14th Sunday After Pentecost / Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos / Ss. Joachim and Anna

Beatitudes on 12: Octoechos: 4; Feast: 4, from Ode 1; Saints: 4, from Ode 6.


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.  By Thy death hast Thou destroyed the power of death, O Christ, and Thou didst raise

up with Thyself the dead of ages past, who now hymn Thee as our true God and Savior.


4.  Arriving at Thy tomb, O Christ, the honorable women sought to anoint Thee with

myrrh, O Bestower of life; but an angel appeared to them, crying out: The Lord is risen!


5. Come, ye faithful, and, rejoicing with divine spirit, let us honor with hymns the Ever-

virgin Maiden who today hath issued forth from a barren woman for the salvation of men.


6. Rejoice, O pure one, Mother and handmaid of Christ God, mediatress of our primal

blessedness!  All of us, the human race, glorify thee with hymns, as is meet.


7. Let all creation join chorus, and let David be glad, for from his tribe and seed hath

come forth as a flower the rod which beareth the Lord, the Creator of all.


8. The Holy of holies is placed in the holy sanctuary as a babe, to be fed by the hands of

angels.  Let us all, therefore, faithfully keep festival together on her nativity.


9. Anna, the barren woman of old, having received fertile seed, was vouchsafed to give

birth to a Maiden of divine radiance who hath dominion over all creatures.


10. The barren woman, hath now given birth by God’s will to the Virgin Who would with

submission give birth untainted by carnal will, as God Himself manifestly desired.


11. Illumined by the Spirit, Isaiah beheld the offspring of Joachim and Anna as a new

scroll, whereon the incarnate Word was written.


12. Mystery followeth mystery! For she who before was barren hath given birth to grace:

the mediatress of salvation who hath been revealed to us by the birth of virginity.


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: Thy nativity, O Theotokos Virgin, /

hath proclaimed joy to all the world; /

for from thee hath dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, /

annulling the curse, and bestowing the blessing, //

abolishing death and granting us life eternal.


[Troparion of the Temple]


Tone 1: Joachim and Anna, who were righteous in the law of grace, /

have for us given birth unto a God-given babe. /

Wherefore, the divine Church keepeth splendid festival today, /

celebrating their honored memory with gladness, /

glorifying God Who hath lifted up the horn of salvation for us //

in the house of David.


Tone 5:  Unto hades, O my Savior, didst Thou descend, /

and having broken its gates as one omnipotent, /

Thou, as Creator, didst raise up the dead together with Thyself. /

And Thou didst break the sting of death, /

and didst deliver Adam from the curse, O Lover of mankind. /

Wherefore, we all cry unto Thee: //

Save us, O Lord.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Glory… Tone 2:  Anna now rejoiceth, /

having broken the bond of barrenness; /

and she nurtureth the all-pure one, /

calling upon all to hymn the One /

Who through her womb hath given unto men //

the only Mother who knew not man.


Both now... Tone 4: Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness /

and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death, by thy holy nativity, O immaculate one,/

which thy people, redeemed from the guilt of offenses, /

celebrate, by crying to thee: //

The barren woman giveth birth to the Theotokos, the nourisher of our life.


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: In the 4th Tone: Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel.

Choir:  Wondrous is God in His saints, the God of Israel.


Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Galatians:

[Gal. 6:11-18 (§215); II Cor. 1:21-2:4 (§170); Gal. 4:22-31 (§210 (mid.))]


Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone: I have raised up one chosen out of my people; with my

holy oil have I anointed him.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: For My hand shall be unto Him an ally, and Mine arm shall strengthen him.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord, and he is their defender in time

of affliction.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [John 3:13-17 (§9); Matt. 22:2-14 (§89); Luke 8:16-21 (§36)]


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

of the feast, Eighth Tone:


Refrain:  Magnify, O my soul, / the most glorious nativity of the Mother of God.


Irmos:   Foreign to mothers is virginity, /

and strange is childbirth for virgins, /

yet both were accomplished in thee, O Theotokos. /

Wherefore, we and all generations of the earth //

without ceasing do magnify thee.


Communion Verse:  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! 

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright.  Alleluia, Alleluia,



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