14th Sunday after Pentecost / The Dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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


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 Christ, by the Spirit Thou hast sanctified Thy Church on earth, anointing it today with the oil of gladness.


8.  O Good One, Thou hast revealed today the tabernacle, made of men’s hands, of Thy glory, which passeth understanding, a well-built dwelling-place.


9.  Having Thee as an immovable foundation, O Christ, the Church is crowned with Thy Cross as with a royal diadem.


10.  Thou alone on earth, O Mother of God, art the mediatress of good things which transcend nature; wherefore, we offer to thee the cry: Rejoice!




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.


Glory… Tone 4: Thou didst show forth the beauty /

of the holy dwelling-place of Thy glory here below, O Lord, /

like the splendor of the firmament on high. /

Establish it for all ages, /

and through the Theotokos /

accept the supplications we unceasingly offer unto Thee therein, //

O Thou life and resurrection of all.


Both now… Tone 4:  O Lord, we offer unto Thee in supplication /

the life-creating Cross of Thy goodness, /

which Thou hast bestowed upon us, /

unworthy though we are. /

Save Thou all Orthodox Christians, and this Thy city, /

which entreateth Thee through the Theotokos, //

O Thou Who alone lovest mankind.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 6th Tone:  Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Choir: Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Reader: Unto Thee, O Lord, Will I cry; O my God, be not silent unto me.

Choir: Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Reader:  In the 4th Tone: Holiness becometh Thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.

Choir:  Holiness becometh Thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.


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

[Gal. 6:11-18 (§215); II Cor. 1:21-2:4 (§170); Heb. 3:1-4 (§307) ]


Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone: I have raised up one chosen out of my people; with my holy oil have I anointed him.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: For My hand shall be unto Him an ally, and Mine arm shall strengthen him.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  In the 2nd Tone: His foundations are in the holy mountains.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [John 3:13-17 (§9); Matt. 22:2-14 (§89); Matt. 16:13-18 (§67)]


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.


Glory… Both now... Tone 2: Grant inner enlightenment and spiritual renewal of heart /

unto those who with faith celebrate the sacred dedication of the temple of Thy house, /

which it was Thy good pleasure to have built unto Thy divine name, //

O Thou Who art glorious in the saints.


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