Apodosis of Pascha

 

Senior Reader:  Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God,

have mercy on us. 

 

Choir: Amen.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the

tombs bestowing life. Thrice

 

The Senior Reader reads the stichoi, and the choir sings the troparion after each

stichos:

            Stichos 1: Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered, and let them that hate

Him flee from before His face.

Choir: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon

those in the tombs bestowing life.

            Stichos 2:  As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish, as wax melteth before the \

fire.

Choir:  Repeat Troparion

            Stichos 3:  So let the sinners perish at the presence of God, and let the righteous

be glad.

            Choir:  Repeat Troparion

            Stichos 4:  This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad

therein.

            Senior Reader:  Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

            Choir:  Repeat Troparion

            Senior Reader: Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.     

            Choir:  Repeat Troparion

Senior Reader:  Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death.

Choir:  And upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

 

We sign the usual Typical Psalms

 

Beatitudes on 8, from the Paschal Canon: 4, from Ode 3 (including the Irmos), and 4, from Ode 6:

 
1 & 2.  Come, let us drink a new drink, not one miraculously brought forth from a barren 
rock but the Fountain of Incorruption, springing forth from the tomb of Christ, in Whom 
we are strengthened.
 
3.  Now all things are filled with light; heaven and earth, and the nethermost parts of the 
earth; let all creation, therefore, celebrate the arising of Christ whereby it is strengthened. 
 
4.  Yesterday I was buried with Thee, O Christ; today I rise with Thine arising.  Yesterday 
I was crucified with Thee; do Thou Thyself glorify me with Thee, O Savior, in Thy 
kingdom.
 
5 & 6.  Thou didst descend into the nethermost parts of the earth, and didst shatter the 
eternal bars that held the fettered, O Christ, and on the third day, like Jonah from the 
whale, Thou didst arise from the tomb.
 
7. Having kept the seals intact, O Christ, Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Thou Who 
didst not break the seal of the Virgin by Thy birth, and Thou hast opened for us the doors 
of Paradise.
 
8. O my Savior, the living and unslain Sacrifice, when, as God, Thou, of Thine Own will, 
hadst offered up Thyself unto the Father, Thou didst raise up with Thyself the whole race 
of Adam, when Thou didst rise from the tomb.
 
Troparion:
 

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.

 

Reader: The Prokimenon in the 8th Tone: This is the day which the Lord hath made; let

us rejoice and be glad therein.

Choir:  This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein.

 

Reader:  O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever

Choir:  This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein.

Reader. This is the day which the Lord hath made

Choir: let us rejoice and be glad therein.
 

Reader: The Reading is from the Acts of  the Holy Apostles: 

[Acts 18:22-28 (§41)]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 4th Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Thou shalt rise up and have pity upon Zion.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  The Lord from heaven hath looked upon the earth.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [John 12:36-47 (§43)]

 

Kontakia:

 

Tone 4:  Blinded in the eyes of my soul, /

I draw nigh unto Thee, O Christ, like the man blind from his birth, /

and in repentance I cry to Thee: /

Thou art the exceeding radiant Light //

of those in darkness.

 

Glory… Both now… Tone 8:  Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal, /

Thou didst destroy the power of death. /

In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, /

proclaiming “Rejoice!” to the myrrh-bearing women; /

granting peace to Thine apostles, //

and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.

 

Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the

Canon of the feast, first Tone:

               Refrain:  The angel cried unto her that is full of grace: Rejoice, O pure Virgin!

And again I say, rejoice!  For thy Son is risen from the grave on the third day, and hath

raised the dead, O ye people, be joyful!

               Irmos:   Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon

thee; dance now and be glad, O Zion, and do thou exult, O pure Theotokos, in the arising

of Him Whom thou didst bear.

 

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