4th Sunday After Pentecost / St. Sergius of Radonezh

Beatitudes on 10 Octoechos 6; Saint 4, from Ode 3.

 

1. From paradise didst Thou drive our forefather Adam, who had broken Thy commandment, O Christ; but, O Compassionate One, Thou didst cause to dwell therein the thief who confessed Thee on the cross, crying out: “Remember me, O Savior, in Thy kingdom!”

 

2. With the curse of death didst Thou condemn us who had sinned, O Lord, Bestower of life; yet having suffered in Thy flesh, O sinless Master, Thou hast granted life unto mortals who cry out: “Remember us also in Thy kingdom!”

 

3. In rising from the dead, Thou hast raised us up from the passions with Thyself through Thy resurrection, O Lord; and all the power of death hast Thou destroyed, O Savior.  Wherefore, with faith we cry out to Thee: “Remember us also in Thy kingdom!”

 

4. O Thou who as God grantest life, by Thy three days in the tomb Thou didst raise up with Thyself the dead in hell, and as One Who is good Thou hast poured forth incorruption upon all of us who with faith ever cry out: “Remember us also in Thy kingdom!”

 

5. Risen from the dead, O Savior, Thou didst first appear to the myrrh-bearing women, crying out: “Rejoice!” and through them Thou didst announce Thy resurrection to Thy friends, O Christ.  Wherefore, with faith we cry out to Thee, “Remember us also in Thy kingdom!”

 

6. Moses, stretching out his arms on the mountain, prefigured the Cross and thus conquered Amelek.  And, receiving it with faith as a mighty weapon against the demons, we all cry out: “Remember us also in Thy kingdom!”

 

7.  Strengthened by the power of the Cross of the Lord, thou didst make the spiritual passions and reasoning of the flesh subject to thy spirit; wherefore, thou becamest an all-comely habitation of the all-holy Spirit and the chosen resting-place of the indivisible Trinity.

 

8.  By thy life in this world having become a model for all who have labored for Christ with all their soul, thou didst shine forth in purity like the sun; wherefore, thou hast received recompense an hundredfold from the hand of the Almighty, O divinely wise Sergius, for which cause we joyfully call thee blessed.

 

9. Come, let us now come together on this present feast, and let us behold and be filled with joy, that we may glorify Christ Who hath so glorified those who glorify Him, and hath given us the divinely blessed Sergius as an invincible rampart and bestower of miracles.

 

10.  Rejoicing, we offer thee thanks together with hymnody, O Mother of God, for in the flesh thou gavest birth to Almighty God, Who hath given thee to Christians as a steadfast intercessor.

 

Troparia

 

Tone 3:  Let the heavens be glad; let earthly things rejoice; /

for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm. /

He hath trampled down death by death; /

the first-born of the dead hath He become. /

From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us //

and Hath granted to the world great mercy.

 

Glory… Tone 8: Thou didst receive Christ in thy soul from thy youth, O Saint, /

and above all didst desire to be quit of the turmoil of the world. /

Thou didst courageously settle in the wilds, /

and there thou didst raise children of obedience, fruits of humility. /

Thus as an abode of the Trinity, thou didst enlighten with thy miracles all who came to thee with faith, /

and didst grant healing abundantly to all. //

O our Father Sergius, pray to Christ our God that He save our souls.

 

Both now… Tone 8:  O Good One, Who for our sake wast born of the Virgin /

and, having endured crucifixion, cast down death by death, /

and as God revealed the resurrection: /

disdain not that which Thou hast fashioned with Thine own hand.  /

Show forth Thy love for mankind, O Merciful One; /

accept the Theotokos who gave Thee birth and prayeth for us; //

and save Thy despairing people, O our Savior!

 

The Epistle

 

Reader: The Prokimenon in the 3rd Tone:  O chant unto our God, chant ye; chant unto our King, chant ye.

Choir:  O chant unto our God, chant ye; chant unto our King, chant ye.

Reader: Clap your hands, all ye nations; shout unto God with a voice of rejoicing.

Choir:  O chant unto our God, chant ye; chant unto our King, chant ye.

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

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

 

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

[Rom. 6:18-23 (§93); Gal. 5:22-6:2 (§213)]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 3rd Tone: In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me not be put to shame in the age to come.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Be Thou unto me a God to defend me and a house of refuge to save me.

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. 8:5-13 (§25); Luke 6:17-23 (§24)]

 

Kontakia

 

Tone 3:  Thou didst rise today from the tomb, O Merciful One, /

and didst lead us out of the gates of death. /

Today Adam danceth and Eve rejoiceth; /

and together with them both the prophets and patriarchs //

unceasingly praise the divine might of Thine authority.

 

Glory… Tone 8:  Having risen from the earth, thou didst shine today like the sun; /

for thy precious and incorrupt relics were found like a fragrant flower, /

shining with a multitude of miracles and pouring various healings on all the faithful, /

and gladdening thy chosen flock, which thou didst gather so wisely and tend so well. /

And now as thou standest in the presence of the Trinity, /

pray for them and for all Orthodox Christians, that we may cry to thee: //

Rejoice, O divinely-wise Sergius.

 

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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