31st Sunday after Pentecost / St. Theophan the Recluse / Afterfeast of Theophany

Beatitudes on 12: Octoechos: 4; Feast: 4, from Ode 5; Hierarch: 4, from Ode 6.


1.  Remember me when Thou comest in Thy kingdom, O God my Savior, and save me, for Thou alone lovest mankind.


2.  By a tree was Adam deceived; yet again by the Tree of the Cross was the thief saved, who cried out: Remember me in Thy kingdom, O Lord!


3.  O Bestower of life, Who hadst broken down the gates and portals of hades, Thou hast saved all who cry out to Thee, O Savior: Glory to Thine arising!


4.  O Thou Who by Thy burial hast made death captive, and by Thy resurrection hast filled all with joy: remember me, in that Thou art compassionate.


5.  When countless people went down to be baptized of John, Thou Thyself didst stand in their midst.  And he announced to those present: “Who hath told you, O rebellious ones, to avoid the impending wrath?  Bring forth fruits worth of Christ; for He standeth before you, granting peace.”


6.  Standing in their midst, the Creator and Fashioner alone trieth the hearts of all; and taking his winnowing-fan in His hand, He most wisely doth separate the harvest of the whole world, letting the chaff fall away; and He granteth eternal life to the fruitful.


7. Beholding him whom He had formed of dust bound by inescapable bonds in the darkness of sin, the Creator raised him up and laid him on His shoulders; and now, in the midst of abundant waters, He cleanseth him of the ancient shame of Adam’s inclination toward sin.


8.  With piety let us eagerly hasten to the most pure wellsprings of the stream of salvation: and, gazing upon the Word Who is come forth from the incorrupt Virgin, let us drink the pure water which quencheth our holy thirst, gently healing the infirmity of the world.


9.  Thou didst tread the narrow path to salvation, and as one meek didst cry unceasingly to the Meek One: It is good for me to cleave unto God!


10. Desiring the Truth of Christ, thou didst joyfully endure tribulations and afflictions, ever mindful that as there is no crown save there be a victory, so is there no victory except there be struggle.


11. As thou abidest in the house of the heavenly Father, O father Theophanes, forget not us, thy children, but by thy supplications vouchsafe that we also may enter the wedding-chamber of the Lord of glory.


12. Who doth not call thee blessed, O all-holy Virgin?  Who doth not hymn thine all-pure birthgiving?  Entreat thy Son and God, O pure and most blessed one, that our souls may find mercy.


Tone 6: Angelic hosts were above Thy tomb, /

and they that guarded Thee became as dead. /

And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate body. /

Thou didst despoil hades and wast not tempted by it. /

Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life.  //

O Thou Who didst rise from the dead, O Lord, glory be to Thee.


Glory… Tone 8: O guide of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and purity, /

ascetic of Vyshensk, divinely wise and holy hierarch Theophan: /

By thy writings thou didst explain the Word of God, /

and hast shown the way to salvation unto all the faithful. //

Entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved.


Both now… Tone 1:  When Thou, wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, /

the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; /

for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee,  /

calling Thee His beloved Son. /

And the Spirit in the form of a dove /

confirmed the certainty of the word. /

O Christ our God, Who hast appeared //

and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 1st Tone:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Choir:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

ReaderRejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright.

Choir:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Reader:  In the Same Tone: My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Choir:  My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.


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

[Eph. 4:7-13 (§224 mid); Heb. 7:26-8:2 (§318)].


Reader: Alleluia in the 5th Tone: Of Thy mercies, O Lord, will I sing for ever. Unto generation and generation will I declare Thy truth will my mouth.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

ReaderMercy shall be built up for ever.  In the heavens shall Thy truth be established.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: In the 2nd Tone: The mouth of the righteous shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak of judgment.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matt. 4:12-17 (§8); John 10:9-16 (§36)].




Tone 6:

Having by His life bestowing hand raised up all the dead out of the dark abysses, /

Christ God, the Giver of life, hath bestowed the Resurrection upon the fallen human race; /

for He is the Savior of all, //

the Resurrection, and the Life, and the God of all.


Glory… Tone 4: O holy hierarch Theophan, /

namesake of the Theophany: /

By thy teachings thou didst enlighten many of the people. /

And standing now with the angels before the throne of the Holy Trinity, //

pray thou unceasingly in behalf of us all.


Both now... Tone 4:  Thou hast appeared today unto the whole world, /

and Thy light, O Lord, hath been signed upon us /

who with knowledge chant unto Thee: /

Thou hast come, Thou hast appeared, //

O Light Unapproachable.


Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the First Canon of the feast, Second Tone:

            Refrain:  Magnify, O my soul, her who is more honorable than the host on high, the most pure Virgin Theotokos.

            Irmos:   Every tongue is at a loss to praise thee as is due: /

even a spirit from the world above is filled with dizziness, when it seeketh to sing thy praises, O Theotokos. /

But since thou art good, accept our faith: /

Thou knowest well our love inspired by God, //

for thou art the Protector of Christians and we magnify thee.


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