The Sunday of Holy Pentecost

 

It should go without saying that if one has any possible means of traveling to a Church

to attend the liturgy for Pentecost, they should do so.  However, if it is not possible

for one to do so, the following is provided so that at least they can participate in the

feast to the extent possible, under such circumstances.

 

In place of the usual antiphons, use the festal antiphons:

 

The First Antiphon (Second Tone)

 

Stichos 1:  The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament declareth

the work of His hands.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

Stichos 2:  Day unto day poureth forth speech and night unto night proclaimeth

knowledge.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

Stichos 3:  Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto

the ends of the world.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and

unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

 

The Second Antiphon (Second Tone)

 

Stichos 1:  The Lord hear thee in the day of affliction; the name of the God of

Jacob defend thee.

Refrain:  O Good Comforter, save us who sing to Thee:  Alleluia.

Stichos 2:  Let Him send forth unto thee help from His sanctuary, and out of Zion

let Him help thee.

Refrain.  O Good Comforter, save us who sing to Thee:  Alleluia.

Stichos 3: The Lord grant thee according to thy heart, and fulfill all thy purposes. .

Refrain:  O Good Comforter, save us who sing to Thee:  Alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and

unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

            O only-begotten Son and Word of God, Who art immortal, yet didst deign for our

salvation to be incarnate of the Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, and without

change didst become man, and was crucified, O Christ God, trampling down death by

death.  Thou Who art one of the Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy

Spirit, save us.

 

The Third Antiphon

 

Reader: Stichos 1:  O Lord, in Thy strength the king shall be glad, and in Thy salvation

shall he rejoice exceedingly.

            Choir: Tone 8:  Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, /

Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise, /

by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, /

and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. //

O Lover of mankind, glory be to Thee.

 

            Stichos 2:  The desire of his heart hast Thou granted unto him, and hast not

denied him the requests of his lips.

            Choir:  Repeat Troparion

            Stichos 3:  Thou wentest before him with the blessings of goodness, Thou hast set

upon his head a crown of precious stone.

            Choir:  Repeat Troparion

           

Instead of “O come let us worship…” the Choir signs the entry verse:

           

Be Thou exalted, O Lord, in Thy strength; we will sing and chant of Thy mighty acts.

 

And immediately after that, the choir sings the Troparion of the feast:

 

Tone 8:  Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, /

Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise, /

by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, /

and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. //

O Lover of mankind, glory be to Thee.

 

Instead of the Trisagion:  As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 

Alleluia.  Thrice.

            Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and

unto the ages of ages.  Amen.  Have put on Christ.  Alleluia.

            As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  Alleluia.

 

The Epistle

 

Reader: The Prokimenon in the 8th Tone: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth,

and their words unto the ends of the world.

Choir:  Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of

the world.

Reader:  The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work

of His hands.

Choir:  Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of

the world.

Reader:   Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth. 

Choir:  And their words unto the ends of the world.
 

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

[Acts 2:1-11]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  By the Word of the Lord were the heavens established, and all the might of

them by the Spirit of His mouth.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  The Lord looked down from heaven, He beheld all the sons of men.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [John 7:37-52; 8:12]

 

Kontakion

 

Tone 8:  Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues, /

the Most High divided the nations; /

and when He divided the tongues of fire, /

He called all men into unity; //

and with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.

 

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

of the feast, Fourth Tone:

 

            Irmos:   Rejoice, Thou, O Queen, the glory of both mothers and virgins!  For no

mouth, however fluent and well-spoken, can be so eloquent as to hymn thee worthily;

and every mind faileth to understand thy childbirth.  Wherefore, with one accord thee do

we magnify.

 

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