"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Second Sunday of the Great Fast



APOSTICHA OF THE SECOND SUNDAY 
IN GRENT LENT
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The Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas
Vespers, Tone 8
Throwing off from my unruly mind the bridle of the Father, I have lived with bestial thoughts of sin, and in my misery like the Prodigal I have wasted all my life. Forsaking the food that gives strength to man’s heart, I have fed upon the pleasure that gives passing satisfaction. Yet, good Father, shut not against me the door of Thy compassionate love, but opening it wide receive me as the Prodigal Son and save me.


Second Saturday of the Great Fast – Soul Saturday



APOSTICHA OF SATURDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK
OF THE GREAT FAST
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Matins, Tone 1
Aposticha for the Dead in the Tone of the week, by Theophanes
We entreat Thee, Saviour, vouchsafe to the departed a share in the life of blessedness with Thee. Give them rest in the tabernacles of the righteous, in the mansions of Thy saints, in the heavenly dwellings; and in Thy tender mercy pass over their offences, granting them repose.

vs: Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen and taken to Thyself, O Lord.

No man is free from sin, none save Thee, who only art immortal. Therefore in divine compassion grant unto Thy servants a dwelling-place in light with the choirs of Thine angels. In Thy tender mercy overlook their sins and grant forgiveness to them.

vs: Their memorial is from generation to generation.

Higher than all things visible, O Saviour, are Thy promised blessings, which eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor have they entered ever into the heart of man. Grant to those who have departed unto Thee a share in these Thy blessings, and bestow upon them life eternal.

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

Thy servants departed unto Thee, O Lord, trusting and rejoicing in Thy Cross. Through the Cross and the Blood that Thou hast shed for the life of the world, grant them deliverance from their offences, in Thy tender mercy pardoning their trespasses, and shining upon them the light of Thy countenance.

O Now and even, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Pray to Christ thy Child, O Virgin Mother, that He may grant forgiveness of sins to thy servants, who with true faith in the dogmas of the Church proclaim thee as Theotokos; and may He count them worthy of the radiance and glory of the saints in His Kingdom.

Vespers, Tone 8
Thy tongue, watchful in teaching, rings in the ears of our heart and awakens the souls of the slothful. Thy words, inspired by God, are a ladder leading us from earth to heaven. O Gregory, wonder of Thessaly, pray to Christ without ceasing, that we who honour thee may be illumined with the divine light.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Second Friday of the Great Fast



APOSTICHA OF FRIDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK
OF THE GREAT FAST
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Matins, Tone  8
Killing the passions, the present Fast brings promise of healing to those wounded by sin. God has given this Fast to help us: let us honour and accept it as the divinely-written tables of the Law, given through Moses. Let us not choose wanton self-indulgence, because of which the tables once were broken; let us not perish with those whose carcasses fell in the wilderness. Let us not be like the Jews, of a sad countenance, but let us rejoice with the Church. Let us not be hypocrites like the Pharisees, but in the spirit of the Gospels let us put on the beauty of holiness, glorying in the Cross of Christ the deliverer of our souls.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Second Thursday of the Great Fast



APOSTICHA OF THURSDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK
OF THE GREAT FAST
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Matins, Tone  8
In this season of repentance, let us stretch out our hands in works of mercy; and then the ascetic struggles of the Fast will bring us to eternal life. For nothing saves the soul so much as generosity to those in need, and almsgiving combined with fasting will deliver a man from death. Let us do all this with gladness, for there is no better way, and it will bring salvation to our souls.

Vespers, Tone 5
Our first parents did not fast from the Tree of Knowledge, as the Creator had commanded them; and because of their disobedience they harvested the fruit of death, being banished from the Tree of Life and the delight of Paradise. Therefore, O ye faithful, let us fast from the food that perishes and from the passions that destroy us, that we may reap life from the divine Cross, returning with the Good Thief to our ancient fatherland and receiving great mercy from Christ our God.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Second Wednesday of the Great Fast



APOSTICHA OF WEDNESDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK
OF THE GREAT FAST
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Matins, Tone  7

Through Thy Cross, O Lord, Thou hast destroyed the death that came into the world when Adam ate from the forbidden tree in Paradise. Through this present Fast do Thou deliver us from every pleasure that corrupts the soul; and, we entreat Thee, count us worthy to labour for the Food which endures unto eternal life, that we may obtain crowns of everlasting joy, which Thou hast prepared for those who truly fast.