Presanctified Liturgy: Friday in the 2nd Week
St. Benedict of Nursia
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
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.
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!
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.