Presanctified Liturgy: Wednesday in the 1st Week
St. Theodore the Studite
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 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.
Apostles 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 2 (Special Melody: “When from the Tree…”):
As God our Benefactor, /
Christ hath given thee to the world as a rich gift, O Theodore, /
having received the gift of thy precious blood /
which was offered to Him, /
shed for His sake with the zeal of piety. /
Standing now before Him with pious boldness, O martyr, //
save thou all who have recourse to thee. Twice.
Thou art a steadfast tower /
which withstandeth the assaults of the adversaries, /
an invincible champion for those who praise thee, /
a most speedy aid, a fervent advocate, /
quick deliverance, general assistance, /
most powerful intercessor, /
a ready deliverer of all who entreat thee with faith, //
O blessed Theodore.
Possessed of a torrent of sweetness /
and the water of remission, /
and being a most true witness to Christ the most merciful, /
deliver me from the torrent of my sins, /
calm thou the troubled waters for me, /
still the tempest of temptations /
and guide me to the calm haven on high, //
O right blessed Theodore.
Glory... Tone 6:
The gift of sanctification /
and the richness of divine life /
hast thou revealed to the world, O Theodore. /
For Christ hath glorified thy memory, O wise one, /
whereupon we, the faithful, rejoicing together, //
hymn the struggle of thy sufferings.
Now and ever... Same Tone:
The eye of my heart do I raise to thee, O Mistress; /
disdain not my feeble sigh. /
At the hour when thy Son shall judge the world, //
be thou my protection.
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