Reader Service on April 5, 2020

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Orthodox Reader Service – April 5, 2020 – Old Calendar Observance

Fifth Sunday of Lent: St. Mary of Egypt - Tone 1

(FAST: Wine and oil allowed)

 Note: During Great Lent the readings are more extensive.

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

Lord, have mercy. (12)

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

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 1When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world.  The powers of Heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of life: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ!  Glory to Thy kingdom!  Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou who lovest mankind.

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

(Troparion – St. Mary of Egypt (522) – Tone 8) The image of God was truly preserved in thee, O Mother, for thou didst take up the Cross and follow Christ.  By so doing, thou hast taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away; but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.  Therefore thy spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the angels.

Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

[Three times]:  Lord, You sent down Your most Holy Spirit upon Your apostles at the third hour; take Him not from us, O Good One, but renew Him in us who pray to You.  (Prostration)

Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Theotokion – Tone 4O Theotokos; thou art the true vine that hath blossomed forth for us the Fruit of Life.  Thee do we supplicate: Intercede, O Lady, together with the holy apostles, that our souls find mercy.

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.

(Resurrection Kontakion  – Tone 1)  As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Thyself.  Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished; Adam exults, O Master; Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: “Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ.”

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!

The Prayer of St. Ephraim

Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and idle talk.  (Prostration)

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Your servant.  (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge others, for blessed are You unto ages of ages.  Amen.  (Prostration)

(After the prayer, we make 12 solemn bows, saying silently: “God cleanse me a sinner and have mercy on me.”  The prayer is then repeated with only one prostration at the end.)

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 1When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world.  The powers of Heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of life: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ!  Glory to Thy kingdom!  Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou who lovest mankind.

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

(Troparion – St. Mary of Egypt (522) – Tone 8) The image of God was truly preserved in thee, O Mother, for thou didst take up the Cross and follow Christ.  By so doing, thou hast taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away; but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.  Therefore thy spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the angels.

Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

[Three times]:  Christ God, on the sixth day and hour, You nailed to the Cross the sin which rebellious Adam committed in Paradise: Tear asunder also the bonds of our iniquities, and save us!   (Prostration)

Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Theotokion) As there is no boldness in us because of the multitude of our sins, O Virgin Theotokos, intercede with the Son whom you have borne, for the entreaty of a mother has great power to win the favor of the Master. Despise not, O all venerable Lady, the prayers of sinners, for He who took upon Himself to suffer for our sake is merciful and strong to save.

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.

(Resurrection Kontakion  – Tone 1)  As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Thyself.  Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished; Adam exults, O Master; Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: “Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ.”

You have wrought salvation in the midst of the earth, O Christ God.  You stretched out Your all-pure hands upon the Cross; You gathered together all the nations who cry aloud to You: Glory to You, O Lord.

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

We venerate Thy most pure image, O Good One, and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God.  Of Thine own will Thou wast pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh to deliver Thy creatures from bondage to the enemy.  Therefore with thanksgiving we cry aloud to Thee: “Thou hast filled all with joy, O our Savior, by coming to save the world.”

Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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!

The Prayer of St. Ephraim

Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and idle talk.  (Prostration)

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Your servant.  (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge others, for blessed are You unto ages of ages.  Amen.  (Prostration)

(After the prayer, we make 12 solemn bows, saying silently: “God cleanse me a sinner and have mercy on me.”  The prayer is then repeated with only one prostration at the end.) 

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

People:    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 8])

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) Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  (11) Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  (10) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.  (9) 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. Through food did the enemy lead Adam forth from paradise; but by the Cross hath Christ led back to it the thief who cried: Remember me when Thou comest in Thy kingdom!
  2.  With Adam and the thief I worship Thy sufferings and glorify Thy resurrection; and I cry out with a splendid voice: Remember me, O Lord, when Thou comest in Thy kingdom!
  3.  O Sinless One, of Thine own will Thou wast crucified and placed in the Tomb, yet Thou didst arise as God, raising up with Thyself Adam who crieth out: Remember me when Thou comest in Thy kingdom!
  4.  Raising up the temple of Thy body by Thy resurrection on the third day, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Adam and his descendants who cry: Remember me when Thou comest in Thy kingdom!
  5.  Very early, the myrrh-bearing women arrived, weeping, at Thy tomb, O Christ God; and they found an angel sitting there, clad in white garments, who said: What seek ye? Christ is risen!  Lament no longer!
  6.  When Thine apostles went to the mountain whither Thou hadst commanded them to go, and saw Thee, O Savior, they worshipped Thee; and Thou didst send them unto the nations, to teach and baptize them.
  7.  Let us worship the Father, let us glorify the Son, and together let us hymn the all-holy Spirit, crying out and saying: O most Holy Trinity, save us all!
  8.  Thy people bring Thy Mother before Thee to make supplication, O Christ.  Through her entreaties grant us Thy compassions, O Good One, that we may glorify Thee Who hast shone forth upon us from the tomb.

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 1When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world.  The powers of Heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of life: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ!  Glory to Thy kingdom!  Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou who lovest mankind.

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

(Troparion – St. Sebastian of Jackson – Tone 8)  The image of God was preserved in thee, O father, for thou didst take up thy Cross and follow Christ.  Thou didst teach by thine own example that the flesh is to be spurned as transient, while the soul needs great care as immortal.  Wherefore, O venerable Sebastian, thou dost rejoice with the Angels.

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

(Troparion – St. Mary of Egypt (522) – Tone 8) The image of God was truly preserved in thee, O Mother, for thou didst take up the Cross and follow Christ.  By so doing, thou hast taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away; but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.  Therefore thy spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the angels.

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 1: Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on Thee.

Verse:   Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!  Praise befits the just.

The Prokeimenon (#2)

Tone 7: God is wonderful in His saints, the God of Israel.

The Readings from Holy Scripture

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

(Heb. 9:11-14 ; Gal. 3:23-29)

Brethren: When Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.  For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

From Galatians:  Brethren: before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed.  So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith.  But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

Alleluia Verses (1st Tone):

O God who givest avengement unto me and hast subdued people under me.

It is He that magnifieth the salvation of His king and worketh mercy for His anointed, for David and for His seed unto eternity.

(1st Tone): With patience I waited patiently for the Lord, and He was attentive unto me, and He hearkened unto my supplication.

 Gospel Readings from Holy Scripture:

Mark [10:32-45] ; Luke [7:36-50]

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

Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee!

Reader: At that time, His disciples were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise."  And James and John, the sons of Zeb'edee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you."  And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?"  And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory."  But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?"  And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."  And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John.  And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.  But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.  For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

The Reading is from Saint Luke (7:36-50):

Reader: At that time,one of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house, and took his place at table.  And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner."  And Jesus answering said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he answered, "What is it, Teacher?"  "A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?"  Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more." And he said to him, "You have judged rightly."  Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet.  You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.  Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."  And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."  Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?"  And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

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.

(Resurrection Kontakion  – Tone 1)  As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Thyself.  Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished; Adam exults, O Master; Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: “Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ.”

(Kontakion – St. Sebastian of Jackson – Tone 2)  O father Sebastian, armed with purity of soul and grasping unceasing prayer as firmly as a spear, thou didst pierce the demons’ armies.  Unceasingly pray for us all.

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

(Kontakion – St. Mary of Egypt (522) – Tone 3) Having been a sinful woman, thou hast become through repentance a Bride of Christ.  Having attained angelic life, thou didst defeat demons with the weapon of the Cross!  Therefore, most glorious Mary, thou art a Bride of the Kingdom.

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.

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. Look to Him, and be radiant; so your faces shall not 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!  Happy is the man who takes refuge in Him! O fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him have no want. The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.  Come, O sons, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of the Lord.  What man is there who desires life, and covets many days, that he may enjoy good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and his ears toward their cry. The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He kept all his bones; not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked; and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

Megalynarion

All of creation rejoices in thee, O Full of Grace.  The assembly of angels and the race of men.  O sanctified temple and spiritual paradise.  The glory of virgins, from whom God was incarnate and became a child:  our God before the ages.  He made thy body into a throne, and thy womb He made more spacious than the heavens.  All of creation rejoices in thee, O Full of Grace, Glory to 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 the Venerable St. Mary of Egypt, whose memory we celebrate today (April 5), 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 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.

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5TH SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT: VENERABLE ST. MARY OF EGYPT

     The Fifth Sunday of Lent is reserved for the remembrance of the woman from Egypt who spent 48 years in the wilderness in combat with her passions.  Once, during Great Lent, a certain priest-monk, the Elder Zosimas, withdrew into the wilderness beyond the Jordan, a 20-day trek. 

Suddenly, he caught sight of a human being with a withered and naked body, whose hair was as white as snow, and who fled from Zosimas’s sight.  The elder ran for a long while, until this person stopped at a brook and cried out: “Abba Zosimas, forgive me for the sake of the Lord.  I cannot face you for I am a naked woman.”  Zosimas then threw his outer garment to her, which she wrapped around herself, and then she showed herself to him.  The elder was frightened upon hearing his name spoken from the mouth of this woman whom he did not know.  Following his prolonged insistence, the woman related her life’s story. 

She was born in Egypt, and at the age of twelve began to live a life of debauchery in Alexandria, where she spent 17 years in this perverted way of life.  Driven by the adulterous flame of the flesh, she one day boarded a boat which was sailing for Jerusalem.  Arriving at the Holy City, she wanted to enter the church in order to venerate the Honorable Cross, but some invisible force restrained her, preventing her from entering the church.  In great fear, she gazed upon the icon of the All-holy Mother of God in the narthex and prayed that she be allowed to enter the church to venerate the Honorable Cross, all the while confessing her sinfulness and uncleanness, and promising that she would go wherever the All-pure One would direct her.  She was then permitted to enter the church.  Having venerated the Cross, she went back to the narthex and, before the icon, gave thanks to the Mother of God.  At that very moment she heard a voice saying: “If you cross over Jordan you will find true peace!” 

Immediately she purchased three loaves of bread and started out for the Jordan, arriving there that same evening.  The next day she received Holy Communion in the Monastery of St. John and crossed over the Jordan River.  She remained in the wilderness for 48 years in great torment and fear, struggling with passionate thoughts as though with wild beasts.  She ate vegetation. 

After she finished her narrative, when she stood for prayer, Zosimas saw her levitate in the air.  She begged him to bring her Holy Communion the following year on the shore of the Jordan, where she would then come to receive it. The following year Zosimas arrived with Holy Communion on the shore of the Jordan in the evening.  He wondered how the saint would cross the Jordan.  Then, in the light of the moon, he saw her approach the river, make the sign of the Cross over it and walk upon the water as though upon dry land.  After Zosimas communed her, she begged him to come the following year to the same brook where they had first met. 

Zosimas came the following year and discovered her lifeless body on that spot.  Above her head in the sand was written: “Abba Zosimas, bury the body of the humble Mary on this site; render dust to dust.  I died on April 1, the same night of the saving suffering of Christ, after having received Communion of the Divine Mysteries.”  From this inscription Zosimas first learned her name and the other and awesome miracle – that the previous year, when she received Holy Communion, she arrived that same night at this brook, which took him 20 days to reach.  Thus, Zosimas buried the body of this wonderful saint, Mary of Egypt. 

When he returned to the monastery, Zosimas related the entire story of her life and the miracles which he had personally witnessed.  Thus the Lord knows how to glorify penitent sinners.  The Church holds her up as an example to the faithful during these days of the Fast as a model of repentance.  She reposed in the year 522.


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