4th Sunday After Pentecost / The Holy New Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth

Beatitudes on 10 Octoechos 6; Martyr 4, from Ode 3.


1. From paradise didst Thou drive our forefather Adam, who had broken Thy commandment, O Christ; but, O Compassionate One, Thou didst cause to dwell therein the thief who confessed Thee on the cross, crying out: “Remember me, O Savior, in Thy kingdom!”


2. With the curse of death didst Thou condemn us who had sinned, O Lord, Bestower of life; yet having suffered in Thy flesh, O sinless Master, Thou hast granted life unto mortals who cry out: “Remember us also in Thy kingdom!”


3. In rising from the dead, Thou hast raised us up from the passions with Thyself through Thy resurrection, O Lord; and all the power of death hast Thou destroyed, O Savior.  Wherefore, with faith we cry out to Thee: “Remember us also in Thy kingdom!”


4. O Thou who as God grantest life, by Thy three days in the tomb Thou didst raise up with Thyself the dead in hell, and as One Who is good Thou hast poured forth incorruption upon all of us who with faith ever cry out: “Remember us also in Thy kingdom!”


5. Risen from the dead, O Savior, Thou didst first appear to the myrrh-bearing women, crying out: “Rejoice!” and through them Thou didst announce Thy resurrection to Thy friends, O Christ.  Wherefore, with faith we cry out to Thee, “Remember us also in Thy kingdom!”


6. Moses, stretching out his arms on the mountain, prefigured the Cross and thus conquered Amelek.  And, receiving it with faith as a mighty weapon against the demons, we all cry out: “Remember us also in Thy kingdom!”


7.  The beginning of thine earthly life didst thou spend in the city of Darmstadt, where the pious martyred Tsar built a church to the holy Mary Magdalene, equal of the apostles.


8.  Thou didst find everlasting peace in the holy convent of that same saint, in the holy city of Jerusalem, near the church of the Dormition of the All-holy Theotokos, whom thou didst love with all thy heart.


9.  There now, in Holy Gethsemane, are thy holy relics preserved, before which we, thine unworthy and useless servants, bow down in piety.


10. In thy womb thou didst receive the one, infinite God, O all-pure Theotokos; wherefore, all of us, the faithful, bless thee with hymns.


Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 3:  Let the heavens be glad; let earthly things rejoice; /

for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm. /

He hath trampled down death by death; /

the first-born of the dead hath He become. /

From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us //

and Hath granted to the world great mercy.


Tone 4: Causing meekness, humility and love to dwell in thy soul, /

thou didst earnestly serve the suffering, /

O holy passion-bearer Princess Elizabeth; /

wherefore, with faith thou didst endure sufferings and death for Christ.  //

With the martyr Barbara pray for all who honor you with love.


Tone 3:  Thou didst rise today from the tomb, O Merciful One, /

and didst lead us out of the gates of death. /

Today Adam danceth and Eve rejoiceth; /

and together with them both the prophets and patriarchs //

unceasingly praise the divine might of Thine authority.


Glory… Tone 4: Taking up the Cross of Christ, /

thou didst pass from royal glory to the glory of heaven, /

praying for thine enemies, O holy martyred Princess Elizabeth; /

and with the martyr Barbara thou didst find everlasting joy.  //

Therefore, pray ye in behalf of our souls.


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 3rd Tone:  O chant unto our God, chant ye; chant unto our King, chant ye.

Choir:  O chant unto our God, chant ye; chant unto our King, chant ye.

Reader: Clap your hands, all ye nations; shout unto God with a voice of rejoicing.

Choir:  O chant unto our God, chant ye; chant unto our King, chant ye.

Reader:  In the 7th Tone: For Thy sake, O Lord, we are slain all the day long.

Choir:  For Thy sake, O Lord, we are slain all the day long.



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

[Rom. 6:18-23 (§93); Rom. 8:28-39 (§99)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 3rd Tone: In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me not be put to shame in the age to come.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Be Thou unto me a God to defend me and a house of refuge to save me.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: In the 1st Tone: Our God is refuge and strength, a helper in afflictions which mightily befall us.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matt. 8:5-13 (§25); John 15:17-16:2 (§52)]


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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