Presanctified Liturgy: Friday in the 4th Week
My soul’s dignity I have enslaved to the passions; /
I am become like the beasts, /
and have no power to lift mine eyes to Thee, Most High. /
But with my head bowed like the publican, /
I pray to Thee, O Christ, and cry aloud: //
God be merciful to me and save me. Twice
Not desiring earthly pleasure, /
the victorious martyrs were granted heavenly blessings, /
and they have become fellow-citizens with the angels. /
At their prayers, O Lord, //
have mercy on us and save us.
Because the holy martyrs intercede for us /
and sing in praise of Christ, /
all error is destroyed //
and mankind is saved by faith.
The company of martyrs resisted tyrants, saying: /
“We are soldiers of the ruler of the powers on high; /
though ye give us up to fire and torture, //
we shall not deny the power of the Trinity.”
Great is the glory, O ye saints, /
that ye have gained through your faith. /
For by your sufferings ye were victorious over the enemy; /
and after death, as physicians of body and soul, /
ye drive out evil spirits and bring healing to the sick. /
Intercede before the Lord, //
that mercy may be given to our souls.
Tone 4 (Special Melody: “Thou hast given a sign…”):
Having acquired a blameless life, /
patience and meekness and love unfeigned, /
boundless abstinence, /
standing all-night, divine compunction, /
faith and true hope in compassion, O father, /
thou didst live on earth like an angel in the flesh, /
O blessed Hilarion, //
intercessor for our souls. Twice
An earthly angel and a heavenly man /
wast thou, O venerable one, /
a wellspring of compunction, /
a stream of compassion, /
an abyss of miracles, a surety for sinners, /
a truly fruitful olive-tree of God, /
anointing with the oil of thy labors /
the faces of those who praise thee with faith, //
O wondrous Hilarion.
Illumined with divine understanding, /
thy mind transcended the passions of the body, /
and was aloof from earthly things, /
bearing the image of God /
and depicting divine beauty within itself. /
Through the activity of the Spirit, /
thou art recognized as wholly godly, //
O Hilarion our father, //
thou adornment of monastics.
Glory… Tone 2:
Woe is me! how great a struggle /
the soul endures at its parting from the body. /
Woe is me! how many tears it sheds, /
but there is none to pity it. /
Turning to the angels, it supplicates in vain; /
stretching out its hands to men, it finds no-one to help. /
Therefore, my beloved brethren, reflecting on the shortness of our life, /
let us ask Christ to give rest to the departed //
and to grant our souls great mercy.
Both now… Tone 2:
The shadow of the law passed away when grace arrived; /
for, as the bush wrapped in flame did not burn, /
so did the Virgin give birth and yet remain a virgin. /
In place of the pillar of fire, the Sun of righteousness hath shone forth. /
Instead of Moses, Christ is come, //
the salvation of our souls.
Tone 4: O Shepherd of Israel, attend, * Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep.
Stichos: Thou that sittest on the cherubim, manifest Thyself.
Lesson: Genesis 12:1-7
Tone 4: Rejoice * in God our helper.