21st Sunday after Pentecost / St. John of Kronstadt

Beatitudes on 10 Octoechos 6; Saint 4, from Ode 3.
1. By the tree was Adam forced to depart from paradise; but by the Tree of the Cross was the thief made to dwell in paradise.  For the one by tasting, broke the commandment of the creator; while the other, crucified with Him, confessed the hidden God, crying out: Remember me in Thy kingdom!
2. O Lord Who wast lifted up upon the Cross, Who hast destroyed the power of death and as God hast destroyed the record of our sins, grant also the repentance of the thief unto us who faithfully serve Thee and cry out to thee, O Christ God Who alone lovest mankind: Remember us also in Thy kingdom!
3. On the Cross Thou didst tear asunder with the spear the record of our sins; and, numbered among the dead, Thou didst bind the tyrant of hades, O Lord Who lovest mankind, Who by Thy resurrection hast delivered all from the bonds of hades.  Thereby have we been illumined, and we cry to Thee: Remember us also in Thy kingdom!
4. O Thou Who alone art immortal, Who wast crucified and as almighty didst arise from the tomb on the third day, and hast raised up Adam, the first created: Vouchsafe that I also may turn to repentance with my whole heart, and may ever cry out to Thee with fervent faith: Remember me, O Savior, in Thy kingdom!
5. For our sake He Who is without passion became a man subject to the passions; and, nailed of His own will to the Cross, He hath raised us up with Himself.  Wherefore, we glorify His Cross, passion, and resurrection, whereby we have been refashioned and whereby we also are saved, who cry out: Remember us also in Thy kingdom!
6. O ye faithful, let us entreat Him who hath risen from the dead, hath made captive the dominion of hades, and wast seen by the myrrh-bearing women and said to them: “Rejoice!”, that He deliver from corruption the souls of us who ever cry out to Him with the voice of the noble thief: Remember us also in Thy kingdom!
7. One who shared in the manner of life of the apostles and an emulator of their life wast thou, O divinely inspired one, and thou didst set forth the word of truth unto the end.
8.  The eye of thy soul beheld the kingdom of heaven, for it was pure; wherefore, thou didst splendidly set forth thy life, and, honoring it in God, we glorify thee.
9.  Let him who doth not labor not eat!  These words of the Apostle Paul didst thou proclaim to thy brethren; wherefore, thou didst raise up a house of industry for the sake of the poor, wherein the impoverished and ailing might be provided for, being sustained by the work of their own hands.
10.  Thou art wholly light, all goodness, all wisdom; thou canst, as Mother of the Almighty, do all things; thou alone art all-perfect, in that thou art the Mother of the all-perfect King of glory.
Troparia & Kontakia
Tone 4:  Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the angel, /
and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, /
the women disciples of the Lord spake to the apostles exultantly: /
Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, //
granting to the world great mercy.
Tone 4:  With the apostles thy sound hath gone forth into all the earth; / 
with the confessors thou didst endure sufferings for Christ; / 
thou didst resemble the holy hierarchs in thy preaching of the Word; / 
and with the venerable hast thou shone forth in the grace of God. / 
Therefore, the Lord hath exalted the depths of thy humility above the heavens, / 
and hath given us thy name as a source of most wondrous miracles. / 
Wherefore, O wonderworker, who livest in Christ forever, / 
take pity in thy love upon people in misfortunes; / 
hearken unto thy children, / 
who with faith call upon thee, // 
O John of Kronstadt, our beloved pastor.
Tone 4:  My Savior and Redeemer hath, as God, /
raised up the earthborn from the grave and from their fetters, /
and He hath broken the gates of hades, /
and, as Master, //
hath risen on the third day.


Glory… Tone 4:  O father John, namesake of grace, /

who wast chosen by God from childhood, /

who in thy youth miraculously received from Him the gift of learning, /

and in a dream wast most gloriously called to be a priest: //

Entreat Christ God, that we may all be with thee in the kingdom of heaven.


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 4th Tone: How magnified are Thy works O Lord! In wisdom hast Thou made them all.

Choir:  How magnified are Thy works O Lord! In wisdom hast Thou made them all.

Reader: Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, Thou hast been magnified exceedingly.

Choir:  How magnified are Thy works O Lord! In wisdom hast Thou made them all.

Reader:  In the 7th Tone: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in


Choir:  The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him.


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

[Gal. 2:16-20 (§203); I John 4:7-11 (§73 mid)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 4th Tone: Bend Thy bow, and proceed prosperously, and be king, because of truth and meekness and righteousness.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  In the 4th Tone: His heart is ready to hope in the Lord.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 8:5-15 (§35); Luke 6:31-36 (§26)]


Communion Verse:  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!



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