Divine Liturgy, May 8, 2022 -

Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women / St. Joseph of Arimathea,

and Nicodemus (Tone 2)

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Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women / St. Joseph of Arimathea,

and Nicodemus (Tone 2)

NO Fast

Priest Micah J. Chisholm, Rector    Phone: (989) 324-8773

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Liturgy Beginning:

        Priest: “Christ is Risen…..”  (2 ½ times)

       Choir:  “..and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!”

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 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 – Righteous Joseph of Arimathea – Tone 2: The noble Joseph, when he had taken down Thy most pure Body from the Tree, wrapped it in fine linen and anointed it with spices, and placed it in a new tomb.  But Thou didst rise on the third day, O Lord, granting the world great mercy.

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

Kontakion – Myrrhbearing Women –  Tone 2: Thou didst command the Myrrhbearers to rejoice, O Christ God.  By Thy Resurrection, Thou didst stop the lamentation of Eve, the first mother.  Thou didst command them to preach to Thine apostles: “The Savior is risen from the tomb!”

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

Kontakion – Pascha –  Tone 8: Thou didst descend into the tomb O Immortal.  Thou didst destroy the power of death.  In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming rejoice to the Myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles, and bestowing Resurrection on the fallen.

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The Prokeimenon (in the 6th Tone): O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Verse: Unto Thee, O Lord, Will I cry; O my God, be not silent unto me.

Epistle Reading (Acts 6:1-7 (§16))

In those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.  Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word."  And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.  Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Gospel (St. Mark 15:43-16:8 (§69))

At that time: Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time.  So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.  Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid.  Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?"  But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away--for it was very large.  And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.  But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.  But go, tell His disciples--and Peter--that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you."  So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed.  And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

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Hymn to the Theotokos

The angel cried to the Lady Full of Grace: “Rejoice, rejoice, O Pure Virgin!  Again I say: Rejoice!  Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb!  With Himself He has raised all the dead!  Rejoice, rejoice, O ye people!”  Shine!  Shine!  Shine!  O New Jerusalem!  The glory of the Lord has shown on you!  Exalt now, exalt and be glad, O Zion!  Be radiant, O Pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection, the Resurrection of Your Son!

Communion Hymn

Receive ye the body of Christ, taste ye of the fountain of immortality.  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest. 

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 the Rus, 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 Lands of Rus, the Rector of this Holy Parish and all Orthodox Christians: preserve, O Lord, for many years!

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