The Holy Apostle John the Theologian

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

the last half.

Beatitudes on 8, Samaritan woman: 4, from Ode 7; Apostle: 4, from Ode 6.
1 Of Thine own will Thou wast reckoned with iniquitous men during Thy divine 
suffering, O Christ; and seeing this, the earth quaked, the stones fell at Thine all-
accomplishing gesture, O Unapproachable One, and the dead of ages past arose.
2. Having descended in soul to the nethermost parts of hades, Thou didst bravely lead up 
all those who were bound, whom death, the bitter tyrant, had received from ages past; and 
they cried out to Thee: O Christ God, glory to Thine awesome dispensation!
3. “Why seek among the dead Him Who liveth forever?  He hath arisen, as He said.  
Behold, ye can see His grave-clothes and tomb empty,” said the youth who appeared to 
the myrrh-bearing women; “Go, tell the apostles!”
4. “Thou art the Water of life!” the Samaritan woman cried out to Christ; “Wherefore, O 
Word, ever give me, who thirst, to drink of Thy divine grace, that I may no longer be held 
in the burning heat of ignorance, O Lord Jesus, but may proclaim Thy mighty works.”
5. & 6. Isaiah beheld in an image the burning Coal of the Divine fire which purified his 

lips, and He was vouchsafed prophecy; and thou, O blessed John, wast shown to recline

against the breast of God the Word incarnate.


7.  The only-begotten Word Who sitteth in the bosom of the Father was seen incarnate,

O blessed John, and told thee, as the beloved initiate of His mysteries, that thou wouldst

see the incorporeal God Whom no-one can behold.


8.  Illumine my soul, O most hymned Virgin Theotokos who gavest birth to the

Effulgence of the Father’s glory; for, having thy true grace, we abstain from blasphemous


Troparia & Kontakia:
Tone 4:  Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the angel, /
and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, /
the women disciples of the Lord spake to the apostles exultantly: /
Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, //
granting to the world great mercy.


Tone 2:  O Apostle beloved of Christ our God, /

hasten to deliver a defenseless people.  /

He that allowed thee to recline on His breast, /

receiveth thee bowing in intercession.  /

Implore Him, O Theologian, /

to dispel the persistent cloud of the heathen, //

and ask for us His peace and great mercy. 


Tone 8: With streams of thy tears thou didst irrigate the barren desert, /

and with sighs from the depths of thy soul thou didst make it to bear fruit an hundredfold. /

Thou wast a beacon to the whole world, radiating miracles.  //

O N. our father, entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved!


Tone 2:  Who can tell of thy mighty works, O virgin Saint? /

For thou pourest forth miracles, /

and art a source of healings, /

and thou dost intercede for our souls, //

as the Theologian and friend of Christ.


Glory… Tone 8:

From Rome thou didst shine forth like the great sun, and thou didst reach the imperial city, O all-blessed one, /

illumining it with thy words and deeds and dispelling all the darkness of ignorance. //

Wherefore, we honor thee, O venerable Arsenius, thou glory of the fathers.


Both now… Tone 8:

Having come to the well in faith, the Samaritan woman saw Thee, the

Water of Wisdom, /

whereof having drunk abundantly, she, the renowned one, //

inherited the kingdom on high forever.


The Epistle:


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 3rd Tone:  O chant unto our God, chant ye; chant unto

our King, chant ye.

Choir:  O chant unto our God, chant ye; chant unto our King, chant ye.

Reader: Clap your hands, all ye nations; shout unto God with a voice of rejoicing.

Choir:  O chant unto our God, chant ye; chant unto our King, chant ye.

Reader:  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



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

[Acts 14:20-27 (§35); 1 John 1:1-7 (§68)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 4th Tone: Bend Thy bow, and proceed prosperously, and be

king, because of truth and meekness and righteousness.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: In the 1st tone: The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy

truth in the congregations of saints.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [John 9:39-10:9 (§35); John 19:25-27, 21:24-25 (§61)]


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:  

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! Their sound hath gone forth

into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. 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.


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