Divine Liturgy, September 12, 2021 - Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost 

Translation of the relics of the Right-believing Great Prince

Alexander Nevsky

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Tone 3)

Translation of the relics of the Right-believing Great Prince

Alexander Nevsky

NO Fast

Father Micah Chisholm          Phone: (989) 324-8773

[www.stsebastianorthodoxchurch.org]

Entrance Hymn:  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!

Resurrectional Troparion – Tone 3: Let the heavens rejoice!  Let the earth be glad!  For the Lord has shown strength with His arm!  He has trampled down death by death!  He has become the first born of the dead!  He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted to the world great mercy.

Troparion – St. Alexander Nevsky – Tone 4:  Look upon thy brethren, O right-believing Prince Alexander, thou Russian Joseph who reignest not in Egypt, but in heaven; and accept their entreaties, increasing the harvests of thy people through the fertility of thy land, and protecting the cities of thy dominion by thy supplications.  And together with our Orthodox hierarchs do battle against all heresies.

Resurrectional Kontakion – Tone 3: On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, leading us from the gates of death.  On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices.  With the Prophets and Patriarchs, they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Thy Power.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit!

Kontakion - St. Alexander Nevsky – Tone 4:  As thy kinsmen Boris and Gleb appeared to thee, bringing thee help from heaven when thou didst battle against Velgar the Swede and his warriors, so now, O blessed Alexander, come to the aid of thy kinfolk, and contend thou against those who wage war against us.

Both now and ever and unto the 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.

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The Prokeimenon (in the 3rd Tone): Sing praises to our God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.

Verse: Clap your hands, all peoples!  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

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

Epistle Reading (I Cor. 15:1-11 (§158); Gal. 5:22-6:2 (§213))

Brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.  After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.  After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.  Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.  For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.  Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

From Galatians: Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.  Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Gospel (St. Matt. 19:16-26 (§79); St. Matt. 11:27-30 (§43))

At that time, a certain young man came to Jesus and said, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?"  So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."  He said to Him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "'You shall not murder,' 'You shall not commit adultery,' 'You shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear false witness,'  'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' "  The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?"  Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."  When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?"  But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

The Lord said to His disciples: All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

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Hymn to the Theotokos

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.

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance!  He shall not fear evil tidings.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Pre-Communion Prayer

     I believe, O Lord, and I confess that Thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, Who didst come into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.  Moreover, I believe that this is truly Thy most Pure Body, and that this is truly Thine Own Precious Blood.  Wherefore, I pray Thee: Have mercy on me and forgive me my transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, in word and in deed, in knowledge and in ignorance.  And vouchsafe me to partake without condemnation of Thy most pure Mysteries unto the remission of my sins and life everlasting.

     Of Thy Mystical Supper, O Son of God, receive me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of the Mystery to Thine enemies, nor will I give Thee a kiss as did Judas, but like the Thief do I confess Thee:  Remember me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom.

     Let not the communion of Thy Holy Mysteries be unto me for judgment, or condemnation, O Lord, but for healing of soul and body.  Amen.

The Many Years

Our Great Lord and Father, His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, our Lord the Very Most Reverend Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, our Lord the Most Reverend Peter, Archbishop of Chicago and Mid-America, and their God-protected flock, this land, its civil authorities and armed forces, the God-preserved Russian Land, the Rector of this Holy Parish and all Orthodox Christians: preserve, O Lord, for many years!

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