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                             SUNDAY, March 3, 2019

Eutropios, Kleonikos, Vasiliskos, Theodoretos of Antioch

  Orthros:  Grave                             Gospel: Luke 24: 12-35
  Epistle: I Corinthians 8: 8-13; 9: 1-2           Page: 132  (Red Books)                                              Gospel: Matthew 25: 31-46        Page: 133  (Red Books)                                                

                                                Judgment Sunday

 The foregoing two parables -- especially that of the Prodigal Son -- have presented to us God's extreme goodness and love for man. But lest certain persons, putting their confidence in this alone, live carelessly, squandering upon sin the time given them to work out their salvation, and death suddenly snatch them away, the most divine Fathers have appointed this day's feast commemorating Christ's impartial Second Coming, through which we bring to mind that God is not only the Friend of man, but also the most righteous Judge, Who recompenses to each according to his deeds.

 It is the aim of the holy Fathers, through bringing to mind that fearful day, to rouse us from the slumber of carelessness unto the work of virtue, and to move us to love and compassion for our brethren. Besides this, even as on the coming Sunday of Cheese-fare we commemorate Adam's exile from the Paradise of delight -- which exile is the beginning of life as we know it now -- it is clear that today's is reckoned the last of all feasts, because on the last day of judgment, truly, everything of this world will come to an end.

             Source: https://www.goarch.org/chapel/saints?       
          contentid=1016&PCode=MEATS&D=S&DT=3/3/2019

 

1. RESURRECTION APOLYTIKION (Seventh Mode)
    By Your cross, O Lord, You destroyed death,
    to the thief You opened paradise.
    The Myrrhbearers sorrow you transformed into joy,
    and you sent your Apostles forth to proclaim
    that You had risen from the dead, Christ our God, 
    bestowing on all the world Your great mercy.

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 (First Mode)
    When You come down to the earth,
    O God, in Your glory, all things will
    cower tremulous, and a river of fire
    will draw before Your Judgment
    Seat; the books shall be opened up,
    and public knowledge will things
    hidden be.  Rescue me, then, I pray,
    from unquenchable fire, and count
    me worthy to stand at Your right
    hand, O You, the most righteous
    Judge.

1. ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΜΟ ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. Βαρύς)
    Κατέλυσας τω Σταυρώ σου τον θάνατον
    ηνέωξας τω Ληστή τον Παράδεισον
    των Μυροφόρων τον θρήνον μετέβαλες
    και τοις σοις Αποστόλοις κηρύττειν επέταξας
    οτι ανέστης, Χριστέ ο Θεός,
    παρέχων τω κόσμω το μέγα έλεος

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. α)
   Ὅταν ἔλθης ὁ Θεός, ἐπὶ γῆς μετὰ δόξης,
    καὶ τρέμωσι τὰ σύμπαντα·
    ποταμὸς δὲ τοῦ πυρὸς πρὸ τοῦ Βήματος ἕλκῃ,
    καὶ βίβλοι ἀνοίγωνται, καὶ τὰ κρυπτὰ δημοσιεύωνται·
    τότε ῥῦσαί με, ἐκ τοῦ πυρὸς τοῦ ἀσβέστου,
    καὶ ἀξίωσον, ἐκ δεξιῶν σου με στῆναι,
    Κριτὰ δικαιότατε.

 

 

 

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