Saturday before Pentecost / Commemoration of the Departed 

Beatitudes on 8: Pentecostarion: 4, from Ode 3; Pentecostarion: 4, from Ode 6.

 

1. Those who have passed through the course of life be Thou well-pleased to invest with

a crown of righteousness in glory, O God, and to delight in everlasting good things.

 

2. To those who have been suddenly caught up, who are consumed by lightning, who

have died of cold or any wound, do Thou grant rest, O God, when Thou shalt try all

things by fire.

 

3. Those who have navigated the ever-turbid sea of life, steered by an Orthodox manner

of life, do Thou vouchsafe to arrive at the incorruptible haven of Thy life, O Christ.

 

4. Those whom every creature of the sea and the birds of the sky have taken for food do

Thou by Thy judgments grant resurrection with glory on the last day, O Christ God.

 

5. O our God, Author of life, Who, having suffered, didst destroy death, grant rest to Thy

servants who have reposed in ages past.

 

6.  O God, vouchsafe that the faithful whom Thou has taken to Thyself in the past, every

generation of men, may glorify Thee forever with those who minister unto Thee.

 

7. O thrice-holy Godhead, equally enthroned Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Thou art my

God, Who sustainest everything by Thy rule over all.

 

8.  Leap up, O Jesse the forefather! Christ God, Who saveth the world, the Flower of life,

hath sprung forth from thy root through the pure Maiden.

 

At the entrance, the choir sings:

O come let us worship and fall down before Christ, Who art wondrous in the saints, O

Son of God, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Troparia & Kontakia

 

Tone 8:  O Thou Who by the depth of Thy wisdom dost provide all things out of love for man, /

and grantest unto all that which is profitable, O only Creator; /

grant rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants; //

for in Thee have they placed their hope, O our Creator and Fashioner and God.

 

Glory… Tone 8: 

With the saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servants, //

where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting.

 

Both now…  Tone 8:

In thee we have a wall and a haven, and an intercessor acceptable to God, //

Whom thou didst bear, O Theotokos unwedded, salvation of the faithful.

 

The Epistle

 

Reader: The Prokimenon in the 6th Tone: Their souls shall dwell among good things.

Choir:  Their souls shall dwell among good things.

Reader:  Unto Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. O my God, in Thee have I trusted;

let me never be put to shame.

Choir:  Their souls shall dwell among good things.

Reader:  Their souls shall dwell.

Choir:  Among good things.

 

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

[Acts 28:1-31 (§51); 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 (§270)]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 6th Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen and hast taken to Thyself, O Lord, and

their memorial is unto generation and generation.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Their souls shall dwell among good things.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [John 21:15-25 (§67); John 5:24-30 (§16)]

 

Communion Verse:  Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen and hast taken to Thyself

O Lord, and their memorial is unto generation and generation. Alleluia!  Alleluia! 

Alleluia!

 

Instead of “We have seen the true light,” we sing Troparion: “O Thou Who by the depth of Thy wisdom…”

 

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