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    SUNDAY, September 23, 2018

Conception of John the Baptist; Xanthippe & Polyxene

 Orthros:  Plagal Fourth                      Gospel: Luke 24: 36-53
 Epistle:  Galatians 4: 22-27               Page: 1010 (Pew Bibles)
Gospel:  Luke 5: 1-11                        Page: 94 (Red Books)


How to Receive Holy Communion

 Spiritual struggle and asceticism are needed before and after Holy Communion.  St. Nicholas Kabasilas underscores the toil preceding Holy Communion when he comments on the words of Christ: “Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for the meat which endures unto everlasting life, which the Son of Man shall give unto you” (John 6:27) and the words of the Apostle Paul, “If any would not work, neither should he eat” (1 Thess. 3:10).  If we need to work hard in order to gain the “food which perishes,” how much more should we work for Holy Communion?

 Yet even after Holy Communion we need ascetic practice in order to preserve the divine grace received through the sacraments.  Reading the prayers after Holy Communion reveals this.  The faithful servant prays to God for repentance, tears, and strength, so that he will remain a true member of Christ.  The communicant also implores the Mother of God to mediate to her Son for contrition and compunction of Heart. 

 Consequently, ascetic life is necessary prior to and after Holy Communion.  The grace of God received through the partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ acts according to a person’s spiritual state. 

 Met. Hierotheos Vlachos, Orthodox Spirituality, pp. 75-76.

    (Plagal Fourth Mode)
      From the heights You came down,
      O Compassionate One.
      And you did submit to three-day burial
      that from the passions You might deliver us.
      O our Life and Resurrection, O Lord,
      glory be to You.

    Be glad, O barren One, who could not bear.
    For behold, you have conceived the lamp of the Sun,  
    who will enlighten the universe
    now suffering in blindness.
    Rejoice, O Zacharias, openly crying out,
   “He who is soon to be born
    is the Prophet of the Most High”

    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.”

4. 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.

    Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος,
    ταφὴν κατεδέξω τριήμερον,
    ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσης τῶν παθῶν,
    ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

           ΤΟΥ ΠΡΟΔΡΟΜΟΥ (Ηχ. Δ)
     Η πρώην ου τίκτουσα, στείρα ευφράνθητι
     ιδού γαρ συνέλαβες, Ηλιου λύχνον σαφώς,
     φωτίζειν τον μέλλοντα, πάσν την οικουμένην,
     αβλεψίαν νοσούσαν χόρευε Ζαχαρία,
     εκβοών παρρησία Προφήτης του Υψίστου εστίν,
     ο μέλλον τίκτεσθαι.

    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.


4. 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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