Fourth Sunday of Great Lent / St. John Climacus / Tone 8

Beatitudes on 8, from the Octoechos.


1.  Remember us, O Christ, Thou Savior of the world, as Thou didst remember the thief 
upon the Cross; and account us all worthy of Thy heavenly kingdom, O Thou Who alone 
art compassionate.
2.  Hearken, O Adam, and rejoice with Eve; for he who of old stripped you both naked, 
and by deception hath taken all of us captive, hath been set at nought by the Cross of 
3.  Nailed of Thine own will to the Tree, O our Savior, Thou didst deliver Adam from the 
curse which came through the tree, and hast rewarded that which is in Thine image with a 
dwelling in paradise, in that Thou art compassionate.
4.  Today is Christ risen from the tomb, granting incorruption unto all the faithful; and He 
reneweth the joy of the myrrh-bearing women after His suffering and resurrection.
5.  Rejoice, O wise myrrh-bearing women, who were first to behold the resurrection of 
Christ, and who proclaimed to the apostles the glad tidings of the restoration of the whole 
6.  O ye apostles, who are manifestly the friends of Christ and are to be enthroned with 
Him in glory: entreat Him with boldness, that He intercede for us, for ye are His disciples.
7.  O unoriginate Trinity, indivisible Essence, Unity equally enthroned, equal in honor 
and glory, transcendent Nature and Kingship: Save us who praise Thee with faith!
8. Rejoice, spacious habitation of God!  Rejoice, ark of the new covenant!  Rejoice, jar 
whence the heavenly Manna is given to all!

Tone 8:  From on high didst Thou descend, O compassionate One; /

to burial of three days hast Thou submitted /

that Thou mightest free us from our passions. //

O our Life and Resurrection, O Lord, glory be to Thee.

[Troparion of the Temple]

Glory… Tone 1:  O John our father, saint of God, /

thou wast revealed as a citizen of the desert, /

an angel in a body and a worker of miracles.  /

Through fasting, prayer and vigils thou hast received heavenly gifts of grace, /

and thou healest the sick and the souls of those that turn to thee with faith. /

Glory to Him who gave thee strength; /

glory to Him who crowned thee; //

glory to Him who through thee grants to all men healing.


Both now… Tone 1:  When Gabriel announced to thee, “Rejoice!”, O Virgin, /

the Master of all became incarnate within thee, the holy tabernacle, at his cry, /

as the righteous David said. /

Thou wast shown to be more spacious than the heavens, /

having borne thy Creator.  /

Glory to Him Who made His abode within thee!  /

Glory to Him Who came forth from thee!  //

Glory to Him Who hath set us free by thy birthgiving.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 8th Tone:  Make your vows and pay them to the Lord

our God.

Choir: Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God.

Reader:  In Judea is God known, His name is great in Israel.

Choir:  Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God.

Reader:  In the 7th Tone:  The saints shall boast in glory and they shall rejoice upon

their beds.

Choir:  The saints shall boast in glory and they shall rejoice upon their beds.


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

[Hebrews 6:13-20 (§314); Ephesians 5:9-19 (§229)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone: Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with

jubilation unto God our Savior.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Let us come before His countenance with thanksgiving, and with psalms let us

shout in jubilation unto Him.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: In the 2nd Tone: They that are planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of

our God they shall blossom forth.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Mark 9:17-31 (§40); Matthew 4:25-5:12 (§10)]




Tone 8:  Having risen from the tomb, Thou didst raise up the dead and didst resurrect Adam. /

Eve also danceth at Thy Resurrection, //

and the ends of the world celebrate Thine arising from the dead, O Greatly-merciful one.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Glory… Tone 4:  
Truly the Lord hath set thee as a fixed star in the firmament of abstinence, /
giving light to the ends of the earth, //
O father John our teacher.


Both now... Tone 6:

O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, /

O mediation unto the creator unfailing, /

disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, /

but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; /

hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, //

thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


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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