Icon of the Mother of God of the Three Hands

Beatitudes on 8, Icon 4, Ode 3; Icon 4, Ode 6.


1. The assemblies of the faithful come together today for the glorification of thy loving-

kindness, which thou didst reveal to the venerable John of Damascus, healing his severed



2. We direct the eyes of our hearts to thee, O Mistress, when we gaze upon the

miraculous icon “of the three hands”.  Be thou a might and protection for us, and

vouchsafe that we may have a share on high.


3. We hymn thee, O most hymned Virgin whom the hosts of heaven glorify.  Save us

from sinful exile and from all the sorrows which assail us.


4. Entreat Him to Whom thou gavest birth, O unwedded Mother, in behalf of all who

have recourse to thy precious icon, that He may defend and enlighten them.


5. We bless and glorify thee, O Virgin Theotokos who art full of grace, for thou dost ever

overshadow us with thy grace, protecting and helping us, and deliver us from the wicked



6. He Who rideth upon the cherubim and is hymned by the seraphim appeared through

thy womb, and all humanity was saved; wherefore, we glorify thee as our helper



7. O ye people, come to the veneration of the Mother of God, for the grace of her light

hath shone forth even upon us and taught us to chant: O thou who art full of grace,

vouchsafe that we may receive a share on high.


8. Thou art truly the joy of the angels and the gladness of all men, O Theotokos.  Save the

souls of all who hymn thee, O pure one.


Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 4:  Shedding rays of light like a star, /

thy most precious icon “of the three hands” /

came miraculously from Serbia to Athos; /

and the Monastery of Hilandar, reverently receiving it as a divine gift from on high, /

doth glorify thee, O Mistress, /

and crieth out with compunction: //

Deprive us not of thy mercy, but abide with us forever! 


[Troparion of the Temple]


Glory… [Kontakion of the Temple]


Both now... Tone 3: Today the Virgin revealeth her goodwill toward us, /

and Mount Athos offereth thanks unto her. /

Angels and monks together give glory. /

For the icon “of the three hands” doth travel miraculously from Serbia, /

and for our sake hath come and made its abode //

in the holy Monastery of Hilandar.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 3rd Tone: My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit

hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

Choir: My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

Reader:  For He hath looked upon the lowliness of His handmaiden; for behold, from

henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

Choir:  My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

Reader:  My soul doth magnify the Lord.

Choir:  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior..


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

[Phil. 2:5-11 (§240); Rom. 12:1-3 (§108)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone:

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thine ear.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: The rich among the people shall entreat thy countenance.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 10:38-42;11:27-28 (§54); Matt. 10:37-11:1 (§39)]


Communion Verse:  I will take the cup of salvation, and I will call upon the name of the

Lord.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!