"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 6, 2013

Third Saturday of the Great Fast—Soul Saturday

Matins, Tone 2
Aposticha for the Dead in the Tone of the week, by Theophanes
By Thy lifegiving death, O Master, Thou hast overthrown the violence and corruption of death; Thou hast become a fountain of eternal life for all, and Thou hast given resurrection to the dead. Therefore we entreat Thee: give rest, O Saviour, to those who have departed unto Thee in faith, and count them worthy of the fullness of Thy glory in Thy love for mankind.

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

Accepting voluntary death, Thou hast endured the Cross, so as to make men partakers of Thy divine Kingdom. Therefore we entreat Thee: in Thy tender mercy grant to those who have departed unto Thee in faith a share in Thy Kingdom, and count them worthy of Thine eternal blessedness and glory.

vs: Their memorial is from generation to generation.

Wishing in Thy surpassing love to save the work of Thine hands, with joy Thou hast filled the deep mystery of Thy redemptive work, and Thou hast bought the whole world at the price of Thy precious blood. Therefore we entreat Thee: be merciful to those who have departed unto Thee in faith, and in Thy love for mankind count them worthy of the sweetness of Thy beauty.

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

The dead from all the ages stand trembling before Thy dread and fearful judgement seat, awaiting Thy just verdict, O Saviour, and Thy righteous judgement. Spare Thy servants then, O Master, who have departed unto Thee in faith, and count them worthy of Thine eternal blessedness and joy.

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

Thou, pure Virgin, hast conceived God who repays the debt of our first mother Eve. He bestows upon the faithful incorruption and resurrection, and with immortal glory He crowns those who glorify thee. Cease not to intercede before Him, that with the light of His splendour He may shine upon us all, O Bride of God.

Vespers, Tone 4
O Lord who hast helped gentle David in the combat and enabled him to overcome the Philistine, come to the aid of Thine Orthodox people, and by the weapon of t

he Cross cast down our enemies. In Thy compassion show us Thy mercy as of old, and make them know in truth that Thou art God, and that we who put our trust in Thee shall conquer. At the constant intercessions of Thy most pure Mother, grant us Thy great mercy.

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