Presanctified Liturgy: Friday in the 2nd Week

St. Benedict of Nursia

 

Tone 4:

Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation. /

In the multitude of Thy mercy visit my soul, /

and release me from the burden of my transgressions, //

for Thou alone lovest mankind.                Twice

 

Tone 8:

O martyrs of the Lord, /

ye hallow every place and heal every ill: /

and now we entreat you to pray //

that our souls may be delivered from the snares of the enemy.

 

O martyrs of the Lord, /

we beseech you, /

offer intercession to our God: /

pray for abundant mercy on our souls //

and the forgiveness of our many sins.

 

Thy martyrs, O Lord, forgetting the things of the present life, /

and despising torture in their longing for the life to come, /

were granted this eternal life as their inheritance, /

and now they rejoice with the angels. /

At their supplications //

bestow upon thy people Thy great mercy.

 

If there be any virtue and if there be any praise, /

rightly are these things ascribed to the saints. /

They bowed their necks beneath the sword, /

for Thy sake who has bowed the heavens and come down. /

They shed their blood for Thee, /

who hast emptied Thyself and taken the form of a servant; /

they humbled themselves even unto death, /

following the example of Thy poverty. /

At their prayers have mercy upon us, O God, //

according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies.

 

Tone 2 (Special Melody: “When from the tree…”):

Having from childhood renounced the world /

with true faith and love, O father, /

rejoicing, thou didst follow after the crucified Christ; /

and having mortified thy flesh with many ascetic feats, /

thou didst richly receive the grace of healings, /

to assuage divers illnesses //

and to expel evil spirits, greatly astonished..                      (Twice)

 

Being the adornment of monastics, /

thou didst assemble a countless multitude to hymn the Lord, /

O venerable Benedict, /

and didst guide to heaven the steps of all who followed well /

thy divine teachings and emulate thy virtuous life, O father.  /

With them we do thee honor, //

rejoicing in thy repose in sacred manner.

 

Like Elijah of old, O father, /

thou didst call down rain from the skies at thy supplication, /

and thou didst cause the vessel to pour forth oil, /

didst resurrect a dead man and work many other miracles, /

unto the glory of the God and Savior of all, O venerable one.  /

Wherefore, with love we celebrate //

thy glorious memory, O Benedict.

 

Glory… Tone 8: I lament and weep whenever I see death /

and look upon our beauty, formed according to God’s image, /

lying in the grave disfigured and inglorious, /

its outward form destroyed. /

O strange wonder! What mystery is this concerning us? /

How have we been delivered to corruption? /

How have we been yoked to death? /

All this, so it is written, is by the ordinance of God, //

who grants rest to the departed.

 

Both now… Tone 8:

In His love for mankind, /

the King of heaven appeared on earth /

and dwelt among men; /

for He who received flesh from the pure Virgin /

and came forth from her having received human nature, /

is the only Son of God, two in natures but not hypostasis./ 

Therefore, proclaiming Him to be truly perfect God and perfect man, /

we confess Christ our God. /

Him do thou beseech, O Mother unwedded, //

that our souls find mercy!

 

Prokimena and Old Testament Readings

 

Tone 4: Let Thy mercy and Thy truth continually help me.

 

Stichos: With patience I waited patiently for the Lord, and He was attentive unto me.

 

Lesson: Genesis 5:32 - 6:8

 

Tone 6: I said: O Lord, have mercy on me, heal my soul.

 

Stichos:  Blessed is the man that hath understanding for the poor man and the pauper.

 

Lesson: Proverbs 6:20 - 7:1