32nd Sunday after Pentecost / Martyrs Hermylus and Statonicus / Afterfeast of Theophany

Beatitudes on 10: Octoechos: 6; Feast: 4, from Ode 8.


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



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.  Thou wast laid in the tomb as one dead, O Christ, Thou Life of all; and Thou didst

break down the gates of hades; and having risen again in glory on the third day as One

mighty, Thou hast illumined all.  Glory to Thine arising!


6.  Having risen from the dead on the third day, the Lord bestowed His peace upon His

disciples; and having blessed them, He sent them forth saying: Lead all into My



7.  “Put aside all fear,” the Deliverer said to the forerunner; “Obey Me, in that I am good,

and touch Me, for this have I become by nature. Submit to My commands and baptize Me

Who am come down.” Him do the people bless and exalt supremely for all ages.


8. When the Baptist heard the words of the Master, he stretched forth his hand with

trembling, and as he touched the head of his Creator he cried out to Him Who was being

baptized: “Sanctify me, for Thou art my God, Whom the people bless and exalt

supremely for all ages!”


9. Sprinkled with dew in the midst of the fire, the three godly children plainly prefigured

how the transcendent Nature, which is resplendent with most radiant rays of threefold

holiness, doth, through human nature, mercifully consume all pernicious falsehood with

the fire of dew.


10. Let the whole of earthly creation be clothed in white, for this day it is raised up from

its fall to heaven; and, washed and most splendidly cleansed in the flowing waters by the

Word, by Whom all things are preserved, it hath escaped its former sins.


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 4:  In their sufferings O Lord, /

Thy martyrs received imperishable crowns from Thee, our God; /

for, possessed of Thy might, /

they cast down the tormentors and set at naught the feeble audacity of the demons. //

By their supplications save our souls.


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.


Glory...  [Kontakion of the Temple]


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 4th Tone:  Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. God is the

Lord, and hath appeared unto us.

Choir:  Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. God is the Lord, and hath

appeared unto us.


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

[Eph. 4:7-13 (§224 mid.); I Tim. 1:15-17 (§280 mid.)]


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 4th Tone: Bring unto the Lord, ye sons of God, bring unto the Lord the

sons of rams.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matt. 4:12-17 (§8); Luke 18:35-43 (§93)]


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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