22nd Sunday after Pentecost / Apostles Stachys, Amplius and company / The Holy Martyr Epimachus

Beatitude Verses: Octoechos: 8

 

1.  Believing Thee to be God, O Christ, the thief on the cross confessed Thee in a pure manner, crying out from the depths of his heart:  Remember me in Thy kingdom, O Lord!

 

2.  Together let us hymn as Savior and Creator, Him Who on the Cross budded forth life for our race and caused the curse which originated from the tree to wither up.

 

3.  By Thy death hast Thou destroyed the power of death, O Christ, and Thou didst raise up with Thyself the dead of ages past, who now hymn Thee as our true God and Savior.

              

4.  Arriving at Thy tomb, O Christ, the honorable women sought to anoint Thee with myrrh, O Bestower of life; but an angel appeared to them, crying out: The Lord is risen!

 

5.  When Thou wast crucified between two condemned thieves, O Christ, one of them blasphemed Thee and was justly damned, while the other confessed Thee and dwelleth now in paradise.

 

6.  When they had come to the choir of the apostles, the honorable women cried out: Christ is risen!  Let us worship Him as Master and Creator.

 

7.  O indivisible Trinity, all-effecting and all-powerful Unity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:  Thee do we hymn as our true God and Savior!

 

8.  Rejoice, O animate temple of God and impassible gate!  Rejoice, O fiery throne which burneth yet is not consumed!  Rejoice, O Mother of Emmanuel, Christ our God!

 

Troparia

 

Tone 5:  Let us, O faithful, praise and worship the Word /

Who is co-unoriginate with the Father and the Spirit, /

and Who was born of the Virgin for our salvation; /

for He was pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh /

and to endure death, //

and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.

 

[Troparion of the Temple]

 

Tone 3:  O holy Apostles, /

intercede with the merciful God, //

that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of offenses.

 

Glory… Tone 4:  In his sufferings O Lord, /

Thy martyr Epimachus hath received an imperishable crown from Thee, our God; /

for, possessed of Thy might, /

he set at nought his tormentors and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.  //

By his supplications save Thou 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 5th Tone: Thou, O Lord, shalt keep us and shalt preserve us from this generation and for evermore.

Choir:  Thou, O Lord, shalt keep us and shalt preserve us from this generation and for evermore.

Reader:  Save me, O Lord for a righteous man there is no more.

Choir:  Thou, O Lord, shalt keep us and shalt preserve us from this generation and for evermore.

Reader:  Thou, O Lord, shalt keep us and shalt preserve us.

Choir:  From this generation and for evermore.

 

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

[Gal. 6:11-18 (§215)]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 5th Tone:

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Of Thy mercies, O Lord, will I sing for ever.  Unto generation and generation will I declare Thy truth with my mouth.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  For Thou hast said: Mercy shall be built up for ever, in the heavens shall Thy truth be established.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [Luke 8:26-39 (§38)]

 

Kontakia

 

Tone 5:  Unto hades, O my Savior, didst Thou descend, /

and having broken its gates as one omnipotent, /

Thou, as Creator, didst raise up the dead together with Thyself. /

And Thou didst break the sting of death, /

and didst deliver Adam from the curse, O Lover of mankind. /

Wherefore, we all cry unto Thee: //

Save us, O Lord.

 

[Kontakion of the Temple]

 

Glory… Tone 8:

Let us hymn the wise apostles as is meet: Appellius, Urban and Aristobulus, /

Amplias, Narcissus and Stachys, whom the grace of our God brought together, //

as sacred treasures of the most Holy Spirit and effulgences of the Sun of glory.

 

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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