25th Sunday after Pentecost / Venerable Martyr Stephen the New

Beatitudes on 10 Octoechos 6; Martyr 4, from Ode 3.

 

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

Christ.

 

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

world!

 

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.  Thy mind, made beautiful through gazing upon God, O father, was shown to be most

comely, truly filled with every grace, and partaking of divine splendor.

 

8.  Venerating the precious icon of Christ and her who gave birth to Him, O blessed one,

with the power of the divine Spirit thou didst despise the vile command of the impious

emperor.

 

9. The most mindless one, binding with iron fetters thee who dost possess a heart of iron,

sent thee to prison, O most blessed Stephen, as a preserver of the dogmas of Christ.

 

10.  From thee, the only pure one, was the all-divine Word incarnate, as is known; and He

hath saved from corruption us who worship His divine condescension, in that He is full of

loving-kindness.

 

Troparia

 

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 4:  Struggling in fasting upon the mountain, /

thou didst slay the noetic hordes of the enemy with the weapon of the Cross, /

O most blessed one, /

and didst manfully arm thyself again for martyrdom, /

slaying Copronymus with the sword of the Faith. /

And for both hast thou been crowned by God, //

O ever-memorable venerable-martyr Stephen.

 

Glory… Tone 4: The mystery hidden from before the ages /

and unknown even to the angels, /

through thee, O Theotokos, hath been revealed to those on earth: /

God incarnate in unconfused union, /

Who willingly accepted the Cross for our sake /

and thereby raising up the first-formed man, //

hath saved our souls from death.

 

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 Same 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 Ephesians:

[Eph. 4:1-6 (§224); II Tim. 1:8-18 (§291)]

 

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

delight.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [Luke 13:10-17 (§71); Matt. 10:23-31 (§37)]

 

Kontakia

 

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 3: 

From a barren woman didst thou, the offshoot of a root, /

grow forth, O venerable father, /

namesake of the protomartyr; /

and thou wast shown to be a great instructor of monks, /

unafraid of the wrath of the emperor /

who refused to venerate the image of Christ. /

Wherefore, in dying thou didst receive the crown of martyrdom, //

O Stephen.

 

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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