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28 th Sunday after Pentecost Sunday of the Holy Forefathers Commemoration of Saint Herman of Alaska

VESPERS: Tone 3

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Regular Beginning

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Lord I have cried

(Tone 3)

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The power of death has been destroyed by Thy Cross/ and the wiles of the devil have been set to naught, O Christ our Saviour,/ while mankind, saved by faith,// offers Thee hymns of praise forever.

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The whole inhabited earth has been enlightened by Thy Resurrection, O Lord,/ and the paradise of old has been reopened;/ while it extols Thee,// all creation offers Thee hymns of praise forever.

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glorify the might of the Father/ and of the Son and the power of the Holy Spirit;/ and I praise the dominion of the undivided, uncreated Godhead//--the consubstantial Trinity that reigns unto the ages of ages.

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Stichera for the Forefathers

(Tone 8)

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Celebrating the memory of the forefathers today,/ O ye faithful, let us hymn/ as mighty and powerful Christ the Deliverer,/ Who exalted them among all nations,/ the Lord Who hath faithfully wrought most glorious miracles,/ and Who hath, through them, shown us a staff of power,/ the pure Mary, the divine Maiden, who alone kneweth not man,/ from whom Christ came forth as a blossom./ He that for all hath put forth life, the inexhaustible food// and eternal salvation.

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O

Master, Who delivered the holy youths from the fire/ and Daniel from

the lions’ mouth,/ Who blessed Abraham, and Isaac Thy servant, and Jacob his son,/ Whose good will it was to become like unto us through

their seed:/ our forefathers, that had fallen in the past,/ hast Thou saved by Thy Cross and Resurrection;/ and, having broken the bonds of death,/ with Thyself Thou hast raised all among them, dead of ages past// that worshipped Thee, O Christ, King of the ages.

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Rejoicing in the dew of the Spirit,/ the godly youths walked in the midst of the flame as in a light rain,/ mystically imaging forth

therein the Trinity and the incarnation of Christ/ and, as they were

the

By their

prayers be Thou entreated, O Saviour, Lover of mankind:/ deliver us

wise, they quenched

righteous Daniel was shown to be a restrainer of lions./

the

power

of

the

fire

with faith;/ and

from the unquenchable fire of eternity// and vouchsafe us Thy kingdom,

O Lord.

Stichera for St. Herman

(Tone 3)

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universe the right faith is proclaimed,/ and we shall sing out in a

great voice to Christ our God:/ by the prayers of our Father Herman,//

O Lord, save our souls.

8. O come ye all, let us proclaim in psalmody/ the victory of virtuous continence:/ by it meek Herman broke the serpent, founder of evil,/ and now tasteth triumph in the choir of angels./ Let us ascend, then, brethren, into the assembly of fasters,/ and in jubilee radiantly sing out:// rejoice, Saint Herman, angel-like praise of monks.

9. O Herman, Saint, ascetic of severe Alaska,/ and dweller of heavenly abodes,/ with what praises shall we honour thee,/ with what names shall we exalt thee,/ and what is our praise beside the glories of heaven?/ Rejoice, thou who tastest heavenly glory,/ fill our hearts also with joy// who humbly fall down before thee.

(Tone 6)

10. What cavern of the earth, what lapse of time,/ O holy Father Herman,/ can conceal thy glory which is in heaven;/ wherefore, now glorifying, we fall down before thee,/ having thee as intercessor before the Lord,/ pray then to Him to grant deliverance/ to the suffering Russian land,/

to this land prosperity,// and to our souls great mercy.

Glory

O ye faithful,/ let us praise today all the fathers of the old Law:/

(Tone 6)

Abraham, the beloved of God/ and Isaac, who was born according to the promise/ and Jacob and the twelve patriarchs,/ the most meek David, and Daniel, the prophet of desires,/ glorifying with them the three youths that transformed the furnace into dew/ and who ask remission of Christ God,// Who is glorified in His saints.

Both now & ever

Dogmatikon (Tone 3)

How can we refrain from wonder, O all-hallowed Virgin,/ at thy bearing God and man in One?/ For thou, without blemish and who hast never known a man,/ hast brought forth without father a Son in the flesh,/ begotten of the Father without mother before all ages,/ Who suffered no change, confusion nor division,/ but kept in full what is proper to each nature;/ our Lady, thou Virgin and Mother,/ entreat Him to save the souls// of those who in the true faith confess thee to be the Theotokos.

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Wisdom. Aright!

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O Joyful Light

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Prokimenon. The Lord is King

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Wisdom! Three readings:

Wisdom 3:1-9; Wisdom 5:15-6:3; Wisdom 4:7-15

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The first reading is from the Wisdom of Solomon: (Wis 3:1-9) But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall

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their departure is taken for misery, and their going from us to be utter

destruction:

no torment touch them.

In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die:

For though they be punished in the

sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having been a

But they are in peace.

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little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded: For God proved them, and found them worthy for Himself. As gold in the furnace hath He tried them, and received them as a burnt offering. And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble. They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign forever. They that put their trust in Him shall understand the truth: And such as be faithful in love shall abide with Him: For grace and mercy is to His saints, and He hath care for his elect.

R. The second reading is from the Wisdom of Solomon: (Wis 5:15-6:3) But the righteous live for evermore; their reward also is with the

Lord, and the care of them is with the most High. Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom, and a beautiful crown from the Lord's hand: For with His right hand shall He cover them and with His arm shall He protect them. He shall take to him His jealousy for complete armor, and make the creature His weapon for the revenge of His enemies. He shall put on righteousness as a breastplate, and true judgment instead of a helmet. He

shall take holiness for an invincible shield.

sharpen for a sword, and the world shall fight with Him against the unwise. Then shall the right aiming thunderbolts go abroad; and from the clouds, as from a well-drawn bow, shall they fly to the mark. And hailstones full of wrath shall be cast as out of a stone bow, and the water of the sea shall rage against them, and the floods shall cruelly drown them. Yea, a mighty wind shall stand up against them, and like a storm shall blow them away:

His severe wrath shall He

Thus iniquity shall lay waste the whole earth, and ill-dealing shall overthrow the thrones of the mighty. Hear therefore, O ye kings, and

understand; learn, ye that be judges of the ends of the earth. that rule the people, and glory in the multitude of nations. given you of the Lord, and sovereignty from the Highest.

Give ear, ye For power is

R. The third reading is from the Wisdom of Solomon:(Wis 4:7-15)

Though the righteous be prevented with death, yet shall he be in rest. For honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years. But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age. He pleased God, and was beloved of Him; so that, living among sinners, he was translated. Yea, speedily was he taken away, lest that wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul. For the bewitching of naughtiness doth obscure things that are honest; and the wandering of lust doth undermine the simple mind. He, being made perfect in a short time, fulfilled a long time; for his soul pleased the Lord: therefore hasted He to take him away from among the wicked. This the people saw, and understood not, neither laid they up this in their minds: that His grace and mercy is with His saints, and that He doth visit His chosen.

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Augmented Litany

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Vouchsafe

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Litany of Fervent Supplication

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Litya Prayers

The first sticheron is for the Temple

Stichera for St. Herman of Alaska (Tone 8)

Ascetic of New Valaam,/ thy brethren were dear to thee,/ for with them thou didst dwell in thy native Valaam./ Yet a hundredfold more desired were

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thy fleshless friends,/ who transported thy soul to divine vision,/ with

Rejoice, O Father, for us who glorify thy

memory,/ invisibly instructing us in profitable repentance;/ fruitful shoot of the Russian land,/ upbringing of Ladoga’s water,/ church blessing of Alaska and the Aleutian Isles,/ good hope of America,/ grace-bearing witness

whom thou now dost dwell./

of the Orthodox Faith,/ O God-pleasing Herman,// obtain for us the peace of God, surpassing every mind, and great mercy.

When the departure of the Saint was near at hand,/ while by his bed candles burned and the Acts of the Apostles were read,/ Saint Herman shone wondrously./ Glory to Thee, O Lord, he did say,/ and received secretly yet seven days of life from the Saviour,/ awaiting the prophetic day./ And then again with burning candles and the reading of the Acts,/ he reposed in the fragrance of his ascetic deeds,/ having lived with much fruitfulness in righteousness;/ now living eternally,// he prayeth ever to the Lord of glory for us.

(Tone 5) Special Melody: Rejoice, Life-giving Cross Rejoice, life-giving Cross,/ invincible victory of piety,/ and door of paradise/ that opens to enlighten a new land,/ and the corruption of idolatry is abolished,/ and the reign of death is trampled down,/ and those born of earth are raised to heaven./ Rejoice, ye faithful, and be glad,/ for the glory of the life-giving Cross,/ the hope of new martyrs/ and Saint Herman,/ is proclaimed in a new land/ and to all faithful doth grant// great and abundant mercy.

Rejoice, holy instructor/ of a newly chosen flock of Christ,/ who by the grace of the word of God/ enlightenest unknowing hearts,/ by the spirit of meekness and humility/ instructest in piety,/ and by brotherly love and compassion/ plantest the truth of faith./ O-O wondrous Elder Herman,/ herald of Christ’s Light/ and banisher of demonic darkness,/ enlighten also our hearts,/ having banished the darkness of unbelief,// that we may obtain in the Lord great mercy.

Rejoice, intercessor before the powerful of this world/ for a newly enlightened people/ most simple and humble./ Thou with thy life’s blood/ wert a mediator for them,/ as the lowest nurse and servant of their race./ Likewise, as the friend of those afflicted with incurable sores,/ hearing night and day their groans and lamentations,/ I-in comforting thou didst draw them to heavenly healing./ O fearless shepherd of thy flock,/ yet thou didst shun the priestly rank!/ Rejoice, tamer of wild beasts/ like u-unto Saint Seraphim.// Rejoice, subduer of the blaze of material fire by the flame of faith.

Glory

of the Forefathers (Tone 1)

The prophets of great renown, resplendent with the rays of divine eloquence,/ are ever blessed, and, putting forth the sayings of the spirit as fruit,/ they preached to all the ineffable nativity of Christ God;/ and having lived a most wondrous life,// they reached the end of the lives in accordance with the law.

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Behold, the prophecy of Isaiah hath been fulfilled,/ for a Virgin hath given birth,/ and after giving birth hath remained a Virgin as before./ For God was born; therefore He began nature anew./ O Mother of God, disdain not the supplications of thy servants,/ which are offered unto thee in thy temple;/ but as thou bearest the Compassionate One in thine arms,/ have pity on thy servants,// and beseech Him that our souls be saved.

P. Litya prayers in back of Church

APOSTICHA:

(Tone 3)

1. Thou hast darkened

Thy

Resurrection hast Thou given all things light.// Accept our evening hymn, O Thou Who lovest mankind.

the

sun

by

Thy

Passion, O Christ;/

by

V. The Lord is King,/ and hath put on glorious apparel.

2. Thy life-giving Resurrection, O Lord,/ has brought light to all the inhabited earth/ and called up Thy creation that lay in corruption,/ so that we, released from the curse of Adam, cry aloud:// Glory unto Thee, O Almighty Lord.

V. He hath made the world so sure/ that it cannot be moved.

3. Suffering in the fl-esh, Thou, O God/ Who by nature cannot be changed, hast changed Thyself,/ and the creation unable to bear the sight of Thee hanging was bowed down by fear/ and it groaned as it sang the praises of Thy long-suffering./ And Thou, descending into hell, hast risen on the third day,// giving the world life and great mercy.

V. Holiness becometh Thine house/ O Lord, forever.

4. Thou hast suffered death, O Christ,/ to deliver our kind from death:/ And, risen the third day from the dead,/ Thou hast raised up with Thyself those who acknowledge Thee to be God/ and Thou hast enlightened the world.// O Lord, glory to Thee.

Glory

(Tone 6)

What cavern of the earth, what lapse of time,/ O holy Father Herman/ can conceal thy glory which is in heaven;/ wherefore, now glorifying, we fall down before thee,/ having thee as intercessor before the Lord,/ pray then to Him to grant deliverance/ to the suffering Russian land,/ to this land prosperity,// and to our souls great mercy.

Both now

(Tone 3)

Come, ye lovers of the feasts of the Church,/ and with psalms let us praise the assembly of the forefathers:/ Adam, the forefather of us all,/ Enoch, Noah, Melchizedek, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob;/ and, after the Law, Moses and Aaron, Joshua, Samuel and David,/ and, with them, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel,/ Daniel and the twelve prophets, together with Elijah,/ Elisha and all the rest, Zechariah and the Forerunner,// who all preached Christ, the Life and Resurrection of our race.

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C.

St. Symeon's Prayer

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Trisagion

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Troparion of the Forefathers

(Tone 2)

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By faith didst Thou justify the forefathers,/ O Thou that, through them, didst betroth Thyself aforetime to the Church which was from among the nations./ The saints boast in glory, for from their seed hath come a right glorious fruit/ even she that gaveth birth unto Thee.// O Christ God, by their prayers have mercy upon us!

Troparion for Saint Herman

(Tone 4)

Blessed ascetic of the northern wilds/ and gracious intercessor for the whole world,/ teacher of the Orthodox Faith,/ and good instructor of piety,/ adornment of Alaska and joy of all America,/ holy Father Herman,// pray to Christ God that He may save our souls.

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Blessing of loaves.

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Amen. Blessed be the Name of the Lord

MATINS: Tone 3

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Regular Beginning

 

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Great Ectenia

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God is the Lord

(Tone 3)

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Sunday Troparia

(Tone 3)

x2

For the Lord has

shown strength with His arm!/ He has trampled down death by death!/ He has

become the firstborn of the dead!/ He has delivered us from the depths of hell,// and has granted to the world great mercy.

Let the heavens rejoice!/ Let the earth be glad!/

Glory

Troparion for Saint Herman

(Tone 4)

Blessed ascetic of the northern wilds/ and gracious intercessor for the whole world,/ teacher of the Orthodox Faith,/ and good instructor of piety,/ adornment of Alaska and joy of all America,/ holy Father Herman,// pray to Christ God that He may save our souls.

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Tropar of the Forefathers

(Tone 2)

By faith didst Thou justify the forefathers,/ O Thou that, through them, didst betroth Thyself aforetime to the Church which was from among the nations./ The saints boast in glory, for from their seed hath come a right glorious fruit/ even she that gaveth birth unto Thee.// O Christ God, by their prayers have mercy upon us!

Lord Have Mercy Glory

3x

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Now

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Kathisma II

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Small Ectenia

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Sessional Hymns:

Christ hath arisen from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep, the firstborn of creation, the Creator of all that existeth; and in Himself He hath restored the nature of our race which had become

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corrupt. No longer dost thou have dominion, O death, for the Master of all hath destroyed thy realm!

V. Arise, O Lord my God, let Thy hand be lifted high; forget not Thy

paupers to the end.

Having tasted the fruit of death, O Lord, Thou didst cut off the bitterness of death by Thine arising, and hast strengthened man against it, revoking the defeat of the primal curse. O Lord, Defender of our life, glory be to Thee!

We sing thy praises, O Virgin Theotokos, who dost intercede

for the salvation of our kind; for thy Son and our God by taking flesh of thee and accepting to suffer through the Cross has delivered us from

corruption because He lovest mankind.

G/B

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Kathisma III

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Small Ectenia

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Sessional Hymns:

Terrified of Thine immutable divinity and voluntary suffering, O Lord,

hell lamented to itself, saying:

flesh; I behold One invisible, Who mystically contendeth against me. Wherefore, I hold fast to those who cry: Glory to Thy resurrection, O Christ!”

“I tremble before a Being of incorrupt

V. I will confess Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart, I will tell of

all Thy wonders.

O ye faithful, let us theologize concerning the incomprehensibility of the crucifixion, the ineffability of the resurrection, the unspeakable mystery; for today death and hell have been made captive, and the human race hath been clothed in incorruption. Wherefore, giving thanks, we cry unto Thee: Glory to Thine arising, O Christ!

O Theotokos, thou didst mystically contain in thy womb the

Unapproachable and Uncircumscribable One, Who is consubstantial with the

Father and the Spirit, and through thy birthgiving we have learned to glorify in the world the one and unconfused power of the Trinity.

Rejoice, O thou who art

full of grace!

Wherefore, with thanksgiving we cry out to thee:

G/B

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Polyeleos

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Megalynarion (may be done once only w/o verses if desired)

We glorify thee,/ our holy Father Herman,/ and we honour thy holy memory,/ instructor of monks// and converser with angels.

V. I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined unto me, and

heard my cry.

We glorify thee,/ our holy Father Herman,/ and we honour thy holy memory,/ instructor of monks// and converser with angels.

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We glorify thee,/ our holy Father Herman,/ and we honour thy holy memory,/ instructor of monks// and converser with angels.

(Do NOT sing alleluia

but go directly to the following:)

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Evlogitaria (Blessed art Thou, O Lord

)

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Small Ectenia

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Ypakoe:

Amazing the myrrh-bearing women by the sight of Him, and refreshing them by his words, the radiant angel said to them: “Why seek ye the Living in the tomb? He Who hath emptied the graves hath arisen! Understand the Changer of corruption to be immutable! Say ye unto God: How awesome are Thy works, for Thou hast saved the human race!”

R. Sessional Hymns

Heeding the call of the Lord, and reckoning all the beauties of this world as but dung, thou didst attain unto the most beautiful wilderness in a remote and savage land, where, manfully putting hordes of the demons to flight, thou didst converse with the angels, thy companions. Wherefore, we praise thee as a wondrous adornment of the wilderness.

Teaching illiterate peoples and converting the unbelieving, thou didst plant the true Faith among them, laboring in every way and edifying them with thy piety. Wherefore, O venerable Herman, teach us also to cleave unto the Truth and to do works of piety.

On a fragile vessel, O Saint, thou didst cross the sea’s

stormy depths, coming even to a distant land, where Spruce Island was to thee a spiritual vessel, on which by the sword of the Good Tidings and by deeds of piety thou didst attain to heaven’s harbor, rejoicing in the Lord.

Glory

With hymns let us all praise Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the

meek David, Joshua and the twelve patriarchs, together with the three youths that quenched the fiery flame with the power of the Spirit. And let us cry out to them: Rejoice, ye that bravely denounced the deception of the mad king! Pray ye to Christ, that He grant remission of offenses onto them that celebrate your holy memory with love.

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Hymn of Degrees:

(Antiphon One)

Thou didst move the captivity of Sion away from Babylon, O Word. Draw me also forth from the passions unto life. They who sow in the south with tears divine shall joyfully reap the grain of life everlasting.

Unto the Holy Spirit, as to the Father and the Son, shineth

all thanksgiving, wherein all things live and move.

G/B

Hymn of Degrees:

(Antiphon Two)

If the Lord buildeth not the house of the virtues, in vain do we labor; and when the Spirit protecteth it, no one will destroy our city. Through the Spirit are the saints ever adopted by Thee, O Christ, as the fruit of Thee and the Father.

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holiness and wisdom

perceived. For He bringeth every created thing into existence. Him do we worship, for He is God, like the Father and the Word.

G/B

Through the

Holy

Spirit

are

all

Hymn of Degrees:

(Antiphon Three)

the

commandments; for they shall eat of all the fruits of life.

Be Thou glad, O Chief Shepherd, beholding Thine offspring round about Thy table, bearing the branches of goodly works.

From the Holy Spirit are all the riches of glory; from Him

are grace and life for every creation: for He is hymned with the Father and the Word.

Blessed are they

who fear

the Lord,

who

walk the

path

of

G/B

P. Prokimenon:

(Tone 3)

Say among the nations that the Lord is king;/ for He hath established the world, which shall not be shaken.

V. O sing unto the Lord a new song.

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Let every breath praise the Lord.

 

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GOSPEL #6

 

C.

Having Beheld the Resurrection of Christ

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Psalm 50

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Glory

Now

Have mercy on me

Jesus having risen

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Save, O God, Thy People Anointing.

Canticle One

Irmos:

He Who of old gathered the waters into one at His divine

behest/ and parted the sea for the people of Israel,/ is our

God and is most glorious.// been glorified.

To Him let us chant, for He hath

Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Our God is He Who cursed the earth to bring forth as fruit thorns through the sweat of the transgressor, and in the flesh receiveth a crown of thorns from the hands of the transgressors of the law. He hath abolished the curse, in that He hath been glorified.

He of Whom death was afraid hath appeared as the vanquisher and victor over death; for having assumed animate flesh subject to sufferings, and contended against the tyrant, He hath raised all up with Himself. He is our God, for He hath been glorified.

Theotokion

All nations glorify thee as the true Theotokos who gave birth without seed; for He is our God Who, having descended into thy sanctified womb, became of our essence. God and Man was born of thee.

Holy Father Herman, pray to God for us.

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O most merciful

Saviour, help me

to

hymn Herman, Thy favorite,

illumining the eyes of my benighted soul, that he who is glorious among Thy

saints may be glorified to the ends of the world.

Desiring from thy youth to seek out the heavenly homeland and to labor for God alone, O venerable Herman, thou didst entrust thyself to the protection of heaven, having Sergius and Herman of Valaam as thy constant helpers.

Having the commandments of the Lord continually in thy heart, thou didst never give thy body over to the ways of slothfulness, ever laboring, and enlightening thy soul with divine effulgence.

Holy Youths, Ananias, Azarias & Misail, pray to God for us!

Let us glorify the unoriginate Word Who was divinely begotten of the Father before time began, and Whose likeness was seen by the youths in the furnace. Steadfastly spurning the words of the impious tyrant, the noble youths did not wish to defile themselves with vile foods like the all- iniquitous Chaldeans.

Ye fed yourselves spiritually with the word of God and bodily with foods ye grew yourselves, and showed yourselves to the king as more comely of appearance than those who ate gross foods.

Theotokion

O Maiden who didst spring forth from David and gavest birth to the Deliverer, thou healest the venom which the serpent poured bitterly into the ears of Eve.

Holy Forefathers, pray to God for us.

Let us offer up a hymn unto the fathers who shone forth before the Law and under the Law, that, by their upright will, were pleasing unto the Lord and Master Who shone forth from the Virgin, and who now delight in unwaning enlightenment.

Let us honour the first Adam who was honoured by the hand of the Creator, and who is the forefather of us all and resteth with all the elect in the mansions of heaven.

The Lord and God of all accepted the gifts of Abel, who

offered them with a most noble soul; and when he was slain by his brother’s

murderous hand, He received his soul into light as that of a divine martyr.

Glory

hearken to the divine sayings which declare the

appearance of Christ; for, lo! of a Maiden that kneweth not man is He born in a cave, Whose awesome nativity the star which appeared to the astrologers doth proclaim.

Both

Let

us

C. Katavasia (Tone 1)

Christ is born, glorify Him./ Christ is from heaven receive Him./ Christ is on earth, be ye lifted up./ Sing unto the Lord, all the earth./ And praise Him with joy, ye people;// For He hath glorified Himself.

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Canticle Three

Irmos:

O Most High, Thou Ruler of all,/ Who out of non-existence/ hast brought all things, which are fashioned by Thy Word/ and made perfect by the Spirit;// Confirm me in Thy love!

Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.

The ungodly one was confounded by Thy Cross, for he fell into the pit which he dug; but in Thy resurrection, O Christ, Thou didst raise up the lowly.

The preaching of piety to the nations covered them like the water of the sea, O Thou Who lovest mankind; for having risen from the tomb, Thou didst reveal the light of the Trinity.

Theotokion

All-glorious things have been said of thee, O animate city of Him Who reigneth forever; for through thee, O Mistress, did God come to dwell with those on earth.

Holy Father Herman, pray to God for us.

The divinely wise Nazarius, having come to Valaam from Sarov, planted there love for interior spiritual activity; wherefore, partaking of this grace, O venerable one, with spiritual enlightenment thou didst prepare thy soul for the struggle of evangelism.

As fruitful branches of the vine of Christ, O Sergius and Herman of Valaam, who nourished the new Herman with the grapes of the virtues, fill ye our hearts with the wine of divine gladness.

With prayer and activity thou didst prepare thy soul for a new task; wherefore, thou didst reach a faraway country with thy brother evangelists, leading the inhabitants of Alaska to Jesus most sweet.

Holy Youths, Ananias, Azarias & Misail, pray to God for us!

The youths of David, having acquired an understanding taught by God, O Master, observed the laws of their fathers with godly wisdom. Fire did not consume the most pure bodies of the pious ones, for they had already been consumed by the fasting which nourisheth the soul.

Wondrously bedewed in the midst of the furnace, the three youths sing universal and most laudable praise.

Theotokion

That thou mightest show forth Thy birthgiving from the body of the Virgin, O Master, Thou didst save the bodies of the virginal youths in the furnace.

Holy Forefathers, pray to God for us.

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The zeal of Seth for his Creator is hymned throughout the world, for in his blameless life and spiritual love he was truly pleasing unto Him, and

now doth cry out in the land of the living:

Holy art Thou, O Lord!

The wondrous Enos trusted in the Spirit and with divine wisdom began to call upon the God and Master of all with mouth, tongue and heart; and having lived on earth in a God-pleasing manner, he received glory.

Let us bless Enoch with sacred utterances, for, having been

well pleasing unto the Lord, he was translated in glory, being shown to be greater than death, as it hath been written, since he had been a most earnest servant of God.

Glory

Now doth the expectation of the nations come forth from the

Virgin, and Bethlehem doth radiantly open the shut gates of Eden, receiving the incarnate Word, Who, in the flesh, is laid in a manger.

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C. Katavasia (Tone 1)

To the Son Who was begotten of the Father/ without change before all ages,/ and in the last times was without seed made flesh of the Virgin,/ to Christ our God let us cry aloud:// Thou hast raised up our horn, holy art Thou, O Lord.

P.

Small Ectenia

C.

Kontakion for St. Herman (Tone 8)

Monk of Valaam and beloved of the Mother of God,/ new zealot of the desert-dwellers of old by thine ascetic labors,/ having taken prayer as thy sword and shield,/ thou didst reveal thyself as terrible to demons and pagan darkness,/ wherefore we cry to thee, O Saint Herman,// pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved.

R. Ikos for St. Herman

Being of our race, and having fled to the Lord in thy youth, like unto Herman of Valaam in name and struggle, this Herman grew to the stature of the fathers of old, who brought forth fruits in patience. And the meek one was sent to the Aleut people, who had not yet been enlightened. Hard was his life among those simple folk, but harder yet was the opposition of his compatriots to his goodly admonitions. Yet showing kindness to them all, the meekness of Herman instructed them. Glorifying thy memory for all these things, O venerable Herman, we cry out to thee: Entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved!

R. Sessional Hymns

The day of thy commemoration hath arrived, O all-praised father Herman, gladdening thy chosen flock. Illumine us with the splendors of thy miracles, which issue forth from thy precious relics, quench thou the flame of our passions, and bedew the minds of the faithful whoever glorify thee with love. (2x)

G/B

Ypakoe of the Forefathers

The fire was transformed into dew for the children, and the lamentation of the myrrh-bearing women was changed into joy; and an angel ministered in both wonders, transforming the furnace into a place of rest for the former,

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and announcing the Resurrection on the third day to the latter. Author of our life, glory be to Thee!

O Lord,

Canticle Four

Irmos:

Thou hast shown us constant love, O Lord,/ for Thou didst give Thine only-begotten Son over to death for us./

Wherefore, in thanksgiving we cry to Thee:// power, O Lord.

Glory to Thy

Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.

In

Thy mercy,

Thou

didst withstand wounds and stripes, O Christ,

enduring the malice of blows to Thy cheeks; and with long-suffering deigning to be spit upon, Thou didst thereby accomplish salvation for me. Glory to Thy power, O Lord.

Thou didst partake of death in a mortal body, O Life, for the sake of the suffering of the poor and the groans of Thy paupers; and having brought corruption upon the corrupter, O All-glorious One, Thou didst resurrect all with Thyself, in that Thou hast been glorified.

Theotokion

acquired by Thy

suffering; and accepting the merciful entreaties of Thine all-glorious Mother, deliver it by Thy power, O Lord, visiting it in its affliction.

Remember, O Christ,

the

flock

which

Thou hast

Holy Father Herman, pray to God for us.

Thou hast provided us an example of a good shepherd and a solicitous father, O venerable one, for thou wast help and healing for the sick and infirm, and protection and teaching for the orphaned. Wherefore, deprive us not, as orphans, of the protection of thy prayers.

O venerable Herman, the people marveled at how thou wast able to live

alone in the forest. "I am not alone," thou didst say; "for God, Who is everywhere present, is with me, as are His angels. How then can I be despondent, when I have such companions?" And now, O thou who dwellest with

the inhabitants of heaven, depart not from us who am on earth.

O guardian of Alaska, who didst call thyself the servant and teacher

of new peoples, even after thy death thou extendest thy care unto them. And lo! with thy words we now cry out to thee: Be thou for us a father and protector; wipe away the tears of defenseless orphans; cool the hearts of men which are melting under the heat of grief; and grant that they may come to know the consolation of God.

Holy Youths, Ananias, Azarias & Misail, pray to God for us!

By divine grace the most wise Daniel, divinely illumined in mind, interpreted the dreams of the sovereigns. The suffering of the youths in the furnace shone with miracles; for they prevailed upon the tyrant to acknowledge Thee, O Almighty.

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The melodies of the instruments and the harmonious playing of music did not lead the valiant ones astray, and they did not worship the golden image.

Theotokion

With hymns the children in Babylon honoured thine all-divine Son, Whom they recognized in the furnace, O most hymned one.

Holy Forefathers, pray to God for us.

Let us offer up praise unto God, honouring with hymns Noah, who is

truly righteous; for he hath been shown to be adorned with all the divine

commandments, having

faithful, chant: Glory to Thy power, O Lord!

the

been

well pleasing

unto Christ,

to

Whom we,

Beholding thy nobility and simplicity of character, God clearly showed thee forth, O Noah, as perfect in all respects and the leader of the new world, who saved for it, from the deluge, the seed of every species, even as He Himself commanded.

With hymns let us piously bless Noah, who preserved the Law of God intact; who among his generation was found to be righteous, and of old saved the species of the animals with an ark of gopher wood at the command of Him Who accomplisheth all things.

O blessed Noah, thy memory doth pour forth upon us that

honour thee the wine of compunction, which doth ever make glad the hearts and souls of them that, in a pure manner, bless thine honourable and divine life.

Glory

Both

O all-hymned one, with hymns do the children in Babylon

honour thy most divine Son, Whom they came to know in the furnace.

C. Katavasia (Tone 1)

A rod from the root of Jesse/ and blossom therefrom, O Christ,/ Thou didst spring forth from the Virgin;/ from the mountain overshadowed and densely wooded hast Thou come,/ incarnate of her who knew not man,/ O Thou praised and immaterial God.// Glory to Thy power, O Lord!

Canticle Five

Irmos:

I rise at dawn unto Thee, the Creator of all,/ Who passest

all worldly understanding;/ for Thy commandments are light,// wherein do Thou direct me.

Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Through the envy of the Jews Thou wast given over to an unjust judge, O Beholder of all. And Thou Who judgest the whole earth with justice hast delivered ancient Adam from condemnation.

O Christ Who hast risen from the dead, grant Thy peace unto Thy Churches through the invincible power of Thy Cross, and save Thou our souls.

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Theotokion

O only Ever-virgin, thou hast been shown to be the holy tabernacle and

more spacious than the heavens, in that thou didst receive the Word of God,

Whom all creation cannot contain.

Holy Father Herman, pray to God for us.

Thou wast like unto Adam the first-created when thou didst purify thy soul by many sorrows, vigils and prayers, and didst array it in man's primal beauty. And the wild beasts submitted themselves to thee, sensing in thee the odor of paradise and the kingdom.

Restraining the passions of the senses with the reins of abstinence and with constant prayer, thou didst attain the summit of dispassion; wherefore, we fall down before thee, as before a gracious physician, crying: Cure us of the passions and prompt us to do good works!

Desiring mystically to labor for God alone, thou madest thine abode in a cave, striving to bury the passions of the flesh, that thou mightest resurrect thy soul, illumined with the effulgence of heaven, receiving a foretaste of the eternal Pascha.

Holy Youths, Ananias, Azarias & Misail, pray to God for us!

Having studied the law, Thy favored ones, the great Daniel and the three godly-minded youths, did not deny Thee, O Saviour; but, receiving strength from Thee, our Benefactor, they manfully vanquished the tyrant. Noetically did Daniel study Thy mysteries, O Thou Who lovest mankind; for in purity of mind he beheld Thee as the Son of man coming upon a cloud, as the Judge and King of all the nations.

shone with

splendor greater than that of a sapphire; and set afire with zeal for piety, ye entered the furnace joyfully and formed yourselves into a universal choir.

Shining

like

a

golden

beam,

O children, your company

Theotokion

O Virgin, the divine Daniel manifestly prefigured thee as a mountain;

and the three youths, beholding the flame bearing dew, with hymns praise thy divine birthgiving as that of the Saviour, Creator and Lord.

Holy Forefathers, pray to God for us.

With divine praises let Shem, who received the blessing of his father, be honoured; for, shown to be well pleasing before the Lord, he hath joined the choir of the forefathers and doth joyously rest in the land of the living.

As the friend of God, Abraham was vouchsafed to behold the day of his Creator and hath become full of spiritual joy; wherefore, honouring his uprightness of mind, let us all bless him as a divine forefather of Christ.

Thou didst behold the Trinity, insofar as it is possible for

man to do; and as a true servant thou didst offer It hospitality O most

Glory

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blessed Abraham. Wherefore, for thy strange hospitality thou didst receive a reward: to be, through faith, the father of countless nations.

He that is full doth empty Himself into the flesh for our

sake; the Unoriginate One receiveth a beginning; He that is rich doth beggar Himself; He that is the Word of God lieth like a babe in a manger of dumb beasts, accomplishing the restoration of all who have existed throughout the ages.

Both

C. Katavasia (Tone 1)

God of peace, the Father of mercies,/ Thou hast sent unto us an Angel of Thy great council,/ Who giveth us peace./ Therefore having been led unto the light of godly wisdom,/ waking early from the night// we do sing praises of Thee, O Lover of mankind.

Canticle Six

Irmos:

The uttermost abyss of sins hath engulfed me,/ and my spirit doth perish./ But, stretching forth Thine upraised arm, O Master,// save me as Thou didst Peter, O Helmsman!

Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.

An

abyss

of mercy

and compassion hath surrounded me through Thy

compassionate descent; for having become incarnate and taken on the form of

a servant, O Master, Thou didst deify me, glorifying me with Thyself.

The slayer underwent death, beholding Him Who was dead alive again. These were images of Thy resurrection, O Christ, and of Thine all-pure, vanquishing sufferings.

Theotokion

O all-pure one who alone dost mediate before the Creator and men, in manner past understanding: entreat thy merciful Son, and be thou a champion for thine all-sinful servants.

Holy Father Herman, pray to God for us.

To proclaim the glad tidings of the Gospel thou didst travel to the ends of the world, to a new place, Spruce Island, which thou didst call New Valaam, showing thy love for the Valaam of thy homeland; and therein thou didst acquire new brethren, the newly-enlightened people, through the discourse of thy preaching and thy works of piety.

The Lord glorified thy brethren, O venerable one, for their works were truly like unto the struggles of the apostles: Juvenal chanteth in the choir of the martyrs, Joasaph and Innocent, and those with them, sing in the ranks of hierarchs, and together we chant unto God: Glory to Thee Who hast shown us the light!

Thy works and those of thy fellow evangelists have received their sanctification and crowning through the confession and martyr's blood of Peter the Aleut, at whose mighty faith and endurance thou didst marvel. Wherefore, following thee, we cry aloud: O holy new-martyr Peter, pray to God for us!

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Holy Youths, Ananias, Azarias & Misail, pray to God for us!

Having gained control over natural passions through the power of the Word, ye became rulers of the land of the Chaldean peoples, O ye wise descendents of David; for virtue knoweth how to render honour to those who have acquired her.

Daniel, having arrayed himself of old in life-bearing mortality, with food slew the evil serpent which the Chaldeans impiously considered a god; and he wisely slaughtered the ungodly priests.

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and Theotokos, by thy supplications entreat the

merciful Judge, thy Son, that He deliver me from cruel punishment on the day

of judgment; for on thee alone do I set my hope.

O Virgin Mother

Holy Forefathers, pray to God for us.

Led up by thy father’s obedience to be sacrificed, thou wast plainly an image of the Passion of Christ, O most blessed Isaac. Wherefore, thou wast blessed and didst truly show thyself to be a close friend of God, rejoicing now with all the righteous.

Jacob was shown to be the most faithful of all of God’s favored ones. Wherefore, he wrestled with an angel, beheld a celestial intelligence, was called a god, and, sleeping, saw a divine ladder, whereon God, Who put on our flesh in His goodness, established Himself.

Glory

Loving goodly submission to his father, and cast into a pit,

Joseph was sold, thus becoming an image of Christ, Who was slain and placed in a tomb. And he became dispenser of the grain of Egypt, being chaste and righteous, and a most true governor of the passions.

He that is ever with the Father and the Spirit is known on

earth as a little Child; and He that doth wrap the earth in darkness is wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger of dumb beasts. Rejoicing now, we celebrate the forefeast of His seedless nativity.

Both

C. Katavasia

(Tone 1)

The sea monster spat forth Jonah/ as it had received him, like a babe from the womb;/ while the Word, having dwelt in the Virgin and taken flesh,/ came forth from her yet kept her uncorrupt./ For being Himself not subject to decay,// He preserved His Mother free from harm.

P.

Small Ectenia

C.

Kontakion of the Forefathers

(Tone 6)

O thrice-blessed ones, who did not honour an image wrought by hands,/ but were defended by the indescribable Essence, ye were glorified in your ordeal by fire,/ and standing in the midst of unbearable flame,/ ye called upon God, saying: Speed Thou and make haste to our aid,/ O Compassionate One, in that Thou art merciful,// for what Thou willest, Thou canst do!

R. Ikos of the Forefathers

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Stretch forth Thy hand whereby of old the warring Egyptians and the embattled Hebrews were tested. Forsake us not, lest death, which thirsteth after us, and Satan, who hateth us, swallow us up; but draw nigh unto us and spare our souls, as Thou once didst spare Thy three children in Babylon, who glorified Thee unceasingly and were cast for Thy sake into a furnace, from whence they cried out to Thee: Speed Thou and make haste to our aid, O Compassionate One, in the Thou art merciful; for what Thou willest, Thou canst do!

R. Reading from the Prologue or Synaxarion

Canticle Seven

Irmos:

As of old Thou didst bedew the three pious children/ in the Chaldaean flame,/ with the radiant fire of Thy divinity/ illumine us who cry:// Blessed is the God of our fathers.

Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.

The splendid veil of the temple was rent in twain at the crucifixion of the Creator, revealing the truth hidden in the Scripture unto the faithful who cry: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

When Thy side was pierced, O Christ, with the drops of Thy divinely flowing and life-creating blood, which fell upon the ground according to Thy design, Thou didst restore those on earth, who cry: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Triadicon

Let us glorify the good Spirit with the Father and the only-begotten Son, O ye faithful, worshipping the one Godhead and Sovereignty in three, crying: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Holy Father Herman, pray to God for us.

The order of nature is altered when the Spirit of God worketh. And having illumined the eyes of thy soul with His effulgence, O venerable one, thou didst see things afar off as though they were near at hand, and things yet to come as though they were in the present, declaring the judgments of God for men's edification and correction.

Zealous concerning celestial things, thou didst lay for thyself treasure in heaven; wherefore, those who sought earthly treasures in thy cell found nothing. Teach us now, O unmercenary father, to lay up heavenly treasures and to set our heart on Him Who alone is beyond price.

Many are the tribulations of the righteous, and the Lord delivered thee from them all, filling thy heart with heavenly joy, which thou now enjoyest in the never-waning day of the kingdom of Christ. Pray for us, O venerable one, that the Lord may transform our tribulations into joy.

Holy Youths, Ananias, Azarias & Misail, pray to God for us!

God-loving voices sang to the Almighty out of the midst of the fire; for, forming a divine choir, Azarias chanted a hymn, saying: Blessed is the

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The harp of the youths theologized concerning the

Almighty, the God of all Who manifestly appeared to them in the furnace as

God of our fathers!

they chanted a hymn, saying: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Having watched as the three youths were cast into the furnace, the king beheld a fourth appear, Whom He called the Son of God; and he cried out to all: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Theotokion

Possessed of a mind illumined with divine radiance, O Daniel blessed of God, thou didst manifestly foresee the birthgiving of the Virgin prefigured in mystical images, and didst cry: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

Holy Forefathers, pray to God for us.

Let Abednego, Shadrach and Meshach, who quenched the fiery furnace, be hymned, together with Daniel, who restrained the onslaughts of the lions, for together they chanted unto Christ: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Having lawfully suffered amid temptations and unmitigated tribulations, Job was called the favorite of God, most faithful, meek, guileless, righteous, perfect, blameless, crying aloud: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Glory

With faith let us honour Moses, Aaron and Hur, praising

O

Joshua and the most sacred Levi, Gideon and Samuel, and let us cry out:

God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Behold! As the prophet hath foretold, she that kneweth not

wedlock hath conceived in her womb and doth manifestly come to Bethlehem to

give birth unto God. art Thou!

O God of our fathers, blessed

Both

To Him let us chant:

C. Katavasia

(Tone 1)

The youths who were brought up together in godliness,/ despising the command of the unrighteous infidel,/ were not terrified by the threatening fire,/ but standing in the midst of the flames they did sing:// O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou.

Canticle Eight

Irmos:

United in the unbearable fire,/ yet unharmed by its flame,/

the pious youths chanted a divine hymn in intercession:/ Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord,// and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.

The splendor of the temple was rent in twain when Thy Cross was planted on Golgotha, and creation fell down in fear, singing: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord! Hymn and exalt Him supremely forever!

Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Christ, and by Thy divine power didst set aright him who fell, deceived into eating of the tree; and he crieth and

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saith:

supremely forever!

Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Theotokion

Hymn and exalt Him

Thou hast been shown to be the temple of God, an animate habitation, and the ark; for thou, O all-pure Theotokos, hast reconciled the Creator with men, and all of us, His works, hymn thee fittingly and exalt Him supremely for all ages.

Holy Father Herman, pray to God for us.

Neither thy weakness, thine advanced age, nor the blindness of thine eyes was able to hinder thy mediation for the people before those in authority, whom thou didst beseech to deal mercifully with them, rather than make them victims, that they themselves might find mercy with the Lord. And now, as thou art in heaven, deprive us not also of thy mediation.

Thy forest cell rang with angelic hymnody when thou didst chant alone, so that the people marveled exceedingly. And an angel likewise served thee, sanctifying the waters with the blessing of the Jordan, when thou didst cry: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord, and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Arrayed in the robe of salvation and the vesture of gladness which was woven of thy manifold labors and tribulations, thou didst enter into the bridal-chamber of Christ the King, where, with the choirs of the angels and the apostles, thou dost partake eternally of the banquet of joy.

Holy Youths, Ananias, Azarias & Misail, pray to God for us!

Striving to preserve the nobility of Abraham, O venerable ones, ye acquired his own foundation of faith and hope, his patience and endurance of temptations, crying aloud: Ye priests, bless ye the Master! Ye people, exalt Him supremely forever! Shining forth like beacons and making the earth like heaven, rendered luminous by the enlightenment of piety, and having formed a universal choir, the youths chant to the Master Who saved them from perils: Ye children, bless; ye priests, hymn; ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

The descendents of Abraham, extinguishing the burning furnace and binding the jaws of the lions in their youth, rejoicing, hymn Thee now, the King and Benefactor of all: Ye children, bless; ye priests, hymn; ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Theotokion

The most wise Daniel teacheth the mysteries, and the three divinely wise youths prefigure thy birthgiving, O all-pure one, beholding in images Him Who ineffably issued forth from thy womb, Whom the children bless, the priests hymn and the people exalt supremely for all ages.

Holy Forefathers, pray to God for us.

We celebrate today the divine memory of the honoured fathers of ages past: Adam, Abel, Seth, Noah, Enos, Enoch and Abraham, Melchizedek and Job,

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Isaac and the faithful Jacob, crying out: Let all creation bless the Lord and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Let us praise the divinely beauteous regiment of the divine fathers:

Barak, Nathan and Eleazar, Josiah and David, Jephthah and Samuel, who honourably beheld things which were to come and cried out: Let all creation bless the Lord, and exalt Him supremely forever!

With hymnody let us offer laudation unto the prophets of God: Hosea and Micah, Zephaniah and Habbakuk, Zechariah and Jonah, Haggai and Amos, Malachi, Obadiah and Nahum, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, together with Daniel, Elijah and Elisha.

Let us bless Father, Son, Holy Spirit, the Lord! With threefold utterances let us hymn the all-holy Trinity: the unoriginate Father, the Son and the right Holy Spirit, the Unity of three Hypostases, which every breath doth glorify, crying out: Let all creation bless the Lord, and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

O Christ, Thou hast appeared incarnate of the Virgin’s blood

by Thine ineffable word, being born in a cave as a perfect Babe in the

And the star doth herald Thee

Hymn and exalt Christ

supremely forever!

from afar to the astrologers, who cry with faith:

abundance of Thy lovingkindness, O Jesus.

Both

We

praise, we

bless,

exalting Him unto all ages.

we worship the Lord, praising and supremely

C. Katavasia (Tone 1)

The furnace moist with dew/ was the image and figure of a wonder past nature./ For it burnt not the Children whom it had received,/ even as the fire of the Godhead consumed not the Virgin’s womb into which it had descended./ Therefore in praise let us sing:// Let the whole creation bless the Lord and exalt Him above all forever.

P.

Magnificat

C.

Song of the Most Holy Theotokos.

Canticle Nine

Irmos:

A wonder new and divine:/ the Lord manifestly passeth through

the closed door of the Virgin,/ naked at His entry;/ and God doth reveal Himself as corporeal as He issueth forth;/ and yet the gate remaineth shut.// Ineffably let us magnify her as the Mother of God.

Glory to Thy Holy Resurrection, O Lord.

Awesome is it to behold Thee, the Creator, O Word of God, uplifted upon the Tree: God suffering in the flesh for His servants, and lying in the tomb, bereft of breath, and releasing the dead from hell. Wherefore, O Christ, we magnify Thee as omnipotent.

Placed dead in the tomb, Thou didst save the forefathers from the corruption of death; and, raising up the dead, Thou didst cause life to

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blossom forth, guiding human nature to the light and clothing it in divine incorruption. Wherefore, we ever magnify Thee as the Light of life.

Theotokion

Thou hast been shown to be the temple and throne of God, wherein He Who is in the highest dwelt, born of thee who knewest not man, O most pure one, without in any wise opening the gates of thy flesh. Wherefore, O pure one, by thine unceasing supplications quickly and utterly subdue the barbaric nations.

Holy Father Herman, pray to God for us.

Glory to Thee, O God, Who hast revealed to us Thy wondrous favorite, by whose prayers do Thou preserve us from every assault of the enemy and from the soul-destroying passions; and guide us to every good thing, that, having escaped everlasting torment, we may attain unto Thy kingdom.

The eventide of thy life arrived, O venerable one, and the book of thine apostolic works was brought to an end in the never-waning effulgence of thy countenance, shining forth thy glory in the mansions of heaven, which do thou help us to attain by thine intercession.

A pillar of fire was seen, marking the departure of the venerable one

from

Wherefore, we cry out to him: Be thou ever for us a pillar of fire,

lighting and showing us the path to the heavens.

that the people were greatly astonished.

earth

to

heaven, so

Holy Youths, Ananias, Azarias & Misail, pray to God for us!

Ye have attained your desired end and stand before your ultimate Desire in the mansions of heaven, O youths who are most rich. Having produced the grain of incorruption with tears, rejoicing, ye have received the sheaves of your goodly labor.

Splendor hath now shone forth upon you as is meet, and gladness of heart hath blossomed forth; for grief hath fled away from where ye have made your abode.

Theotokion

Thou hast departed from the fields of death, O Virgin, having given birth to the Lord, the Bestower of life, Who bestoweth life upon those who magnify thee with faith.

Holy Forefathers, pray to God for us.

Thy daughters

Hannah, Judith, Deborah, Huldah, Jael and Esther, Sarah, Miriam the sister of Moses, Rachel, Rebecca and Ruth the exceedingly wise.

By Thy might, O Lord, Thou didst make powers of old:

In a sacred manner let us honour the holy children who extinguished the furnace, and with them, Daniel the prophet and all who were righteous, who clearly shone forth well before the Law, and under the Law were pleasing to the Master.

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The most wise and divine prophets, being descendents of Abraham, proclaimed through the Spirit the Word of God, born of Abraham and Judah. Through their entreaties, O Jesus, have compassion on us all.

All creation is sanctified by your memory and, keeping

festival, doth call out, crying aloud as befitteth a servant: Ever offer entreaty unto the Lord, O blessed ones, that they that praise you may receive eternal blessings!

Glory

The Word of the Father, Who hath robed Himself in me, cometh

forth from the Virgin and is born in the cave in unconfused manner. Dance thou, O creation, magnifying with thankful voices His all-holy condescension which He hath shown forth in His lovingkindness.

Both

C.

Katavasia (Tone 1)

A strange and most wonderful mystery do I see;/ the cave is heaven;/

the Virgin the throne of the cherubim; / the manger a room, in which Christ, the God Whom nothing can contain, is laid.// Him do we praise and magnify.

P.

Small Ectenia

C.

Holy is the Lord our God

R.

Exapostilarion Six (Luke 24:36-53)

Showing that Thou art man in essence, O Saviour, Thou hast risen from the tomb. And Thou hast partaken of food and hast stood in their midst to preach repentance. And Thou hast straightway ascended to the Father and promised to send the disciples the Comforter.

Exapostilarion for the Forefathers

Let us praise Adam, Abel, Seth and Enos, Enoch and Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses, Job and Aaron, Eleazar and Joshua, Barak, Sampson and Jephthah, David and Solomon.

Glory

Exapostilarion for St. Herman

O Lord, Giver of light, by the prayers of our lantern of piety, Saint

Herman, enlighten with Thine unsetting light this land and us who serve Thee

in faith and celebrate in piety his light-bearing memory.

The great Sun, the Creator, Who shall come forth from the

Virgin who kneweth not man, doth make haste to Bethlehem to enlighten all that are descended from Adam. Wherefore, the most radiant memory of the

Both

forefathers doth proclaim the wonder.

C.

Lauds: Tone 3 Stichera

Let every bre-ath praise the Lord/ Praise the Lord from the Heavens/ Praise Him in the highest/ To Thee is due a hymn, O God/ Praise Him, all ye His Angels;/ Praise Him, all ye His hosts.// To Thee is due a hymn, O God.

R.

(The following may be read or sung antiphonally)

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Praise Him, O sun and moon; praise Him, all ye stars and light. Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and thou water that art above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord; For He spake, and they came to be; He commanded, and they were created. He established them forever, yea, forever and ever; He hath set an ordinance, and it shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons and all ye abysses, Fire, hail, snow, ice, blast of tempest, which perform His word, The mountains and all the hills, fruitful trees, and all cedars, The beasts and all the cattle, creeping things and winged birds, Kings of the earth, and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth, Young men and virgins, elders with the younger; let them praise the name of the Lord, for exalted is the name of Him alone. His praise is above the earth and heaven, and He shall exalt the horn of His people. This is the hymn for all His saints, for the sons of Israel, and for the people that draw nigh unto Him. Sing unto the Lord a new song; His praise is in the church of the saints. Let Israel be glad in Him that made him, let the sons of Sion rejoice in their king. Let them praise His name in the dance; with the timbrel and the psaltery let them chant unto Him. For the Lord taketh pleasure in His people, and He shall exalt the meek with salvation. The saints shall boast in glory, and they shall rejoice upon their beds. The high praise of God shall be in their throat, and two-edged swords shall be in their hands. To do vengeance among the heathen, punishments among the peoples, To bind their kings with fetters, and their nobles with manacles of iron,

V. To do among them the judgment that is written/ This glory shall be to all His saints.

1. O come all ye nations, perceive the might of this awful mystery./ Our Saviour Who in the beginning was the Word,/ has been crucified for us and of His own Will suffered burial,/ on the third day He rose again that He might save us all.// Therefore let us worship Him.

V. Praise ye God in His saints,/ praise Him in the firmament of His power.

2. The watch that guarded Thee, O Lord,/ related all the wonders that had come to pass,/ but the vain assembly of the Sanhedrin filled their hands with gifts,/ thus thinking to hide Thy Resurrection that the whole world glorifies.// Have mercy upon us.

V.

Praise Him for His mighty acts,/ praise Him according to the multitude of His greatness.

3. things

All

were filled

with

joy

at receiving the tidings

of Thy

Resurrection,/ for Mary Magdalene, when she went to Thy tomb,/ found an angel in shining raiment seated upon the stone who said:/ ‘Why do ye

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seek the living among the dead?/

said,// and He goes before you into Galilee.’

He is not here, but risen, as He

V. Praise Him with the sound of trumpet,/ praise Him with psaltery and harp.

Stichera for the Forefathers

(Tone 2)

4. Let us all now celebrate/ the memory of the forefathers,/ hymning their life which was pleasing unto God,// for Whose sake they have been magnified.

V. Praise Him with timbrel and dance,/ praise Him with strings and flute.

5. The children quenched the pow’r of the fire,/ dancing in the midst of the furnace,// and hymning God the Almighty.

V. Praise Him with tuneful cymbals, praise Him with cymbals of jubilation./ Let every breath praise the Lord.

Stichera for St. Herman

(Tone 8; special melody)

6. O most glorious

sanctified,/ for the

wonderworker Herman,/ raised unto the heights, is manifest today:/ wondrous is God in His saints,/ God is with us, know ye, O nations!/ Learn of Orthodoxy from Herman;/ by whose prayers, O Christ our God,// save our souls.

wonder!/

a

new

land

is

V. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

7. The zealot of God’s glory,/ meek and humble Herman,/ is sent to preach Christ’s Gospel,/ and what with his lips he did proclaim,/ he confirmed by piety,/ wherefore he inherited glory in the heavens,/ and from us may he be glorified on earth,/ by whose prayers, O Christ our God,// save our souls.

V. What shall I render unto the Lord for all that He hath rendered unto me?

(Regular Tone 8)

8. The Ladder of the virtues, O Saint, didst thou wondrously ascend,/ by prayer, warmth of heart, and tears,/ and didst purify thy mind from vain thoughts/ and thy heart from a multiplicity of feelings,/ and didst attain to paradisal dispassion,/ illuminated by visions of higher mysteries,/ which lead to heaven// and make one to know God.

Glory

(Tone 7)

Come ye all, let us faithfully celebrate/ the annual commemoration of Abraham/ and them that are with him, the fathers that lived before the Law./ Let us honour the tribe of Judah as is meet;/ let us praise the youths in Babylon, who, as an image of the Trinity,/ quenched the flame of the furnace, together with Daniel;/ and holding fast to the prophecies of the prophets,/ let us cry aloud with Isaiah:/ Behold, a Virgin shall conceive in her womb,// and shall bear a Son, Immanuel, God with us!

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Both now and ever

(Tone 2)

Most Blessed art Thou, O Virgin Theotokos,/ for through Him Who became incarnate of thee is hades led captive,/ Adam recalled, the curse annulled, Eve set fre-e, death slain,/ and we are given life. Wherefore, we cry aloud in praise:/ Blessed art Thou, O Christ God,// Who hast been thus well-

pleased, glory to Thee.

The Great Doxology Dismissal Tropar:

Having risen from the tomb, and having burst the bonds of hades, Thou hast destroyed the sentence of death, O Lord, delivering all from the snares of the enemy. Manifesting Thyself to Thine apostles, Thou didst send them forth to preach; and through them hast granted Thy peace to the world, O Thou Who alone art plenteous in mercy.

P.

Litanies

Dismissal

 

C.

G/B

Gospel Sticheron ( Tone 6)

Thou, O Christ, art peace indeed/ Who givest the peace of God to men,/ and after the Resurrection, Thou hast shown terrible things to the disciples/ who supposed they saw a spirit./ But Thou hast calmed the tumult of their souls,/ by showing them Thine hands and feet./ To those who nevertheless still disbelieved,/ Thou hast opened their minds to understand the Scriptures/ by partaking food with them and reminding them of Thy teachings./ And having assured them of the promise of the Father,/ and having blessed them, Thou hast gone away to heaven.// With them we therefore worship Thee, glory to Thee, O Lord.

R. Hours:

Tropar:

Resurrection & Forefathers/Saint alternating

Kontak:

Forefathers/Saint alternating

At Liturgy:

Order of Troparia/Kontakia:

Tropar Sunday Tropar Forefathers Tropar St. Herman

Glory

Kontak St. Herman

Both

Kontak Forefathers

Prokeimenon of the Forefathers (Tone 4) Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy name unto the ages.

V. For righteous art Thou in all which Thou hast done for us.

Prokeimenon of St. Herman (Tone 7) Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

Alleluia of the Forefathers (Tone 4) & St. Herman (Tone 6)

Communion Hymn: Praise ye & Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous