15th Sunday after Pentecost / GM Euphemia the All-Praised / Afterfeast of the Exaltation

Beatitudes on 12: Octoechos: 4; Feast: 4, from Ode 3; Greatmartyr: 4, from Ode 6.


1.  Remember me when Thou comest in Thy kingdom, O God my Savior, and save me,

for Thou alone lovest mankind.


2.  By a tree was Adam deceived; yet again by the Tree of the Cross was the thief saved,

who cried out: Remember me in Thy kingdom, O Lord!


3.  O Bestower of life, Who hadst broken down the gates and portals of hades, Thou hast

saved all who cry out to Thee, O Savior: Glory to Thine arising!


4.  O Thou Who by Thy burial hast made death captive, and by Thy resurrection hast

filled all with joy: remember me, in that Thou art compassionate.


5&6.  The rod of Aaron is an image of this mystery, for when it budded it showed who

should be priest. So in the Church, that once was barren, the wood of the Cross hath now

put forth flower, filling her with strength and steadfastness.


7. The rough stone, struck, put forth water for a disobedient and hardhearted people, and

showed forth the mystery of the divinely elect Church, whereof the Cross is the might

and confirmation.


8. When Christ’s all-pure side was pierced by the spear, blood and water flowed

therefrom, renewing the covenant and washing sin away, for the Cross is the boast of the

faithful, the might and confirmation of kings.


9. Bearing manly wisdom of soul in thy womanly flesh, O glorious one, thou didst pay no

heed to the beasts in the waters.


10. Without sustaining harm, thou didst vanquish the pride of the tyrants in the waters, O

invincible martyr, abiding with the beasts like Jonah.


11. Hearkening to thy supplications, the Lord delivered thee from the corruption of the

beasts, as He did Daniel from the pit, O most praised one.


12. O thou who at the word of the archangel gavest birth to the Word in the flesh, deliver

our souls from the snares of the enemy, we pray.


Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 6: Angelic hosts were above Thy tomb, /

and they that guarded Thee became as dead. /

And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate body. /

Thou didst despoil hades and wast not tempted by it. /

Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life.  //

O Thou Who didst rise from the dead, O Lord, glory be to Thee.


Tone 1: O Lord, save Thy people /

and bless Thine inheritance. /

Grant Thou victory unto Orthodox Christians /

over their enemies, /

and by the power of Thy Cross //

do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.


[Troparion of the Temple]


Tone 4: 

Thy ewe-lamb Euphemia cried out to Thee with a loud voice, O Jesus: /

“I love Thee, O my Bridegroom, /

and, seeking Thee, I pass through many struggles; /

I am crucified and buried with Thee in Thy baptism, /

and suffer for Thy sake, that I might reign with Thee; /

I die for Thee, that I might live with Thee.  /

As an unblemished sacrifice accept me, /

who sacrifice myself with love for Thee.”  //

By her supplications, save Thou our souls, in that Thou art merciful.


Tone 6:

Having by His life bestowing hand raised up all the dead out of the dark abysses, /

Christ God, the Giver of life, hath bestowed the Resurrection upon the fallen human race;/

for He is the Savior of all, //

the Resurrection, and the Life, and the God of all.


[Kontakion of the Temple]


Glory… Tone 4: Thou didst struggle well in thy contest, /

and after death dost sanctify us with streams of miracles, /

O most praised one. /

Wherefore, we hymn thy holy repose, /

having recourse to thy divine temple with faith, /

that we may be delivered from spiritual afflictions, //

and may draw forth the grace of miracles.


Both now... Tone 4: O Thou Who wast lifted up willingly on the Cross, /

bestow Thy mercies upon the new community named after Thee, O Christ God; /

gladden with Thy power the Orthodox Christians, /

granting them victory over enemies; //

may they have as Thy help the weapon of peace, the invincible trophy.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 7th Tone: Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship the

footstool of His feet for it is holy.

Choir:  Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship the footstool of His feet for it is holy.

Reader:  The Lord is king, let the peoples rage.

Choir:  Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship the footstool of His feet for it is holy.

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. 2:16-20 (§203); II Cor. 4:6-15 (§176); II Cor. 6:1-10 (§181).].


Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone: Remember Thy congregation which Thou hast

purchased from the beginning.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  But God is our king before the ages, He hath wrought salvation in the midst of

the earth.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: In the 6th Tone: With patience I waited patiently for the Lord, and He was

attentive unto me.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Mark 8:34-9:1 (§37); Matt. 22:35-46 (§92); Luke 7:36-50 (§33)]


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

the feast, Eighth Tone:


Refrain: Magnify, O my soul, / the most precious Cross of the Lord.


Irmos: O Theotokos, thou art a mystical Paradise, /

who untilled hast brought forth Christ. /

He hath planted upon the earth the life-giving Tree of the Cross: /

therefore at its exaltation on this day, //

we worship Him and thee do we magnify.


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

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

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


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