"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

Second Saturday of the Great Fast – Soul Saturday

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.

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