27th Sunday After Pentecost / St. Sabbas the Sanctified

Beatitudes on 10 Octoechos 6; Saint 4, from Ode 3.
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. Risen from the tomb, Thou didst meet the myrrh-bearing women; and Thou didst tell Thy disciples to announce Thine arising.
6. Those who slept in darkness, beholding Thee, the Light, in the nethermost parts of hades, O Christ, were raised from the dead.
7. Having set thy mind as master over the passions, O thou who art most rich, thou didst show thyself forth as a dispenser of justice; for thou didst manifestly subject what is worst to that which is better. Wherefore, thou didst flourish in the desert like a palm tree, O father.
8. Having resolved to follow in the steps of the Master, thou didst forsake thy homeland; and, making thine abode in the desert, thou didst denounce the diverse wiles of the enemy, didst unmask them in the sight of all, and didst set at naught his overweening audacity, O wise one.
9. Perceiving thee to be sacred of soul and adorned with simplicity of intent and with the virtues, Euthymius, the most radiant luminary, accepted thee, prophetically proclaiming thy splendor, O most blessed one.
10.  O Virgin Mother, thou hast truly been known to be the splendid portal of the dispensation of the Word, Who saveth us; for upon us hast thou brought forth the noetic Effulgence of the all-divine Godhead.
Troparia & Kontakia
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.

Tone 8: With streams of thy tears thou didst irrigate the barren desert, /

and with sighs from the depths of thy soul thou didst make it to bear fruit an hundredfold./

Thou wast a beacon to the whole world, radiating miracles.  //

O Sabbas our father, entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved!


Tone 2:  Thou didst rise from the tomb, O omnipotent Savior, /
and Hades was terrified on beholding the wonder; /
and the dead arose, /
and creation at the sight thereof rejoiceth with Thee. /
And Adam also is joyful, //
and the world, O my Savior, praiseth Thee for ever.


Glory… Tone 8:  
In thy virtue didst thou offer thyself from childhood unto God as an unblemished sacrifice, / 
O blessed Sabbas, becoming a gardener in the garden of piety. / 
Therefore, thou wast an adornment for the venerable and a right laudable citizen of the desert. // 
Wherefore, we cry to thee: Rejoice, O Sabbas most rich!


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.


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 7h 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 Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Ephesians:

[Eph. 6:10-17 (§233); Gal. 5:22-6:2 (§213)]


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 6th Tone: Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, in His commandments shall he greatly delight.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 17:12-19 (§85); Matt. 11:27-30 (§43)]


Communion Verse: Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!



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