Presanctified Liturgy: Friday in the 2nd Week

42 Martyrs of Amorium

 

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 5:

Despising every earthly thing, /

bravely withstanding torture, /

ye attained the blessedness for which ye hoped, /

and were made heirs of the Kingdom of heaven, /

O martyrs worthy of all praise.  /

Since ye have boldness before God who loves mankind, /

pray that peace be given to the world, //

and to our souls great mercy.

 

Taking up the shield of faith, /

strengthening themselves with the sign of the Cross, /

Thy saints, O Lord, went willingly and bravely to torture, /

and they overthrew the pride of and error of the devil. /

At their supplications, O almighty God, /

send down peace upon the world, /

and on our souls great mercy. 

 

Intercede on our behalf, O holy martyrs, /

that we may be delivered from our sins: //

for to you is given grace to pray for us.

 

Your souls, O holy martyrs, were filled with an insatiable love; /

not denying Christ ye endured great sufferings and torment, /

and ye cast down the tyrants’ Pride.  /

Ye kept the faith unaltered and unharmed, /

and now have gone to dwell in heaven.  /

Since ye have boldness before Christ, //

pray that He may grant us His great mercy.

 

Tone 4 (Special Melody: “Called from on high…”):

Having appeared in the latter times, /

O right victorious martyrs, /

as unwaning stars in the honored firmament of the Church, /

ye illumined all the earth with the splendor of your suffering /

and destroyed the darkness of deception, O most laudable ones; /

and now ye have passed over to the eternal effulgence. /

Wherefore, with faith we celebrate your radiant and sacred suffering, //

enriched by your intercession.             Twice.

 

O martyrs of Christ, /

ye were bound after summary arrest, /

and were all incarcerated in prison for a long time, /

being divine keepers of the Faith; /

therefore, the infamous beast, enraged, slew with the sword /

you who declined to submit to his evil commands. /

And now, ye have joyously inherited the heavens, /

having joined yourselves to the kingdom, //

O ye all glorious forty-two.

 

Let us all praise aloud Constantine, Basoes and Callistus, /

Theodore and Theophilus, /

and the rest of the divine company of  athletes; /

for, sacrificing themselves joyfully, /

they elected to die for the Life of all. /

And now they rest in the city of the living God, /

and ask that we may find remission of offenses on the day of judgement //

and complete deliverance.

 

Glory… Tone 5: I called to mind the Prophet’s words, /

“I am dust and ashes.” /

I went also to the tombs, and saw the naked bones, /

and said: “Which now is the king or the soldier, /

the rich man or the beggar, /

the upright or the sinner?”  /

But give rest, O Lord, unto Thy servants with the righteous, //

for Thou lovest mankind.

 

Both now… Tone 5:

Once, the image of the Bride who knoweth not wedlock /

was inscribed in the Red Sea. /

There Moses was the parter of the waters; /

and here Gabriel is the minister of a miracle. /

There Israel traversed the deep dryshod; /

and now the Virgin giveth birth unto Christ without seed. /

The sea remained impassible after Israel had crossed; /

and the immaculate one remaineth incorrupt after the birth of Emmanuel. /

O God Who hast appeared as a man, /

Who existest and hast existed from the beginning: //

Have mercy upon us!

 

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

 

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