17th Sunday After Pentecost / Hieromartyr Gregory of Armenia

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

 

1.  Remember us, O Christ, Thou Savior of the world, as Thou didst remember the thief

upon the Cross; and account us all worthy of Thy heavenly kingdom, O Thou Who alone

art compassionate.

 

2.  Hearken, O Adam, and rejoice with Eve; for he who of old stripped you both naked,

and by deception hath taken all of us captive, hath been set at nought by the Cross of

Christ.

 

3.  Nailed of Thine own will to the Tree, O our Savior, Thou didst deliver Adam from the

curse which came through the tree, and hast rewarded that which is in Thine image with a

dwelling in paradise, in that Thou art compassionate.

 

4.  Today is Christ risen from the tomb, granting incorruption unto all the faithful; and He

reneweth the joy of the myrrh-bearing women after His suffering and resurrection.

 

5.  Rejoice, O wise myrrh-bearing women, who were first to behold the resurrection of

Christ, and who proclaimed to the apostles the glad tidings of the restoration of the whole

world!

 

6.  O ye apostles, who are manifestly the friends of Christ and are to be enthroned with

Him in glory: entreat Him with boldness, that He intercede for us, for ye are His disciples.

 

7.   With the wounds of thy struggles thou didst break the teeth of the lions, and,

inundating the blood of the demons with the outpourings of thy blood, thou dost cast

down the temples of the idols from the foundation, O right wondrous one.

 

8. Neither the oppression of the wicked, nor bitter tortures, nor long imprisonment in a

most gloomy pit changed thine adamantine resolve, O right wondrous martyr.

 

9. Thou gavest no slumber to thine eyes, O martyr, until thou didst show forth as children

of the day those wickedly held fast in evil slumber, who cry: Holy art Thou, O Lord!

 

10. The martyr Rhipsimia, knowing thee to be the only Virgin Mother, O Maiden, desired

thy beauties; and, shining with her sufferings, she was led before Christ in thy train.

 

Troparia

 

Tone 8:  From on high didst Thou descend, O compassionate One; /

to burial of three days hast Thou submitted /

that Thou mightest free us from our passions. //

O our Life and Resurrection, O Lord, glory be to Thee.

 

[Troparion of the Temple]

 

Glory… Tone 4:  As thou didst share in the ways of the apostles /

and didst occupy their throne, /

thou didst find thine activity to be a passage to divine vision, /

O divinely inspired one.  /

Wherefore, speaking aright the word of truth, /

thou didst suffer for the Faith even to the shedding of thy blood.  /

O hieromartyr Gregory, /

entreat Christ God, /

that our souls be saved.

 

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 8th Tone: Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our

God.

Choir: Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God.

Reader: In Judea is God known, His name is great in Israel.

Choir: Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God.

Reader:  In the 7th Tone: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

Choir:  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

 

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

Corinthians:  [II Cor. 6:16-7:1 (§182 mid); II Cor. 16:13-24 (§166)].

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone: Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with

jubilation unto God our Savior.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Let us come before His countenance with thanksgiving, and with psalms let us

shout in jubilation unto Him.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  In the 2nd Tone: Thy priest shall be clothed in righteousness, and Thy righteous

shall rejoice.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [Luke 6:31-36 (§26); Matt. 24:42-47 (§103)]

 

Kontakia

 

Tone 8:  Having risen from the tomb, Thou didst raise up the dead and didst resurrect Adam. /

Eve also danceth at Thy Resurrection, //

and the ends of the world celebrate Thine arising from the dead, O Greatly-merciful one.

 

[Kontakion of the Temple]

 

Glory… Tone 2: O ye faithful, in songs and hymns /

let us all praise today /

the right glorious hierarch Gregory /

as an athlete, a vigilant shepherd and teacher, /

a universal luminary and champion; //

for he prayeth to Christ, that we be saved.

 

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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