32nd Sunday after Pentecost / The Forefeast of the Theophany / Synaxis of the 70 Apostles

Beatitudes on 12: Octoechos 4; Forefeast 4, ode 3; Apostles 4, ode 6.


1.  The fruit which slew me was beautiful and good to eat; but Christ is the Tree of life, and eating of Him I do not die, but cry out with the thief: Remember me, O Lord, in Thy kingdom!


2.  O Compassionate One, Who wast lifted up upon the Cross, Thou hast erased the record of Adam’s ancient sin, and hast saved the whole human race from deception.  Wherefore, we hymn Thee, O Lord and Benefactor.


3.  Thou didst nail our sins to the Cross, O compassionate Christ, and by Thy death Thou didst slay death, O Thou who didst raise up the dead from among the dead.  Wherefore, we worship Thy holy resurrection.


4. The serpent once poured its venom into the ears of Eve; but on the tree of the Cross, Christ poured forth the sweetness of life upon the world.  Wherefore, we cry out: Remember us, O Lord, in Thy kingdom!


5 & 6.  Though Thou art God Who hast mastery over all, Thou hast assumed the form of a servant; and to a servant dost Thou come in the flesh, O Compassionate One, freeing us from slavery to the enemy through Thy divinely accomplished baptism.


7.  Wherefore hast Thou come to the river’s streams?  What manner of cleansing dost Thou desire?  What defilement seekest Thou to wash away?  I hymn Thy loving-kindness and condescension which pass understanding, O Word!


8.  Seeking the lamb which the savage wolf separated from the flock by deception, O Christ, Thou dost stand in the Jordan’s streams, crying out to the Forerunner: Come thou and baptize Me!


9.  O ye apostles, manifest as animate clouds, ye have sprinkled the saving water of life upon all the world, and have bedewed the hearts of the faithful.


10.  The power of your divine words vanquished the great evil of the sages and made wise the ignorant who had become foolish through the deluding knowledge, O all-wise ones.


11.  Let the divine Pudens and Trophimus, the glorious Philemon, Aristarchus, Onesiphorus and the most renowned Tychicus, be exalted as disciples of the Word.


12.  I hymn thee, O thou who alone art all-hymned!  I ever glorify thee, O divinely glorious one!  And I bless thee whom all generations call blessed, O divinely blessed Virgin.


Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 7: Thou didst destroy death by Thy Cross, /

Thou didst open paradise to the thief. /

Thou didst change the lamentation of the Myrrh-bearers, /

and Thou didst command Thine Apostles to proclaim  /

that Thou didst arise, O Christ God, //

and grantest to the world great mercy.


Tone 4:

Make ready, O Zebulon! /

Adorn thyself, O Naphtali! /

O River Jordan, leaping up, /

 receive thou the Master Who cometh to be baptized! /

Rejoice, O Adam, with our first mother! /

Hide not yourselves as ye did before in paradise; /

for He that beheld you naked hath revealed Himself, /

that He may clothe you in your primordial raiment. //

Christ hath appeared, desiring to make all creation new!


[Troparion of the Temple]


Tone 3:  O holy Apostles, /

intercede with the merciful God, //

that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of offenses.


Tone 7:  No longer will the dominion of death be able to keep men captive; /

for Christ hath descended, demolishing and destroying the powers thereof. /

Hades is bound; /

the prophets rejoice with one voice, saying: /

A Savior hath come for them that have faith. // 

Come forth, ye faithful, for the Resurrection.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Glory… Tone 2: In hymns, O ye faithful, /

let us divinely praise the choir of the seventy disciples of Christ; /

for through them have we all learned to worship the indivisible Trinity.  //

And they remain beacons of the divine Faith.


Both now... Tone 4:  In the streams of the Jordan today /

the Lord cried to John:  /

Be not afraid to baptize Me, /

for, I am come to save Adam, //

the first-fashioned man.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 6th Tone:  Save, O Lord, Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance.

Choir:  Save, O Lord, Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance.

Reader:  Unto Thee, O Lord, Will I cry; O my God, be not silent unto me.

Choir:  Save, O Lord, Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance.

Reader:  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 Reading is from the Second Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to Timothy: 

[II Tim. 4:5-8 (§298); Rom. 8:8-14 (§96 mid)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone: God be gracious unto us and bless us.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: May he cause His face to shine upon us, and have mercy on us.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

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

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Mark 1:1-8 (§1); Luke 10:1-15 (§50)]


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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