32nd Sunday after Pentecost / St. Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow / Afterfeast of the Theophany

Beatitudes on 12: Octoechos: 4; Feast: 4, from Ode 4; Hierarch: 4, from 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.  “Who hath ever seen the sun cleansed, which is most bright by nature?” the herald crieth out. “Am I then to wash with water Thee, the Effulgence of glory, the Image of the ever-existent Father? Am I, who am grass, to touch Thy divinity? For Thou art Christ, the Wisdom and Power of God!”


6. “When he happened upon Thee, Moses showed the divine reverence he felt, for he understood that it was Thee Who spake out of the bush; and he straightway averted his face. How, then, can I gaze directly at Thee? How can I touch Thee with my hand? For Thou art Christ, the Wisdom and Power of God!”


7. O most radiant Word, Who hast been sent forth by the Father, Thou comest to repel utterly the night of evil darkness and to uproot the sins of men, and by Thy baptism to draw forth children of light from the streams of the Jordan, O Good One.


8. When he saw in very truth the Word Who had been foretold, the herald bore witness of Him to creation, and cried, plainly saying, This is He Who was before me, yet cometh after. Though like us in form, He hath shone forth with divine power to take away our hateful sin!


9. Thou didst make it thy general concern that those cared for by thee be one in soul and heart, O glorious one, abiding in the one Faith of Christ; thou didst uproot heathen customs, O wise one, and didst teach them to avoid divisions.


10. Moved by zeal for Christ, thou didst try to turn the rage of the sovereign into meekness, and wast in nowise daunted by the threats of the tsar, for, as thou art a doer of the commandments of Christ, thou didst show thyself to be a mighty and brave warrior, suffering for thy flock even unto death with rejoicing.


11. We see thee, O holy hierarch Philip, as a light-bearing ray shining upon those in the darkness of life, and as an inextinguishable lamp burning with the immaterial Light, illuming all the ends of the earth and removing the gloom of ignorance.


12. In godly manner Moses, among the prophets, once prefigured thee, O most

immaculate one, as a tablet of the law, the lampstand of the Light, the tabernacle, the rod

which budded forth, the jar containing the Manna, and the ladder whereby we are led up

from earth to the heights of heaven.


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 1:  When Thou, wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, /

the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; /

for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee,  /

calling Thee His beloved Son. /

And the Spirit in the form of a dove /

confirmed the certainty of the word. /

O Christ our God, Who hast appeared //

and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.


[Troparion of the Temple]


Tone 8:

O successor of the primates of Russia, pillar of Orthodoxy, champion of the Truth, /

new confessor, holy hierarch Philip, thou didst lay down thy life for thy flock: /

wherefore, as thou hast boldness before Christ, pray thou for this city //

and the people who honor thy holy memory as is meet.


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 3: Let us praise the all-wise Philip, /

the instructor of Orthodoxy, the proclaimer of the Truth, the luminary of Russia, /

who noetically feedeth his children with the food of his words; /

for with his tongue he sang praise, /
and with his lips he chanted hymnody, //

as an initiate of the mysteries of the grace of God.


Both now... Tone 4:  Thou hast appeared today unto the whole world, /

and Thy light, O Lord, hath been signed upon us /

who with knowledge chant unto Thee: /

Thou hast come, Thou hast appeared, //

O Light Unapproachable.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 1st Tone:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Choir:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Reader:  Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright.

Choir:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Reader: In the Same Tone:  My mouth shall speak wisdom and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Choir:  My mouth shall speak wisdom and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.


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

[Eph. 4:7-13 (§224 mid); Heb. 13:17-21 (§335)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 5th Tone: Of Thy mercies, O Lord, will I sing for ever.  Unto generation will I declare Thy truth with my mouth.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  For Thou hast said: Mercy shall be built up for ever.  In the heavens shall Thy truth be established.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  In the 2nd Tone: The mouth of the righteous shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak of judgment.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matt. 4:12-17 (§8); John 10:9-16 (§36)]


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

the feast, Second Tone:

            Refrain:  Magnify, O my soul, her who is more honorable than the host on high, the most pure Virgin Theotokos.

            Irmos:   Every tongue is at a loss to praise thee as is due: /

even a spirit from the world above is filled with dizziness, when it seeketh to sing thy praises, O Theotokos. /

But since thou art good, accept our faith: /

Thou knowest well our love inspired by God, //

for thou art the Protector of Christians and we magnify thee.


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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