St. Nicholas of Myra

Beatitudes on 8, Samaritan Woman: 4, from Ode 8; Hierarch: 4, from Ode 3.
 
1. Of Thine own will Thou didst endure death, O only Immortal One.  Thou didst make 
hades captive, didst break down the gates of brass, O King of heaven, and didst remove 
the prisoners held there from ages past, who unceasingly hymn the dominion of Thy 
goodness.
 
2. Of Thine own will Thou wast lifted up upon the Cross, O Longsuffering One.  Then 
the stones fell, the sun was extinguished, the veil of the Temple was rent in twain, the 
earth quaked, hades, utterly mocked, trembled and released all its prisoners.
 
3. O Lord, as the never-waning Light and Life of all Thou didst appear to those sitting in 
darkness; wherefore, as the assembly of the righteous beheld Thee, O Word, they lept up 
and cried: “Thou hast come to free from bonds all who hymn Thy dominion!”
 
4. At the sixth hour, O Savior, Thou didst sit by the well, and didst give the Samaritan 
woman living water and the water of understanding, in Thy great compassion.  With her 
do we all cry out, chanting: Bless the Lord unceasingly, O ye works of the Lord!
 
5. Health of body and cleansing of soul do we receive abundantly from thy divine 
Church as from a pool, O holy hierarch Nicholas; for through grace wonders pour forth 
upon them that trust in thee with faith unfeigned.
 
6. As thou art the most glorious favorite of Christ, O father, deliver thy servants, who 
honor the translation of thy holy relics, from all manner of danger, from grievous 
misfortunes and the sorrows that beset us.
 
7. Blighted by the frost of sin and driven by the wind of life, let me be warmed by thy 
prayers, gazing upon the likeness of thy divine image; for thou art a second sun, O father 
Nicholas, thou servant of Christ.
 
8. The earthly mind cannot comprehend heavenly mysteries; neither can a creature 
attain to knowledge of the Creator: for the birth of the Lord from the Virgin passeth 
man’s understanding.  And entreating her with faith, we shall receive remission of sins.

 

Troparia 
 
Tone 4:  Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the angel, /
and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, /
the women disciples of the Lord spake to the apostles exultantly: /
Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, //
granting to the world great mercy.
 
Glory… Tone 4:  The day of splendid solemnity is come; /
the city of Bari rejoiceth, /
and with it the whole world doth exult with hymns and spiritual songs.  /
For today is the sacred feast /
of the translation of the precious and much-healing relics /
of the hierarch Nicholas the wonder-worker.  /
For like the never-setting Sun, he shineth with brilliant beams of light, /
driving away the darkness of temptations and misfortunes /
from them that cry out with faith: /
Save us, O Nicholas, //
for thou art our intercessor!

 

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 3rd Tone:  O chant unto our God, chant ye; chant unto

our King, chant ye.

Choir:  O chant unto our God, chant ye; chant unto our King, chant ye.

Reader: Clap your hands, all ye nations; shout unto God with a voice of rejoicing.

Choir:  O chant unto our God, chant ye; chant unto our King, chant ye.

Reader:  In the 7th tone: The saints shall boast in glory and they shall rejoice upon their 
beds.

Choir:  The saints shall boast in glory and they shall rejoice upon their beds.

 

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

[Acts 15:5-34 (§36); Heb. 13:17-21 (§335)]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 4th Tone: Bend Thy bow, and proceed prosperously, and be king,

because of truth and meekness and righteousness.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  In the 2nd tone: Thy priests shall be clothed with righteousness, and Thy

righteous shall rejoice.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [John 10:17-28 (§37); Luke 6:17-23 (§24)]

 

Kontakia

Tone 3:  Thy relics have moved like a star, from the East unto the West, /

O holy hierarch Nicholas; /

and the sea hath been sanctified by thy passage. /

The city of Bari receiveth grace through thee, /

for thou hast been shown forth for us as a wonder-worker: //

illustrious, most wondrous and merciful.

 

Glory… Both now… Tone 8: 

Having come to the well in faith, the Samaritan woman saw Thee, the

Water of Wisdom, /

whereof having drunk abundantly, she, the renowned one, //

inherited the kingdom on high forever.

 

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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