The Sunday of the Blind Man / Ss. Cyril & Methodius

At the beginning of the Liturgy, the Priest sings “Christ is risen” 2 ½ times, and the Choir finishes

the last half.

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

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.  Thou didst make steadfast the hearts of them that were shaken when Thou didst make 
the earth to shake at Thine august crucifixion, to which Thou didst submit in the flesh, O 
Long-suffering One.
6. The noble Joseph laid Thee in a new tomb, O Compassionate One.  But Thou didst 
arise from the dead on the third day, thereby renewing us.
7.  Why seek ye the Lord as though He were dead?  He is risen as He said, proclaimed the 
Angel unto the women, as he radiantly flashed forth with divine aspect.
8.  Thou didst heal the man who was blind from birth, who of old came unto Thee and 
glorified Thy dispensation and Thy wonders, O All-compassionate One.

9.  “Our God is like the deep of the sea, unfathomable by the mind and indescribable in

words,” thou didst say to the Moslems who disputed with thee, O all-wise Cyril; “and

some who attempt to sail across this deep in the leaky boats of their own intellect are

drowned, falling into errors and heresies, while others are buffeted by incomprehension

and doubt, knowing not how to sing: O Helmsman, save us, as Thou didst Peter!”.


10.  Sunk deep in the abyss of their false understandings, the Moslems secretly offered

thee deadly poison.  But He Who said: “If ye drink anything deadly, it will not harm

you”, preserved thee whole and returned thee with honor to the Imperial City.  And,

fittingly blessed by the emperor and patriarch, thou wast supremely exalted, crying: “O

Helmsman, Thou hast saved me as Thou didst Peter!”


11.  The Holy Spirit once said to the disciples: “Separate for Me Barnabas and Saul for

the task to which I have called them,” the enlightenment of the nations who are perishing

in the abyss of ignorance of God; and He likewise commanded that ye be sent to the

lands of the Slavs, O venerable fathers.  And, illumined by the light of your teaching,

people who sat in darkness and the shadow of death have cried out: “O Helmsman, Thou

hast saved us as Thou didst Peter!”


12.  The uttermost abyss of sins hath encompassed me, and, beset with trembling and

terrified of utter drowning, I offer thee entreaty, O all-immaculate one: Have mercy upon

my passion-plagued soul!  Stretch forth thy hands, in that thou art good, and as Thy Son

saved Peter, so do thou save me, O thou who dost steer my soul. 

Troparia & 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.


Tone 4:  As ones equal in character to the Apostles /

and as Teachers of the Slavic lands, /

O divinely-wise Cyril and Methodius, /

pray to the Lord of all, to strengthen all nations /

in Orthodoxy and unity of thought, /

to convert and reconcile the world to God, //

and to save our souls.


Glory… Tone 3:  Let us honor our sacred pair of enlighteners, /

who, by translating the divine writings, /

have poured forth for us a well-spring of divine knowledge /

from which we draw abundantly even unto this day: /

We call you blessed, O Cyril and Methodius, /

ye who stand before the throne of the Most High //

and intercede fervently for our souls.


Both now… 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.


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:  In the 7th Tone: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

Choir: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.


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

[Acts 16:16-34; Hebrews 7:26-8:2]


Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone: 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!

Reader: In the 2nd tone: Thy priests shall be clothed with righteousness and Thy

righteous shall rejoice.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [John 9:1-38; Matthew 5:14-19]


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.   In everlasting

remembrance shall the righteous be; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings.  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.