Matins Gospel VIII: John §64 (20:11-18)
At the Praises:
Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
- 11 ¶ But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
- 12 and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
- 13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
- 14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
- 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
- 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
- 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
- 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
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.
O Mother of God,/ thou living and plentiful fount,/ give strength to
Truly the Lord has set thee/ as a fixed star/ in the firmament of abstinence,/ giving light to the ends of the earth,// O Father John our teacher.
Truly, O father, thou hast made thyself into a house of God, adorned through thy divine virtues with faith, hope and true love, as if with gold shining from afar; thou hast explained the laws of God, and practiced abstinence as one who has no flesh; acquiring wisdom, courage, chastity and humility, thou wast raised on high; thou wast illumined with unceasing prayer, and hast attained the tabernacles of heaven, O father John our teacher.
With Thy Holy Cross as our weapon of salvation, we cry aloud to Thee, our Saviour: O Thou Who willingly hast suffered for our sake, save us, God of all, in thy 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
As we celebrate/ this sacred and solemn feast of the Mother of God,/ let us come, clapping our hands,/ O people of the Lord,/ and give glory to God// Who was born of her.
By rising from the tomb, Thou didst resurrect Adam./ Eve exults in Thy Resurrection,// and the world celebrates Thy rising from the dead, O greatly merciful One.
O my long-suffering Saviour, Bestower of life Who lovest mankind, Who captured the kingdoms of hades and raised up the dead, Thou didst greet the myrrh-bearing women, offering them joy instead of grief, didst proclaim signs of victory to Thine apostles, and dost enlighten creation. Wherefore, the world rejoiceth at Thine arising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One
The Holy Children bravely trampled upon the threatening fire,/
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.
C. Choir: My soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
Let every mortal born on earth,/ radiant with light, in spirit leap for joy;/ and let the hosts of the angelic powers celebrate/ and honor the holy feast of the Mother of God,/ and let them cry:// Hail! Pure and blessed ever-Virgin, who gavest birth to God.
Seeing two angels inside the tomb, Mary was struck with wonder and not knowing Christ, she asked Him supposing Him to be the gardener: 'Where O Lord, hast thou laid the body of my Jesus?' And recognizing by His call that He was the Saviour Himself, she heard: 'Touch me not; tell the brethren I go to my Father.'
- Though the Jews laid Thee as dead in the tomb, O Lord,/ yet the guards watched Thee as a sleeping King,/ and they sealed Thee with seals as a treasure of life,// but Thou hast risen and granted our souls incorruption.
- V. Praise Him for His mighty acts,/ praise Him according to the multitude of His greatness.
- 3 Thou gavest us Thy Cross as a weapon against the devil, O Lord:/ for he trembles and quakes,/ unable to bear the sight of its strength;/ for it raised up the dead and laid death low:// Therefore, we venerate Thy tomb and Thy Resurrection.
- Thou, impassible in Thy Divinity,/ hast suffered through Thy Cross/ and hast taken upon Thyself to be buried three days in the tomb,/ so as to set us free from the bondage of the enemy and to give us life,/ after making us immortal by Thy Resurrection,// O Christ our God, Who lovest mankind.
V. Praise Him with tuneful cymbals, praise Him with cymbals of jubilation./ Let every breath praise the Lord.
- 6 We venerate and glorify and praise/ Thy Resurrection from the tomb, O Christ,/ by which Thou hast set us free from the indissoluble bonds of hell;/ and by which, as Thou art God,// Thou hast bestowed upon the world eternal life and great mercy.
9. Come, let us work in the mystical vineyard,/ making fruits of
- 13 ¶ For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
- 14 saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
- 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
- 16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation
is to them an end of all strife.
- 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of
promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
- 18 that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God
to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge
to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
- 19 which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and
steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
- 20 whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made a high
priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
- 8 For ye were sometime darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light;
- 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and
- 10 proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
- 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
- 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
- 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
- 14 Wherefore he saith,
Awake thou that sleepest,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ shall give thee light.
- 15 ¶ See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
- 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
- 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of
the Lord is.
- 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with
- 19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
- 17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have
brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
- 18 and wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him; and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
- 19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
- 20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
- 21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
- 22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
- 23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
- 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
- 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
- 26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
- 27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
- 28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him
privately, Why could not we cast him out?
- 29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but
by prayer and fasting.
- 30 ¶ And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.
- 31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
- 25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.
- 1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
- 2 and he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
- 3 ¶ Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- 4 ¶ Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
- 5 ¶ Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
- 6 ¶ Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
- 7 ¶ Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
- 8 ¶ Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
- 9 ¶ Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children
- 10 ¶ Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- 11 ¶ Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and
shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
- 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: