9th Sunday after Pentecost / Apostle Matthias / Afterfeast of the Transfiguration

Beatitudes on 12: Octoechos: 4; Feast: 4, from Ode 4; Apostle: 4, Ode 6.
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.  Forming the law in writing on Sinai, O Christ God, Thou wast manifest, borne in the cloud, the fire, the darkness and the whirlwind.  Glory to Thy power, O Lord!
6.  That Thou mayest confirm Thy glorious dispensation, O Christ God, in that Thou hast existed from before the beginning of time, Thou didst shine forth ineffably on Tabor, likewise setting Thine ascent in a cloud.
7.  O Master Who preserved intact the bush which had been touched by fire, Thou didst show Thy divinely radiant flesh unto Moses, who chanteth:  Glory to Thy power, O Lord!
8.  When Thou didst reveal Thyself to Moses, Elijah and the apostles, O Master, Thou wast seen to be an immaterial fire which consumeth not the matter of the body, being One in two essences, in two perfect natures.
9 & 10.  Thou becamest a god by adoption, deified by divine union, receiving pristine rays of light from God, and thou hast illumined the faith and cleansed the earth of the darkness of idolatry.
11.  Lo! every prophecy of the sacred prophets is contained in thee, the disciple; for thou wast an eye-witness, emulator and apostle of Him Whom thou didst proclaim of old, O Matthias, servant of God.
12.  O Virgin, we the faithful, call thee the noetic sanctuary, the untouchable mercy-seat, the golden lampstand, the spiritual table bearing the Bread of life.
Troparia & Kontakia

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.


Tone 7:  Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, /

showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure; /

shine forth Thou on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever-unending //

through the prayers of the Theotokos.  O Light-giver, glory be to Thee.


[Troparion of the Temple]

Tone 3:  O holy Apostle Matthias, / 
entreat the merciful God, // 
that He grant unto our souls remission of transgressions.


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 4:  
Thy luminous sound which hath gone forth like the sun into all the earth / 
doth enlighten the Church of the nations with grace, // 
O wondrous Apostle Matthias.


Both now… Tone 7:  On the mount Thou wast transfigured, /

and Thy disciples, as much as they could bear, beheld Thy glory, O Christ God; /

so that when they should see Thee crucified, /

they would know thy passion to be willing, /

and would preach to the world //

that Thou, in truth, art the Effulgence of the Father.


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 Same 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 Reading is from the First Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians: [I Cor. 3:9-17 (§128); Acts 1:12-17,21-26 (§2)]


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 1st Tone: The heavens confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the congregation of saints.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matt. 14:22-34 (§59); Luke 9:1-6 (§40)]


Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the First Canon of the feast, Forth Tone:


Refrain:  Magnify, O my soul, the Lord transfigured on Tabor.


Irmos:  Thy birthgiving was undefiled: /

God came forth from thy womb, /

and He appeared upon earth /

wearing flesh and made His dwelling among men; //

therefore we all magnify thee, O Theotokos.


Communion Verse:  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!



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