23rd Sunday after Pentecost / 33 Martyrs of Melitene / Venerable Lazarus the Wonderworker

Beatitudes on 8, Octoechos 8.


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. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit let us glorify, saying: O Holy Trinity, save Thou our souls!


8. O Virgin, who ineffably conceived in the latter days and gavest birth unto thy Creator: Save those who magnify thee!




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]


Tone 4: In their sufferings O Lord, /

Thy martyrs received imperishable crowns from Thee, our God; /

for, possessed of Thy might, /

they cast down the tormentors and set at naught the feeble audacity of the demons. //

By their supplications save our souls.


Glory... Tone 8:

With prayerful vigils and outpourings of tears didst thou water thy pillar, /

and with sighs from the depths of thy soul thou didst bring forth fruit a hundredfold, /

and wast a shepherd, granting the petitions of all. //

O Lazarus our father, entreat Christ God, 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 6th Tone: Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

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 Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Ephesians:

[Eph. 2:4-10 (220); Gal. 5:22-6:2 (213)]


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: Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His commandments shall he greatly delight.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 8:41-56 (39); Matt. 4:25-5:12 (10)]




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.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Tone 8: The radiant choir of martyrs, the luminous company, /

descending to us noetically, hath illumined the Church today with wondrous rays, /

Wherefore, celebrating their honored memory, we ask of Thee, O our Savior: //

through their supplications deliver us from misfortunes, that we may chant unto Thee: Alleluia.


Glory... Tone 4: With gladness the Church of Christ /

doth glorify thee in psalms/

as a luminary most great. /

Wherefore, never cease thou to beseech Christ, /

that He grant forgiveness of transgressions unto all.


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.


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