Presanctified Liturgy: Friday in the 5th Week
Saturday of the Akathist
Tone 6: Departing from Thy divine commandments as from Jerusalem, /
and going down to the passions of Jericho, /
I was led astray by the false glory of the cares of this life. /
I fell among the thieves of my own thoughts; /
they stripped me of the robe of sonship that was mine by grace, /
and now I lie wounded, as though without the breath of life. /
The priest drew near and saw my body, but he took no heed; /
the Levite looked at it with loathing and passed by on the other side. /
But Thou, O Lord who ineffably hast taken flesh from the Virgin, /
Thou hast of Thine own will poured out blood and water /
from Thy side for my salvation /
and as with oil Thou hast anointed me, O Christ my God, /
bind up my wounds with linen, //
and in Thy compassion bring me to Thy heavenly Kingdom. Twice.
Thy martyrs, O Lord, /
denied Thee not and forsook not Thy commandments: /
at their intercessions //
have mercy upon us.
Tone 6 [Spec. Mel.: Having set all your hope on the things of heaven]:
Revealing the pre-eternal counsel, /
Gabriel appeared to thee, O Maiden, /
and greeting thee, he said: /
“Rejoice, earth that hath not been sown; /
rejoice, burning bush that remains unconsumed; /
rejoice, depth unsearchable; /
rejoice, bridge that leads to heaven /
and ladder raised on high that Jacob saw; /
rejoice, divine vessel of manna; /
rejoice, deliverance from the curse; /
rejoice, restoration of Adam, //
the Lord is with thee! Thrice.
“Thou dost appear to me in the form of a man,” /
said the undefiled Maiden to the leader of the heavenly hosts; /
“how then dost thou speak to me of things that pass man’s power? /
For thou hast said that God shall be with me, /
and shall take up His dwelling in my womb; /
and how, tell me, shall I become the spacious habitation /
and the holy place of Him that rides upon the cherubim? /
Beguile me not with deceit: /
for I have no experience of sensual pleasure, /
I have not entered into wedlock. //
How then shall I bear child?” Twice.
“When God so wishes,” said the bodiless angel, /
“the order of nature is overcome, /
and things beyond man’s power come to pass. /
Believe that my words are true, /
all-holy Lady, utterly without spot,” /
And she cried aloud, /
“Let it now be unto me according to thy word: /
and I shall bear Him that is without flesh, /
who shall borrow flesh from me, /
that through this union of natures /
He may lead man up unto his ancient glory, //
for He alone has power so to do.” Twice.
Glory... Both now... Tone 2:
Today is revealed the mystery that is from all eternity. /
The son of God becomes the Son of Man, /
that, sharing in what is worse, /
He may make me share in what is better. /
Of old Adam was deceived: /
he sought to become God, but failed in his purpose. /
Now God becomes man, that He may make Adam god. /
Let the creation rejoice, let nature exult: /
for the Archangel stands in fear before the Virgin, /
and with his salutation “Rejoice!” /
he brings the joyful greeting whereby our sorrow is assuaged. /
O God, who in Thy merciful compassion wast made man, //
glory to Thee.
and Old Testament
Tone 4: Compassionate and merciful is the Lord, * long-suffering and plenteous in mercy.
Stichos: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.
Tone 4: How magnified are Thy works, O Lord! * In wisdom hast Thou made them all.
Stichos: Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, Thou hast been magnified exceedingly.