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Τῷ Σαββάτῳ Εʹ Ἑβδομάδος - Πρωΐ

On Saturday of the Fifth Week - Morning

Ὁ Ἀκάθιστος Ὗμνος τῆς Ὑπεραγίας Θεοτόκου

The Akathist Hymn of the Most Holy Theotokos

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CHOIR

Ἦχος πλ. δʹ.

Mode pl. 4.

Θεὸς Κύριος καὶ ἐπέφανεν ἡμῖν. Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου.

God is the Lord, and He revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. [SAAS]

Στίχ. αʹ. Ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ Κυρίῳ καὶ ἐπικαλεῖσθε τὸ ὄνομα τὸ ἅγιον αὐτοῦ.

Verse 1: Give thanks to the Lord and call upon His holy name.

Στίχ. βʹ. Πάντα τὰ ἔθνη ἐκύκλωσάν με, καὶ τῷ ὀνόματι Κυρίου ἠμυνάμην αὐτούς.

Verse 2: All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I defended myself against them.

Στίχ. γʹ. Παρὰ Κυρίου ἐγένετο αὕτη καὶ ἔστι θαυμαστὴ ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς ἡμῶν.

Verse 3: And this came about from the Lord, and it is wonderful in our eyes.

Ἀπολυτίκιον. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ.

Apolytikion. Mode pl. 4.

Τὸ προσταχθὲν μυστικῶς λαβὼν ἐν γνώσει, ἐν τῇ σκηνῇ τοῦ Ἰωσὴφ σπουδῇ ἐπέστη, ὁ Ἀσώματος λέγων τῇ Ἀπειρογάμῳ· Ὁ κλίνας τῇ καταβάσει τοὺς οὐρανούς, χωρεῖται ἀναλλοιώτως ὅλος ἐν σοί· ὃν καὶ βλέπων ἐν μήτρᾳ σου, λαβόντα δούλου μορφήν, ἐξίσταμαι κραυγάζων σοι· Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε! (3)

When he perceived what had secretly been ordered, * to the abode of Joseph urgently reported * the unbodied one saying unto the Unwedded: * “The Lord who has bowed the heavens in His descent, * in you is contained completely and without change; * and beholding Him in your womb * taking the form of a slave, * astounded I cry out to you: * Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.” (3)

Ἀναγινώσκεται τὸ οἰκεῖον Κάθισμα τοῦ Ψαλτηρίου, ἤτοι Κάθισμα 16. Μεθʼ ὃ ἡ μικρὰ Συναπτή.

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 16. Then the short litany.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

Lord, have mercy.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

Lord, have mercy.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Τῆς παναγίας, ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου, δεσποίνης ἡμῶν, Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

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CHOIR

Σοί, Κύριε.

To You, O Lord.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι σὸν τὸ κράτος καὶ σοῦ ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία καὶ ἡ δύναμις καὶ ἡ δόξα, τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ἁγίου Πνεύματος, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For Yours is the dominion, and Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Kontakion. Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

Τῇ ὑπερμάχῳ στρατηγῷ τὰ νικητήρια,

O Champion General, I your City now inscribe to you

Ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια,

Triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude,

Ἀναγράφω σοι ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε.

Being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos.

Ἀλλʼ ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον,

Inasmuch as you have power unassailable,

Ἐκ παντοίων με κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον,

From all kinds of perils free me, so that unto you

Ἵνα κράζω σοι· Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

I may cry aloud: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.

Στάσις Αʹ

First Stanza.

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PRIEST

Ἄγγελος πρωτοστάτης, οὐρανόθεν ἐπέμφθη, εἰπεῖν τῇ Θεοτόκῳ τὸ Χαῖρε· (3) καὶ σὺν τῇ ἀσωμάτῳ φωνῇ, σωματούμενόν σε θεωρῶν Κύριε, ἐξίστατο καὶ ἵστατο, κραυγάζων πρὸς αὐτὴν τοιαῦτα.

An Angel of supreme rank was sent down from heaven to say to the Theotokos, Rejoice. (3) And perceiving You take bodily form at the sound of his bodiless voice, O Lord, he was astounded and he stood shouting to her such salutations:

Χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς ἡ χαρὰ ἐκλάμψει, χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς ἡ ἀρὰ ἐκλείψει.

Rejoice, through whom is the joy to shine forth. Rejoice, through whom is the curse to vanish.

Χαῖρε, τοῦ πεσόντος, Ἀδὰμ ἡ ἀνάκλησις, χαῖρε τῶν δακρύων τῆς Εὔας ἡ λύτρωσις.

Rejoice, restoration of Adam the fallen one. Rejoice, liberation of Eve from tears.

Χαῖρε, ὕψος δυσανάβατον ἀνθρωπίνοις λογισμοῖς, χαῖρε, βάθος δυσθεώρητον καὶ Ἀγγέλων ὀφθαλμοῖς.

Rejoice, height to which the thoughts of men are hardly able to ascend. Rejoice, depth which for the Angels’ eyes is very hard to apprehend.

Χαῖρε, ὅτι ὑπάρχεις Βασιλέως καθέδρα, χαῖρε, ὅτι βαστάζεις τὸν βαστάζοντα πάντα.

Rejoice, for you are a throne for the King. Rejoice, for you hold the One who holds everything.

Χαῖρε, ἀστὴρ ἐμφαίνων τὸν Ἥλιον, χαῖρε, γαστὴρ ἐνθέου σαρκώσεως.

Rejoice, the star causing the Sun’s manifestation. Rejoice, the womb of the divine incarnation.

Χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς νεουργεῖται ἡ κτίσις, χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς βρεφουργεῖται ὁ Κτίστης.

Rejoice, through whom is creation re-created. Rejoice, by whom is the Creator procreated.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Βλέπουσα ἡ Ἁγία, ἑαυτὴν ἐν ἁγνείᾳ, φησὶ τῷ Γαβριὴλ θαρσαλέως. Τὸ παράδοξόν σου τῆς φωνῆς, δυσπαράδεκτόν μου τῇ ψυχῇ φαίνεται· ἀσπόρου γὰρ συλλήψεως τὴν κύησιν πῶς λέγεις; κράζων, Ἀλληλούϊα.

Beholding herself wholly kept in chastity, boldly says to Gabriel she who is holy: The exceptional tidings of your voice seem difficult for my soul to accept. For what do you mean, pregnancy by unseeded conception, crying, Alleluia. [SD]

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CHOIR

Ἀλληλούϊα.

Alleluia!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Γνῶσιν ἄγνωστον γνῶναι, ἡ Παρθένος ζητοῦσα, ἐβόησε πρὸς τὸν λειτουργοῦντα· Ἐκ λαγόνων ἀγνῶν, Υἱὸν πῶς ἐστι τεχθῆναι δυνατόν, λέξον μοι. Πρὸς ἣν ἐκεῖνος ἔφησεν ἐν φόβῳ, πλὴν κραυγάζων οὕτω·

Curious to know knowledge that is knowable to no one, the Virgin cried to the serving Angel: How is it possible for a son to be born of inviolate loins? Tell me please. And he with fear replied to her, albeit shouting thusly:

Χαῖρε, βουλῆς ἀποῤῥήτου μύστις, χαῖρε, σιγῆς δεομένων πίστις.

Rejoice, initiate of secret counsel. Rejoice, assurance of what calls for silence.

Χαῖρε, τῶν θαυμάτων Χριστοῦ τὸ προοίμιον, χαῖρε, τῶν δογμάτων αὐτοῦ τὸ κεφάλαιον.

Rejoice, introduction to the miracles of Christ. Rejoice, consummation of His articles of faith.

Χαῖρε, κλῖμαξ ἐπουράνιε, δι ʼ ἧς κατέβη ὁ Θεός, χαῖρε, γέφυρα μετάγουσα τοὺς ἐκ γῆς πρὸς οὐρανόν.

Rejoice, heavenly ladder by which did God himself descend. Rejoice, bridge that conveys unto heaven earthborn men.

Χαῖρε, τὸ τῶν Ἀγγέλων πολυθρύλητον θαῦμα, χαῖρε, τὸ τῶν δαιμόνων πολυθρήνητον τραῦμα,

Rejoice, the wonder most renowned among Angels. Rejoice, the wound greatly bemourned by the demons.

Χαῖρε, τὸ Φῶς ἀῤῥήτως γεννήσασα, χαῖρε, τὸ πῶς μηδένα διδάξασα.

Rejoice, who bear the Light inexplicably. Rejoice, who declare the manner to nobody.

Χαῖρε, σοφῶν ὑπερβαίνουσα γνῶσιν. χαῖρε, πιστῶν καταυγάζουσα φρένας.

Rejoice, transcending the knowledge of scholars. Rejoice, illumining minds of believers.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Δύναμις τοῦ Ὑψίστου, ἐπεσκίασε τότε, πρὸς σύλληψιν τῇ Ἀπειρογάμῳ καὶ τὴν εὔκαρπον ταύτης νηδύν, ὡς ἀγρὸν ὑπέδειξεν ἡδὺν ἅπασι, τοῖς θέλουσι θερίζειν σωτηρίαν, ἐν τῷ ψάλλειν οὕτως. Ἀλληλούϊα.

Divine power of the Most High, to effect her conception, overshadowed the unwedded Damsel; and it made her luxuriant womb to appear as a luscious field for everyone who desires to reap salvation while chanting, Alleluia. [SD]

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀλληλούϊα.

Alleluia!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἔχουσα θεοδόχον, ἡ Παρθένος τὴν μήτραν, ἀνέδραμε πρὸς τὴν Ἐλισάβετ, τὸ δὲ βρέφος ἐκείνης εὐθύς, ἐπιγνὸν τὸν ταύτης ἀσπασμόν, ἔχαιρε! καὶ ἅλμασιν ὡς ᾄσμασιν, ἐβόα πρὸς τὴν Θεοτόκον·

Eagerly did the Virgin, hosting God in her body, then hasten to visit Elizabeth, whose own infant recognized the voice of her greeting at once and rejoiced in the womb; and with leaps and bounds for songful sounds, he shouted to the Theotokos:

Χαῖρε, βλαστοῦ ἀμαράντου κλῆμα, χαῖρε, καρποῦ ἀκηράτου κτῆμα.

Rejoice, the branch with its shoot unwithered. Rejoice, the ranch with its fruit unblemished.

Χαῖρε, γεωργὸν γεωργοῦσα φιλάνθρωπον, χαῖρε, φυτουργὸν τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν φύουσα.

Rejoice, for the benevolent Husbandman you cultivate. Rejoice, for the Gardener of our life you germinate.

Χαῖρε, ἄρουρα βλαστάνουσα εὐφορίαν, οἰκτιρμῶν, χαῖρε, τράπεζα βαστάζουσα εὐθηνίαν ἱλασμῶν.

Rejoice, arable land yielding tender mercies hundredfold. Rejoice, banquet table whereupon has forgiveness overflowed.

Χαῖρε, ὅτι λειμῶνα τῆς τρυφῆς ἀναθάλλεις, χαῖρε, ὅτι λιμένα τῶν ψυχῶν ἑτοιμάζεις.

Rejoice, for the meadow of delight you make flourish. Rejoice, for a haven of our souls do you furnish.

Χαῖρε, δεκτὸν πρεσβείας θυμίαμα, χαῖρε, παντὸς τοῦ κόσμου ἐξίλασμα.

Rejoice, accepted incense of intercession. Rejoice, the universe’s expiation.

Χαῖρε, Θεοῦ πρὸς θνητοὺς εὐδοκία, χαῖρε, θνητῶν πρὸς Θεὸν παῤῥησία.

Rejoice, the good pleasure of God unto mortals. Rejoice, the confidence of mortals before God.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ζάλην ἔνδοθεν ἔχων, λογισμῶν ἀμφιβόλων, ὁ σώφρων Ἰωσὴφ ἐταράχθη, πρὸς τὴν ἄγαμόν σε θεωρῶν, καὶ κλεψίγαμον ὑπονοῶν Ἄμεμπτε, μαθὼν δέ σου τὴν σύλληψιν ἐκ Πνεύματος ἁγίου, ἔφη· Ἀλληλούϊα.

Fraught within with confusion brought about by doubtful thoughts, the temperate Joseph was troubled as he looked upon you the unwed and suspected adultery, O blameless one. But when he learned that your conception was by the Holy Spirit, he uttered, Alleluia. [SD]

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀλληλούϊα.

Alleluia!

Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Kontakion. Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

Τῇ ὑπερμάχῳ στρατηγῷ τὰ νικητήρια,

O Champion General, I your City now inscribe to you

Ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια,

Triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude,

Ἀναγράφω σοι ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε.

Being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos.

Ἀλλʼ ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον,

Inasmuch as you have power unassailable,

Ἐκ παντοίων με κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον,

From all kinds of perils free me, so that unto you

Ἵνα κράζω σοι· Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

I may cry aloud: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.

Ἀναγινώσκεται τὸ οἰκεῖον Κάθισμα τοῦ Ψαλτηρίου, ἤτοι Κάθισμα 17. Μεθʼ ὃ ἡ μικρὰ Συναπτή.

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 17. Then the short litany.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

Lord, have mercy.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

Lord, have mercy.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Τῆς παναγίας, ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου, δεσποίνης ἡμῶν, Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

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CHOIR

Σοί, Κύριε.

To You, O Lord.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς ὑπάρχεις καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For You are good and benevolent God, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

Ἐὰν παραλειφθῇ ὁ Ἄμωμος καὶ ἡ μετʼ αὐτὸν συναπτή, ὡς γίνετια συνήθως, θὰ ψαλῇ ἓν μόνον «Τῇ ὑπερμάχῷ» μεταξὺ τῆς αʹ καὶ τῆς βʹ στάσεως.

If the reading of Kathisma 17 and the short litany are omitted, which is often the case, then “O Champion General” is sung only once between the first and second stanzas.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Kontakion. Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

Τῇ ὑπερμάχῳ στρατηγῷ τὰ νικητήρια,

O Champion General, I your City now inscribe to you

Ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια,

Triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude,

Ἀναγράφω σοι ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε.

Being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos.

Ἀλλʼ ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον,

Inasmuch as you have power unassailable,

Ἐκ παντοίων με κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον,

From all kinds of perils free me, so that unto you

Ἵνα κράζω σοι· Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

I may cry aloud: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.

Στάσις Βʹ.

Second Stanza.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἤκουσαν οἱ ποιμένες τῶν Ἀγγέλων ὑμνούντων τὴν ἔνσαρκον Χριστοῦ παρουσίαν, καὶ δραμόντες ὡς πρὸς ποιμένα, θεωροῦσι τοῦτον ὡς ἀμνὸν ἄμωμον, ἐν τῇ γαστρὶ Μαρίας Βοσκηθέντα, ἣν ὑμνοῦντες εἶπον·

Gloriously extolling the incarnate appearance of Christ did the shepherds hear the Angels. And running as though to a shepherd, they perceived Him to be as it were a blameless lamb that had been pastured in the womb of Mary whom they lauded saying:

Χαῖρε, ἀμνοῦ καὶ ποιμένος μήτηρ, χαῖρε, αὐλὴ λογικῶν προβάτων.

Rejoice, O Mother of the Lamb and Shepherd. Rejoice, O sheepfold of sheep with reason.

Χαῖρε, ἀοράτων ἐχθρῶν ἀμυντήριον, χαῖρε, Παραδείσου θυρῶν ἀνοικτήριον.

Rejoice, who ward off invisible enemies. Rejoice, who open the portals of Paradise.

Χαῖρε, ὅτι τὰ οὐράνια συναγάλλεται τῇ γῇ, χαῖρε, ὅτι τὰ ἐπίγεια συγχορεύει οὐρανοῖς.

Rejoice, for the things of heaven are now exulting with the earth. Rejoice, for the things of earth along with heaven dance for joy.

Χαῖρε, τῶν Ἀποστόλων τὸ ἀσίγητον στόμα, χαῖρε, τῶν ἀθλοφόρων τὸ ἀνίκητον θάρσος.

Rejoice, indefatigable voice of the Apostles. Rejoice, undefeatable valiance of the Martyrs.

Χαῖρε, στεῤῥόν τῆς πίστεως ἔρεισμα, χαῖρε, λαμπρόν τῆς χάριτος γνώρισμα.

Rejoice, the mighty foundation of faith. Rejoice, the bright indication of grace.

Χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς ἐγυμνώθη ὁ ᾍδης, χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς ἐνεδύθημεν δόξαν.

Rejoice, through whom is Hades divested. Rejoice, through whom we are vested in glory.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Θεοδρόμον ἀστέρα θεωρήσαντες Μάγοι, τῇ τούτου ἠκολούθησαν αἴγλῃ, καὶ ὡς λύχνον κρατοῦντες αὐτόν, διʼ αὐτοῦ ἠρεύνων κραταιὸν ἄνακτα, καὶ φθάσαντες τὸν ἄφθαστον, ἐχάρησαν Αὐτῷ βοῶντες· Ἀλληλούϊα.

Having visibly sighted the star proceeding Godward, the Magi followed after its brightness; and thereto clinging as to a light did they search thereby for a mighty King; and reaching the Unreachable they rejoiced and shouted to Him: Alleluia. [SD]

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀλληλούϊα.

Alleluia!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἴδον παῖδες Χαλδαίων, ἐν χερσί τῆς Παρθένου, τὸν πλάσαντα χειρί τοὺς ἀνθρώπους, καὶ Δεσπότην νοοῦντες αὐτόν, εἰ καὶ δούλου ἔλαβε μορφήν, ἔσπευσαν τοῖς δώροις θεραπεῦσαι καὶ βοῆσαι τῇ Εὐλογημένῃ·

In the hands of the Virgin saw the Chaldeans’ children Him who fashioned mankind with His own hand; and perceiving that He was the Lord, even though He had taken the form of a slave, they hastened to pay tribute with gifts and salute the blessed Maiden:

Χαῖρε, ἀστέρος ἀδύτου Μήτηρ, χαῖρε, αὐγὴ μυστικῆς ἡμέρας.

Rejoice, O Mother of the unsetting Star. Rejoice, O dawn of the mystical Day.

Χαῖρε, τῆς ἀπάτης τὴν κάμινον σβέσασα, χαῖρε, τῆς Τριάδος τοὺς μύστας φωτίζουσα.

Rejoice, who extinguished the furnace of fallacy. Rejoice, who enlighten initiates of the Trinity.

Χαῖρε, τύραννον ἀπάνθρωπον ἐκβαλοῦσα τῆς ἀρχῆς, χαῖρε, Κύριον φιλάνθρωπον ἐπιδείξασα Χριστόν.

Rejoice, for you have deposed the inhuman tyrant from his reign. Rejoice, for you have disclosed Christ the Lord who is humane.

Χαῖρε, ἡ τῆς βαρβάρου λυτρουμένη θρησκείας, χαῖρε, ἡ τοῦ βορβόρου ῥυομένη τῶν ἔργων.

Rejoice, O redeemer from Magian religion. Rejoice, who deliver from the clay of the burdens.

Χαῖρε, πυρὸς προσκύνησιν παύσασα, χαῖρε, φλογὸς παθῶν ἀπαλλάτουσα.

Rejoice, for the cult of fire you terminate. Rejoice, from the flame of passions you liberate.

Χαῖρε, πιστῶν ὁδηγὲ σωφροσύνης, χαῖρε, πασῶν γενεῶν εὐφροσύνη.

Rejoice, the guide of believers to temperance. Rejoice, the gladness of all generations.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Κήρυκες θεοφόροι γεγονόντες οἱ Μάγοι, ὑπέστρεψαν εἰς τὴν Βαβυλῶνα, ἐκτελέσαντές σου τὸν χρησμὸν καὶ κηρύξαντές σε τὸν Χριστὸν ἅπασιν, ἀφέντες τὸν Ἡρῴδην ὡς ληρώδη, μὴ εἰδότα ψάλλειν· Ἀλληλούϊα.

Keeping to the oracles that bore on You, the Magi, having now become God-bearing heralds, proclaimed to all that You are the Christ as they journeyed back to their own country Babylon, abandoning Herod as a babbling king who knew not how to sing, Alleluia. [SD]

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀλληλούϊα.

Alleluia!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Λάμψας ἐν τῇ Αἰγύπτῳ φωτισμὸν ἀληθείας, ἐδίωξας τοῦ ψεύδους τὸ σκότος· τὰ γὰρ εἴδωλα ταύτης, Σωτήρ, μὴ ἐνέγκαντά σου τὴν ἰσχὺν πέπτωκεν, οἱ τούτων δὲ ῥυσθέντες ἐβόων πρὸς τὴν Θεοτόκον,

Lightening in Egypt the true illumination, You dispelled the darkness of delusion; O Savior, for the idols thereof, unable to endure Your might, tumbled down, while they who were delivered from them shouted to the Theotokos:

Χαῖρε, ἀνόρθωσις τῶν ἀνθρώπων, χαῖρε, κατάπωσις τῶν δαιμόνων.

Rejoice, man’s rehabilitation. Rejoice, the demons’ ruination.

Χαῖρε, τῆς ἀπάτης τὴν πλάνην πατήσασα, χαῖρε, τῶν εἰδώλων τὸν δόλον ἐλέγξασα.

Rejoice, who crushed the delusion of fallacy. Rejoice, who uncovered the ruse of idolatry.

Χαῖρε, θάλασσα ποντίσασα Φαραὼ τὸν νοητόν, χαῖρε, πέτρα ἡ ποτίσασα τοὺς διψῶντας τὴν ζωήν.

Rejoice, sea that caused the spiritual Pharaoh to drown. Rejoice, rock that gave those thirsting for life to drink.

Χαῖρε, πύρινε στῦλε, ὁδηγῶν τοὺς ἐν σκότει, χαῖρε, σκέπη τοῦ κόσμου, πλατυτέρα νεφέλης.

Rejoice, pillar of fire that guides those in darkness. Rejoice, shelter of the world that is wider than the cloud was.

Χαῖρε, τροφή τοῦ μάννα διάδοχε, χαῖρε, τρυφῆς ἁγίας διάκονε.

Rejoice, supplanting manna as edibles. Rejoice, supplying holy delectables.

Χαῖρε, ἡ Γῆ τῆς ἐπαγγελίας, χαῖρε, ἐξ ἧς ῥέει μέλι καὶ γάλα.

Rejoice, for you are the land of promise. Rejoice, from you flow the milk and the honey.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Μέλλοντος Συμεῶνος τοῦ παρόντος αἰῶνος μεθίστασθαι τοῦ ἀπατεῶνος, ἐπεδόθης ὡς βρέφος αὐτῷ, ἀλλʼ ἐγνώσθης τούτῳ καὶ Θεὸς τέλειος· διόπερ ἐξεπλάγη σου τὴν ἄῤῥητον σοφίαν, κράζων· Ἀλληλούϊα.

Master, You were presented as a babe unto Symeon on the threshold of being transported out of this present beguiling age, but also perceived by him to be perfect God; for which cause did he marvel at Your ineffable wisdom, crying: Alleluia. [SD]

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀλληλούϊα.

Alleluia!

Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Kontakion. Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

Τῇ ὑπερμάχῳ στρατηγῷ τὰ νικητήρια,

O Champion General, I your City now inscribe to you

Ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια,

Triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude,

Ἀναγράφω σοι ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε.

Being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos.

Ἀλλʼ ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον,

Inasmuch as you have power unassailable,

Ἐκ παντοίων με κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον,

From all kinds of perils free me, so that unto you

Ἵνα κράζω σοι· Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

I may cry aloud: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Ψαλμὸς Nʹ (50).

Psalm 50 (51).

Ἐλέησόν με, ὁ Θεός, κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἔλεός σου, καὶ κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν σου ἐξάλειψον τὸ ἀνόμημά μου. Ἐπὶ πλεῖον πλῦνόν με ἀπὸ τῆς ἀνομίας μου, καὶ απὸ τῆς ἁμαρτίας μου καθάρισόν με. Ὅτι τὴν ἀνομίαν μου ἐγὼ γινώσκω, καὶ ἡ ἁμαρτία μου ἐνώπιόν μού ἐστι διὰ παντός. Σοὶ μόνῳ ἥμαρτον, καὶ τὸ πονηρὸν ἐνώπιόν σου ἐποίησα· ὅπως ἂν δικαιωθῇς ἐν τοῖς λόγοις σου, καὶ νικήσῃς ἐν τῷ κρίνεσθαί σε. Ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἐν ἀνομίαις συνελήφθην, καὶ ἐν ἁμαρτίαις ἐκίσσησέ με ἡ μήτηρ μου. Ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἀλήθειαν ἠγάπησας· τὰ ἄδηλα καὶ τὰ κρύφια τῆς σοφίας σου ἐδήλωσάς μοι. Ῥαντιεῖς με ὑσσώπῳ, καὶ καθαρισθήσομαι· πλυνεῖς με καὶ ὑπὲρ χιόνα λευκανθήσομαι. Ἀκουτιεῖς μοι ἀγαλλίασιν καὶ εὐφροσύνην· ἀγαλλιάσονται ὀστέα τεταπεινωμένα. Ἀπόστρεψον τὸ πρόσωπόν σου ἀπὸ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν μου, καὶ πάσας τὰς ἀνομίας μου ἐξάλειψον. Καρδίαν καθαρὰν κτίσον ἐν ἐμοί, ὁ Θεός, καὶ πνεῦμα εὐθὲς ἐγκαίνισον ἐν τοῖς ἐγκάτοις μου. Μὴ ἀποῤῥίψῃς με ἀπὸ τοῦ προσώπου σου, καὶ τὸ Πνεῦμά σου τὸ ἅγιον μὴ ἀντανέλῃς ἀπ᾽ ἐμοῦ. Ἀπόδος μοι τὴν ἀγαλλίασιν τοῦ σωτηρίου σου καὶ πνεύματι ἡγεμονικῷ στήριξόν με. Διδάξω ἀνόμους τὰς ὁδούς σου, καὶ ἀσεβεῖς ἐπὶ σὲ ἐπιστρέψουσι. Ῥῦσαί με ἐξ αἱμάτων, ὁ Θεός, ὁ Θεὸς τῆς σωτηρίας μου· ἀγαλλιάσεται ἡ γλῶσσά μου τὴν δικαιοσύνην σου. Κύριε, τὰ χείλη μου ἀνοίξεις, καὶ τὸ στόμα μου ἀναγγελεῖ τὴν αἴνεσίν σου. Ὅτι εἰ ἠθέλησας θυσίαν, ἔδωκα ἄν· ὁλοκαυτώματα οὐκ εὐδοκήσεις. Θυσία τῷ Θεῷ πνεῦμα συντετριμμένον· καρδίαν συντετριμμένην καὶ τεταπεινωμένην ὁ Θεὸς οὐκ ἐξουδενώσει. Ἀγάθυνον, Κύριε, ἐν τῇ εὐδοκίᾳ σου τὴν Σιών, καὶ οἰκοδομηθήτω τὰ τείχη Ἰερουσαλήμ. Τότε εὐδοκήσεις θυσίαν δικαιοσύνης, ἀναφορὰν καὶ ὁλοκαυτώματα. Τότε ἀνοίσουσιν ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριόν σου μόσχους.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my lawlessness and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my lawlessness, and my sin is always before me. Against You only have I sinned and done evil in Your sight; that You may be justified in Your words, and overcome when You are judged. For behold, I was conceived in transgressions, and in sins my mother bore me. Behold, You love truth; You showed me the unknown and secret things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be cleansed; You shall wash me, and I will be made whiter than snow. You shall make me hear joy and gladness; my bones that were humbled shall greatly rejoice. Turn Your face from my sins, and blot out all my transgressions. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your guiding Spirit. I will teach transgressors Your ways, and the ungodly shall turn back to You. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall greatly rejoice in Your righteousness. O Lord, You shall open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. For if You desired sacrifice, I would give it; You will not be pleased with whole burnt offerings. A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, a broken and humbled heart God will not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Your good pleasure to Zion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be built; then You will be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with offerings and whole burnt offerings; then shall they offer young bulls on Your altar. [SAAS]

Κανὼν τῆς Θεοτόκου, οὗ ἡ Ἀκροστιχίς, ἄνευ τῶν Εἱρμῶν·

Canon for the Theotokos.

Χαρᾶς δοχεῖον, σοὶ πρέπει χαίρειν μόνη. Ἰωσήφ.

Ποίημα Ἰωσήφ τοῦ Ὑμνογράφου.

By Joseph the Hymnographer.

ᾨδὴ αʹ. Ἦχος δʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode i. Mode 4. Heirmos.

Ἀνοίξω τὸ στόμα μου, καὶ πληρωθήσεται Πνεύματος, καὶ λόγον ἐρεύξομαι, τῇ Βασιλίδι Μητρί, καὶ ὀφθήσομαι, φαιδρῶς πανηγυρίζων, καὶ ᾄσω γηθόμενος, ταύτης τὰ θαύματα. (δίς)

I open my mouth and pray the Spirit fill it, like David said, * to pour out a good word to the Queen and Mother of God. * I will celebrate * her feast with joy and gladness * and sing to her merrily, lauding her miracles. (2)

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Χριστοῦ βίβλον ἔμψυχον, ἐσφραγισμένην σε Πνεύματι, ὁ μέγας Ἀρχάγγελος, Ἁγνὴ θεώμενος, ἐπεφώνει σοι· Χαῖρε χαρὰς δοχεῖον, διʼ ἧς τῆς Προμήτορος ἀρὰ λυθήσεται.

O Maiden and Virgin pure, the great Archangel saluted you, * “Rejoice, living book of Christ, of which Isaiah foretold * that it would be sealed * to all men by the Spirit. * O vessel of joy, through you the curse on Eve shall be loosed.” [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ἀδὰμ ἐπανόρθωσις, χαῖρε Παρθένε Θεόνυμφε, τοῦ ᾍδου ἡ νέκρωσις, χαῖρε πανάμωμε, τὸ παλάτιον, τοῦ μόνου Βασιλέως, χαῖρε θρόνε πύρινε, τοῦ Παντοκράτορος.

Rejoice, Virgin Bride of God! Through you was Adam restored to life * and Hades was put to death. O blameless one, rejoice! * Since you bore the King, * we say you are His palace, * the fiery throne of the Ruler of all. Rejoice! [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

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

Ῥόδον τὸ ἀμάραντον, χαῖρε ἡ μόνη βλαστήσασα, τὸ μῆλον τὸ εὔοσμον, χαῖρε ἡ τέξασα, τὸ ὀσφράδιον, τοῦ πάντων Βασιλέως, χαῖρε ἀπειρόγαμε, κόσμου διάσωσμα.

Rejoice! You have budded forth a holy Son, the unfading rose, * the One whom the Song has likened to a sweet apple tree. * Ever-virgin Bride, * rejoice! You are the fragrance * beloved by the King of all. Through you the world is saved. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Ἁγνείας θησαύρισμα, χαῖρε διʼ ἧς ἐκ τοῦ πτώματος, ἡμῶν ἐξανέστημεν, χαῖρε ἡδύπνοον, κρίνον Δέσποινα, πιστοὺς εὐωδιάζον· θυμίαμα εὔοσμον, μύρον πολύτιμον.

We cry out, Rejoice, to you who are the treasure of chastity. * Through you we have risen from our fall. O Lady, rejoice! * We believers sense * the fragrances you send forth, * sweet lily and frankincense, costly anointing oil. [SD]

Ode 1: Katavasia

Ode 1: Katavasia

ᾨδὴ αʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode i. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Ἀνοίξω τὸ στόμα μου, καὶ πληρωθήσεται Πνεύματος, καὶ λόγον ἐρεύξομαι, τῇ Βασιλίδι Μητρί, καὶ ὀφθήσομαι, φαιδρῶς πανηγυρίζων, καὶ ᾄσω γηθόμενος, ταύτης τὰ θαύματα.

I open my mouth and pray the Spirit fill it, like David said, * to pour out a good word to the Queen and Mother of God. * I will celebrate * her feast with joy and gladness * and sing to her merrily, lauding her miracles. [GOASD]

ᾨδὴ γʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode iii. Heirmos.

Τοὺς σοὺς ὑμνολόγους Θεοτόκε, ὡς ζῶσα καὶ ἄφθονος πηγή, θίασον συγκροτήσαντας πνευματικόν, στερέωσον· καὶ ἐν τῇ θείᾳ δόξῃ σου, στεφάνων δόξης ἀξίωσον. (δίς)

Establish your servants who extol you, * O Mother of God, for they have formed * a spiritual choir for you * the living and abundant fount; * and graciously in your divine glory give glorious crowns to them. (2)

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Στάχυν ἡ βλαστήσασα τὸν θεῖον, ὡς χώρα ἀνήροτος σαφῶς, χαῖρε ἔμψυχε τράπεζα, ἄρτον ζωῆς χωρήσασα, χαῖρε τοῦ ζῶντος ὕδατος, πηγὴ ἀκένωτος Δέσποινα.

Rejoice, blessed Virgin! You have borne Christ, * the Wheat that came forth from land unploughed. * The Table symbolizes you, * who held the Lord, the Bread of life. * Rejoice, O never empty well * of living water, O Bride of God! [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Δάμαλις τὸν μόσχον ἡ τεκοῦσα, τὸν ἄμωμον, χαῖρε τοῖς πιστοῖς, χαῖρε ἀμνὰς κυήσασα, Θεοῦ ἀμνὸν τὸν αἴροντα, κόσμου παντὸς τὰ πταίσματα, χαῖρε θερμὸν ἱλαστήριον.

For us the believers you have mothered * the unblemished Bull, the Lamb of God, * who takes away the sins of the world; * we therefore call you Heifer and Ewe. * Rejoice! You are the Mercy Seat, * from which forgiveness has come to us. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

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

Ὄρθρος φαεινὸς χαῖρε ἡ μόνη, τὸν Ἥλιον φέρουσα Χριστόν, φωτὸς κατοικητήριον, χαῖρε τὸ σκότος λύσασα, καὶ τοὺς ζοφώδεις δαίμονας, ὁλοτελῶς ἐκμειώσασα.

Christ the Sun of Righteousness has risen * from you, Bride of God and shining Dawn. * Rejoice, for as the dwelling place * of Him who is the Light of the world, * you drove away the night of sin, * and darkest demons now fade away. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Χαῖρε πύλη μόνη ἣν ὁ Λόγος, διώδευσε μόνος ἡ μοχλούς, καὶ πύλας ᾍδου Δέσποινα, τῷ τόκῳ σου συντρίψασα, χαῖρε ἡ θεία εἴσοδος, τῶν σῳζομένων πανύμνητε.

The East Gate, through which the Prince alone went, * prefigured your body; for the Lord * alone came forth from you. Rejoice! * Your Son has shattered Hades’ gates. * Rejoice, all-lauded and divine * gateway of those who are being saved! [SD]

Ode 3: Katavasia

Ode 3: Katavasia

ᾨδὴ γʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode iii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Τοὺς σοὺς ὑμνολόγους Θεοτόκε, ὡς ζῶσα καὶ ἄφθονος πηγή, θίασον συγκροτήσαντας πνευματικόν, στερέωσον· καὶ ἐν τῇ θείᾳ δόξῃ σου, στεφάνων δόξης ἀξίωσον.

Establish your servants who extol you, * O Mother of God, for they have formed * a spiritual choir for you * the living and abundant fount; * and graciously in your divine glory give glorious crowns to them. [GOASD]

Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Kontakion. Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

Τῇ ὑπερμάχῳ στρατηγῷ τὰ νικητήρια,

O Champion General, I your City now inscribe to you

Ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια,

Triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude,

Ἀναγράφω σοι ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε.

Being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos.

Ἀλλʼ ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον,

Inasmuch as you have power unassailable,

Ἐκ παντοίων με κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον,

From all kinds of perils free me, so that unto you

Ἵνα κράζω σοι· Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

I may cry aloud: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.

Στάσις Γʹ.

Third Stanza.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Νέαν ἔδειξε κτίσιν, ἐμφανίσας ὁ Κτίστης, ὑμῖν τοῖς ὑπʼ αὐτοῦ γενομένοις ἐξ ἀσπόρου βλαστήσας γαστρός, καὶ φυλάξας ταύτην, ὥσπερ ἦν, ἄφθορον, ἵνα τὸ θαῦμα βλέποντες, ὑμνήσωμεν αὐτήν, βοῶντες:

New creation was shown by the Creator in showing himself unto us whom He created, sprouting up from an unseeded womb, while preserving it just as it was, inviolate, so that beholding the miracle we might extol her, exclaiming:

Χαῖρε, τὸ ἄνθος τῆς ἀφθαρσίας, χαῖρε, τὸ στέφος τῆς ἐγκρατείας.

Rejoice, O flower of incorruptness. Rejoice, O crown of laurel for continence.

Χαῖρε, ἀναστάσεως τύπον ἐκλάμπουσα, χαῖρε, τῶν Ἀγγέλων τὸν βίον ἐμφαίνουσα.

Rejoice, for in you resurrection is typified. Rejoice, for angelical life you exemplified.

Χαῖρε, δένδρον ἀγλαόκαρπον, ἐξ οὗ τρέφονται πιστοί, χαῖρε, ξύλον εὐσκιόφυλλον, ὑφʼ οὗ σκέπονται πολλοί.

Rejoice, fertile tree with luscious fruit, by which believers are sustained. Rejoice, foliaged tree beneath which are many sheltered in its shade.

Χαῖρε, κυοφοροῦσα ὁδηγὸν πλανωμένοις, χαῖρε, ἀπογεννῶσα λυτρωτὴν αἰχμαλώτοις.

Rejoice, for you were pregnant with the Guide for the errant. Rejoice, for of the Freer of captives you are the parent.

Χαῖρε, Κριτοῦ δικαίου δυσώπησις, χαῖρε, πολλῶν πταιόντων συγχώρησις.

Rejoice, who plead till the just Judge surrenders. Rejoice, forgiveness for many offenders.

Χαῖρε, στολή τῶν γυμνῶν παῤῥησίας, χαῖρε, στοργὴ πάντα πόθον νικῶσα.

Rejoice, the vesture of those stripped of confidence. Rejoice, the tender love that conquers every longing.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ξένον τόκον ἰδόντες, ξενωθῶμεν τοῦ κόσμου, τὸν νοῦν εἰς οὐρανὸν μεταθέντες· διὰ τοῦτο γὰρ ὁ ὑψηλὸς Θεὸς ἐπὶ γῆς ἐφάνη ταπεινὸς ἄνθρωπος, βουλόμενος ἑλκύσαι πρὸς τὸ ὕψος τοὺς Αὐτῷ βοῶντας: Ἀλληλούϊα.

On seeing the strange childbirth, let’s be estranged from the mundane, transporting our mind unto heaven. For this purpose the supernal God as a humble human being appeared down on earth, intending to attract unto the summit those who cry out to Him, Alleluia. [SD]

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀλληλούϊα.

Alleluia!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅλος ἦν ἐν τοῖς κάτω, καί τῶν ἄνω οὐδόλως ἀπῆν ὁ ἀπερίγραπτος Λόγος·συγκατάβασις γὰρ θεϊκή, οὐ μετάβασις δὲ τοπικὴ γέγονε, καὶ τόκος ἐκ Παρθένου θεολήπτου ἀκουούσης ταῦτα:

Present below completely and above nowise absent was the uncircumscribable Logos. For it was no migration through space, but divine condescension that had taken place, and childbirth from a God-possessed Virgin who hears this that follows:

Χαῖρε, Θεοῦ ἀχωρήτου χώρα, χαῖρε, σεπτοῦ μυστηρίου θύρα.

Rejoice, the uncontainable God’s container. Rejoice, the magnificent mystery’s doorway.

Χαῖρε, τῶν ἀπίστων ἀμφίβολον ἄκουσμα, χαῖρε, τῶν πιστῶν ἀναμφίβολον καύχημα.

Rejoice, for unbelievers a doubtful story. Rejoice, for the believers the doubtless glory.

Χαῖρε, ὄχημα πανάγιον τοῦ ἐπί τῶν Χερουβείμ, χαῖρε, οἴκημα πανάριστον τοῦ ἐπί τῶν Σεραφείμ.

Rejoice, all-holy vehicle of Him who rides the Cherubim. Rejoice, exquisite domicile of Him who mounts the Seraphim.

Χαῖρε, ἡ τἀναντία εἰς ταὐτὸ ἀγαγοῦσα, χαῖρε, ἡ παρθενίαν καὶ λοχείαν ζευγνῦσα.

Rejoice, who integrate in yourself a contradiction. Rejoice, who incorporate both virginity and parturition.

Χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς ἐλύθη παράβασις, χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς ἠνοίχθη Παράδεισος.

Rejoice, through whom the trespass was nullified. Rejoice, through whom was Paradise opened wide.

Χαῖρε, ἡ κλείς τῆς Χριστοῦ βασιλείας, χαῖρε, ἐλπὶς ἀγαθῶν αἰωνίων.

Rejoice, the opener to Christ’s kingdom. Rejoice, the hope of eternal blessings.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Πᾶσα φύσις Ἀγγέλων κατεπλάγη τὸ μέγα τῆς σῆς ἐνανθρωπήσεως ἔργον· τὸν ἀπρόσιτον γὰρ ὡς Θεόν, ἐθεώρει πᾶσι προσιτὸν ἄνθρωπον ἡμῖν μὲν συνδιάγοντα, ἀκούοντα δὲ παρὰ πάντων οὕτως· Ἀλληλούϊα.

Quite amazed by the great deed of Your incarnation was the entire nature of Angels. For the once inaccessible God they beheld accessible to all as a man, with us together sojourning while thusly hearing from everyone: Alleluia. [SD]

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀλληλούϊα.

Alleluia!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ῥήτορας πολυφθόγγους ὡς ἰχθύας ἀφώνους ὁρῶμεν ἐπὶ σοί, Θεοτόκε· ἀποροῦσι γὰρ λέγειν τὸ πῶς καὶ Παρθένος μένεις καὶ τεκεῖν ἴσχυσας; ἡμεῖς δὲ τὸ Μυστήριον θαυμάζοντες, πιστῶς βοῶμεν:

Richly eloquent rhetors we see speechless as fishes when they contemplate you, O Theotokos. For at a loss are they to explain how you managed childbirth and a virgin yet remain. But we, in marveling at the mystery, cry out with conviction:

Χαῖρε, σοφίας Θεοῦ δοχεῖον, χαῖρε, προνοίας αὐτοῦ ταμεῖον.

Rejoice, God’s Wisdom’s repository. Rejoice, His providence’s depository.

Χαῖρε, φιλοσόφους ἀσόφους δεικνύουσα, χαῖρε, τεχνολόγους ἀλόγους ἐλέγχουσα.

Rejoice, who prove the philosophers wisdomless. Rejoice, who reprove the sophists as ridiculous.

Χαῖρε, ὅτι ἐμωράνθησαν οἱ δεινοὶ συζητηταὶ, χαῖρε, ὅτι ἐμαράνθησαν οἱ τῶν μύθων ποιηταί.

Rejoice, for the fierce debaters becoming fools lost their taste. Rejoice, for the creators of the myths have faded away.

Χαῖρε, τῶν Ἀθηναίων τὰς πλοκὰς διασπῶσα, χαῖρε, τῶν Ἁλιέων τὰς σαγήνας πληροῦσα.

Rejoice, you who rend the webs of the Athenians. Rejoice, you who fill the nets of the Fishermen.

Χαῖρε, βυθοῦ ἀγνοίας ἐξέλκουσα, χαῖρε, πολλοὺς ἐν γνώσει φωτίζουσα.

Rejoice, who drag out from the deep of ignorance. Rejoice, who illumine many with cognizance.

Χαῖρε, ὁλκάς τῶν θελόντων σωθῆναι, χαῖρε, λιμήν τοῦ βίου πλωτήρων.

Rejoice, the barge for those seeking salvation. Rejoice, the harbor for life’s navigators.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Σῶσαι θέλων τὸν κόσμον ὁ τῶν ὅλων κοσμήτωρ, πρὸς τοῦτον αὐτεπάγγελτος ἦλθε, καὶ ποιμὴν ὑπάρχων ὡς Θεός, διʼ ἡμᾶς ἐφάνη καθʼ ἡμᾶς ἄνθρωπος· ὁμοίῳ γὰρ τὸ ὅμοιον καλέσας, ὡς Θεὸς ἀκούει· Ἀλληλούϊα.

Set on saving the cosmos, He who set all things in order came down to it of His own volition. And though being the Shepherd as God, for us He appeared like us, as a man; and having called His own, like by like, as God He hears, Alleluia. [SD]

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀλληλούϊα.

Alleluia!

Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Kontakion. Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

Τῇ ὑπερμάχῳ στρατηγῷ τὰ νικητήρια,

O Champion General, I your City now inscribe to you

Ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια,

Triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude,

Ἀναγράφω σοι ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε.

Being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos.

Ἀλλʼ ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον,

Inasmuch as you have power unassailable,

Ἐκ παντοίων με κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον,

From all kinds of perils free me, so that unto you

Ἵνα κράζω σοι· Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

I may cry aloud: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.

Ode 3: Short Litany

Ode 3: Short Litany

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

Lord, have mercy.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

Lord, have mercy.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Τῆς παναγίας, ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου, δεσποίνης ἡμῶν, Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Σοί, Κύριε.

To You, O Lord.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For You are our God, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κάθισμα.

Kathisma.

Τοῦ Τριωδίου - - -

From Triodion - - -

Ἦχος αʹ. Τὸν τάφον σου Σωτήρ.

Mode 1. The soldiers keeping watch.

Τὸν τάφον σου Σωτήρ.

Ὁ μέγας Στρατηγός, τῶν ἀΰλων Ἀγγέλων εἰς πόλιν Ναζαρέτ, ἐπιστὰς Βασιλέα, μηνύει σοι Ἀχραντε, τῶν αἰώνων καὶ Κύριον· Χαῖρε λέγων σοι, εὐλογημένη Μαρία, ἀκατάληπτον, καὶ ἀνερμήνευτον βάθος, βροτῶν ἡ ἀνάκλησις.

The great commanding Chief of the bodiless powers * in Nazareth appears and announces the coming, * O spotless Maiden, unto you of the King of the ages and Lord, * saying, “O rejoice,” unto you blessed Mary, * “incomprehensible and inexplicable wonder, * the restoration of mortal man.” [SD]

Δόξα· καὶ νῦν. Τὸ αὐτό.

Glory. Both now. Repeat.

Ὁ μέγας Στρατηγός, τῶν ἀΰλων Ἀγγέλων εἰς πόλιν Ναζαρέτ, ἐπιστὰς Βασιλέα, μηνύει σοι Ἀχραντε, τῶν αἰώνων καὶ Κύριον· Χαῖρε λέγων σοι, εὐλογημένη Μαρία, ἀκατάληπτον, καὶ ἀνερμήνευτον βάθος, βροτῶν ἡ ἀνάκλησις.

The great commanding Chief of the bodiless powers * in Nazareth appears and announces the coming, * O spotless Maiden, unto you of the King of the ages and Lord, * saying, “O rejoice,” unto you blessed Mary, * “incomprehensible and inexplicable wonder, * the restoration of mortal man.” [SD]

ᾨδὴ δʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode iv. Heirmos.

Ὁ καθήμενος ἐν δόξῃ, ἐπὶ θρόνου Θεότητος, ἐν νεφέλῃ κούφῃ, ἦλθεν Ἰησοῦς ὁ ὑπέρθεος, τῇ ἀκηράτῳ παλάμῃ καὶ διέσωσε, τοὺς κραυγάζοντας· δόξα Χριστὲ τῇ δυνάμει σου.

He who sits in holy glory * on the throne of divinity, * Jesus our most high God, * on a swift and light cloud has come to us, * and by the might of His undefiled hand has saved * those who cry to Him: Glory to Your strength, O Christ.

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ἐν φωναῖς ᾀσμάτων πίστει, σοὶ βοῶμεν Πανύμνητε· Χαῖρε πῖον ὄρος, καὶ τετυρωμένον ἐν Πνεύματι, χαῖρε λυχνία καὶ στάμνε, Μάννα φέρουσα, τὸ γλυκαῖνον, τὰ τῶν εὐσεβῶν αἰσθητήρια.

David saw you as the Mountain, * in the Spirit fertile and rich, * where God dwelt, O Lady; * therefore we salute you and sing: Rejoice! * The golden jar with the honey-flavored manna of old * points to you who held the sweetest heavenly Bread of life. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ἱλαστήριον τοῦ κόσμου, χαῖρε ἄχραντε Δέσποινα, χαῖρε κλῖμαξ γῆθεν, πάντας ἀνυψώσασα χάριτι, χαῖρε ἡ γέφυρα ὄντως, ἡ μετάγουσα, ἐκ θανάτου πάντας, πρὸς ζωήν τοὺς ὑμνοῦντάς σε.

We extol you, blameless Virgin, * Mercy seat for the world: Rejoice! * Jacob’s dreamt-of ladder * points to you, for God came to earth by you * and elevates all to heaven by an act of grace. * You are likewise a bridge that has conveyed us from death to life. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Οὐρανῶν ὑψηλοτέρα, χαῖρε γῆς τὸ θεμέλιον, ἐν τῇ σῇ νηδύϊ, Ἄχραντε ἀκόπως βαστάσασα, χαῖρε κογχύλη πορφύραν θείαν βάψασα, ἐξ αἱμάτων σου, τῷ Βασιλεῖ τῶν Δυνάμεων.

You are higher than the heavens, * O immaculate Maid. Rejoice! * Painlessly you carried * in your womb the Lord who founded the earth. * We call you Seashell: its dye was used in royal cloth, * and your own blood dyed the divine flesh of the King of Hosts. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

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

Νομοθέτην ἡ τεκοῦσα, ἀληθῶς χαῖρε Δέσποινα, τὸν τὰς ἀνομίας, πάντων δωρεὰν ἐξαλείφοντα, ἀκατανόητον βάθος, ὕψος ἄῤῥητον, ἀπειρόγαμε, διʼ ἧς ἡμεῖς ἐθεώθημεν.

God the Word is the Lawgiver * who blots out the iniquities * of all people freely. * O the depth and height of the love of Christ! * Surpassing knowledge! And now we sing, “Rejoice!” to you, * who gave birth to Him. Lady, through you we were deified! [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Σὲ τὴν πλέξασαν τῷ κόσμῳ, ἀχειρόπλοκον στέφανον, ἀνυμνολογοῦμεν· Χαῖρέ σοι Παρθένε κραυγάζοντες· τὸ φυλακτήριον πάντων καὶ χαράκωμα, καὶ κραταίωμα, καὶ ἱερὸν καταφύγιον.

Crown of hope woven of glory * is your Son, who is Lord of hosts. * So Isaiah said it. * We say, you have woven it for the world. * To you, O Virgin, the fortress and defense of all * and protective wall and sacred refuge, we sing, “Rejoice!” [SD]

Ode 4: Katavasia

Ode 4: Katavasia

Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Katavasia. Mode 4.

Ὁ καθήμενος ἐν δόξῃ, ἐπὶ θρόνου Θεότητος, ἐν νεφέλῃ κούφῃ, ἦλθεν Ἰησοῦς ὁ ὑπέρθεος, τῇ ἀκηράτῳ παλάμῃ καὶ διέσωσε, τοὺς κραυγάζοντας· δόξα Χριστὲ τῇ δυνάμει σου.

He who sits in holy glory * on the throne of divinity, * Jesus our most high God, * on a swift and light cloud has come to us, * and by the might of His undefiled hand has saved * those who cry to Him: Glory to Your strength, O Christ. [GOASD]

ᾨδὴ εʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode v. Heirmos.

Ἐξέστη τὰ σύμπαντα, ἐπὶ τῇ θείᾳ δόξῃ σου· σὺ γὰρ ἀπειρόγαμε Παρθένε, ἔσχες ἐν μήτρᾳ, τὸν ἐπὶ πάντων Θεόν, καὶ τέτοκας ἄχρονον Υἱόν, πᾶσι τοῖς ὑμνοῦσί σε, σωτηρίαν βραβεύοντα.

Amazed was the universe by your divine magnificence. * You who were perpetually virgin * carried the heavenly God of all in your womb * and gave birth to the eternal Son, * who awards salvation to all who sing hymns of praise to you.

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ὁδὸν ἡ κυήσασα, ζωῆς χαῖρε Πανάμωμε, ἡ κατακλυσμοῦ τῆς ἁμαρτίας, σώσασα κόσμον, χαῖρε Θεόνυμφε, ἄκουσμα καὶ λάλημα φρικτόν, χαῖρε ἐνδιαίτημα, τοῦ Δεσπότου τῆς κτίσεως.

Rejoice, Virgin, Bride of God! You carried in your womb the Way * and the Life. O Mother of the Savior, * the world is saved from the flood of sin through you. * Awe-inspiring tidings and good news! * Rejoice! For the Master of all creation abode in you. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ἰσχὺς καὶ ὀχύρωμα, ἀνθρώπων χαῖρε Ἄχραντε, τόπε ἁγιάσματος τῆς δόξης, νέκρωσις ᾍδου, νυμφὼν ὁλόφωτε, χαῖρε τῶν Ἀγγέλων χαρμονή, χαῖρε ἡ βοήθεια, τῶν πιστῶς δεομένων σου.

Rejoice, mighty fortress of humanity, O spotless Maid! * Holy place of glory, as the Psalm says; * bright bridal chamber, from which your Son came forth * as the Sun of Righteousness! Rejoice! * Joy of Angels! Aid for all * who with faith pray to you! Rejoice! [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Πυρίμορφον ὄχημα, τοῦ Λόγου χαῖρε Δέσποινα, ἔμψυχε Παράδεισε τὸ ξύλον, ἐν μέσῳ ἔχων ζωῆς τὸν Κύριον, οὗ ὁ γλυκασμὸς ζωοποιεῖ, πίστει τοὺς μετέχοντας, καὶ φθορᾷ ὑποκύψαντας.

Rejoice, fiery chariot of God the Logos, whom you bore! * Paradise prefigured you, O Lady. * For in its midst was the tree of life; now the Lord, * the fruit of your womb, is giving life * to us who were subject once * to corruption and eat in faith. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

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

Ῥωννύμενοι σθένει σου, πιστῶς ἀναβοῶμέν σοι· Χαῖρε πόλις τοῦ Παμβασιλέως, δεδοξασμένα, καὶ ἀξιάκουστα, περὶ ἧς λελάληνται σαφῶς, ὄρος ἁλατόμητον, χαῖρε βάθος ἀμέτρητον.

Enabled by strength you give, we faithfully cry out: Rejoice! * Unhewn mountain, from which came the Stone, Christ. * Concerning you, City of the great King of all, * were glorious things indeed declared, * in the Psalms and Prophecies. * O immeasurable depth, rejoice! [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Εὐρύχωρον σκήνωμα, τοῦ Λόγου χαῖρε Ἄχραντε, κόχλος ἡ τόν, θεῖον μαργαρίτην, προαγαγοῦσα, χαῖρε πανθαύμαστε, πάντων πρὸς Θεὸν καταλλαγὴ τῶν μακαριζόντων σε, Θεοτόκε ἑκάστοτε.

O Mother of God, rejoice! You are the oyster that produced * Christ, the divine Pearl of great value. * You are the spacious, all-wondrous dwelling place * of the Word. O Virgin pure, rejoice! * We extol you every day, * and you pray to the Lord for us. [SD]

Ode 5: Katavasia

Ode 5: Katavasia

ᾨδὴ εʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode v. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Ἐξέστη τὰ σύμπαντα, ἐπὶ τῇ θείᾳ δόξῃ σου· σὺ γὰρ ἀπειρόγαμε Παρθένε, ἔσχες ἐν μήτρᾳ, τὸν ἐπὶ πάντων Θεόν, καὶ τέτοκας ἄχρονον Υἱόν, πᾶσι τοῖς ὑμνοῦσί σε, σωτηρίαν βραβεύοντα.

Amazed was the universe by your divine magnificence. * You who were perpetually virgin * carried the heavenly God of all in your womb * and gave birth to the eternal Son, * who awards salvation to all who sing hymns of praise to you. [GOASD]

ᾨδὴ Ϛʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode vi. Heirmos.

Τὴν θείαν ταύτην καὶ πάντιμον, τελοῦντες ἑορτὴν οἱ θεόφρονες, τῆς Θεομήτορος, δεῦτε τὰς χεῖρας κροτήσωμεν, τὸν ἐξ αὐτῆς τεχθέντα Θεὸν δοξάζοντες. (δίς)

O godly-minded believers, come * and celebrate this sacred and venerable feast and thus extol * the Theotokos, and clap our hands, * and glorify our God who was truly born of her. (2)

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Παστὰς τοῦ Λόγου ἀμόλυντε, αἰτία τῆς τῶν πάντων θεώσεως, χαῖρε Πανάχραντε, τῶν Προφητῶν περιήχημα, χαῖρε τῶν Ἀποστόλων, τὸ ἐγκαλλώπισμα.

O bridal chamber of God the Word, * we credit the theosis of all to you. O Virgin pure, rejoice! * The Prophets’ echoing prophecies, * fulfilled in you, adorned what Apostles then proclaimed. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ἐκ σοῦ ἡ δρόσος ἀπέσταξε, φλογμὸν πολυθεΐας ἡ λύσασα· ὅθεν βοῶμέν σοι· Χαῖρε, ὁ πόκος ὁ ἔνδροσος, ὃν Γεδεὼν Παρθένε, προεθεάσατο.

The fleece upon which alone the dew * for Gideon dripped down once prefigured you, to whom we sing: Rejoice! * From you, O Virgin, did Christ come forth * as healing Dew, extinguishing pagan passions all. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

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

Ἰδού σοι Χαῖρε κραυγάζομεν· λιμὴν ἡμῖν γενοῦ θαλαττεύουσι καὶ ὁρμητήριον, ἐν τῷ πελάγει τῶν θλίψεων, καὶ τῶν σκανδάλων πάντων, τοῦ πολεμήτορος.

Behold, we greet you and sing: Rejoice! * As we are tossed about on the stormy sea of life’s adversities * and all the snares of our enemy, * become for us the port and Fair Haven we desire. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Χαρᾶς αἰτία χαρίτωσον, ἡμῶν τὸν λογισμὸν τοῦ κραυγάζειν σοι· Χαῖρε ἡ ἄφλεκτος βάτος· νεφέλη Ὁλόφωτε, ἡ τοὺς πιστοὺς ἀπαύστως, ἐπισκιάζουσα.

O cause of joy, you inspire us * to call you unconsumed burning bush and shining pillar of a cloud, * because the Lord was in you as well. * You always guard the faithful, who sing to you: Rejoice! [SD]

Ode 6: Katavasia

Ode 6: Katavasia

ᾨδὴ Ϛʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode vi. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Τὴν θείαν ταύτην καὶ πάντιμον, τελοῦντες ἑορτὴν οἱ θεόφρονες, τῆς Θεομήτορος, δεῦτε τὰς χεῖρας κροτήσωμεν, τὸν ἐξ αὐτῆς τεχθέντα Θεὸν δοξάζοντες.

O godly-minded believers, come * and celebrate this sacred and venerable feast and thus extol * the Theotokos, and clap our hands, * and glorify our God who was truly born of her. [GOASD]

Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Kontakion. Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

Τῇ ὑπερμάχῳ στρατηγῷ τὰ νικητήρια,

O Champion General, I your City now inscribe to you

Ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια,

Triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude,

Ἀναγράφω σοι ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε.

Being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos.

Ἀλλʼ ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον,

Inasmuch as you have power unassailable,

Ἐκ παντοίων με κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον,

From all kinds of perils free me, so that unto you

Ἵνα κράζω σοι· Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

I may cry aloud: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.

Στάσις Δʹ.

Fourth Stanza.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Τεῖχος εἶ τῶν Παρθένων, Θεοτόκε Παρθένε, καὶ πάντων τῶν εἰς σὲ προστρεχόντων· ὁ γὰρ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καὶ τῆς γῆς, κατεσκεύασέ σε Ποιητὴς Ἄχραντε, οἰκήσας ἐν τῇ μήτρᾳ σου, καὶ πάντας σοι προσφωνεῖν διδάξας.

Theotokos, O Virgin, you are the fortress for virgins and all who to you run for refuge. For the Maker of heaven and earth, O immaculate Maiden, thus constructed you. He inhabited your womb and instructed all how to address you:

Χαῖρε, ἡ στήλη τῆς παρθενίας. χαῖρε, ἡ πύλη τῆς σωτηρίας.

Rejoice, O pillar of the virgin station. Rejoice, O portal of man’s salvation.

Χαῖρε, ἀρχηγὲ νοητῆς ἀναπλάσεως. χαῖρε, χορηγὲ θεϊκῆς ἀγαθότητος.

Rejoice, initiator of interior renaissance. Rejoice, administrator of God’s beneficence.

Χαῖρε· σὺ γὰρ ἀνεγέννησας τοὺς συλληφθέντας αἰσχρῶς. χαῖρε· σὺ γὰρ ἐνουθέτησας τοὺς συληθέντας τὸν νοῦν.

Rejoice, for you regenerated those who were shamefully conceived. Rejoice, for you reeducated those whose intellects had been seized.

Χαῖρε, ἡ τὸν φθορέα τῶν φρενῶν καταργοῦσα. χαῖρε, ἡ τὸν σπορέα τῆς ἁγνείας τεκοῦσα.

Rejoice, incapacitator of the deflowerer of sanity. Rejoice, procreator of the Sower of chastity.

Χαῖρε, παστὰς ἀσπόρου νυμφεύσεως. χαῖρε, πιστοὺς Κυρίῳ ἁρμόζουσα.

Rejoice, of ungamic union the bridal room. Rejoice, who unite believers to the Lord as Groom.

Χαῖρε, καλὴ κουροτρόφε παρθένων. χαῖρε, ψυχῶν νυμφοστόλε ἁγίων.

Rejoice, O beautiful nursemaid of virgins. Rejoice, O bridesmaid of souls that are holy.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὕμνος ἅπας, ἡττᾶται, συνεκτείνεσθαι σπεύδων, τῷ πλήθει τῶν πολλῶν οἰκτιρμῶν σου· ἰσαρίθμους γὰρ τῇ ψάμμῳ ᾠδάς, ἂν προσφέρωμέν σοι, Βασιλεῦ ἅγιε, οὐδέν τελοῦμεν ἄξιον, ὧν δέδωκας ἡμῖν, τοῖς σοὶ βοῶσιν, Ἀλληλούϊα.

Unsuccessful is every hymn that hastens to pay tribute to the multitude of Your tender mercies. For even if we offer You odes in number equal to the sands, O holy King, yet we do nothing worthy of what You have given us who cry to You: Alleluia. [SD]

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀλληλούϊα.

Alleluia!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Φωτοδόχον λαμπάδα, τοῖς ἐν σκότει φανεῖσαν, ὁρῶμεν τὴν ἁγίαν Παρθένον· τὸ γὰρ ἄϋλον ἅπτουσα φῶς, ὁδηγεῖ πρὸς γνῶσιν θεϊκὴν ἅπαντας, αὐγὴ τὸν νοῦν φωτίζουσα, κραυγὴ δὲ τιμωμένη ταῦτα.

Viewing the holy Virgin, we see a light-bearing lantern that shone upon those who were in darkness. For she lit the immaterial light, and to divine knowledge thus conducts everyone, enlightening the intellect, and honored by such acclamations:

Χαῖρε, ἀκτίς νοητοῦ Ἠλίου, χαῖρε, βολὶς τοῦ ἀδύτου φέγγους.

Rejoice, the ray of the intelligible daystar. Rejoice, the beam of the unwaning luster.

Χαῖρε, ἀστραπὴ τὰς ψυχὰς καταλάμπουσα, χαῖρε, ὡς βροντὴ τοὺς ἐχθροὺς καταπλήττουσα.

Rejoice, flash of lightning that brightly illumines souls. Rejoice, who like thunder have stunned our enemies.

Χαῖρε, ὅτι τὸν πολύφωτον ἀνατέλλεις φωτισμόν, χαῖρε, ὅτι τὸν πολύῤῥητον, ἀναβλύζεις ποταμόν.

Rejoice, for you cause the rising up of the light that brightly glows. Rejoice, for you cause the gushing up of the stream that mightily flows.

Χαῖρε, τῆς κολυμβήθρας ζωγραφοῦσα τὸν τύπον, χαῖρε, τῆς ἁμαρτίας ἀναιροῦσα τὸν ῥύπον.

Rejoice, who illustrate the baptismal font’s image. Rejoice, who eliminate the stain of sin’s stigma.

Χαῖρε, λουτὴρ ἐκπλύνων συνείδησιν, χαῖρε, κρατὴρ κιρνῶν ἀγαλλίασιν.

Rejoice, the laver washing out consciences. Rejoice, the krater serving what gladdens hearts.

Χαῖρε, ὀσμὴ τῆς Χριστοῦ εὐωδίας. χαῖρε, ζωὴ μυστικῆς εὐωχίας.

Rejoice, the fragrance of Christ’s aroma. Rejoice, the life of mystical feasting.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Χάριν δοῦναι θελήσας, ὀφλημάτων ἀρχαίων, ὁ πάντων χρεωλύτης ἀνθρώπων, ἐπεδήμησε διʼ ἑαυτοῦ, πρὸς τοὺς ἀποδήμους τῆς αὐτοῦ χάριτος, καὶ σχίσας τὸ χειρόγραφον, ἀκούει παρὰ πάντων οὕτως, Ἀλληλούϊα.

Wishing to grant remission of ancient obligations, He who cancels the debts of all people came himself as a stranger and dwelt among those who were from His divine grace estranged; and tearing up the bond of sin, He hears from everyone, Alleluia. [SD]

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀλληλούϊα.

Alleluia!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ψάλλοντές σου τὸν τόκον, ἀνυμνοῦμέν σε πάντες, ὡς ἔμψυχον ναόν, Θεοτόκε· ἐν τῇ σῇ γὰρ οἰκήσας γαστρί, ὁ συνέχων πάντα τῇ χειρὶ Κύριος, ἡγίασεν, ἐδόξασεν, ἐδίδαξε βοᾶν σοι πάντας.

Extolling your birthgiving with songs, we all praise you as a live temple, O Theotokos. For the Lord who encompasses all in His hand, having made His abode in your womb, sanctified you and glorified you and taught all people to cry to you:

Χαῖρε, σκηνὴ τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ Λόγου. χαῖρε, Ἁγία Ἁγίων μείζων,

Rejoice, O tabernacle of God the Logos. Rejoice, O holier than the holies.

Χαῖρε, κιβωτὲ χρυσωθεῖσα τῷ Πνεύματι. χαῖρε, θησαυρὲ τῆς ζωῆς ἀδαπάνητε,

Rejoice, ark that was gilt by the Spirit. Rejoice, life’s inexhaustible treasure.

Χαῖρε, τίμιον διάδημα, βασιλέων εὐσεβῶν. χαῖρε, καύχημα σεβάσμιον, Ἱερέων εὐλαβῶν,

Rejoice, exquisite diadem of kings with true beliefs. Rejoice, reverential pride of profoundly pious priests.

Χαῖρε τῆς Ἐκκλησίας ὁ ἀσάλευτος πύργος. χαῖρε, τῆς βασιλείας τὸ ἀπόρθητον τεῖχος.

Rejoice, the Church’s unshaken citadel. Rejoice, the Empire’s fortress that never fell.

Χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς ἐγείρονται τρόπαια. χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς ἐχθροὶ καταπίπτουσι.

Rejoice, through whom rise trophies of victory. Rejoice, through whom fall enemies utterly.

Χαῖρε, χρωτὸς τοῦ ἐμοῦ θεραπεία, χαῖρε, ψυχῆς τῆς ἐμῆς σωτηρία.

Rejoice, my bodily health’s restoration. Rejoice, my soul’s everlasting salvation.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὦ πανύμνητε Μῆτερ, ἡ τεκοῦσα τὸν πάντων Ἁγίων ἁγιώτατον Λόγον, (3) δεξαμένη τὴν νῦν προσφοράν, ἀπὸ πάσης ῥῦσαι συμφορὰς ἅπαντας, καὶ τῆς μελλούσης λύτρωσαι κολάσεως τοὺς σοὶ βοῶντας· Ἀλληλούϊα.

You, all-laudable Mother who gave birth to the Logos Who is holiest of all who are holy: (3) O accept this offering now, and from calamities all deliver everyone, and redeem from the future torments of hell those who cry out with zeal: Alleluia. [SD]

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀλληλούϊα.

Alleluia!

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἄγγελος πρωτοστάτης, οὐρανόθεν ἐπέμφθη, εἰπεῖν τῇ Θεοτόκῳ τὸ Χαῖρε· καὶ σὺν τῇ ἀσωμάτῳ φωνῇ, σωματούμενόν σε θεωρῶν Κύριε, ἐξίστατο καὶ ἵστατο, κραυγάζων πρὸς αὐτὴν τοιαῦτα.

An Angel of supreme rank was sent down from heaven to say to the Theotokos, Rejoice. And perceiving You take bodily form at the sound of his bodiless voice, O Lord, he was astounded and he stood shouting to her such salutations:

Χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς ἡ χαρὰ ἐκλάμψει, χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς ἡ ἀρὰ ἐκλείψει.

Rejoice, through whom is the joy to shine forth. Rejoice, through whom is the curse to vanish.

Χαῖρε, τοῦ πεσόντος, Ἀδὰμ ἡ ἀνάκλησις, χαῖρε τῶν δακρύων τῆς Εὔας ἡ λύτρωσις.

Rejoice, restoration of Adam the fallen one. Rejoice, liberation of Eve from tears.

Χαῖρε, ὕψος δυσανάβατον ἀνθρωπίνοις λογισμοῖς, χαῖρε, βάθος δυσθεώρητον καὶ Ἀγγέλων ὀφθαλμοῖς.

Rejoice, height to which the thoughts of men are hardly able to ascend. Rejoice, depth which for the Angels’ eyes is very hard to apprehend.

Χαῖρε, ὅτι ὑπάρχεις Βασιλέως καθέδρα, χαῖρε, ὅτι βαστάζεις τὸν βαστάζοντα πάντα.

Rejoice, for you are a throne for the King. Rejoice, for you hold the One who holds everything.

Χαῖρε, ἀστὴρ ἐμφαίνων τὸν Ἥλιον, χαῖρε, γαστὴρ ἐνθέου σαρκώσεως.

Rejoice, the star causing the Sun’s manifestation. Rejoice, the womb of the divine incarnation.

Χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς νεουργεῖται ἡ κτίσις, χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς βρεφουργεῖται ὁ Κτίστης.

Rejoice, through whom is creation re-created. Rejoice, by whom is the Creator procreated.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Kontakion. Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

Τῇ ὑπερμάχῳ στρατηγῷ τὰ νικητήρια,

O Champion General, I your City now inscribe to you

Ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια,

Triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude,

Ἀναγράφω σοι ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε.

Being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos.

Ἀλλʼ ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον,

Inasmuch as you have power unassailable,

Ἐκ παντοίων με κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον,

From all kinds of perils free me, so that unto you

Ἵνα κράζω σοι· Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

I may cry aloud: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.

Ode 6: Short Litany

Ode 6: Short Litany

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

Lord, have mercy.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

Lord, have mercy.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Τῆς παναγίας, ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου, δεσποίνης ἡμῶν, Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Σοί, Κύριε.

To You, O Lord.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Σὺ γὰρ εἶ ὁ βασιλεὺς τῆς εἰρήνης καὶ σωτὴρ τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For You are the King of peace and the savior of our souls, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

Τοῦ Τριωδίου - - -

From Triodion - - -

ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

READER

Κοντάκιον.

Kontakion.

Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

Τῇ ὑπερμάχῳ στρατηγῷ τὰ νικητήρια, ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια, ἀναγράφω σοι ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε. Ἀλλʼ ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον, ἐκ παντοίων με κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον, ἵνα κράζω σοι· Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

O Champion General, I your City now ascribe to you * triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude, * being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos. * Inasmuch as you have power unassailable, * from all kinds of perils free me so that unto you * I may cry aloud: * Rejoice, O unwedded Bride. [SD]

Ἄγγελος πρωτοστάτης, οὐρανόθεν ἐπέμφθη, εἰπεῖν τῇ Θεοτόκῳ τὸ Χαῖρε· καὶ σὺν τῇ ἀσωμάτῳ φωνῇ, σωματούμενόν σε θεωρῶν Κύριε, ἐξίστατο καὶ ἵστατο, κραυγάζων πρὸς αὐτὴν τοιαῦτα.

An Angel of supreme rank was sent down from heaven to say to the Theotokos, Rejoice. And perceiving You take bodily form at the sound of his bodiless voice, O Lord, he was astounded and he stood shouting to her such salutations:

Χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς ἡ χαρὰ ἐκλάμψει, χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς ἡ ἀρὰ ἐκλείψει.

Rejoice, through whom is the joy to shine forth. Rejoice, through whom is the curse to vanish.

Χαῖρε, τοῦ πεσόντος, Ἀδὰμ ἡ ἀνάκλησις, χαῖρε τῶν δακρύων τῆς Εὔας ἡ λύτρωσις.

Rejoice, restoration of Adam the fallen one. Rejoice, liberation of Eve from tears.

Χαῖρε, ὕψος δυσανάβατον ἀνθρωπίνοις λογισμοῖς, χαῖρε, βάθος δυσθεώρητον καὶ Ἀγγέλων ὀφθαλμοῖς.

Rejoice, height to which the thoughts of men are hardly able to ascend. Rejoice, depth which for the Angels’ eyes is very hard to apprehend.

Χαῖρε, ὅτι ὑπάρχεις Βασιλέως καθέδρα, χαῖρε, ὅτι βαστάζεις τὸν βαστάζοντα πάντα.

Rejoice, for you are a throne for the King. Rejoice, for you hold the One who holds everything.

Χαῖρε, ἀστὴρ ἐμφαίνων τὸν Ἥλιον, χαῖρε, γαστὴρ ἐνθέου σαρκώσεως.

Rejoice, the star causing the Sun’s manifestation. Rejoice, the womb of the divine incarnation.

Χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς νεουργεῖται ἡ κτίσις, χαῖρε, διʼ ἧς βρεφουργεῖται ὁ Κτίστης.

Rejoice, through whom is creation re-created. Rejoice, by whom is the Creator procreated.

Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!

Ὁ λαὸς ἵσταται διὰ τὴν ἀνάγνωσιν τοῦ Συναξαρίου.

Stand for the reading of the Synaxarion.

Συναξάριον

Synaxarion

Τοῦ Μηναίου.

From the Menaion.

Τῇ Κʹ τοῦ αὐτοῦ μηνός, μνήμη τοῦ Ὁσίου Πατρὸς ἡμῶν Θεοδώρου τοῦ Τριχινᾶ.

On April 20, we commemorate our devout father Theodore, called “Trichinas,” (which means he wore a hair-shirt).

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ, μνήμη τῶν Ἁγίων Μαρτύρων Βίκτωρος, Ζωτικοῦ, Ζήνωνος, Ἀκινδύνου, Καισαρίου, Σεβηριανοῦ, Χρστοφόρου, Θεωνᾶ καὶ Ἀντωνίνου.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Martyrs Victor, Zotikos, Zeno, Acindynos, Caesarius, Severian, Christopher, Theonas, and Antoninus.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ, μνήμη τοῦ Ὁσίου Πατρὸς ἡμῶν Ἰωάννου τοῦ Παλαιολαυρίτου.

On this day we also commemorate our devout father John Paleolavriotes.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ, μνήμη τοῦ Ἁγίου Ἱερομάρτυρος Ἀναστασίου Ἀντιοχείας.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Hieromartyr Anastasios of Antioch.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ, μνήμη τοῦ Ἁγίου Ἀποστόλου Ζακχαίου.

On this day we also commemorate the holy Apostle Zacchaeus.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ, ὁ Ὅσιος Ἀθανάσιος ὁ κτίσας τὴν μονὴν τοῦ Μετεώρου ἐν Θεσσαλίᾳ, κατὰ τὸ ᾳτιʹ (1310), ὁ ἐκ Πατρῶν καταγόμενος, ἐν εἰρήνῃ τελειοῦται.

On this day, devout Saint Athanasios, who built the Monastery of Meteora in Thessaly around the year 1310, and who was originally from Patras, died in peace.

Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἰωάσαφ, ὁ συνασκητὴς τοῦ Ὁσίου Ἀθανασίου τοῦ ἐν τῷ Μετεώρῳ, ἐν εἰρήνῃ τελειοῦται.

Devout Saint Ioasaf, the fellow ascetic of Saint Athanasios of Meteora, died in peace.

Τοῦ Τριωδίου.

From the Triodion.

Τῇ αὐτῇ ἡμέρᾳ, Σαββάτῳ τῆς πέμπτης Ἑβδομάδος τῶν Νηστειῶν, ἑορτάζομεν τὸν Ἀκάθιστον Ὕμνον τῆς Ὑπεραγίας Δεσποίνης ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου, καὶ Ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας.

On this day, Saturday of the fifth week of Great Lent, we celebrate the Akathist Hymn of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary.

Στίχοι

Verses

Ὕμνοις ἀΰπνοις εὐχαρίστως ἡ Πόλις,

With sleepless hymns gratefully the City

Τὴν ἐν μάχαις ἄγρυπνον ὑμνεῖ Προστάτιν.

Extols her Protectress who is vigilant in battles.

Ταῖς τῆς σῆς ὑπερμάχου τε καὶ ἀπροσμάχου Μητρὸς πρεσβείαις, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, τῶν περικειμένων καὶ ἡμᾶς ἀπάλλαξον συμφορῶν, καὶ ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς, ὡς μόνος φιλάνθρωπος.

Through the intercessions of Your Mother the unassailable Champion, O Christ our God, redeem us from besetting calamities, and have mercy on us, as our only benevolent Lord.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

ᾨδὴ ζʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode vii. Heirmos.

Οὐκ ἐλάτρευσαν τῇ κτίσει οἱ θεόφρονες, παρὰ τὸν Κτίσαντα, ἀλλὰ πυρὸς ἀπειλήν, ἀνδρείως πατήσαντες, χαίροντες ἔψαλλον. Ὑπερύμνητε, ὁ τῶν Πατέρων Κύριος, καὶ Θεὸς εὐλογητὸς εἶ.

Godly-minded three * did not adore created things in the Creator’s stead; * rather, disdaining the threat * of fire, they trampled it, and joyfully they sang: * “O supremely praised * and most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed.”

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ἀνυμνοῦμέν σε, βοῶντες· Χαῖρε ὄχημα, Ἡλίου τοῦ νοητοῦ, ἄμπελος ἀληθινή, τὸν βότρυν τὸν πέπειρον, ἡ γεωργήσασα, οἶνον στάζοντα, τὸν τὰς ψυχὰς εὐφραίνοντα, τῶν πιστῶς σε δοξαζόντων.

We salute you: Rejoice! * You bore the Sun of Righteousness, and thus the mythical type * of chariot applies to you. * Old Testament images of vines and ripened grapes * point to you, who brought forth * the Lord whose blood now gladdens hearts * of the faithful who extol you. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ἰατῆρα, τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἡ κυήσασα χαῖρε Θεόνυμφε, ἡ ῥάβδος ἡ μυστική, ἄνθος τὸ ἀμάραντον, ἡ ἐξανθήσασα, χαῖρε Δέσποινα, διʼ ἧς χαρᾶς πληρούμεθα, καὶ ζωὴν κληρονομοῦμεν.

In your womb you held * the One who heals humanity. Rejoice, O Bride of God! * Isaiah called you the rod * of Jesse, for you brought forth the flower that is Christ, * the unfading Word. * Rejoice! Through you we too rejoice * and inherit life, O Lady. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ῥητορεύουσα, οὐ σθένει γλῶσσα Δέσποινα, ὑμνολογῆσαί σε· ὑπὲρ γὰρ τὰ Σεραφείμ, ὑψώθης κυήσασα, τὸν Βασιλέα Χριστόν, ὃν ἱκέτευε, πάσης νῦν βλάβης ῥύσασθαι, τοὺς πιστῶς σε προσκυνοῦντας.

Insufficient are * all languages for poetry and hymns extolling you, * for you, O Lady, were raised * higher than the Seraphim for bearing Christ the King. * Now entreat Him for us, * who honor you, to rescue us * from disasters that befall us. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

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

Εὐφημεῖ σε, μακαρίζοντα τὰ πέρατα, καὶ ἀνακράζει σοι· Χαῖρε ὁ τόμος ἐν ᾧ, δακτύλῳ ἐγγέγραπται, Πατρὸς ὁ Λόγος Ἁγνή, ὃν ἱκέτευε, βίβλῳ ζωῆς τοὺς δούλους σου, καταγράψαι Θεοτόκε.

From the ends of the earth * the faithful are extolling you, singing, “O Virgin, Rejoice!” * Isaiah called you a book, * on which by the Father’s finger was the Word inscribed. * Pray Him earnestly * to write your servants in the Lamb’s * book of life, O Theotokos. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Ἱκετεύομεν, οἱ δοῦλοί σου καὶ κλίνομεν, γόνυ καρδίας ἡμῶν· Κλῖνον τὸ οὖς σου, Ἁγνή, καὶ σῶσον τοὺς θλίψεσι, βυθιζομένους ἡμᾶς, καὶ συντήρησον, πάσης ἐχθρῶν ἁλώσεως, τὴν σὴν Πόλιν Θεοτόκε.

We your servants pray, * entreating you, and like Manasseh bend the knee of our hearts: * O Pure One, lend us an ear, * and save us, for we are drowning in adversities. * And preserve the Church * from schism and from heresy, * O all-holy Theotokos. [SD]

Ode 7: Katavasia

Ode 7: Katavasia

ᾨδὴ ζʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode vii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Οὐκ ἐλάτρευσαν τῇ κτίσει οἱ θεόφρονες, παρὰ τὸν Κτίσαντα, ἀλλὰ πυρὸς ἀπειλήν, ἀνδρείως πατήσαντες, χαίροντες ἔψαλλον. Ὑπερύμνητε, ὁ τῶν Πατέρων Κύριος, καὶ Θεὸς εὐλογητὸς εἶ.

Godly-minded three * did not adore created things in the Creator’s stead; * rather, disdaining the threat * of fire, they trampled it, and joyfully they sang: * “O supremely praised * and most exalted Lord and God * of the fathers, You are blessed.” [GOASD]

ᾨδὴ ηʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode viii. Heirmos.

Παῖδας εὐαγεῖς ἐν τῇ καμίνῳ, ὁ τόκος τῆς Θεοτόκου διεσώσατο, τότε μὲν τυπούμενος, νῦν δὲ ἐνεργούμενος, τὴν οἰκουμένην ἅπασαν, ἀγείρει ψάλλουσαν. Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε τὰ ἔργα, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Guiltless were those Servants in the furnace. * The Son of the Theotokos went and rescued them. * He who was prefigured then, * having been incarnate now, * is gathering the whole wide world into His Church to sing: * “O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure.”

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Νηδύϊ τὸν Λόγον ὑπεδέξω, τὸν πάντα βαστάζοντα ἐβάστασας, γάλακτι ἐξέθρεψας, νεύματι τὸν τρέφοντα, τὴν οἰκουμένην ἅπασαν, Ἁγνὴ ᾧ ψάλλομεν· Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε τὰ ἔργα, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

You welcomed into your womb the Logos. * You held in your arms the One who holds all things. * You, O Virgin, nursed the One * who by His divine command * gives food to all, O Maiden pure. And now we sing to Him: * “O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure.” [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Μωσῆς κατενόησεν ἐν βάτῳ, τὸ μέγα μυστήριον τοῦ τόκου σου. Παῖδες προεικόνισαν, τοῦτο ἐμφανέστατα μέσον πυρὸς ἱστάμενοι, καὶ μὴ φλεγόμενοι, ἀκήρατε ἁγία Παρθένε· ὅθεν σε ὑμνοῦμεν, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

The glorious mystery of your childbirth * did Moses perceive within the burning bush. * Servants of the Most High God * vividly prefigured this; * for standing in the fiery furnace, they remained unburnt, * O undefiled and all-holy Virgin. * Therefore we sing praises of you to all the ages. [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Οἱ πρῴην ἀπάτῃ γυμνωθέντες, στολὴν ἀφθαρσίας ἐνεδύθημεν, τῇ κυοφορίᾳ σου, καὶ οἱ καθεζόμενοι, ἐν σκότει παραπτώσεων, φῶς κατωπτεύσαμεν, φωτὸς κατοικητήριον, Κόρη· ὅθεν σε ὑμνοῦμεν, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

We who were left naked through deception * now wear an imperishable robe through you, * who bore the immortal God, * holy Virgin, house of the light; * and we who sat in darkness of our sins have seen the light, * as once foretold by the Prophet Isaiah. * Therefore we sing praises of you to all the ages. [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

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

Νεκροὶ διὰ σοῦ ζωοποιοῦνται· ζωὴν γὰρ τὴν ἐνυπόστατον ἐκύησας, εὔλαλοι οἱ ἄλαλοι, πρῴην χρηματίζοντες, λεπροὶ ἀποκαθαίρονται, νόσοι διώκονται, πνευμάτων ἀερίων τὰ πλήθη, ἥττηνται Παρθένε, βροτῶν ἡ σωτηρία.

Through you who gave birth to Life in Person * were we who were dead in sin brought back to life. * Through you those who once were mute * have become most eloquent. * Through you are those afflicted by disease and cancer cured; * defeated are the hosts of the demons. * Humanity is saved through your childbirth, O Virgin. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Ἡ κόσμῳ τεκοῦσα σωτηρίαν, διʼ ἧς ἀπὸ γῆς εἰς ὕψος ἤρθημεν, χαίροις παντευλόγητε, σκέπη καὶ κραταίωμα, τεῖχος καὶ ὀχύρωμα, τῶν μελῳδούντων Ἁγνή. Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε τὰ ἔργα, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

You gave birth to Christ, the world’s salvation. * Through you has humanity been lifted up * from the earth to heaven. Rejoice! * O all-blessed Virgin, rejoice, * O mighty fortress and protection of the faithful who sing: * “O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure.” [SD]

Ode 8: Katavasia

Ode 8: Katavasia

ᾨδὴ ηʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode viii. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Αἰνοῦμεν, εὐλογοῦμεν καὶ προσκυνοῦμεν τὸν Κύριον.

We praise and we bless and we worship the Lord.

Παῖδας εὐαγεῖς ἐν τῇ καμίνῳ, ὁ τόκος τῆς Θεοτόκου διεσώσατο, τότε μὲν τυπούμενος, νῦν δὲ ἐνεργούμενος, τὴν οἰκουμένην ἅπασαν, ἀγείρει ψάλλουσαν. Τὸν Κύριον ὑμνεῖτε τὰ ἔργα, καὶ ὑπερυψοῦτε, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Guiltless were those Servants in the furnace. * The Son of the Theotokos went and rescued them. * He who was prefigured then, * having been incarnate now, * is gathering the whole wide world into His Church to sing: * “O all you works of the Lord, to all ages * sing praises to the Lord and exalt Him beyond measure.” [GOASD]

Ὁ λαὸς ἵσταται διὰ τὴν Θʹ Ὠδήν.

Stand for the singing of Ode ix.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Τὴν Θεοτόκον καὶ μητέρα τοῦ φωτὸς ἐν ὕμνοις τιμῶντες μεγαλύνωμεν.

Let us honor and magnify in song the Theotokos and the Mother of the light.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

ᾨδὴ θʹ.

Ode ix.

Μεγαλυνάριον. Ἦχος δʹ.

The Magnificat. Mode 4.

Στίχ. Μεγαλύνει ἡ ψυχή μου τὸν Κύριον, καὶ ἠγαλλίασε τὸ πνεῦμά μου ἐπὶ τῷ Θεῷ τῷ σωτῆρί μου.

Verse: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. [NKJV]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [GOASD]

Στίχ. Ὅτι ἐπέβλεψεν ἐπὶ τὴν ταπείνωσιν τῆς δούλης αὐτοῦ· ἰδού γάρ, ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν μακαριοῦσί με πᾶσαι αἱ γενεαί.

Verse: For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. [NKJV]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [GOASD]

Στίχ. Ὅτι ἐποίησέ μοι μεγαλεῖα ὁ Δυνατός, καὶ ἅγιον τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ, καί το ἔλεος αὐτοῦ εἰς γενεάν, καὶ γενεὰν τοῖς φοβουμένοις αὐτόν.

Verse: For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. [NKJV]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [GOASD]

Στίχ. Ἐποίησε κράτος ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, διεσκόρπισεν ὑπερηφάνους διανοίᾳ καρδίας αὐτῶν.

Verse: He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. [NKJV]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [GOASD]

Στίχ. Καθεῖλε δυνάστας ἀπὸ θρόνων, καὶ ὕψωσε ταπεινούς, πεινῶντας ἐνέπλησεν ἀγαθῶν, καὶ πλουτοῦντας ἐξαπέστειλε κενούς.

Verse: He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. [NKJV]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [GOASD]

Στίχ. Ἀντελάβετο Ἰσραὴλ παιδὸς αὐτοῦ, μνησθῆναι ἐλέους, καθὼς ἐλάλησε πρὸς τοὺς Πατέρας ἡμῶν, τῷ Ἀβραάμ, καὶ τῷ σπέρματι αὐτοῦ ἕως αἰῶνος.

Verse: He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever. [NKJV]

Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ, καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν, ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως, Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [GOASD]

ᾨδὴ θʹ. Ὁ Εἱρμός.

Ode ix. Heirmos.

Ἅπας γηγενής, σκιρτάτω τῷ πνεύματι λαμπαδουχούμενος, πανηγυριζέτω δέ, ἀΰλων Νόων φύσις γεραίρουσα, τὴν ἱερὰν πανήγυριν τῆς Θεομήτορος, καὶ βοάτω· Χαίροις παμμακάριστε, Θεοτόκε Ἁγνὴ ἀειπάρθενε.

All you born on earth, * with festival lamps in hand, in spirit leap for joy; * and all you the heavenly angelic orders, join in and celebrate; * and honoring the sacred feast of the Mother of God, * sing the joyful salutation, “O rejoice, * Theotokos, all-blest, ever-virgin pure!”

Τροπάρια.

Troparia.

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ἵνα σοι πιστοί, τὸ Χαῖρε κραυγάζωμεν, οἱ διὰ σοῦ τῆς χαρᾶς, μέτοχοι γενόμενοι, τῆς ἀϊδίου, ῥῦσαι ἡμᾶς πειρασμοῦ, βαρβαρικῆς ἁλώσεως, καὶ πάσης ἄλλης πληγῆς, διὰ πλῆθος, Κόρη παραπτώσεων, ἐπιούσης βροτοῖς ἁμαρτάνουσιν.

Rescue us, we pray, * from foreign invasion and from every other scourge * that we might experience * as a result of the multitude of sins * committed by humanity, so that we faithful, who share * the divine and everlasting joy through you, * might salute you, O Virgin, and sing: Rejoice! [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Ὤφθης φωτισμός, ἡμῶν καὶ βεβαίωσις· ὅθεν βοῶμέν σοι· Χαῖρε ἄστρον ἄδυτον, εἰσάγον κόσμῳ, τὸν μέγαν Ἥλιον, χαῖρε Ἐδὲμ ἀνοίξασα, τὴν κεκλεισμένην Ἁγνή, χαῖρε στῦλε, πύρινε εἰσάγουσα, εἰς τὴν ἄνω ζωὴν τὸ ἀνθρώπινον.

We who are confirmed * in faith and illumined through you, Lady, sing to you. * Rejoice! O unsetting star: * you brought the great Sun into the world. Rejoice! * O Pure One, you reopened Eden that was closed of old. * Fiery pillar, ushering humanity * out of bondage to heavenly life, rejoice! [SD]

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σῶσον ἡμᾶς.

Most-holy Theotokos, save us.

Στῶμεν εὐλαβῶς, ἐν οἴκῳ Θεοῦ ἡμῶν, καὶ ἐκβοήσωμεν· Χαῖρε κόσμου Δέσποινα, χαῖρε Μαρία, Κυρία πάντων ἡμῶν, χαῖρε ἡ μόνη ἄμωμος, ἐν γυναιξὶ καὶ καλή, χαῖρε σκεῦος, μύρον τὸ ἀκένωτον, ἐπὶ σὲ κενωθὲν εἰσδεξάμενον.

In the house of God * let us stand with reverence as we sing with sacred joy: * Queen of all the world, rejoice! * Rejoice, O Mary, the Lady of us all! * The only blameless and the fairest among women, rejoice! * Living vessel, that received the unemptied Word, * who like ointment was poured into you, rejoice! [SD]

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

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

Ἡ περιστερά, ἡ τὸν ἐλεήμονα ἀποκυήσασα, χαῖρε ἀειπάρθενε Ὁσίων πάντων, χαῖρε τὸ καύχημα, τῶν Ἀθλητῶν στεφάνωμα, χαῖρε ἁπάντων τε, τῶν Δικαίων, θεῖον ἐγκαλλώπισμα, καὶ ἡμῶν τῶν πιστῶν τὸ διάσωσμα.

Only perfect dove, * who brought forth the Lord of mercy as an olive branch, * ever-virgin Mary, rejoice! * You are the boast of devout monastic Saints. * Rejoice! You are the glory of the holy Martyrs. Rejoice! * And the Righteous pride themselves in knowing you. * We the faithful have you as our rescuer. [SD]

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Φεῖσαι ὁ Θεός, τῆς κληρονομίας σου, τὰς ἁμαρτίας ἡμῶν, πάσας παραβλέπων νῦν, εἰς τοῦτο ἔχων, ἐκδυσωποῦσάν σε, τὴν ἐπὶ γῆς ἀσπόρως σε, κυοφορήσασαν, διὰ μέγα ἔλεος θελήσαντα, μορφωθῆναι Χριστέ, τὸ ἀλλότριον.

Pity us, O God, * and spare Your inheritance by overlooking now * all of our iniquities, * for this accepting the fervent prayers of her * who without seed gave birth to You on earth, O Christ our God, * who in Your great mercy willed to take on flesh, * thus assuming the form that was not Your own. [SD]

Ode 9: Katavasia

Ode 9: Katavasia

ᾨδὴ θʹ. Καταβασία. Ἦχος δʹ.

Ode ix. Katavasia. Mode 4.

Ἅπας γηγενής, σκιρτάτω τῷ πνεύματι λαμπαδουχούμενος, πανηγυριζέτω δέ, ἀΰλων Νόων φύσις γεραίρουσα, τὰ ἱερὰ θαυμάσια τῆς Θεομήτορος, καὶ βοάτω· Χαίροις παμμακάριστε, Θεοτόκε Ἁγνὴ ἀειπάρθενε.

All you born on earth, * with festival lamps in hand, in spirit leap for joy; * and all you the heavenly angelic orders, join in and celebrate; * and honoring the sacred wonders of the Mother of God, * sing the joyful salutation, “O rejoice, * Theotokos, all-blest, ever-virgin pure!” [GOASD]

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἔτι καὶ ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν.

Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

Lord, have mercy.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

Lord, have mercy.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Τῆς παναγίας, ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου, δεσποίνης ἡμῶν, Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Σοί, Κύριε.

To You, O Lord.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι σὲ αἰνοῦσι πᾶσαι αἱ δυνάμεις τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπουσι, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰωνων.

For all the powers of heaven praise You, and to You they offer up glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἐξαποστειλάριον.

Exaposteilarion.

Τοῦ Τριωδίου - - -

From Triodion - - -

Ἦχος βʹ. Γυναῖκες ἀκουτίσθητε.

Mode 2. O Women, hearken.

Γυναῖκες ἀκουτίσθητε.

Τὸ ἀπʼ αἰῶνος σήμερον, γνωρίζεται μυστήριον, ὁ τοῦ Θεοῦ Θεὸς Λόγος, Υἱὸς Παρθένου Μαρίας, διʼ εὐσπλαγχνίαν γίνεται, καὶ χαρᾶς εὐαγγέλια, ὁ Γαβριὴλ προσφθέγγεται, μεθʼ οὗ βοήσωμεν πάντες· Χαῖρε ἡ Μήτηρ Κυρίου. (δίς)

The mystery that was concealed * for ages is today revealed. * The God from God and Logos * becomes now the Son of Mary * the Virgin, in His tender love. * And this good news of mighty joy * does Gabriel annunciate; * with whom let us cry together: * “Rejoice, O Mother of the Master.” (2) [SD]

Οἱ Αἶνοι. Ἦχος δʹ.

Lauds. Mode 4.

Πᾶσα πνοὴ αἰνεσάτω τὸν Κύριον. Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν· αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις. Σοὶ πρέπει ὕμνος τῷ Θεῷ.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest. It is fitting to sing a hymn to You, O God. [SAAS]

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτόν, πάντες οἱ ἄγγελοι αὐτοῦ· αἰνεῖτε αὐτόν, πᾶσαι αἱ δυνάμεις αὐτοῦ. Σοὶ πρέπει ὕμνος τῷ Θεῷ.

Praise Him, all you His angels; praise Him, all you His hosts. It is fitting to sing a hymn to You, O God. [SAAS]

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Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἥλιος καὶ σελήνη, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν πάντα τὰ ἄστρα καὶ τὸ φῶς.

Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars and light.

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν οἱ οὐρανοὶ τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ τὸ ὕδωρ τὸ ὑπεράνω τῶν οὐρανῶν. Αἰνεσάτωσαν τὸ ὄνομα Κυρίου.

Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens. Let them praise the Lord’s name.

Ὅτι αὐτὸς εἶπε, καὶ ἐγενήθησαν, αὐτὸς ἐνετείλατο, καὶ ἐκτίσθησαν.

For He spoke, and they were made; He commanded, and they were created.

Ἔστησεν αὐτὰ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα καὶ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τοῦ αἰῶνος· πρόσταγμα ἔθετο, καὶ οὐ παρελεύσεται.

He established them forever and unto ages of ages; He set forth His ordinance, and it shall not pass away.

Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον ἐκ τῆς γῆς, δράκοντες καὶ πᾶσαι ἄβυσσοι.

Praise the Lord from the earth, you dragons and all the deeps.

Πῦρ, χάλαζα, χιών, κρύσταλλος, πνεῦμα καταιγίδος, τὰ ποιοῦντα τὸν λόγον αὐτοῦ.

Fire and hail, snow and ice, stormy wind, which perform His word.

Τὰ ὄρη καὶ πάντες οἱ βουνοί, ξύλα καρποφόρα καὶ πᾶσαι κέδροι.

Mountains and all the hills, fruitful trees and all cedars.

Τὰ θηρία καὶ πάντα τὰ κτήνη, ἑρπετὰ καὶ πετεινὰ πτερωτά.

Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds.

Βασιλεῖς τῆς γῆς καὶ πάντες λαοί, ἄρχοντες καὶ πάντες κριταὶ γῆς.

Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth.

Νεανίσκοι καὶ παρθένοι, πρεσβύτεροι μετὰ νεωτέρων· αἰνεσάτωσαν τὸ ὄνομα Κυρίου, ὅτι ὑψώθη τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ μόνου.

Young men and maidens, elders with younger, let them praise the Lord’s name, for His name alone is exalted.

Ἡ ἐξομολόγησις αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ γῆς καὶ οὐρανοῦ. καὶ ὑψώσει κέρας λαοῦ αὐτοῦ.

His thanksgiving is in earth and heaven. And He shall exalt the horn of His people.

Ὕμνος πᾶσι τοῖς ὁσίοις αὐτοῦ, τοῖς υἱοῖς Ἰσραήλ, λαῷ ἐγγίζοντι αὐτῷ.

A hymn for all His saints, for the children of Israel, a people who draw near to Him.

Ἄσατε τῷ Κυρίῳ ᾆσμα καινόν, ἡ αἴνεσις αὐτοῦ ἐν ἐκκλησίᾳ ὁσίων.

Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of His holy ones.

Εὐφρανθήτω Ἰσραὴλ ἐπὶ τῷ ποιήσαντι αὐτόν, καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ Σιὼν ἀγαλλιάσθωσαν ἐπὶ τῷ βασιλεῖ αὐτῶν.

Let Israel be glad in Him who made him, and let the children of Zion greatly rejoice in their King.

Αἰνεσάτωσαν τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ ἐν χορῷ, ἐν τυμπάνῳ καὶ ψαλτηρίῳ ψαλάτωσαν αὐτῷ.

Let them praise His name with dance; with tambourine and harp let them sing to Him.

Ὅτι εὐδοκεῖ Κύριος ἐν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ καὶ ὑψώσει πραεῖς ἐν σωτηρίᾳ.

For the Lord is pleased with His people, and He shall exalt the gentle with salvation.

Καυχήσονται ὅσιοι ἐν δόξῃ καὶ ἀγαλλιάσονται ἐπὶ τῶν κοιτῶν αὐτῶν.

The holy ones shall boast in glory, and they shall greatly rejoice on their beds.

Αἱ ὑψώσεις τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐν τῷ λάρυγγι αὐτῶν, καὶ ῥομφαῖαι δίστομοι ἐν ταῖς χερσὶν αὐτῶν.

The high praise of God shall be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand.

Τοῦ ποιῆσαι ἐκδίκησιν ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, ἐλεγμοὺς ἐν τοῖς λαοῖς.

To deal retribution to the nations, reproving among the peoples.

Τοῦ δῆσαι τοὺς βασιλεῖς αὐτῶν ἐν πέδαις καὶ τοὺς ἐνδόξους αὐτῶν ἐν χειροπέδαις σιδηραῖς.

To shackle their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron.

Τοῦ ποιῆσαι ἐν αὐτοῖς κρῖμα ἔγγραπτον· δόξα αὕτη ἔσται πᾶσι τοῖς ὁσίοις αὐτοῦ.

To fulfill among them the written judgment: this glory have all His holy ones.

Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Θεὸν ἐν τοῖς ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν στερεώματι τῆς δυνάμεως αὐτοῦ.

Praise God in His saints; praise Him in the firmament of His power.

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Προσόμοια. Τῆς Θεοτόκου.

Prosomia. For the Theotokos.

Τοῦ Τριωδίου - - -

From Triodion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ. Ὡς γενναῖον ἐν Μάρτυσι.

Mode 4. To a brave one.

Ὡς γενναῖον ἐν Μάρτυσι.

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐπὶ ταῖς δυναστείαις αὐτοῦ, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν κατὰ τὸ πλῆθος τῆς μεγαλωσύνης αὐτοῦ.

Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness. [SAAS]

Κεκρυμμένον μυστήριον, καὶ Ἀγγέλοις ἀγνώριστον, Γαβριὴλ πιστεύεται ὁ Ἀρχάγγελος, καὶ ἐπὶ σὲ νῦν ἐλεύσεται, τὴν μόνην ἀκήρατον, καὶ καλὴν περιστεράν, καὶ τοῦ γένους ἀνάκλησιν, καὶ βοήσει σοι· Παναγία τό, Χαῖρε, ἑτοιμάζου, διὰ λόγου Θεὸν Λόγον, σοῦ ταῖς λαγόσιν εἰσδέξασθαι.

Now the Archangel Gabriel * is entrusted the mystery * which even to Angels was hidden and unknown. * And he shall presently come to you, * the dove that alone is fair * and completely undefiled, * restoration of humankind, * and shall say to you: * “Rejoice, O all-holy one! Make ready through a word to grant admission * into your womb unto God the Word.” [SD]

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν ἤχῳ σάλπιγγος, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν ψαλτηρίῳ καὶ κιθάρᾳ.

Praise Him with the sound of trumpet; praise Him with the harp and lyre. [SAAS]

Κεκρυμμένον μυστήριον, καὶ Ἀγγέλοις ἀγνώριστον, Γαβριὴλ πιστεύεται ὁ Ἀρχάγγελος, καὶ ἐπὶ σὲ νῦν ἐλεύσεται, τὴν μόνην ἀκήρατον, καὶ καλὴν περιστεράν, καὶ τοῦ γένους ἀνάκλησιν, καὶ βοήσει σοι· Παναγία τό, Χαῖρε, ἑτοιμάζου, διὰ λόγου Θεὸν Λόγον, σοῦ ταῖς λαγόσιν εἰσδέξασθαι.

Now the Archangel Gabriel * is entrusted the mystery * which even to Angels was hidden and unknown. * And he shall presently come to you, * the dove that alone is fair * and completely undefiled, * restoration of humankind, * and shall say to you: * “Rejoice, O all-holy one! Make ready through a word to grant admission * into your womb unto God the Word.” [SD]

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν τυμπάνῳ καὶ χορῷ, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν χορδαῖς καὶ ὀργάνῳ.

Praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and flute. [SAAS]

Κεκρυμμένον μυστήριον, καὶ Ἀγγέλοις ἀγνώριστον, Γαβριὴλ πιστεύεται ὁ Ἀρχάγγελος, καὶ ἐπὶ σὲ νῦν ἐλεύσεται, τὴν μόνην ἀκήρατον, καὶ καλὴν περιστεράν, καὶ τοῦ γένους ἀνάκλησιν, καὶ βοήσει σοι· Παναγία τό, Χαῖρε, ἑτοιμάζου, διὰ λόγου Θεὸν Λόγον, σοῦ ταῖς λαγόσιν εἰσδέξασθαι.

A most radiant palace has * been prepared just for You, O Lord, * in the undefiled womb of the Maid of God. * Come down and enter it, pitying * Your creature. For he endured * envious hostilities; * he is held in the bondage of * the avenging foe; * he has utterly lost his former beauty, but he anxiously is waiting * for his salvation through Your descent. [SD]

Αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν κυμβάλοις εὐήχοις, αἰνεῖτε αὐτὸν ἐν κυμβάλοις ἀλαλαγμοῦ. Πᾶσα πνοὴ αἰνεσάτω τὸν Κύριον.

Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with triumphant cymbals; let everything that breathes praise the Lord. [SAAS]

Φωτοφόρον Παλάτιον, ἡτοιμάσθη σοι Δέσποτα, ἡ νηδὺς ἡ ἄφθορος τῆς Θεόπαιδος, δεῦρο πρὸς τοῦτο κατάβηθι, οἰκτείρας τὸ πλάσμα σου, φθονερῶς πολεμηθέν, καὶ δουλείᾳ κρατούμενον τοῦ ἀλάστορος, καὶ τὸ κάλλος τὸ πρώην ἀπολέσαν, καὶ τὴν σὴν σωτηριώδη, προσαναμένον κατάβασιν.

O all-blameless one, presently * shall the Archangel Gabriel * come to you perceptibly and shall say to you, * “Rejoice, deliverance from the curse, * the raising of fallen man! * O rejoice! For only you * among women are rightly called * chosen one of God. * Living cloud of the Sun, rejoice, and welcome in your womb the Uncontainable, * Whose perfect will is to dwell therein.” [SD]

Δόξα· καὶ νῦν.

Glory. Both now.

Τοῦ Τριωδίου - - -

From Triodion - - -

Ἦχος δʹ.

Mode 4.

Γλῶσσαν ἣν οὐκ ἔγνω, ἤκουσεν ἡ Θεοτόκος· ἐλάλει γὰρ πρὸς αὐτὴν ὁ Ἀρχάγγελος, τοῦ Εὐαγγελισμοῦ τὰ ῥήματα· ὅθεν πιστῶς δεξαμένη τὸν ἀσπασμόν, συνέλαβέ σε τὸν προαιώνιον Θεόν. Διὸ καὶ ἡμεῖς ἀγαλλόμενοι βοῶμέν σοι· ὁ ἐξ αὐτῆς σαρκωθεὶς ἀτρέπτως Θεός, εἰρήνην τῷ κόσμῳ δώρησαι, καὶ ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

The Theotokos heard a tongue she knew not. For the Archangel spoke to her the words of the Annunciation. When she accepted the salutation with faith, she conceived You, the pre-eternal God. We also greatly rejoice, and we say to You: O God, Who without changing became incarnate of her, grant peace to the world, and great mercy to our souls. [SD]

Ὁ λαὸς ἵσταται διὰ τὴν Μ. Δοξολογίαν.

Stand for the Great Doxology.

Ἡ Μεγάλη Δοξολογία

Great Doxology

Δόξα σοι τῷ δείξαντι τὸ φῶς. Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις Θεῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς εἰρήνη, ἐν ἀνθρώποις εὐδοκία.

Glory be to You who showed the light. Glory in the highest to God. His peace is on earth, His good pleasure in mankind. [SD]

Ὑμνοῦμέν σε, εὐλογοῦμέν σε, προσκυνοῦμέν σε, δοξολογοῦμέν σε, εὐχαριστοῦμέν σοι, διὰ τὴν μεγάλην σου δόξαν.

We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we give thanks to You for Your great glory.

Κύριε βασιλεῦ, ἐπουράνιε Θεέ, Πάτερ παντοκράτορ· Κύριε Υἱὲ μονογενές, Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, καὶ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα.

Lord King, heavenly God, Father, Ruler over all; Lord, only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; and You, O Holy Spirit.

Κύριε ὁ Θεός, ὁ ἀμνὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ Πατρός, ὁ αἴρων τὴν ἁμαρτίαν τοῦ κόσμου, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς, ὁ αἴρων τὰς ἁμαρτίας τοῦ κόσμου.

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, You who take away the sins of the world.

Πρόσδεξαι τὴν δέησιν ἡμῶν, ὁ καθήμενος ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ Πατρός, καὶ ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

Accept our supplication, You who sit at the right hand of the Father, and have mercy on us.

Ὅτι σὺ εἶ μόνος Ἅγιος, σὺ εἶ μόνος Κύριος, Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, εἰς δόξαν Θεοῦ Πατρός. Ἀμήν.

For You alone are holy, You alone are Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Καθʼ ἑκάστην ἡμέραν εὐλογήσω σε καὶ αἰνέσω τὸ ὄνομά σου εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα καὶ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τοῦ αἰῶνος.

Every day I will bless You, and Your name will I praise to eternity, and to the ages of ages.

Καταξίωσον, Κύριε, ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ταύτῃ, ἀναμαρτήτους φυλαχθῆναι ἡμᾶς.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day, that we be kept without sin.

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς τῶν Πατέρων ἡμῶν, καὶ αἰνετὸν καὶ δεδοξασμένον τὸ ὄνομά σου εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας. Ἀμήν.

Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name to the ages. Amen.

Γένοιτο, Κύριε, τὸ ἔλεός σου ἐφʼ ἡμᾶς, καθάπερ ἠλπίσαμεν ἐπὶ σέ.

Let Your mercy be on us, O Lord, as we have set our hope on You.

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, δίδαξόν με τὰ δικαιώματά σου.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, δίδαξόν με τὰ δικαιώματά σου.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ Κύριε, δίδαξόν με τὰ δικαιώματά σου.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Κύριε, καταφυγὴ ἐγενήθης ἡμῖν ἐν γενεᾷ καὶ γενεᾷ. Ἐγὼ εἶπα· Κύριε, ἐλέησόν με, ἴασαι τὴν ψυχήν μου, ὅτι ἥμαρτόν σοι.

Lord, You have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: Lord, have mercy on me. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.

Κύριε, πρὸς σὲ κατέφυγον. Δίδαξόν με τοῦ ποιεῖν τὸ θέλημά σου, ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ Θεός μου.

Lord, I have fled to You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.

Ὅτι παρὰ σοὶ πηγὴ ζωῆς, ἐν τῷ φωτί σου ὀψόμεθα φῶς.

For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we shall see light.

Παράτεινον τὸ ἔλεός σου τοῖς γινώσκουσί σε.

Continue Your mercy to those who know You.

Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος Ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς. (3)

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3)

Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.

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

Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί, καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος Ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Ἀπολυτίκιον.

Apolytikion.

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Ἦχος πλ. δʹ. Αὐτόμελον.

Mode pl. 4. Automelon.

Τὸ προσταχθέν.

Τὸ προσταχθὲν μυστικῶς λαβὼν ἐν γνώσει, ἐν τῇ σκηνῇ τοῦ Ἰωσὴφ σπουδῇ ἐπέστη, ὁ Ἀσώματος λέγων τῇ Ἀπειρογάμῳ· Ὁ κλίνας τῇ καταβάσει τοὺς οὐρανούς, χωρεῖται ἀναλλοιώτως ὅλος ἐν σοί· ὃν καὶ βλέπων ἐν μήτρᾳ σου, λαβόντα δούλου μορφήν, ἐξίσταμαι κραυγάζων σοι· Χαῖρε, Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε!

When he perceived what had secretly been ordered, * to the abode of Joseph urgently reported * the unbodied one saying unto the Unwedded: * “The Lord who has bowed the heavens in His descent, * in you is contained completely and without change; * and beholding Him in your womb * taking the form of a slave, * astounded I cry out to you: * Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.” [SD]

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DEACON

Ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, κατὰ τὸ μέγα ἔλεός σου, δεόμεθά σου, ἐπάκουσον καὶ ἐλέησον.

Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great mercy, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

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CHOIR (after each petition)

Κύριε, ἐλέησον. (3)

Lord, have mercy. (3)

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ ὀρθοδόξων χριστιανῶν.

Again we pray for pious and Orthodox Christians.

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τοῦ Ἀρχιεπισκόπου ἡμῶν (δεῖνος).

Again we pray for our Archbishop (name).

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν τῶν ἱερέων, ἱερομονάχων, διακόνων καὶ μοναχῶν καὶ πάσης τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ἡμῶν ἀδελφότητος.

Again we pray for our brethren: the priests, the hieromonks, the hierodeacons, the monastics, and all our brotherhood in Christ.

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ ἐλέους, ζωῆς, εἰρήνης, ὑγείας, σωτηρίας, ἐπισκέψεως, συγχωρήσεως καὶ ἀφέσεως τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν τῶν δούλων τοῦ Θεοῦ, πάντων τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ ὀρθοδόξων χριστιανῶν τῶν κατοικούντων καὶ παρεπιδημούντων ἐν τῇ πόλει ταύτῃ, τῶν ἐνοριτῶν, ἐπιτρόπων, συνδρομητῶν καὶ ἀφιερωτῶν τῆς ἁγίας Ἐκκλησίας ταύτης.

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, protection, forgiveness, and remission of the sins of the servants of God, all pious Orthodox Christians residing and visiting in this city: the parishioners, the members of the parish council, the stewards, and benefactors of this holy church.

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπέρ τῶν μακαρίων καὶ ἀειμνήστων κτιτόρων τῆς ἁγίας Ἐκκλησίας (ἢ τῆς ἁγίας μονῆς) ταύτης καὶ ὑπὲρ πάντων τῶν προαναπαυσαμένων πατέρων καὶ ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν, τῶν ἐνθάδε εὐσεβῶς κειμένων καὶ ἁπανταχοῦ ὀρθοδόξων.

Again we pray for the blessed and ever-memorable founders of this holy church, and for all our fathers and brethren who have fallen asleep before us, who here have been piously laid to their rest, as well as the Orthodox everywhere.

Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ τῶν καρποφορούντων καὶ καλλιεργούντων ἐν τῷ ἁγίῳ καὶ πανσέπτῳ ναῷ τούτῳ, κοπιώντων, ψαλλόντων καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ περιεστῶτος λαοῦ, τοῦ ἀπεκδεχομένου τὸ παρὰ σοῦ μέγα καὶ πλούσιον ἔλεος.

Again we pray for those who bear fruit and do good works in this holy and all-venerable church, for those who labor and those who sing, and for the people here present who await Your great and rich mercy.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι ἐλεήμων καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς ὑπάρχεις, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For You are merciful and benevolent God, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Πληρώσωμεν τὴν ἑωθινὴν δέησιν ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ.

Let us complete our morning prayer to the Lord.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

Lord, have mercy.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἀντιλαβοῦ, σῶσον, ἐλέησον καὶ διαφύλαξον ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεός, τῇ σῇ χάριτι.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.

Lord, have mercy.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Τὴν ἡμέραν πᾶσαν τελείαν, ἁγίαν, εἰρηνικὴν καὶ ἀναμάρτητον παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

That the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask the Lord.

ΧΟΡΟΣ (μεθʼ ἑκάστην δέησιν)

CHOIR (after each petition)

Παράσχου, Κύριε.

Grant this, O Lord.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Ἄγγελον εἰρήνης, πιστὸν ὁδηγόν, φύλακα τῶν ψυχῶν καὶ τῶν σωμάτων ἡμῶν παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask the Lord.

Συγγνώμην καὶ ἄφεσιν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν καὶ τῶν πλημμελημάτων ἡμῶν παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

For pardon and remission of our sins and transgressions, let us ask the Lord.

Τὰ καλὰ καὶ συμφέροντα ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν καὶ εἰρήνην τῷ κόσμῳ παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

For that which is good and beneficial for our souls, and for peace for the world, let us ask the Lord.

Τὸν ὑπόλοιπον χρόνον τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν ἐν εἰρήνῃ καὶ μετανοίᾳ ἐκτελέσαι παρὰ τοῦ Κυρίου αἰτησώμεθα.

That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us ask the Lord.

Χριστιανὰ τὰ τέλη τῆς ζωῆς ἡμῶν, ἀνώδυνα, ἀνεπαίσχυντα, εἰρηνικὰ καὶ καλὴν ἀπολογίαν τὴν ἐπὶ τοῦ φοβεροῦ βήματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ αἰτησώμεθα.

And let us ask for a Christian end to our life, peaceful, without shame and suffering, and for a good defense before the awesome judgment seat of Christ.

Τῆς παναγίας, ἀχράντου, ὑπερευλογημένης, ἐνδόξου, δεσποίνης ἡμῶν, Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας μετὰ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων μνημονεύσαντες, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ παραθώμεθα.

Remembering our all-holy, immaculate, most blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Σοί, Κύριε.

To You, O Lord.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Ὅτι Θεὸς ἐλέους, οἰκτιρμῶν, καὶ φιλανθρωπίας ὑπάρχεις, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For You are the God of mercy and compassion and love for humankind, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to ages of ages.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Εἰρήνη πᾶσι.

Peace be with all.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Καὶ τῷ πνεύματί σου.

And with your spirit.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ

DEACON

Τὰς κεφαλὰς ἡμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ κλίνωμεν.

Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Σοί, Κύριε.

To You, O Lord.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ (χαμηλοφώνως)

PRIEST (in a low voice)

Κύριε ἅγιε, ὁ ἐν ὑψηλοῖς κατοικῶν καὶ τὰ ταπεινὰ ἐφορῶν καὶ τῷ παντεφόρῳ σου ὄμματι ἐπιβλέπων ἐπὶ πᾶσαν τὴν κτίσιν, σοὶ ἐκλίναμεν τὸν αὐχένα τῆς ψυχῆς καὶ τοῦ σώματος καὶ δεόμεθά σου, ἅγιε ἁγίων· Ἔκτεινον τὴν χεῖρά σου τὴν ἀόρατον ἐξ ἁγίου κατοικητηρίου σου καὶ εὐλόγησον πάντας ἡμᾶς· καὶ εἴ τι ἡμάρτομεν ἑκουσίως ἢ ἀκουσίως, ὡς ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος Θεὸς συγχώρησον, δωρούμενος ἡμῖν τὰ ἐγκόσμια καὶ ὑπερκόσμια ἀγαθά σου.

Holy Lord, who dwell in the highest and look upon the humble and observe all creation with Your all-seeing eye, to You we bow the neck of soul and body, and we pray You, Holy of holies: Extend Your invisible hand from Your holy heavens and bless us all. And as good and benevolent God, forgive us any misdeeds we committed voluntarily or involuntarily, and grant us Your blessings in this world and in the next.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ (ἐκφώνως)

PRIEST (aloud)

Σὸν γάρ ἐστι τὸ ἐλεεῖν καὶ σώζειν ἡμᾶς, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ σοὶ τὴν δόξαν ἀναπέμπομεν, τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ καὶ τῷ ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

For Yours it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and to You we offer up glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to ages of ages.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Σοφία.

Wisdom.

( Εὐλόγησον. )

( Father, bless! )

Ὁ ὢν εὐλογητὸς Χριστὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν πάντοτε, νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.

Blessed is Christ our God, the One who is, always, now and ever and to the ages of ages.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.

ΠΡΟΕΣΤΩΣ ἢ ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗΣ

HIERARCH or READER

Στερεώσαι Κύριος ὁ Θεός τὴν ἁγίαν καὶ ἀμώμητον πίστιν τῶν εὐσεβῶν καὶ ὀρθοδόξων χριστιανῶν σὺν τῇ ἁγίᾳ αὐτοῦ Μεγάλῃ Ἐκκλησίᾳ, τῇ ἱερᾷ ἡμῶν Ἀρχιεπισκοπῇ, [τῇ ἱερᾷ Μητροπόλει ταύτῃ] καὶ τῇ πόλει ταύτῃ εἰς αἰῶνας αἰώνων.

The Lord God make firm the holy and pure faith of the pious Orthodox Christians, together with the Holy and Great Church of Christ, our Sacred Archdiocese, [this Sacred Metropolis,] and this city, to the ages of ages.

( Ἀμήν. )

( Amen. )

Dismissal

Dismissal

ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

PRIEST

Δόξα σοι, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα σοι.

Glory to You, O Christ our God. Glory to You.

Χριστὸς ὁ ἀληθινὸς Θεὸς ἡμῶν ταῖς πρεσβείαις τῆς παναχράντου καὶ παναμώμου ἁγίας αὐτοῦ Μητρός· δυνάμει τοῦ τιμίου καὶ ζωοποιοῦ Σταυροῦ· προστασίαις τῶν τιμίων ἐπουρανίων δυνάμεων ἀσωμάτων· ἱκεσίαις τοῦ τιμίου, ἐνδόξου, προφήτου, προδρόμου καὶ βαπτιστοῦ Ἰωάννου· τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ πανευφήμων ἀποστόλων· τῶν ἁγίων ἐνδόξων καὶ καλλινίκων μαρτύρων· τῶν ὁσίων καὶ θεοφόρων πατέρων ἡμῶν· (τοῦ ἁγίου τοῦ ναοῦ)· τῶν ἁγίων καὶ δικαίων θεοπατόρων Ἰωακεὶμ καὶ Ἄννης· καὶ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων ἐλεήσαι καὶ σώσαι ἡμᾶς ὡς ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος καὶ ἐλεήμων Θεός.

May Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-pure and all-immaculate holy Mother, the power of the precious and life-giving Cross, the protection of the honorable, bodiless powers of heaven, the supplications of the honorable, glorious prophet and forerunner John the Baptist, of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy apostles, of the holy, glorious, and triumphant martyrs, of our righteous and God-bearing fathers, (local patron saint); of the holy and righteous ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, as He is good, benevolent, and merciful God.

Conclusion, i.e. “Through the prayers…”

Conclusion, i.e. “Through the prayers…”

Διʼ εὐχῶν τῶν ἁγίων πατέρων ἡμῶν, Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

CHOIR

Ἀμήν.

Amen.