30th Sunday After Pentecost / St. Seraphim of Sarov & Forefeast of Theophany

Beatitude Verses: Octoechos: 4; Forefeast 4, from ode 3; Saint 4, from Ode 6


1.  Believing Thee to be God, O Christ, the thief on the cross confessed Thee in a pure

manner, crying out from the depths of his heart:  Remember me in Thy kingdom, O Lord!


2.  Together let us hymn as Savior and Creator, Him Who on the Cross budded forth life

for our race and caused the curse which originated from the tree to wither up.


3.  By Thy death hast Thou destroyed the power of death, O Christ, and Thou didst raise

up with Thyself the dead of ages past, who now hymn Thee as our true God and Savior.


4.  Arriving at Thy tomb, O Christ, the honorable women sought to anoint Thee with

myrrh, O Bestower of life; but an angel appeared to them, crying out: The Lord is risen!


5& 6.  “The Christ hath appeared!” the Forerunner crieth out, “And He cometh up to the

streams of the Jordan!  Let us make haste to greet Him, enlightened by pure thoughts!”


7.  O my God, Thou deliverance of all, having clothed Thyself in mine abundant poverty,

Thou approachest to be baptized, seeking me who have strayed from the right path.


8.  Let earth and heaven now join chorus, for the Benefactor of all is baptized,

submerging the multitude of our countless transgressions in the waters.


9.  We are all full of sin, but thy supplications, O venerable Seraphim, ascend unto the

Lord like fragrant incense.  And we now pray thee: Still thou the raging tempest of

ungodliness in the land of Russia, and ask of the Lord salvation for our souls.


10.  Truly blessed wast thou, O venerable Seraphim, having acquired riches through

poverty, and through tears, joy – which thou didst abundantly bestow upon those who

came to thee.  And now thou dost emit rays of miracles and healest all that have recourse

unto thee with faith.


11.  Having dug with thine own hands a well in the wilderness, O venerable one, thou

didst give drink unto the thirsty that came unto thee.  And now thou healest the diseases

of the sick with the water therefrom.  Truly, the Master hath shown thee forth unto all as

a miraculous intercessor and wonderworker, O venerable one.


12.  We confess thee to be the Mother of God indeed, the true Theotokos, for by thy

birthgiving have we been delivered from the curse of corruption, through the loving-

kindness of God, Who loveth mankind, and have been called to life incorruptible.




Tone 5:  Let us, O faithful, praise and worship the Word /

Who is co-unoriginate with the Father and the Spirit, /

and Who was born of the Virgin for our salvation; /

for He was pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh /

and to endure death, //

and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.


Glory… Tone 4: From thy youth thou didst love Christ, O blessed one, /

and ardently desiring to work for Him alone /

thou didst struggle in the wilderness with constant prayer and labor; /

and having acquired love for Christ with compunction of heart, /

thou didst prove to be the beloved favorite of the Mother of God.  /

Wherefore, we cry to thee: //

Save us by thy prayers, O Seraphim, our holy father.


Both now… Tone 4:  Make ready O Zebulon, /

and prepare thyself, O Naphtali. / 

O River Jordan, stand /

and leap for joy at receiving the Lord Who cometh to be baptized. / 

Rejoice, O Adam, with our first mother, /

hide not yourselves as in paradise of old. /

For seeing us naked, He hath appeared, /

that He may clothe us with our first garment. //

Christ hath appeared wishing to renew the whole of creation.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 6th Tone:  Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine


Choir: Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Reader: Unto Thee, O Lord, Will I cry; O my God, be not silent unto me.

Choir: Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Reader:  In the 7th Tone: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints

Choir:  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints


Reader: The Reading is from the Second Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to Timothy:

[2nd Timothy 4:5-8; Colossians 1:12-18 & Galatians 5:22-6:2]


Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone: God be gracious unto us and bless us.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Cause Thy face to shine upon us, and have mercy on us.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  In the same Tone: Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His

commandments shall he greatly delight.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Mark 1:1-8; Luke 6:17-23a]




Tone 5:  Unto hades, O my Savior, didst Thou descend, /

and having broken its gates as one omnipotent, /

Thou, as Creator, didst raise up the dead together with Thyself. /

And Thou didst break the sting of death, /

and didst deliver Adam from the curse, O Lover of mankind. /

Wherefore, we all cry unto Thee: //

Save us, O Lord.


Glory… Tone 2:  Having left the beauty of the world /

and what is corrupt in it, O Saint, /

thou didst settle in Sarov Monastery. /

And having lived there an angelic life, /

thou wast for many the way of salvation. /

Wherefore, Christ hath glorified thee, O Father Seraphim, /

and hath enriched thee with the gift of healing and miracles.  /

And so we cry to thee: //

Rejoice, O Seraphim, our holy father.


Both now… Tone 4:  In the streams of the Jordan today /

the Lord cried to John: /

Be not afraid to baptize Me, /

for, I am come to save Adam, //

the first-fashioned man.