Sunday of the Prodigal Son / Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord / Tone 2 

Beatitudes on 12: Octoechos 4; Triodion 4, from Ode 6; Feast 4, from Ode 1.

 

1.  We offer Thee the cry of the thief, and we pray: Remember us in Thy kingdom, O

Savior.

 

2.  For the forgiveness of transgressions we offer unto Thee the Cross which Thou didst

accept for our sake, O Thou who lovest mankind.

 

3. We bow down in worship, O Master, before Thy burial and rising, whereby Thou hast

delivered the world from corruption, O Thou Who lovest mankind.

 

4. By Thy death hath death been slain, O Lord, and by Thy resurrection hast Thou saved

the world, O Savior.

 

5.  The depth of sin ever holds me fast, and the tempest of transgressions overwhelms me.

Pilot me, O Christ my God, to the haven of life and save me, King of glory.

 

6.  I have wasted in evil living the riches which the Father gave me, and now am brought

to poverty.  I am filled with shame and enslaved to fruitless thoughts.  Therefore I cry to

Thee who lovest mankind: Take pity on me and save me.

 

7.  I am wasted with hunger, deprived of every blessing, and an exile from Thy presence,

O Christ supreme in loving-kindness.  Take pity on me as I now return, and save me as I

sing the praises of Thy love for mankind.

 

8.  O Maiden who hast conceived Christ the Savior and Master, though in my poverty I

lack all good, count me worthy of salvation, O pure Virgin, that I may sing the praises of

thy majesty.

 

9. The Sun once shone with its rays upon dry land in the midst of the deep. For the water

on both sides became firm as a wall while the people crossed the sea on foot, offering this

song acceptable to God: Let us sing to the Lord; for gloriously is he glorified.

 

10. Let the clouds pour forth rain, for Christ the Sun Who is borne aloft upon a light

cloud is brought to the temple as a babe on the arm of the unblemished one.  Wherefore,

O ye faithful, let us cry aloud:  Let us sing unto the Lord, for gloriously hath He been

glorified!

 

11. Be strong, ye hands of Symeon feeble with age; and ye weary legs of the elder, move

quickly and straight to meet Christ, joining chorus with the incorporeal ones, chanting: 

Let us sing unto the Lord, for gloriously hath He been glorified!

 

12. O ye heavens stretched out in wisdom, be glad; and rejoice, O thou earth!  For Christ

the Artificer, having come forth from the most blessed womb of His Mother, is borne by

the Virgin Mother to God the Father as a babe, He Who was before all the ages, for

gloriously hath He been glorified!

 

Troparia

 

Tone 2:  When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, /

then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. /

And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, /

all the Hosts of the heavens cried out: //

O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

 

Glory...  Both now...

Tone 1:  Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, O Virgin Theotokos, /

for from thee hath risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, /

enlightening those in darkness. /

Rejoice, thou also, O righteous Elder, /

as thou receivest in thine arms the Redeemer of our souls, //

Who also granteth unto us the Resurrection.

 

The Epistle

 

Reader: The Prokimenon in the 2nd Tone:  The Lord is my strength and my song, and

He is become my salvation.

Choir:  The Lord is my strength and my song, and He is become my salvation.

Reader:  With chastisement hath the Lord chastened me, but He hath not given me over

unto death.

Choir:  The Lord is my strength and my song, and He is become my salvation.

Reader: In the 3rd Tone:  My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in

God my Savior.

Choir:  My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

 

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

Corinthians:  [I Cor. 6:12-20 (§135)]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 2nd Tone: The Lord hear thee in the day of affliction; the name

of the God of Jacob defend thee.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  O Lord, save the king, and hearken unto us in the day when we call upon Thee.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: In the 8th Tone: Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master,

according to Thy word.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [Luke 15:11-32 (§79)]

 

Kontakia

 

Tone 3:  Having foolishly abandoned Thy paternal glory, /

I squandered on vices the wealth which Thou gavest me. /

Wherefore, I cry unto Thee with the voice of the Prodigal: /

I have sinned before Thee, O compassionate Father. /

Receive me as one repentant, //

and make me as one of Thy hired servants.

 

Glory...  Both now... Tone 1: 

Thou Who didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb by Thy birth, /

and didst bless Symeon’s hands as was meet, /

by anticipation didst even now save us, O Christ God. /

But grant peace in the midst of wars unto Thy commonwealth, /

and strengthen Orthodox Christians //

whom Thou hast loved, O only Lover of mankind.

 

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

feast, Third Tone:

            Refrain:  O Virgin Theotokos, thou hope of Christians: Do thou protect, preserve,

and save those that hope in thee.

            Irmos:  In the shadow and the letter of the Law, let us, the faithful, discern a

figure: every male child that opens the womb shall be sanctified to God.  Therefore do

we magnify the firstborn Word and Son of the Father without beginning, the firstborn

Child of a Mother who hath not known a man.

 

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