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SUNDAY, March 11, 2018

Sophronios, Pat. Of Jerusalem; Theodora the Righteous

  Orthros: Grave                                     Gospel: John 20: 1-20
Epistle:  Hebrews 4: 14-16; 5: 1-6        Page:140   (Red Book)
    Gospel:  Mark 8: 34-38;  9: 1             Page:141   (Red Book)

                On the Signing of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
                                         Third Sunday of Lent

The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.

       + St. Anthony the Great

When, then, you make the sign of the cross on the forehead, arm yourself with a saintly boldness, and reinstall your soul in its old liberty; for you are not ignorant that the cross is a prize beyond all price. Consider what is the price given for your ransom, and you will never more be slave to any man on earth. This reward and ransom is the cross. You should not then, carelessly make the sign on the forehead, but you should impress it on your heart with the love of a fervent faith. Nothing impure will dare to molest you on seeing the weapon, which overcometh all things.

       + St. John Chrysostom

“Let us not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified. Be the Cross our seal made with boldness by our fingers on our brow, and on everything; over the bread we eat, and the cups we drink; in our comings in, and goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we rise up; when we are in the way, and when we are still. Great is that preservative; it is without price, for the sake of the poor; without toil, for the sick; since also its grace is from God. It is the Sign of the faithful, and the dread of devils: for He ‘triumphed over them in it, having made a show of them openly’[Colossians 2:15]; for when they see the Cross they are reminded of the Crucified; they are afraid of Him, who bruised the heads of the dragon. Despise not the Seal, because of the freeness of the gift; but for this the rather honor your Benefactor.”

       + St. Cyril of Jerusalem

    APOLYTIKION of the Holy Cross (Tone 1)
      Save O Lord your people
      and bless your inheritance
      Grant victory to the faithful
      against the adversaries of the Faith
      and protect your people by your Holy Cross

      By Your Cross You abolished death, to the thief You
      opened Paradise, You transformed the myrrhbearers’
      lamentation, and commanded Your Apostles to preach
      that You are risen, O Christ our God,
      bestowing great mercy upon the world

     Today is the beginning of our salvation,
     and the revelation of the mystery of ages.
     The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin.
     And Gabriel proclaims this gift from God.
     Together with him we cry out to You, O Theotokos:
     “Hail thou full of grace,  the Lord is with you.”

    To our Protectress, to our Leader victorious,
    we as a people, give thanks to you, our liberator.
    To you, O Theotokos, we ascribe victory.
    And as you possess power invincible,
    from ev’ry kind of danger do set us free,
    To cry out to you: “Hail, O Bride unwedded!” 

    Σώσον, Κύριε, τον λαόν Σου και ευλόγησον την       
    κληρονομίαν Σου, νίκας τοις βασιλεύσι κατά    
    βαρβάρων δωρούμενος και το σον φυλάττων,
    δια του Σταυρού Σου, πολίτευμα.

    Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον,
    ἠνέῳξας τῷ Λῃστῇ τὸν Παράδεισον,
    τῶν Μυροφόρων τὸν θρῆνον μετέβαλες,
    καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις κηρύττειν ἐπέταξας,
    ὅτι ἀνέστης Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός,
    παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

    Σήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τό Κεφάλαιον,
    καί τοῦ ἀπ᾽ αἰῶνος Μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις·
    ὁ Υἱός τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱός τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται,
    καί Γαβριήλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται.
    Διό καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ τῇ Θεοτόκῳ βοήσωμεν·
    Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.

 ΚΟΝΤΑΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. Πλ. δ)
    Τῇ ὑπερμάχῷ στρατηγῷ τὰ νικητήρια,
    ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια,
    ἀναγράφω σοι ἡ πόλις σου, Θεοτόκε·
    ἀλλ' ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον,
    ἐκ παντοίων με κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον,
    ἵνα κράζω σοί· Χαῖρε Νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.


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