8. Illumined with divine splendors,/ the apostles passed over the world, like winged eagles,/ driving away the darkness of polytheism,/ and making all sons the heirs of the day./ Wherefore, we reverence you, and honour your holy and right eminent feast,// venerating your relics.
1. Thy Resurrection, O Christ,/ has given light to all the earth/ and has called up Thy creature.// Therefore, glory to Thee, O Almighty God.
When Thou didst descend to death, O life immortal,/ Thou didst slay
When Thou didst descend to death, O life immortal,/ Thou didst slay
The noble Joseph, taking Thine all-pure body down from the Tree and
After the Passion, when the women went to the tomb to anoint Thy Body, O Christ our God, they saw angels in the sepulcher and were affrighted, for they heard them say that the Lord was risen granting the world great mercy.
At that time, Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after that He was risen from the dead, and said to Simon Peter: Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these? He said unto Him: Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He said unto him: Feed My lambs. He said to him again the second time: Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? He said unto Him: Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He said unto him: Feed My sheep. He said unto him the third time: Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? Peter was grieved because He said unto him the third time: Lovest thou Me? And he said unto Him: Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee. Jesus said unto him: Feed My sheep. Amen, amen, I say unto thee: When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest; but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and lead thee whither thou wouldest not.
I shall open my mouth/ and the Spirit will inspire it,/ and I shall utter the words of my song to the Queen and Mother:/ I shall be seen radiantly keeping feast// and joyfully praising her wonders.
Ye were shown to be branches of the vine of Christ,/ bearing clusters of the virtues, pouring forth upon us the wine of salvation, O wise ones,/ which receiving, we are filled with gladness,/ celebrating your most honoured memory,// whereon pray ye, O apostles of the Lord, for the remission of our sins.
As divine embers kindled by the fervor of the Comforter, O all-praised apostles, ye dispelled the gloom of ungodliness and warmed the faithful in sacred manner. Wherefore, honoring your memory today, we ask to receive great mercy.
He Who sits in glory upon the throne of the Godhead,/ Jesus the true God,/ is come in a swift cloud,/ and with His pure hand He has saved those who cry:// Glory to Thy power, O Lord.
The whole world was amazed at thy divine glory,/ for thou, O Virgin who hast not known wedlock,/ hast held in thy womb the God of all,/ and hast given birth to an eternal Son,// Who rewards with salvation all who sing thy praises.
Hell became afraid, O almighty Saviour,/ seeing the miracle of Thy
Thou art the light of those in darkness; Thou art the resurrection of all and the life of men, and hast raised up all with Thyself, O Saviour, abolishing the dominion of death and breaking down the gates of hades, O Word. And the dead, beholding the wonder, marveled, and all creation rejoiceth in Thy resurrection, O Thou Who lovest mankind. Wherefore, we all glorify and hymn Thy condescension; and the world, O my Saviour, ever hymneth Thee.
The Holy Children bravely trampled upon the threatening fire,/preferring not to worship created things rather than the Creator,/ and they sang in joy:/ 'Blessed art Thou and praised above all,// O Lord God of our fathers.'
The Offspring of the Theotokos/ saved the holy Children in the furnace./ He Who was then prefigured has since been born on earth,/ and He gathers together all the creation to sing:/ O all ye works of the Lord,// bless ye the Lord and exalt Him above all forever.
Let every mortal born on earth,/ radiant with light, in spirit leap for joy;/ and let the hosts of the angelic powers celebrate/ and honour the holy feast of the Mother of God,/ and let them cry:// Hail! Pure and blessed ever-Virgin, who gavest birth to God.
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life immortal, *
Thou didst arise from the tomb, O all-powerful Saviour, *
Ye were shown to be branches of the vine of Christ,/
- If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
- 3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this:
- 4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?
- 5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other
apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
- 6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
- 7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
- 8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
- 9 For it is written in the law of Moses,
Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn.
Doth God take care for oxen?
- 10 or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
- 11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
- 12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
- 23 ¶ Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
- 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
- 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
- 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
- 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
- 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him a hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
- 29 And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
- 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
- 31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
- 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
- 33 shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?
- 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
- 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
And having kissed the right hand of the priest, he goeth out the North
- Top of the Holy Diskos.
- Top of the Holy Chalice.
- Edge of the Holy Table in front of him.
The First Prayer of the Anaphora
But rather enter Thou into my members,
Burn up the thorns of all my sins.
Purify my soul, sanctify my thoughts.
Strengthen my substance together with my bones. Enlighten the my simple five senses.
From every soul-corrupting deed and word. Purify and cleanse and adorn me;
And no longer a habitation of sin,
That from me as Thine abode through the entry of Communion Every evildoer, every passion may flee from me as from fire. As intercessors I offer unto Thee all the saints,
Thy Forerunner, the wise Apostles,
And Thine undefiled pure Mother,
Whose entreaties do Thou accept, O my compassionate Christ. And make Thy servant a child of light.
And to Thee as our God and Master,
We all send up glory as is meet, every day.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever,