Presanctified Liturgy: Wednesday in the 1st Week
While fasting with the body, brethren, let us also fast in spirit. /
Let us loose every bond iniquity; /
let us undo the knots of every contract made by violence; /
let us tear up all unjust agreements; /
let us give bread to the hungry /
and welcome to our house the house the poor who have no roof to cover them, //
that we may receive great mercy from Christ our God. (Twice)
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 hast 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.
Jesus, the true spiritual Sun, /
sent you out as lightning into all the world, /
and by the brightness of your divine preaching. /
O ye apostles and eyewitnesses of God, /
He has dispersed the darkness of error /
and given light to those held fast in the evil gloom of ignorance. /
Entreat Him to send down upon us also //
His illumination and great mercy.
Elijah, glorified by fasting, /
rode in the divine chariot of the virtues /
and was carried up to the height of heaven. /
Eagerly follow his example, O my humble soul, /
and fast from every evil, /
from envy, strife and passing pleasure. /
So shalt thou escape the harsh and everlasting agony of Gehenna, /
crying out to Christ: //
Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Apostle of God, fervent intercessors for the world, /
defenders of the Orthodox, /
ye who have the power to draw near with boldness unto Christ our God: /
we beseech you, intercede on our behalf, /
that unhindered we may keep the holy season of the Fast /
and receive the grace of the consubstantial Trinity. /
O great and glorious preachers, //
worthy of all reverence, pray for our souls.
Tone 8 (Special Melody: “O most glorious wonder…”):
O unwaning, divine ray, /
luminous radiance of the commandments of God, /
ever-memorable athlete, /
most excellent of martyrs! /
Thou hast dispelled the gloom of darkness /
like a brilliant star, O blessed one! /
O goodly offering and unblemished sacrifice! /
Wherefore, unceasingly entreat Christ, //
that He save our souls. Twice
O all-wise preacher of the Truth, /
showing thyself to be an armed opponent of ungodliness, /
thou didst fell the enemy with the suffering of thy head, /
and didst openly proclaim the command of God, /
publishing glad tidings /
to the people who knew them not. /
O Conon, who dwellest with the martyrs, /
entreat the Deliverer, that He deliver from the passions //
thy servants who hymn thee.
Good was the change /
which the Lord of our fathers wrought upon thee /
by the right hand of the Most High, /
O most glorious athlete! /
A fruit blossoming forth from the root of unbelief /
wast thou shown to be, O most blessed and all-praised Conon, /
and, having Christ as thy most excellent Leader, /
thou didst mightily vanquish //
the hordes of the demons.
Glory... Now and ever...: Theotokion, in the same tone and melody:
Rejoice, bearer of the Light divine, /
thou star most bright, /
and tabernacle of sanctity! /
From thine all-pure womb Light hath shown upon us, /
illumining the ends of the earth, /
and enlightening them with His grace. /
Rejoice, O all-pure one, origin of salvation! /
Rejoice, report and saying //
awesome to those who trust in thee!
Prokimena and Old Testament Readings
Tone 5: Thou, O Lord, shalt keep us and shalt preserve us * from this generation, and forevermore.
Stichos: Save me, O Lord, for a righteous man there is no more.
Reading: Genesis 1:24-2:3
Tone 6: Look upon me, hear me, * O Lord my God.
Stichos: How long, O Lord, wilt Thou utterly forget me? How long wilt Thou turn Thy face away from me?
Reading: Proverbs 2:1-22