17th Sunday after Pentecost / Hieromartyr Hierotheus, Bishop of Athens

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 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.  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!
 
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:  Having learned goodness and been watchful in all things, /
arrayed, as befitteth a priest, in a good conscience, /
thou didst draw from the Chosen Vessel ineffable mysteries; /
and, having kept the Faith, thou didst finish a course like unto his.  //
O Hieromartyr Hierotheus, entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved.
 
Both now… 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: Make your vows.

Choir: And pay them to the Lord our God.

 

Reader: The Reading is from the Second Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians: [II Cor. 6:16-7:1 (§182 mid)]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone:

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  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!

 

Gospel [Luke 6:31-36 (§26)]

 

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 4:  In that thou wast an unshakable pillar, O Hierotheus, /
thou wast not afraid of the threats of the enemy, /
but hurled like a precious stone, /
didst destroy the fortress of falsehood, O father. /
Wherefore, with His life-giving and divine right hand /
the Master crowneth thee who hadst battled well.  //
Him do thou entreat in behalf of us 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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