31st Sunday after Pentecost / The Kinsmen of the Lord / Sunday After Nativity

Beatitudes on 12, Octoechos: 4; Feast: 4, Ode 5; Saints: 4, Ode 6.


1.  Remember me when Thou comest in Thy kingdom, O God my Savior, and save me, for Thou alone lovest mankind.


2.  By a tree was Adam deceived; yet again by the Tree of the Cross was the thief saved, who cried out: Remember me in Thy kingdom, O Lord!


3.  O Bestower of life, Who hadst broken down the gates and portals of hades, Thou hast saved all who cry out to Thee, O Savior: Glory to Thine arising!


4.  O Thou Who by Thy burial hast made death captive, and by Thy resurrection hast filled all with joy: remember me, in that Thou art compassionate.


5.  Submitting to be recorded among Thy servants at the command of Cæsar, Thou hast freed us slaves from the enemy and sin, O Christ; and having abased Thyself for us, Thou hast made our clay divine through Thy union and sharing therein.


6. Behold, the Virgin hath conceived in her womb, as was foretold of old, and hath given birth to God made man, yet remaineth virgin.  O sinners who for her sake have been reconciled with God, let us faithful hymn her as the true Theotokos.


7. By His coming in the flesh the Master hath again cut down the cruel enmity directed against us, that He might destroy the soul-destroying ruler, uniting the world with the immaterial beings, making the Begetter accessible to creation.


8. The people who of old were benighted have finally seen the light of the radiance of the Most High; and the Son bringeth the nations to the Father as an inheritance, bestowing ineffable grace where sin once flourished exceedingly.


9.  Awe-struck, the heavenly hosts stood before the cave, and unable to keep silent, hymned Thy most pure nativity, chanting: Glory in the highest to the newborn God!


10.  Upon Thy throne hast Thou sat, as Thou didst swear unto the prophet David, O Master, Who camest forth from the fruit of his loins; and unto James didst Thou commit the throne of the Church, O Christ.


11.  David the king is shown to be a wondrous prophet and forefather of the incarnation of God; and James, the disciple of Jesus, is shown forth as the first bishop.


12.  We beseech thee, O Virgin Theotokos: in behalf of thy servants entreat thou Him Who was incarnate of thee, for we know thee to be our sole intercessor.


Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 6: Angelic hosts were above Thy tomb, /

and they that guarded Thee became as dead. /

And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate body. /

Thou didst despoil hades and wast not tempted by it. /

Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life.  //

O Thou Who didst rise from the dead, O Lord, glory be to Thee.


Tone 4:  Thy Nativity, O Christ our God,  /

hath shined upon the world the light of knowledge; /

for thereby, they that worshipped the stars /

were taught by a star /

to worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, /

and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high. //

O Lord, glory be to Thee.


Tone 2:  

O Joseph, proclaim the wonders to David the father of our Divine Lord. /

Thou hast seen a Virgin conceive; /

thou hast given glory with the shepherds; /

thou hast worshipped with the Magi; /

and thou hast been warned by an angel.  //

Implore Christ our God to save our souls.


Glory… Tone 3:  Today divine David is filled with gladness, /

and together with James, Joseph doth offer praise; /

for they rejoice at receiving a crown as kinsmen of Christ, /

and they praise Him who is ineffably born on earth and they cry: //

O Compassionate One, save them that honor Thee.


Both now… Tone 3: 

Today the Virgin giveth birth to Him Who is transcendent in essence; /

and the earth offereth a cave to Him Who is unapproachable. /

Angels with shepherds give glory; /

with a star the Magi do journey; //

for our sake a young Child is born, Who is pre-eternal God.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 6th Tone:  Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Choir: Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Reader: Unto Thee, O Lord, Will I cry; O my God, be not silent unto me.

Choir: Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

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 Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Galatians:

[Galatians 1:11-19 (§200)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 6th Tone: He that dwelleth in the help of the Most High shall abide in the shelter of the God of heaven.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: He shall say unto the Lord: Thou art my helper and my refuge.  He is my God, and I will hope in Him.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: In the 4th Tone: Remember, O Lord, David and all his meekness.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matthew 2:13-23 (§4)]


Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the Second Canon of the feast, First Tone:

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

               Irmos:  Better would it be for us to keep silence in fear, for it is without peril; and it is difficult, O Virgin, to weave complex hymns harmoniously with love.  But grant us, O Mother, the strength to fulfill our intent.


Or according to the current practice of some, the following Irmos is used (with the same refrain, and in the same tone):


A strange and most wonderful mystery do I see: the cave is heaven; the Virgin the throne of the cherubim; the manger a room, in which Christ, the God whom nothing can contain, is laid.  Him do we praise and magnify.


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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