18th Sunday After Pentecost / Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus

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

 

1.  Through food did the enemy lead Adam forth from paradise; but by the Cross hath

Christ led back to it the thief who cried:  Remember me when Thou comest in Thy

kingdom!

 

2.  With Adam and the thief I worship Thy sufferings and glorify Thy resurrection; and I

cry out with a splendid voice:  Remember me, O Lord, when Thou comest in Thy

kingdom!

 

3.  O Sinless One, of Thine own will Thou wast crucified and placed in the Tomb, yet

Thou didst arise as God, raising up with Thyself Adam who crieth out: Remember me

when Thou comest in Thy kingdom!

 

4.  Raising up the temple of Thy body by Thy resurrection on the third day, O Christ

God, Thou didst raise up Adam and his descendants who cry: Remember me when Thou

comest in Thy kingdom!

 

5.  Very early, the myrrh-bearing women arrived, weeping, at Thy tomb, O Christ God;

and they found an angel sitting there, clad in white garments, who said: What seek ye? 

Christ is risen!  Lament no longer!

 

6.  When Thine apostles went to the mountain whither Thou hadst commanded them to

go, and saw Thee, O Savior, they worshipped Thee; and Thou didst send them unto the

nations, to teach and baptize them.

 

7.  He Who, as God, alone knew all things before they came into being, seeing now your

offerings to Him, hath filled you abundantly with the wisdom of discourse, divine

knowledge and steadfast thought, for ye are His warriors, O blessed ones.

 

8. O martyred athletes, favorites of Christ, wishing to suffer lawfully, with love for the

Creator and divinely wise mind ye spurned corruptible and transitory glory, this world

and the prince thereof.

 

9. Standing before the Lord in the all-pure thoughts of your mind, and filled thence with

splendor, and manifestly delighting in ineffable blessedness, deliver from dangers those

who honor you, O athletes.

 

10. Adam, the first to come under the dominion of death, hath now been delivered by thy

birthgiving, O only Bride of God; for in manner transcending nature thou gavest birth to

the truly hypostatic Life united to the flesh hypostatically, O pure one.

 

Troparia

 

Tone 1: When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, /

And the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, /

Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, /

granting life unto the world. /

Wherefore, the Hosts of the Heavens cried out to Thee, O Life-giver: /

Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ. /

Glory to Thy kingdom. //

Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Lover of mankind.

 

[Troparion of the Temple]

 

Glory… 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.

 

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 1st Tone:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according

as we have hoped in Thee.

Choir:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Reader:  Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright.

Choir:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Reader:  The Prokimenon in the 4th Tone: In the saints that are in His earth hath the

Lord been wondrous; He hath wrought all His desires in them.

Choir:  In the saints that are in His earth hath the Lord been wondrous; He hath wrought

all His desires in them.

 

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

[II Cor. 9:6-11 (§188); Heb. 11:33-12:2 (§330)]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone: O God who givest avengement unto me and hast

subdued people under me.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  It is He that magnifieth the salvation of His king and worketh mercy for His

anointed, for David and for His seed unto eternity.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: In the 2nd tone: Behold now, what is so good or so joyous as for brethren to

dwell together in unity? 

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [Luke 7:11-16 (§30); Luke 21:12-19 (§106)]

 

Kontakia

 

Tone 1: As God, Thou didst arise from the tomb in glory, /

and Thou didst raise the world together with Thyself. /

And mortal nature praiseth Thee as God, /

and death hath vanished. /

And Adam danceth, O Master, /

and Eve, now freed from fetters, rejoiceth as she crieth out: /

Thou art He, O Christ, //

that grantest unto all resurrection.

 

[Kontakion of the Temple]

 

Glory… Tone 2:  Manfully arming your mind against the enemy, O most lauded martyrs, /

ye destroyed all their falsehood, /

receiving the trophy of victory from on high, /

and crying out with oneness of mind: //

How good and joyous it is to be with God!

 

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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