Reader Service on June 28, 2020 - Third Sunday After Pentecost;

St. Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Saints of North America

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Orthodox Reader Service – June 28, 2020 – Old Calendar Observance

Third Sunday after Pentecost: St. Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Saints of North America – Tone 2

(FAST: Fish, wine, and oil allowed)

[Please Note: A modified approach to reading, chanting, and singing the various portions of this Reader Service, while we are still in a period of “prevention” regarding any possible spread of the COVID-19 virus, will be employed as has been utilized recently.  Only three (3) readers/singers (possibly pairs of readers/singers) will be utilized, and they will be positioned closest to, and facing, the iconostasis.  Thus, they will be directing their breathing and “vocalizations” away from all other parishioners, and will be wearing their masks when not delivering any “audio”.  Out of necessity, masks will be lowered when delivering “vocalizations”, otherwise breathing difficulties will be encountered.]

Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.  Amen.

The Third Hour

Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!

O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth Who art everywhere and fillest all Things. Treasury of blessings, and Giver of life. Come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Thy name's sake.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.

O come, let us worship God, our King.  O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and our God.  O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and our God.

Psalm (16) 17

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry. Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit. From Thee let my vindication come. Let Thy eyes see the right. If Thou triest my heart, if Thou visitest me by night, if Thou testest me, Thou wilt find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress. With regard to the works of men, by the word of Thy lips I have avoided the ways of the violent. My steps have held fast to Thy paths, my feet have not slipped. I call on Thee, for Thou wilt answer me, O God; incline Thy ear to me, hear my words. Wondrously show Thy steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at Thy right hand. Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of Thy wings, from the wicked who despoil me, my deadly enemies who surround me. They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths, they speak arrogantly. They track me down; now they surround me; they set their eyes to cast me to the ground. They are like a young lion lurking in ambush. Arise, O Lord. Confront them, overthrow them. Deliver my life from the wicked by Thy sword, from men by Thy hand, O Lord, from men whose portion in life is of the world. May their belly be filled with what Thou hast stored up for them; may their children have more than enough; may they leave something over to their babes. As for me, I shall behold Thy face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with beholding Thy form.

Psalm (24) 25 

To thee, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in Thee I trust, let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Yea, let none that wait for Thee be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me, for Thou art the God of my salvation; for Thee I wait all the day long. Be mindful of Thy mercy, O Lord, and of Thy steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions; according to Thy steadfast love remember me, for Thy goodness' sake, O Lord. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. For Thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. He himself shall abide in prosperity, and his children shall possess the land. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He makes known to them His covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net. Turn Thou to me and be gracious to me; for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble and forgive all my sins. Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me. Oh guard my life, and deliver me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in Thee. May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for Thee. Redeem Israel out of all his troubles.

Psalm (50) 51

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy steadfast love; according to Thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin; for I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in Thy sight, so that Thou art justified in Thy sentence and blameless in Thy judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Fill me with joy and gladness; let the bones which Thou hast broken rejoice. Hide Thy face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways, and sinners will return to Thee. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of Thy deliverance. O Lord, open Thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise. For Thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, Thou wouldst not be pleased. The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise. Do good to Zion in Thy good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, then wilt Thou delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on Thy Altar.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. (3)

Lord, have mercy. (3)

(Resurrectional Troparion – Tone 2) When Thou didst descend to death, O Life Immortal, Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy God-head!  And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: O Giver of Life!  Christ our God!  Glory to Thee!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

(Troparion – Saint Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow (1461) – Tone 4) Having dedicated your whole life to the Lord from your youth, you were a paradigm of virtue in prayer, labor and fasting.  God, having seen your good intent, raised you up as a high priest and shepherd of His Church.  Therefore, even after your repose, your honorable body was preserved whole and incorrupt.  Hierarch Jonah, pray to Christ God that He may save our souls.

Both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Troparion – All Saints of North America – Tone 8) As the bountiful harvest of Thy sowing of salvation, the lands of North America offer to Thee, O Lord, all the saints who have shone forth in them.  By their prayers keep the Church and our land in abiding peace through the Theotokos, O most Merciful One.

Blessed be the Lord God; blessed be the Lord from day to day, and may the God of our salvation prosper us, for He is our God, the God of salvation.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3) 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

O most holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One visit and heal our infirmities, for Thy name's sake.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.

O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.  Amen.

(Resurrectional Kontakion – Tone 2) Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior, seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb: the dead arose, creation with Adam beheld this and rejoiced with Thee, and the world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. 

Both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Kontakion – Saint Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow (1461) – Tone 8) Since you served the Lord from your youth, O wise one, and disciplined your body through fasting and vigil, you were revealed to be a pure vessel and the dwelling place of the All-holy Spirit.  Thus, the Church established you to be a hierarch and shepherd, and having tended it well, you departed to the Lord, whom you loved.  Therefore, we entreat you to remember us who honor your holy memory with faith, so that we may cry to you: “Rejoice, Father Jonah, most honorable hierarch.”

Lord, have mercy. (40)

Thou who at every season and every hour, in heaven and on earth art worshipped and glorified; O Christ our God, who art long-suffering, merciful and compassionate; who lovest the just and showest mercy upon the sinner; who callest all to salvation through the promise of blessings to come; O Lord, in this hour receive our supplications, and direct our lives according to Thy commandments. Sanctify our souls, hallow our bodies, correct our thoughts, cleanse our minds; deliver us from all tribulations, evil and distress. Compass us about with Thy holy Angels, that guided and guarded by them, we may attain to the unity of the faith and to the knowledge of Thine unapproachable glory, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

More honorable than the cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim; without defilement thou gavest birth to God the Word; true Theotokos, thee do we magnify!

Prayer of Saint Mardarios:  O God the Master, Father Almighty, O Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son, and Thou, O Holy Spirit, one God-head, one Power, have mercy upon me a sinner, and according to Thy divine judgment save me, Thine unworthy servant; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.  Amen.

[End of Third Hour]

The Sixth Hour

O come, let us worship God, our King.  O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and our God.  O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and our God.

Psalm (53) 54

Save me, O God, by Thy name, vindicate me by Thy might. Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. For insolent men have risen against me, ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before them. Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. He will requite my enemies with evil; in Thy faithfulness put an end to them. With a free-will offering I will sacrifice to Thee; I will give thanks to Thy name, O Lord, for it is good. For Thou hast delivered me from every trouble, and mine eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

Psalm (54) 55

Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not Thyself from my supplication. Attend to me, and answer me; I am overcome by my trouble. I am distraught by the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. For they bring trouble upon me, and in anger they cherish enmity against me. My heart is in anguish within me, the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. And I say, "O that I had wings like a dove. I would fly away and be at rest; Yea I would wander afar, I would lodge in the wilderness, I would haste to find me a shelter from the raging wind and tempest." Destroy their plans, O Lord, confuse their tongues; for I see violence and strife in the city. Day and night they go around it on its walls; and mischief and trouble are within it, ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from its market place. It is not an enemy who taunts me - then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me - then I could hide from him. But it is you, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to hold sweet converse together; within God's house we walked in fellowship. Let death come upon them; let them go down to Sheol alive; let them go away in terror into their graves. But I call upon God; and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and He will hear my voice. He will deliver my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me. God will give ear, and humble them, He who is enthroned from of old because they keep no law, and do not fear God. My companion stretched out his hand against his friends, he violated his covenant. His speech was smoother than butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords. Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved. But Thou, O God, wilt cast them down into the lowest pit; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in Thee.

Psalm (90) 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust." For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your habitation, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. For He will give His angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. Because he cleaves to Me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows My name. When he calls to Me, I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. (3)   Lord, have mercy. (3)

(Resurrectional Troparion – Tone 2) When Thou didst descend to death, O Life Immortal, Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy God-head!  And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: O Giver of Life!  Christ our God!  Glory to Thee!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

(Troparion – Saint Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow (1461) – Tone 4) Having dedicated your whole life to the Lord from your youth, you were a paradigm of virtue in prayer, labor and fasting.  God, having seen your good intent, raised you up as a high priest and shepherd of His Church.  Therefore, even after your repose, your honorable body was preserved whole and incorrupt.  Hierarch Jonah, pray to Christ God that He may save our souls.

Both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Troparion – All Saints of North America – Tone 8) As the bountiful harvest of Thy sowing of salvation, the lands of North America offer to Thee, O Lord, all the saints who have shone forth in them.  By their prayers keep the Church and our land in abiding peace through the Theotokos, O most Merciful One.

Let Thy tender mercies, O Lord, speedily go before us, for we have become exceedingly poor. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Thy name; O Lord, deliver us and purge away our sins, for Thy name's sake.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

O most holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy one, visit and heal our infirmities, for Thy name's sake.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.

O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.

(Resurrectional Kontakion – Tone 2) Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior, seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb: the dead arose, creation with Adam beheld this and rejoiced with Thee, and the world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. 

Both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Kontakion – All Saints of North America - Tone 3) Today the choir of the Saints who were pleasing to God in the lands of North America now stands before us in the Church and invisibly prays to God for us.  With them the angels glorify Him, and all the saints of the Church of Christ keep festival with them; and together they all pray for us to the Pre-eternal God.

Lord, have mercy. (40)

Thou who at every season and every hour, in heaven and on earth, art worshipped and glorified; O Christ our God, who art longsuffering, merciful and compassionate; who lovest the just and showest mercy upon the sinner; who callest all to salvation through the promise of blessings to come; O Lord, in this hour receive our supplications, and direct our lives according to Thy commandments. Sanctify our souls, hallow our bodies, correct our thoughts, cleanse our minds; deliver us from all tribulations, evil and distress. Compass us about with Thy holy Angels, that guided and guarded by them, we may attain to the unity of the faith and to the knowledge of Thine unapproachable glory, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (3)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim; without defilement you gave birth to God the Word; true Theotokos, we magnify you! 

Prayer of Saint Basil the Great

O God, the Lord of hosts, and Author of all creation, who in Thine ineffable tender mercy hast sent down Thine Only-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the salvation of our kind, and through His Holy Cross hast torn up the handwriting of our sins and thereby triumphed over the princes and dominions of darkness; do Thou, O Master, who lovest mankind, accept these prayers of thanksgiving and supplication even from us sinners, and deliver us from every deadly and dark transgression and from all the visible and invisible enemies that seek to do us harm. Nail our flesh with the fear of Thee, and let not our hearts incline to evil words or thoughts, but wound our souls with Thy love, that ever gazing upon Thee, guided by Thy light and beholding Thee, the eternal Light that no man may approach, we may send up unceasing praises and thanks unto Thee, the Father without beginning, together with Thine Only-begotten Son and Thy most holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.  Amen.

 

[End of Sixth Hour]

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The Typika

O come, let us worship God, our King.  O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and our God.  O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and our God.

First Antiphon

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.  The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed.  He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.  The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.  He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor requite us according to our iniquities.  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.  As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear him.  For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.  As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.  But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.  The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.  Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word!  Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will!  Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name; blessed art Thou, O Lord.

Second Antiphon

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  Praise the Lord, O my soul!  I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have being.  Put not your trust in princes, in sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.  When his breath departs he returns to his earth; on that very day his plans perish.  Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them; who keeps His faith forever, who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.  The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.  The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.  The Lord watches over the sojourners, He upholds the widow and the fatherless; but the way of the wicked He will bring to ruin.  The Lord will reign forever; Thy God, O Zion, to all generations. 

Now and ever and unto ages of ages, Amen.  Only-begotten Son and Immortal Word of God.  Who for our salvation didst will to be incarnate of the holy Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, Who without change didst become man and wast crucified, Who art one of the Holy Trinity, Glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit: O Christ our God, trampling down death by death, save us!

The Third Antiphon (The Beatitudes [with verses on 12])

In Thy Kingdom remember us, O Lord, when Thou comest in Thy Kingdom.   Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.  (12 - Pause for verse) Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  (11 - Pause for verse) Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  (10 – Pause for verse) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.  (9 – Pause for verse) Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.  (8 – Pause for verse) Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.  (7 – Pause for verse) Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.   (6 – Pause for verse) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. (5 – Pause for verse) Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake.   (4 – Pause for verse) Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. (3 – Pause for verse, then – Glory….;) (2 – Pause for verse, then – Both now and ever….); (1 - Last verse)

Beatitudes Verses

  1. We offer Thee the cry of the thief, and we pray: Remember us in Thy kingdom, O Savior.
  2. For the forgiveness of transgressions we offer unto Thee the Cross which Thou didst accept for our sake, O Thou who lovest mankind.
  3. We bow down in worship, O Master, before Thy burial and rising, whereby Thou hast delivered the world from corruption, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
  4. By Thy death hath death been slain, O Lord, and by Thy resurrection hast Thou saved the world, O Savior.
  5. Risen from the tomb, Thou didst meet the myrrh-bearing women; and Thou didst tell Thy disciples to announce Thine arising.
  6. Those who slept in darkness, beholding Thee, the Light, in the nethermost parts of hades, O Christ, were raised from the dead.
  7. Thou didst ascend to the summit of the virtues, O holy hierarch, and, receiving the sacred anointing of thy superior life, on an exalted cathedra thou didst serve God as a great high priest.
  8. Having acquired thee as a beacon, O all-wise and holy hierarch, the Church of Christ is illumined by thy virtuous instructions, saying: Thou, O Lord, art my strength and confirmation!
  9. Having cut off all carnal desire with divine desire, thou didst shine forth in a perfect life; wherefore, thou hadst passed hence into never-waning effulgence.
  10. O lustrous tongs of the divine Coal, O bush which was not consumed by the Godhead: Burn up the tinder of my passions, and rescue me from everlasting fire.
  11. They came to dwell in this land and to follow the lead of Thine apostles. And through Thy right hand, and Thine upraised arm, and the light of Thy countenance, Thy saints poured forth their tears, struggles and sweat, their blood and teaching, and didst establish Thy presence in our homeland.
  12. Gather in the dispersed, return those who have been cut off, bring back again them that have fallen away from the Orthodox Faith, comfort the weeping and sorrowful, and heal the dissolution of our tormented land, O thou who art full of grace, entreating God in our behalf with the saints who are our compatriots.

Entry Hymn

O come let us worship and fall down before Christ, Who rose from the dead, O Son of God, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

(Resurrectional Troparion – Tone 2) When Thou didst descend to death, O Life Immortal, Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy God-head!  And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: O Giver of Life!  Christ our God!  Glory to Thee!

(Troparion – Saint Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow (1461) Tone 4) Having dedicated your whole life to the Lord from your youth, you were a paradigm of virtue in prayer, labor and fasting.  God, having seen your good intent, raised you up as a high priest and shepherd of His Church.  Therefore, even after your repose, your honorable body was preserved whole and incorrupt.  Hierarch Jonah, pray to Christ God that He may save our souls.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

(Troparion – All Saints of North America – Tone 8) As the bountiful harvest of Thy sowing of salvation, the lands of North America offer to Thee, O Lord, all the saints who have shone forth in them.  By their prayers keep the Church and our land in abiding peace through the Theotokos, O most Merciful One.

            Both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Troparion – Resurrectional Theotokion – Tone 4) The mystery of all eternity, unknown even by the angels through thee, Theotokos, is revealed to those on earth: God incarnate by union without confusion.  He voluntarily accepted the Cross for us, by which He resurrected the first-created man, saving our souls from death.

Trisagion

Holy God, Holy mighty, Holy Immortal have mercy on us.  (X3)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.  Holy Immortal have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy mighty, Holy Immortal have mercy on us.

The Prokeimenon #1

Tone 2: The Lord is my strength and my song, He has become my salvation.

Verse:   The Lord has chastened me sorely, but He has not given me over to death.

The Prokeimenon #2

The Prokeimenon in the 7th Tone: Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of His saints.

The Readings from Holy Scripture

The Epistle Readings as typically read/chanted for any Liturgy.

(Rom. 5:1-10; Hebrews 13:17-21)

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

Brethren: Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.  More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.  While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man -- though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die.  But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

From Hebrews:

Brethren: Obey those who rule over you and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you.  Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.  I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.  Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Alleluia Verses (2nd Tone):

The Lord hear thee in the day of affliction; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee.

O Lord, save the king, and hearken unto us in the day when we call upon Thee.

Thy priests shall be clothed with righteousness, and Thy righteous shall rejoice.

 Gospel Readings from Holy Scripture: St. Matthew [Matthew 6:22-33] ; St. John [John 10:9-16]

Reader:   The reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew

Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee!

Reader: The Lord said: "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!  "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.  "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?'  For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.

The Lord said to the Jews that came to Him: I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.

Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee!

Prayer to the Lord of Hosts

Remember us, O Lord, when Thou comest in Thy kingdom.

Remember us, O Master, when Thou comest in Thy kingdom.

Remember us, O Holy One, when Thou comest in Thy kingdom.

The heavenly choir praises Thee and sings: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth; heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.

Come unto Him, and be enlightened and your faces shall not be ashamed.

The heavenly choir praises Thee and sings: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth; heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

The choir of Holy angels and archangels, with all the heavenly hosts praises Thee and sings: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth; heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.

Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

The Symbol of Faith

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible.  And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, The only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages.  Light of Light; true God of true God; Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, By whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man.  And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried.  And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father.  And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end.  And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets.  In one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.  I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.  I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Prayer of Forgiveness

O God, remit, pardon and forgive our offences, both voluntary and involuntary, in deed and word, in knowledge and in ignorance, by day and by night, in mind and thought; forgive us all things, since Thou art good and the Lover of mankind.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.  Amen.

(Resurrectional Kontakion Tone 2) Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior, seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb: the dead arose, creation with Adam beheld this and rejoiced with Thee, and the world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.

(Kontakion – Saint Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow (1461) – Tone 8) Since you served the Lord from your youth, O wise one, and disciplined your body through fasting and vigil, you were revealed to be a pure vessel and the dwelling place of the All-holy Spirit.  Thus, the Church established you to be a hierarch and shepherd, and having tended it well, you departed to the Lord, whom you loved.  Therefore, we entreat you to remember us who honor your holy memory with faith, so that we may cry to you: “Rejoice, Father Jonah, most honorable hierarch.”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

(Kontakion – All Saints of North America - Tone 3) Today the choir of the Saints who were pleasing to God in the lands of North America now stands before us in the Church and invisibly prays to God for us.  With them the angels glorify Him, and all the saints of the Church of Christ keep festival with them; and together they all pray for us to the Pre-eternal God.

Both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Kontakion of the Theotokos - Tone 6) Steadfast Protectress of Christians, constant advocate before the Creator, despise not the cries of us sinners, but in thy goodness come speedily to help us who call on thee in faith: hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for thou dost ever protect those who honor thee.

Lord, have mercy. (12)

O All-Holy Trinity, the consubstantial dominion, the indivisible Kingdom, and cause of every Good: Show Thy good will even unto me a sinner; make steadfast my heart and grant it understanding, and take away mine every defilement; enlighten my mind that I may glorify, hymn, worship, and say:

One is Holy, One is Lord, Jesus Christ, to the Glory of God the Father.  Amen.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

Psalm (33) 34

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord, let the afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.  Look to Him and be radiant, so your faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them. O taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!  O fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him have no want. The rich suffer want and hunger, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.  

Megalynarion

It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of Our God.  More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, without defilement thou gavest birth to God the Word, true Theotokos, we magnify thee.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

Lord, have mercy. (x3)    O Lord, Bless.

The Dismissal

Thou that didst rise from the dead, O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the prayers of Thy most pure Mother, of our holy and God-bearing fathers, of Saint Sebastian of Jackson, the Patron Saint of our Temple, of St. Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia (1461), of all the Saints of North America whose memories we celebrate today (June 28 / 15), and all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for Thou art good and the Lover of mankind.  Amen.

We who are walled about by the cross are positioned and fortified against the enemy, not fearing his devices and ambushes, for the proud one hath been destroyed and trampled underfoot by the power of Christ crucified on the Tree.

Our Great Lord and Father, Kyrill, the most holy Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia; our Lord the Very Most Reverend Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, and our Lord the Most Reverend Archbishop Peter, the brotherhood of this holy temple, and all Orthodox Christians: preserve, O Lord, for many years.

Lord, have mercy. (x3)

[End of Typika]

Everyone comes forward to venerate the Holy Cross, the Gospel and Icons, and to partake in some holy water and prosphora. The Troparia and Kontakia may be sung again as this is done.  Subsequently, the Synaxarion, or some other edifying material may be read.

We welcome everyone to Saint Sebastian Orthodox Church. 

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Selected Stichera for All Saints of North America

- Taken from the Great Vespers Service -

Tone 2

Come, let us praise the saints of North America, holy hierarchs, venerable monastics, and glorious martyrs, pious men, women, and children, both known and unknown!  Through their words and deeds, in various walks of life, by the grace of the Spirit they achieved true holiness.  Now as they stand in the presence of Christ Who glorified them, they pray for us, who celebrate their memory with love.

As the brightest sun, as the brilliance of the Morning Star, the precious feast of the saints of North America has dawned for us, to illumine us and to set our hearts on fire, to imitate their godly lives, and to follow their example of zeal for God.

Come, let us assemble today and let us praise the elect of North America!  Having fought the good fight, ye have persevered in the faith, receiving your crowns of victory from God.  Beseech Him to deliver from every calamity and sorrow all who keep your holy memory in faith and in love!

The earth rejoices and the heavens are glad, O venerable Saints of America, praising your labors and lives, your spiritual fortitude and purity of heart.  By driving away a multitude of demons and enlightening many people with the light of the Orthodox Faith, ye have confirmed our land.

Rejoice, O mountains of Pennsylvania; leap for joy, O waters of the Great Lakes; rise up, O fertile plains of Canada; for the elect of Christ who dwelt in you are glorified, men and women who left their homes for a new land!  With faith, hope, and patience as their armor, they courageously fought the good fight.  Comforted by the beauty of the Orthodox Faith, they labored in mines and mills, they tilled the land, they braved the challenges of the great cities, enduring many hardships and sufferings.  Never failing to worship God in spirit and truth and unyielding in devotion to His most pure Mother, they erected many temples to His glory.  Come, O assembly of the Orthodox, and with love let us praise the holy men, women, and children, those known to us and those known only to God, and let us cry out to them: “Rejoice, all Saints of North America and pray to God for us!”

Tone 5

Rejoice, O continent of North America, illumined by the holy Gospel!  Rejoice, every province, state, city, and town, which raised up citizens of the heavenly Kingdom! Rejoice, our venerable Father Herman, first saint of our land! Rejoice O Martyrs Juvenaly and Peter, for your blood has watered the seed of faith planted in Alaska!  Rejoice, O holy Hierarchs: Innocent, Tikhon, Nicholas, Raphael, and John!  Rejoice, O holy Fathers Alexis, John, Sebastian, Mardarije and all ye righteous priests!  Rejoice, all Saints of North America, for your light has shone forth to the ends of the earth!  We beseech you to pray to Christ our God that our souls may be saved!

Rejoice, all Saints of North America, precious adornments of our lands; the unshakable pillars of our Church; the glory of the Orthodox, the fountains of wonders; inexhaustible streams of love and virtue; brilliant lights and humble instruments of the Holy Spirit; heavenly men and earthly angels; the true friends of Christ!  Fervently beseech Him to grant mercy to those who honor you!

Tone 4

Today, as we celebrate the memory of all the Saints of North America, let us praise them as is fitting, for they lived all of Christ’s beatitudes.  Deprived of material wealth, they became rich in spirit; meek, they inherited the earth; mourning, they were comforted; thirsting for righteousness, they were satisfied; merciful, they obtained mercy; pure in heart, they beheld the image of God; as peacemakers, they became God’s children; persecuted and tortured for righteousness’ sake, they now rejoice in heaven; and they pray fervently to the Lord that He may have mercy on our souls.

Saint Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow

Commemorated on June 15 / 28

Saint Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia, was born in the city of Galich into a pious Christian family. The father of the future saint was named Theodore. The youth received monastic tonsure in one of the Galich monasteries when he was only twelve years old. From there, he transferred to the Moscow Simonov monastery, where he fulfilled various obediences for many years.

Once, Saint Photius, Metropolitan of Moscow (May 27 and July 2), visited the Simonov monastery. After the Molieben, he blessed the archimandrite and brethren, and also wished to bless those monks who were fulfilling their obediences in the monastery.

When he came to the bakery, he saw Saint Jonah sleeping, exhausted from his work. The fingers of the saint’s right hand were positioned in a gesture of blessing. Saint Photius said not to wake him. He blessed the sleeping monk and predicted to those present that this monk would be a great hierarch of the Russian Church, and would guide many on the way to salvation.

The prediction of Saint Photius was fulfilled. Several years later, Saint Jonah was made Bishop of Ryazan and Murom.

Saint Photius died in 1431. Five years after his death, Saint Jonah was chosen Metropolitan of All Russia for his virtuous and holy life. The newly-elected Metropolitan journeyed to Constantinople in order to be confirmed as Metropolitan by Patriarch Joseph II (1416-1439). Shortly before this the nefarious Isidore, a Bulgarian, had already been established as Metropolitan. Spending a short time at Kiev and Moscow, Isidore journeyed to the Council of Florence (1438), where he embraced Catholicism.

A Council of Russian hierarchs and clergy deposed Metropolitan Isidore, and he was compelled to flee secretly to Rome (where he died in 1462). Saint Jonah was unanimously chosen Metropolitan of All Russia. He was consecrated by Russian hierarchs in Moscow, with the blessing of Patriarch Gregory III (1445-1450) of Constantinople. This was the first time that Russian bishops consecrated their own Metropolitan. Saint Jonah became Metropolitan on December 15, 1448. With archpastoral zeal he led his flock to virtue and piety, spreading the Orthodox Faith by word and by deed. Despite his lofty position, he continued with his monastic struggles as before.

In 1451 the Tatars unexpectedly advanced on Moscow; they burned the surrounding area and prepared for an assault on the city. Metropolitan Jonah led a procession along the walls of the city, tearfully entreating God to save the city and the people. Seeing the dying monk Anthony of the Chudov monastery, who was noted for his virtuous life, Saint Jonah said, “My son and brother Anthony! Pray to the Merciful God and the All-Pure Mother of God for the deliverance of the city and for all Orthodox Christians.”

The humble Anthony replied, “Great hierarch! We give thanks to God and to His All-Pure Mother. She has heard your prayer and has prayed to Her Son. The city and all Orthodox Christians will be saved through your prayers. The enemy will soon take flight. The Lord has ordained that I alone am to be killed by the enemy.” Just as the Elder said this, an enemy arrow struck him.

The prediction of Elder Anthony was made on July 2, on the Feast of the Placing of the Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos. Confusion broke out among the Tatars, and they fled in fear and terror. In his courtyard, Saint Jonah built a church in honor of the Placing of the Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos, to commemorate the deliverance of Moscow from the enemy.

Saint Jonah reposed in the year 1461, and miraculous healings began to take place at his grave.

In 1472 the incorrupt relics of Metropolitan Jonah were uncovered and placed in the Dormition Cathedral of the Kremlin (the Transfer of the holy Relics is celebrated May 27). A Council of the Russian Church in 1547 established the commemoration of Saint Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow. In 1596, Patriarch Job added Saint Jonah to the Synaxis of the Moscow Hierarchs (October 5).

From oca.org/saints/lives

A Prayer in Time of Devastating & Death Bearing Pestilence

O Lord our God, look down from Thy Holy Heaven on the supplications of us, Thy sinful and unworthy servants, who have angered Thy graciousness by our transgressions, and have provoked Thy deep compassion, and enter not into judgment with Thy servants.  But do Thou turn aside Thy fearsome anger that hath justly seized us, appease the destructive threatening, avert Thy terrible sword that, although invisible, cutteth us grievously, and spare Thy poor and needy servants.  Enclose not with death the souls of us who have fallen down in repentance with broken hearts and tears before Thee, our kindhearted, condescending, and accommodating God.  For Thine it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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