Saturday of the Myrrh-bearers

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

the last half.

Beatitude Verses, on 6: Pentecostarion 6 from Ode 9

1. O ye faithful, in unceasing hymnody let us magnify her who supernaturally conceived 
in the flesh of her womb the Word Who shone forth from the Father before time began.
2. The thief who on the Cross acknowledged Thee as God didst Thou make an heir to the 
noetic garden of paradise, for he cried out: “Remember me, O Almighty Savior!” 
3. Let the noble counsellor Joseph be hymned with the myrrh-bearing women and the 
divine disciples, for he was a proclaimer of the resurrection of Christ.
4. O ye faithful, let us praise the wondrous Joseph with Nicodemus and the faithful 
myrrh-bearing women, who cried: “The Lord is truly risen!”
5. Thou art unoriginate, O Father!  Thou art uncreated, O Son!  Thou art equally 
enthroned with Them, O Holy Spirit!  O only true God, Thou art Three in One in 
Essence, yet Three Persons.
6. Let Jesse be glad, and let David dance!  For, lo! the Virgin hath put forth Christ, the 
Staff divinely sprung forth, the Flower of eternal life!
Troparia & Kontakia:

Tone 2: 

The noble Joseph, taking Thine immaculate Body down from the Tree, /

and having wrapped It in pure linen and spices, laid It in a new tomb. /

But on the third day Thou didst arise, O Lord, //

granting to the world great mercy.


Tone 2:  When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, /

then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. /

And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths,

all the Hosts of the heavens cried out: //

O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.


Tone 2:  Unto the myrrh-bearing women /

did the angel cry out as he stood by the tomb: /

Myrrh is meet for the dead, /

but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption. /

But cry out: The Lord is risen, //

granting to the world great mercy.


[Troparion of the Temple]


Tone 4: Afire with divine desire from the years of thy youth, /

O all-wise Stephen, /

thou didst take up the burden of Christ, /

and, sowing the divine seed in the hearts of the people, /

which had from of old been hardened by unbelief, /

thou didst spiritually beget them evangelically; /

wherefore, honoring thine all-glorious memory, /

we beseech thee: Entreat Him Whom thou didst preach, //

that He save our souls.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Tone 8: Thou wast found to be called for those who sought thee not, O holy hierarch,/

but, freeing men from the falsehood of idolatry, /

thou didst lead them to the Christian Faith and didst put to shame the sorcerer Pamoi; /

wherefore, thou becamest the first bishop and teacher of Perm. /

For this cause, we, thy spiritual children, as ones delivered by thee from idols, //

cry out to thee in hymns of thanksgiving: Rejoice, O Stephen, all-wise teacher!


Both now… Tone 2: 

When Thou didst cry, Rejoice, unto the myrrh-bearers, /

Thou didst make the lamentation of Eve the first mother to cease /

by Thy Resurrection, O Christ God.  /

And Thou didst bid Thine apostles to preach:  //

The Savior is risen from the grave.


The Epistle:


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


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


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

[Acts 9:19b-31 (§22)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone:

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Thou hast been gracious, O Lord, unto Thy land; Thou hast turned back the

captivity of Jacob..

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each


Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [John 15:17-16:2 (§52)]


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:  Receive ye the body of Christ, taste ye of the fountain of

immortality.  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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