"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, April 13, 2013

Fourth Saturday of the Great Fast—Soul Saturday



APOSTICHA OF SATURDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK
OF THE GREAT FAST
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Matins, Tone 3
Aposticha for the Dead in the Tone of the week, by Theophanes
I glorify Thy precious Cross, for through it life and blessedness are given to those who sing Thy praises with faith and love, O Lord who alone art rich in mercy. Therefore we cry to Thee, O Christ our God: Give rest to our departed brethren, and call them to be with Thee in the dwelling of the joyful.

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

We pray to Thee, O Christ our God, for Thou art merciful and compassionate; the deep sea of Thy love cannot be fathomed, and Thou knowest man’s nature that Thou hast created. Give rest to our departed brethren, and call them to be with Thee in the dwelling of the joyful.

vs: Their memorial is from generation to generation.

As man Thou hast slept in the tomb: as God by Thine unconquerable power Thou hast raised up all those in the tomb, and with never-silent voices they offer unto Thee a hymn of praise. Therefore we cry to Thee, O Christ our God: Give rest to our departed brethren, and call them to be with Thee in the dwelling of the joyful.

Glory be to the Father... Now and ever...

We all acknowledge thee, O Theotokos, to be the spiritual lamp that bore the fire of the Godhead joined to man’s material flesh. Pray, then, to thy Son and God: May He give rest to our departed brethren, and call them to be with Him in the dwelling of the joyful.

Vespers, Tone 2
Let us honour John, angel upon earth and man of God in heaven, adornment of the world, joy of the good and virtuous, glory of ascetics. For planted in the house of

God he has blossomed with the flower of holiness, and spread abroad like a cedar in the desert, causing the sheep of Christ’s spiritual flock to increase in sanctity and righteousness.

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