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SUNDAY, October 27, 2019 Nestor of Thessaloniki; Kyriakos, Pat. Of Constantinople Orthros: Second Gospel: John 20: 11-18 Epistle: II Corinthians 11: 31-33; 12: 1-9 Page: 1006 (Pew Bibles) Gospel: Luke 8: 41-56 Page: 896 (Pew Bibles) On Prayer - St. John of Kronstadt O, how exalted is the soul when it is with God! The Church is truly a paradise on earth! How fervently one appeals to the Lord and the Mother of God! What meekness, humility, kindness one feels! What indifference to earthly things! What ardent desire for heavenly bliss! The tongue cannot even describe the rapture one experiences in having God within one’s heart! With Him all earthly things are like dust and decay.” “One must constrain oneself and do prostrations even against one’s will; this is necessary to combat the pride which nestles deep within our heart. Pride cannot bear to prostrate itself.” “A prayer requires that the object of the prayer be expressed concretely or, at the least, that the heart have a clear realization and desire of it; secondly, that this desire be expressed with feeling and a sincere belief in the mercy of the Lord and the Mother of God; thirdly, one must have a firm intention not to sin, but to fulfill the will of God in everything.” “If you are united to God by lively faith and virtue, especially meekness, humility and mercy, ask Him whatever you wish, whatever the Holy Spirit instructs you to ask, - and you shall receive: either immediately, in an instant, in a single hour, or after a while, in accordance with God’s wisdom.” “The most important thing in a prayer, of which one must take care primarily, - is to have a lively and clear-eyed faith in the Lord: think of Him being in front of you and inside you, - and then, if you wish, ask the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, and it shall be granted you. Ask simply, without any hesitation, - and your God will be everything for you, doing great and wondrous deeds in an instant.” From the spiritual diary of St. John of Kronstadt, “My life in Christ.” 1. RESURRECTIONAL APOLYTIKION (Second Mode) When You descended unto death, O Lord who yourself are immortal Life, then did You mortify Hades by the lightning flash of Your Divinity. Also when You raised the dead from the netherworld, all the Powers of the heavens were crying out: O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You. 2. HYMN OF OUR CHURCH (Fourth Mode) 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. 3. KONTAKION (Second Mode) A protection of Christians unshamable, Intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, please reject not the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. Instead, come to us for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: Hasten to intercede and speed now to supplicate, as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you. 1. ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΜΟ ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. β) Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον, ἡ ζωὴ ἡ ἀθάνατος, τότε τὸν ἄδην ἐνέκρωσας, τῇ ἀστραπῇ τῆς Θεότητος. Ὅτε δὲ καὶ τοὺς τεθνεῶτας ἐκ τῶν καταχθονίων ἀνέστησας, πᾶσαι αἱ Δυνάμεις τῶν ἐπουρανίων ἐκραύγαζον. Ζωοδότα Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, δόξα Σοι. 2. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΤΟΥ ΝΑΟΥ (Ηχ. δ’) 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. 3. ΚΟΝΤΑΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. β) Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε, μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς· ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε τῶν τιμώντων σε.

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