The Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian

Beatitudes on 8: From the canon of the Apostle: 4 from Ode 3, first canon; and 4 from Ode 6, second canon.


1 & 2.  Having received the kingdom of heaven which thou didst preach, O blessed one, and as a converser with the Word of heaven, by thy supplications preserve those who believe in thine honored preaching and theology.


3. Exhibiting a mighty mind, thou didst spurn all things on earth and the bonds of nature, O most wise one, and abiding noetically and spiritually with the Word thou hast freed from irrationality those who live senselessly.


4. Receiving most theologically an understanding of heavenly things, thou didst preach God the Word; and, proclaiming the glad tidings, thou didst teach: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with His Father, and the Word was God!


5.  Thy tongue of theology was truly like a writer’s pen, inscribing on the tablets of our hearts true understanding and the law which is truly new, O theologian.


6. O glorious one who, like a most excellent husbandman, hast caused the offshoots of impiety to wither at the root, plant thou the fear of God in my soul, the blossoming fruitfulness of the virtues.


7. He Who had most manifestly issued forth from the Virgin called thee her son.  With her make thou entreaty, that those who do that which is well-pleasing unto Him become children of God by adoption, O ever all-memorable one.


8. Through thee, O most immaculate one, God appeared to men in the likeness of the flesh.  Him do thou ever entreat, that He slay the pernicious wisdom of our flesh, O most pure one.




Glory… Tone 2:  O Apostle beloved of Christ our God, /

hasten to deliver a defenseless people.  /

He that allowed thee to recline on His breast, /

receiveth thee bowing in intercession.  /

Implore Him, O Theologian, /

to dispel the persistent cloud of the heathen, //

and ask for us His peace and great mercy. 


Both now… Tone 2: 

All of thy most glorious mysteries are beyond comprehension, O Theotokos; /

for, thy purity sealed and thy virginity intact, /

thou art known to be a true Mother, /

having given birth unto God.  //

Him do thou entreat, that our souls be saved.


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 First Catholic Epistle of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian. [I John 4:12-19 (§73 mid)].


Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone..

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the congregation of saints.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: God is glorified in the council of the saints.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [John 19:25-27,21:24-25 (§61)].




Tone 2:  Who can tell of thy mighty works, O virgin Saint? /

For thou pourest forth miracles, /

and art a source of healings, /

and thou dost intercede for our souls, //

as the Theologian and friend of Christ.


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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