8th Sunday after Pentecost / The Dormition of St. Anna

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


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.  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 kingdom!


7.   Thou didst conceive her who conceived Him Who sustaineth all things; and in manner past recounting thou gavest birth to her who gave birth unto Christ. Wherefore, we honor thy dormition, O Anna.


8. With praises is thy glorious memory celebrated; for thou, O Anna beloved of God, gavest birth for us unto her who is far above praise: the pure Mother of God.


9. The glorious Joachim, uniting himself to Anna, like the sun to the moon, doth sire the effulgence of virginity, for whose sake the Beam of divinity hath shone forth.


10. O Theotokos, we have acquired thee as a steadfast intercessor; and, having set our hope on thee, we are saved.  For, fleeing to thee, we find protection.


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: O divinely wise Anna, /

in thy womb thou didst bear the pure Mother of God, /

who gave birth unto Life. /

Wherefore, rejoicing in glory, /

thou hast now been translated to the mansions of heaven, /

where is the abode of those who rejoice. /

O ever-blessed one, /

beseech thou cleansing of transgressions //

for those who honor thee with love.


[Troparion of the Temple]


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.


Tone 2: We celebrate the memory of the forebears of Christ, /

entreating them with faith for help, /

that from every tribulation /

all may be delivered who cry: /

Our God is with us, Who hath glorified them, //

as was His good pleasure!


Glory… [Kontakion of the Temple]


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 7th Tone:  The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Choir: The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Reader:  Bring unto the Lord, ye sons of God, bring unto the Lord the sons of rams.

Choir: The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Reader:  In the 4th Tone: Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel.

Choir:  Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel.


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

[I Cor. 1:10-18 (§124); Gal. 4:22-31 (§210 mid)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 7th Tone: It is good to give praise unto the Lord, and to chant unto Thy name, O Most High.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: To proclaim in the morning Thy mercy, and Thy truth by night.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: In the 1st Tone: The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord, and He is their Defender in time of affliction.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matt. 14:14-22 (§58); Luke 8:16-21 (§36)]


Communion Verse: Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!



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