6th Sunday after Pentecost / The Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils / St. Seraphim

Beatitudes on 12, Octoechos 4; Fathers 4, from Ode 3; Saint 4, from Ode 6.


1.  Believing Thee to be God, O Christ, the thief on the cross confessed Thee in a pure manner, crying out from the depths of his heart:  Remember me in Thy kingdom, O Lord!


2.  Together let us hymn as Savior and Creator, Him Who on the Cross budded forth life for our race and caused the curse which originated from the tree to wither up.


3.  By Thy death hast Thou destroyed the power of death, O Christ, and Thou didst raise up with Thyself the dead of ages past, who now hymn Thee as our true God and Savior.


4.  Arriving at Thy tomb, O Christ, the honorable women sought to anoint Thee with myrrh, O Bestower of life; but an angel appeared to them, crying out: The Lord is risen!


5. The mindless Arius, showing himself to be a servant of a created being, and Macedonius, likewise revealed as abominable, are tormented together in the fire of Gehenna with the heathen.


6.  With the seven sacred councils of the holy fathers didst thou adorn the honored Church, O Christ, driving far away the darkness of deception as with the light of seven beacons.


7.  The multifarious murrain of the heretics destroyeth Thy flock, O Word; but the shepherds of Thy noetic sheep have cured this by their doctrine.


8.  O pure one, thou gavest birth unto One of the uncreated Trinity, Who is two in nature and volition, and Whose image we venerate, filled with grace.


9.  We are all full of sin, but thy supplications, O venerable Seraphim, ascend unto the Lord like fragrant incense.  And we now pray thee: Still thou the raging tempest of ungodliness in the land of Russia, and ask of the Lord salvation for our souls.


10.  Truly blessed wast thou, O venerable Seraphim, having acquired riches through poverty, and through tears, joy – which thou didst abundantly bestow upon those who came to thee.  And now thou dost emit rays of miracles and healest all that have recourse unto thee with faith.


11.  Having dug with thine own hands a well in the wilderness, O venerable one, thou didst give drink unto the thirsty that came unto thee.  And now thou healest the diseases of the sick with the water therefrom.  Truly, the Master hath shown thee forth unto all as miraculous intercessor and wonderworker, O venerable one.


12.  We confess thee to be the Mother of God indeed, the true Theotokos, for by thy birthgiving have we been delivered from the curse of corruption, through the lovingkindness of God, who loveth mankind, and have been called to life incorruptible.




Tone 5:  Let us, O faithful, praise and worship the Word /

Who is co-unoriginate with the Father and the Spirit, /

and Who was born of the Virgin for our salvation; /

for He was pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh /

and to endure death, //

and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.


Tone 8:  Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, /

Who hast established our holy fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, /

and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith.  //

O Most merciful One, glory be to Thee.


Glory… Tone 4: From thy youth thou didst love Christ, O blessed one, /

and ardently desiring to work for Him alone /

thou didst struggle in the wilderness with constant prayer and labor; /

and having acquired love for Christ with compunction of heart, /

thou didst prove to be the beloved favorite of the Mother of God.  /

Wherefore, we cry to thee: //

Save us by thy prayers, O Seraphim, our holy father.


Both now… Tone 4: The mystery hidden from before the ages /
and unknown even to the angels, /
through thee, O Theotokos, hath been revealed to those on earth: /
God incarnate in unconfused union, /
Who willingly accepted the Cross for our sake /
and thereby raising up the first-formed man, //

hath saved our souls from death.


The Epistle


Reader: In the 4th Tone: Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy name unto the ages.

Choir:  Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy name unto the ages.

Reader:  For righteous art Thou in all which Thou hast done for us.

Choir:  Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy name unto the ages.

Reader: In the 7th Tone:  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

Choir:  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.


Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans:

[Rom. 12:6-14 (§110); Heb. 13:7-16 (§334); Gal 5:22-6:2 (§213)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone: The God of gods, the Lord hath spoken, and He hath called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the setting thereof.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: Gather together unto Him His holy ones who have established His covenant upon sacrifices

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:   In the 6th Tone: Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His commandments shall he greatly delight..

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Matt. 9:1-8 (§29); John 17:1-13 (§56); Luke 6:17-23 (§24)]




Tone 5:  Unto hades, O my Savior, didst Thou descend, /

and having broken its gates as one omnipotent, /

Thou, as Creator, didst raise up the dead together with Thyself. /

And Thou didst break the sting of death, /

and didst deliver Adam from the curse, O Lover of mankind. /

Wherefore, we all cry unto Thee: //

Save us, O Lord.


Tone 8: 

The preaching of the apostles and the doctrines of the fathers confirmed the one Faith of the Church. /

And wearing the garment of truth, woven from the theology on high, //

She rightly divideth and glorifieth the great mystery of piety.


Glory… Tone 2:  Having left the beauty of the world /

and what is corrupt in it, O Saint, /

thou didst settle in Sarov Monastery. /

And having lived there an angelic life, /

thou wast for many the way of salvation. /

Wherefore, Christ hath glorified thee, O Father Seraphim, /

and hath enriched thee with the gift of healing and miracles.  /

And so we cry to thee: //

Rejoice, O Seraphim, our holy father.


Both now... Tone 6: O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, /

O mediation unto the Creator unfailing, /

disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, /

but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; /

hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, //

thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


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