The Sunday of the Blind Man

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 the Resurrection, and 4 from Ode 6 from the Pentecostarion

1.  Believing Thee to be God, O Christ, the thief on the cross confessed Thee in a pure manner, crying out from the depths of his heart:  Remember me in Thy kingdom, O Lord!
2.  Together let us hymn as Savior and Creator, Him Who on the Cross budded forth life for our race and caused the curse which originated from the tree to wither up.

3.  When Thou wast crucified between two condemned thieves, O Christ, one of them blasphemed Thee and was justly damned, while the other confessed Thee and dwelleth now in paradise.


4.  When they had come to the choir of the apostles, the honorable women cried out: Christ is risen!  Let us worship Him as Master and Creator.

5.  After Thine arising, O Christ, Thou didst say unto Thy friends: Tarry ye in Jerusalem, until ye be endued with invincible power and sure assistance from on high.
6.  Thou didst make clay and didst anoint the eyes of the man who had been blind from his birth.  Thou didst grant him his sight, and he praised Thine immaculate might, whereby Thou hast saved the world, O Word.
7.  O Unity of three Hypostases, Unbegotten Father, Begotten Son, and Thou Spirit Who proceedest, thrice-holy Lord, one essence and might, save all Thy people.
8.  Who can tell of thy mighty deeds, O pure one?  For, in a manner surpassing nature, thou didst give birth in the flesh unto God, Who through thee doth deliver the world from all sin, O all-blameless Virgin.
Troparion and Kontakia:

Tone 5:  Let us, O faithful, praise and worship the Word /

Who is co-unoriginate with the Father and the Spirit, /

and Who was born of the Virgin for our salvation; /

for He was pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh /

and to endure death, //

and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.


Glory… Tone 4:  Blinded in the eyes of my soul, /

I draw nigh unto Thee, O Christ, like the man blind from his birth, /

and in repentance I cry to Thee: /

Thou art the exceeding radiant Light //

of those in darkness.


Both now… Tone 8:  Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal, /

Thou didst destroy the power of death. /

In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, /

proclaiming “Rejoice!” to the myrrh-bearing women; /

granting peace to Thine apostles, //

and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 8th Tone:  Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God.

Choir: Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God.

Reader:  In Judea is God known, His name is great in Israel.

Choir:  Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God.

Reader:  Make your vows.
Choir:  And pay them to the Lord our God.


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

[Acts 16:16-34]


Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Look upon me and have mercy on me.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  My steps do Thou direct according to Thy saying.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [John 9:1-38]


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.  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest.  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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