29th Sunday after Pentecost / Sunday of the Holy Fathers / Forefeast of Nativity

Beatitudes on 12, Octoechos: 4; Fathers: 4, Ode 3; Forefeast: 4, Ode 6.


1. By the tree was Adam forced to depart from paradise; but by the Tree of the Cross was 
the thief made to dwell in paradise.  For the one by tasting, broke the commandment of 
the creator; while the other, crucified with Him, confessed the hidden God, crying out: 
Remember me in Thy kingdom!
2. O Lord Who wast lifted up upon the Cross, Who hast destroyed the power of death and 
as God hast destroyed the record of our sins, grant also the repentance of the thief unto us 
who faithfully serve Thee and cry out to thee, O Christ God Who alone lovest mankind: 
Remember us also in Thy kingdom!
3. On the Cross Thou didst tear asunder with the spear the record of our sins; and, 
numbered among the dead, Thou didst bind the tyrant of hades, O Lord Who lovest 
mankind, Who by Thy resurrection hast delivered all from the bonds of hades.  Thereby 
have we been illumined, and we cry to Thee: Remember us also in Thy kingdom!
4. O Thou Who alone art immortal, Who wast crucified and as almighty didst arise from 
the tomb on the third day, and hast raised up Adam, the first created: Vouchsafe that I 
also may turn to repentance with my whole heart, and may ever cry out to Thee with 
fervent faith: Remember me, O Savior, in Thy kingdom!

5. Faithfully preserving the glory of the image and likeness of God, with the fire of the

Spirit the children, as champions, extinguished the fire of the golden image, chanting: We

know but one Lord!


6.  The captive children, clothed with the wisdom and power of the Spirit, put to shame

the wise men of Babylon and boldly cried out:  None is holy save Thee, O Lord Who

lovest mankind!


7.  The law doth rejoice and joineth chorus with the children and the prophets and doth

exult today before the divine advent of the Lord.  And Abraham doth rejoice, for from his

seed hath the incarnate Lord appeared.


8.  A conception without pain, an acceptance of thy birthgiving hath transpired in

manner beyond recounting, O Theotokos, for the Word of God, Who is God and was

proclaimed by the prophets, hath shown Himself to be a mystery beyond nature.


9 & 10. O Mistress, as a new heaven thou dost come, that Christ, the Sun of glory, might

shine forth in the flesh from thy womb, as through a cloud, in the cave; for, in His

boundless loving-kindness, He desireth splendidly to illumine all who are of this earth

with rays of His own light.


11.  Thou didst perceive our infirmity and misery, O compassionate Christ, and didst not

disdain us; but, without leaving the Father, Thou didst abase Thyself and make Thine

abode in the womb of her who knew not wedlock, who now cometh forth to give birth

unto Thee, without pain, in the cave.


12.  Ye mountains and hills, fields and vales, people and generations, nations and every

creature: exult, filled with divine gladness, for the deliverance of all, the Word of God,

the Timeless One, Who in His loving-kindness hath come under time, doth come with



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:  Great are the achievements of faith!  /

In the fountain of flame, as in refreshing water, /

the Three Holy Children rejoiced.  /

And the prophet Daniel proved a shepherd of lions as of sheep. //

By their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls.


Tone 4:  Make ready, O Bethlehem, /

Eden hath been opened unto all. /

Prepare, O Ephratha, /

for the Tree of life hath blossomed in the cave from the Virgin. /

For her womb proved to be a spiritual paradise /

wherefrom there came the Divine Plant, /

whereof eating we shall live and not die like Adam. /

Christ is born //

to raise the image that fell of old.


Glory… Tone 1:  Rejoice, O Bethlehem! /

Ephratha, make ready! /

for behold, the Ewe hasteneth to give birth unto the Great Shepherd /

Whom she carrieth in her womb. /

And seeing Him, the God-bearing Fathers rejoice, //

and with the shepherds praise the Virgin who giveth milk.


Both now… Tone 3: 

Today the Virgin cometh to give birth ineffably /

to the pre-eternal Word in the cave. /

Dance, O world! And having heard this, /

with the angels and shepherds glorify the pre-eternal God, //

Who is to appear as a little babe.



The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 4th Tone: Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our

fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy name unto the ages.

Choir:  Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is

Thy name unto the ages.

Reader:  For righteous art Thou in all which Thou hast done for us.

Choir: Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy

name unto the ages.

Reader:  Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers.

Choir:  And praised and glorified is Thy name unto the ages.


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

[Hebrews 11:9-10,17-23,32-40 (§328)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 4th Tone:

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: O God, with our ears have we heard, for our fathers have told us.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: Thou hast saved us from them that afflict us, and them that hate us hast Thou put

to shame.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matthew 1:1-25 (§1)]


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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