The Second Sunday of Great Lent/ St Gregory Palamas / Tone 6
Beatitudes on 10: Octoechos 6; Hierarch 4, from Ode 3.
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.  The myrrh-bearing women who came to the tomb heard an angel cry out: Christ, Who hath enlightened all things is risen!
6.  Together let us all hymn Christ, Who was nailed to the Cross and hath delivered the world from beguilement.


7.  Holding fast to thy inspired teaching, we reject every false invention of the heretics, and we put them all to flight with thy holy writings, O Gregory.
8.  O blessed of God, thou hast refuted the foolish wisdom of the heretics.  He who is Himself the true Wisdom came to dwell in thy heart, and with His aid triumphantly thou hast broken their rebellious pride.
9.  In thy wisdom thou hast put to death every lust of the flesh that is condemned to perish, and through asceticism thou hast brought thy soul to life, devoting all its powers to the contemplation of God.
10.  With full knowledge and by my own free choice, I have eagerly desired a shameful and prodigal life; but through thy holy intercessions, O Virgin and Bride of God, bind my heart with divine love.


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.
[Troparion of the Temple]
Glory… Tone 8:  Light of Orthodoxy, pillar and teacher of the Church, /
adornment of monks, invincible champion of theologians, /
O Gregory, thou wonderworker, boast of Thessalonica, //
herald of grace, ever pray that our souls be saved.

Both now… Tone 8:  O Good One, Who for our sake wast born of the Virgin /

and, having endured crucifixion, cast down death by death, /

and as God revealed the resurrection: /

disdain not that which Thou hast fashioned with Thine own hand.  /

Show forth Thy love for mankind, O Merciful One; /

accept the Theotokos who gave Thee birth and prayeth for us; //

and save Thy despairing people, O our Savior!


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 5th Tone: Thou, O Lord, shalt keep us and shalt preserve us from this generation and for evermore.

Choir:  Thou, O Lord, shalt keep us and shalt preserve us from this generation and for evermore.

Reader:  Save me, O Lord for a righteous man there is no more.

Choir:  Thou, O Lord, shalt keep us and shalt preserve us from this generation and for evermore.

Reader:  In the 1st 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 Hebrews:

[Hebrews 1:10-2:3 (§304); Hebrews 7:26-8:2 (§318)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 6th Tone: He that dwelleth in the help of the Most High shall abide in the shelter of the God of heaven.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: He shall say unto the Lord: Thou art my helper and my refuge.  He is my God, and I will hope in Him.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

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

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Mark 2:1-12 (§7); John 10:9-16 (§36)]




[Kontakion of the Temple]


Glory… Tone 8: 

O sacred and divine organ of wisdom, clear trumpet of theology: /

we praise thee with one accord, O Gregory of divine speech; /

but as a mind standing before the Primordial Mind, //

direct our mind to Him, O father, that we may cry: Rejoice, O herald of grace!


Both now... Tone 4:  The season of the virtues hath now been revealed, /

and judgment is at the doors; /

therefore let us arise and keep the Fast, /

offering tears of compunction together with our alms, /

and let us cry: Our sins are more than the sands of the sea; /

but do Thou pardon us, O Creator of all, //

that we may receive incorruptible crowns.


Instead of “It is truly meet…”[Tone 8 in the Octoechos, but usually sung to one of many special melodies]:

All creation – the assembly of angels and the race of man – rejoiceth in thee, O thou who art full of grace, O sacred temple and noetical paradise, boast of virgins, from whom God, Who existeth from before time, was incarnate and became a child; for He made thy body a throne, and thy womb He made more spacious than the heavens.  All creation rejoiceth in thee, O thou who art full of grace.  Glory to thee!


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