24th Sunday after Pentecost / Martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphyrius / St. Matrona

Beatitudes on 8, Octoechos 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 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.   The Father is light; the Son and Word is light; and the Holy Spirit is light.  Yet the Three are one Light, for they are one God in three Persons, One in nature and origin, indivisible, unconfused and preeternal.


8.  For our sake thou gavest birth in the flesh to the Son and Word of the Father, as thou thyself hast declared, O Theotokos.  Wherefore, O Virgin Mother, we who are deified through thee cry out to thee:  Rejoice, O hope of Christians!


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.


[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 8: 

In thee, O mother, that which was created according to the image of God was manifestly saved; /

for, accepting thy cross, thou didst follow after Christ, /

and praying, thou didst learn to disdain the flesh, for thou didst transcend it, /

and to take care of thine immortal soul.  //

Wherefore, thy soul doth rejoice with the angels, O venerable Matrona.


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.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Tone 2:  Having suffered mightily, the two martyrs /

cast the arrogance of the enemy down to the ground, /

being illumined by the grace of the uncreated Trinity, /

O glorious Onesiphorus and Porphyrius.  //

Pray ye unceasingly in behalf of us all.


Glory… Tone 2:  For love of the Lord, O venerable Matrona, /

thou didst ignore thy desire for rest, /

illumining thy spirit with fasting.  /

By thy supplications cast down the arrogance of the adversaries, //

for mightily didst thou vanquish the wild beasts.


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:  The Lord will give strength unto His people.

Choir:  The Lord will bless His people with peace.


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

[Eph. 2:14-22 (§221)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 7th Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: 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!


Gospel [Luke 8:41-56 (§39)]


Communion Verse:  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


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