The Apodosis of Pentecost

Beatitudes on 8; Feast 8, from Ode 9, both canons.


1 & 2. O Thou who without experience of corruption wast found to be with child, and

didst lend flesh to the Word Who devised all things, O thou Mother who hast not known

wedlock, O Virgin Theotokos, vessel of the Uncontainable One, dwelling place of the

boundless Fashioner, thee do we magnify.


3. Borne in gladness upon a chariot of flaming fire, the fire-breathing zealot of old hath

typified that radiant breath which now shone forth from above upon the apostles, and

these, illumined, made known the Trinity to all.


4. Strange things were heard from the disciples, not in accordance with the law of their

nature, for while only one voice spake, by the grace of the Spirit various peoples, tribes,

and nations heard the great things of God, learning the knowledge of the Trinity.


5 & 6. Rejoice, O Queen boast of virgins and mothers; for every eloquent and capable

mouth is unable to extol thee worthily, and every mind is confounded in seeking to

comprehend thy childbirth. Wherefore, with one accord do we glorify thee.


7. It is proper to hymn the Maiden who giveth life; for she alone carried in her womb the

Word that came to heal the diseased nature of man; and Who seated now on the right

hand of the father, hath sent down the grace of the Spirit.


8. Let all of us, on whom the divinely-poured grace hath breathed, shining, flashing,

changed with a strange and most magnificent transformation, having come to know the

Essence equal in might, indivisible, and wise, and thrice radiant, render glory.


The entry verse: O come let us worship and fall down before Christ, O Good Comforter, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


And immediately after that, the choir sings the Troparion and Kontakion of the feast:


Tone 8:  Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, /

Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise, /

by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, /

and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. //

O Lover of mankind, glory be to Thee.


Glory… Both now… Tone 8: 

Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues, /

the Most High divided the nations; /

and when He divided the tongues of fire, /

He called all men into unity; //

and with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 8th Tone: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth,

and their words unto the ends of the world.

Choir:  Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of

the world.

Reader:  The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work

of His hands.

Choir:  Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of

the world.

Reader:   Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth. 

Choir:  And their words unto the ends of the world.

Reader: The Reading is from epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans: 

[Romans 1:7b-12 (§79 mid)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  By the Word of the Lord were the heavens established, and all the might of

them by the Spirit of His mouth.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  The Lord looked down from heaven, He beheld all the sons of men.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matthew 5:42-48 (§15)]


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

of the feast, Fourth Tone:


            Irmos:   Rejoice, Thou, O Queen, the glory of both mothers and virgins!  For no

mouth, however fluent and well-spoken, can be so eloquent as to hymn thee worthily;

and every mind faileth to understand thy childbirth.  Wherefore, with one accord thee do

we magnify.


Communion Verse:  Thy good Spirit shall lead me in the land of uprightness.  Alleluia,

Alleluia, Alleluia!


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