St. Thomas Sunday

At the beginning of the Liturgy, the Priest sings “Christ is risen” 2 ˝ times, and the Choir finishes

the last half.

Beatitude Verses: 4 from Ode 3, and 4 from Ode 6 from the Pentecostarion

 

1. & 2.  By Thy Cross Thou didst render us new instead of old, and incorruptible instead

of corruptible, O Christ; and Thou didst command us to live worthily in newness of life.

 

3.  Though enclosed within a grave in Thy circumscribable flesh, Thou didst arise, O

Christ, Who art uncircumscribable; and while the doors were shut, Thou didst come unto

Thy disciples, O Almighty One.

 

4.  Having preserved intact Thy wounds, which Thou didst endure willingly for us, Thou

didst show them unto Thy disciples, O Christ, as a witness of Thy glorious Resurrection.

 

5. & 6.  Thou didst not leave Thomas immersed in the depth of unbelief, O Master, when

he stretched forth his hands to examine Thee.

 

7.  Our Savior said:  When ye touch Me, see that I have bones and flesh; I am not subject

to change.

 

8.  Thomas felt Thy side; and believing, he recognized Thee, though he was not present

when Thou didst first come, O our Savior.

 

Troparion and Kontakion:

 

Tone 7:  

While the tomb was sealed, Thou, O Life, didst shine forth from the grave, O Christ God.  /

And while the doors were shut, Thou didst come unto Thy disciples, O Resurrection of all, /

renewing through them an upright Spirit in us //

according to Thy Great Mercy.

 

Glory… Both now… Tone 8:   

With his searching right hand, Thomas did probe Thy life-bestowing side, O Christ God; /

for when Thou didst enter while the doors were shut, //

he cried out unto Thee with the rest of the disciples:  Thou art my Lord and my God.

 

The Epistle

 

Reader: The Prokimenon in the 3rd Tone:  Great is our Lord, and great is His strength,

and of His understanding there is no measure.

Choir:   Great is our Lord, and great is His strength, and of His understanding there is no

measure.

Reader:   Praise ye the Lord, for a psalm is a good thing; let praise be sweet unto our

God.

Choir:  Great is our Lord, and great is His strength, and of His understanding there is no

measure.

Reader:  Great is our Lord, and great is His strength.

Choir:  And of His understanding there is no measure.

 

Reader: The Reading is from the Acts of the Holy Apostles:

[Acts 5:12-20]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone:

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with jubilation unto God our

Savior.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  For the Lord is a great God and a Great king over all the earth.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [John 20:19-31]

 

Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the

Canon of the feast, first Tone:

            Refrain:  The angel cried unto her that is full of grace: Rejoice, O pure Virgin!

And again I say, rejoice!  For thy Son is risen from the grave on the third day, and hath

raised the dead, O ye people, be joyful!

            Irmos:   Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon

thee; dance now and be glad, O Zion, and do thou exult, O pure Theotokos, in the arising

of Him Whom thou didst bear.

 

Communion Verse:  Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.  Alleluia,

alleluia, alleluia.

 

We sing “Christ is risen…” instead of “We have seen the true light…”

 

At the dismissal, when the priest says: “Glory to Thee, O Christ God…” The Choir sings

 “Christ is risen…” x3 instead of “Glory… Both now… Father bless!”  Then the priest

gives the dismissal.

 

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