And the rest as on St. Thomas Sunday.