23rd Sunday after Pentecost / Martyrs Gurias, Samonas, and Abibus

Beatitudes on 8, from the Octoechos.  
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.  The myrrh-bearing women who came to the tomb heard an angel cry out: Christ, Who hath enlightened all things is risen!
6.  Together let us all hymn Christ, Who was nailed to the Cross and hath delivered the world from beguilement.
7.  The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit let us glorify, saying: O Holy Trinity, save Thou our souls!
8.  O Virgin, who ineffably conceived in the latter days and gavest birth unto thy Creator: Save those who magnify thee!
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.

[Troparion of the Temple]


Tone 5: O Christ God, Thou hast given us an impregnable rampart /

in the miracles of Thy holy martyrs. /

Through their supplications destroy Thou the councils of the heathen /

and strengthen the scepters of kingdoms, //

in that Thou art good and lovest mankind.


Tone 6:

Having by His life bestowing hand raised up all the dead out of the dark abysses, /

Christ God, the Giver of life, hath bestowed the Resurrection upon the fallen human race; /

for He is the Savior of all, //

the Resurrection, and the Life, and the God of all.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Glory… Tone 2:  Having received grace from on high, / 
O most lauded martyrs, / 
ye intercede for those amid temptations; / 
wherefore, ye delivered the maiden from a bitter death, O holy ones: / 
for ye are truly the glory of Edessa // 
and the joy of the world.


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 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: In the saints that are in His earth hath the Lord been wondrous; He hath wrought all His desires in them.
Choir:  In the saints that are in His earth hath the Lord been wondrous; He hath wrought all His desires in them.


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

[Eph. 2:4-10 (§220); Eph. 6:10-17 (§233)]


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: The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them out of all their tribulations

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 10:25-37 (§53); Luke 12:8-12 (§64)]


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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