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    SUNDAY, September 30, 2018

Gregory, Bishop of Armenia; Mardonios & Stratonikos

 Orthros:  First                                   Gospel: John 20: 1-20
 Epistle:  II Corinthians 9: 6-11        Page: 93 (Red Books)
 
Gospel:  Luke 6: 31-36                     Page: 96 (Red Books)

 

Blaming Others

  • Have you ever overheard students discussing the results of their exams?

  • One says, “I got an A”;

  • The other sulks, “He gave me an F.”

  • Human nature?

  • Yes!

  • We tend to blame others for our failures, “He gave me an F,” and ourselves for our successes,

  • “I got an A.”

  • Who me? No!  It’s the teacher’s fault.  She didn’t like me.  She gave me an F. 

  • The fact is that a person is never a failure until he blames someone else.

  • Then he’s a real failure with no chance for improvement.

  • To be a real person is to be responsible, to accept responsibility for one’s actions.

  • Against Thee, Thee only have I sinned, and done that which is evil in Thy sight (Psalm 50).

  • Whoever sees his sin is greater than he who resurrects the dead, said St. Isaac the Syrian.

  • Such a person does resurrect the dead — the “dead” person being himself.

 Fr. Anthony Coniaris, “Living Responsibly in an Age of Excuses,”     
                                         pp 19-20. 

 1. RESURRECTION APOLYTIKION (Tone 1)
   When the stone was sealed by the Jews
   and the soldiers were guarding
   Your immaculate body,     
   You rose on the third day, O Savior,
   granting life unto the world.
   For which cause the powers  of heaven
   cried out to You, O Life giver:
   Glory to Your resurrection O Christ,
   Glory to Your Kingdom.
   Glory to Your dispensation, O only Friend of man.

 2. APOLYTIKION OF PRIEST-MARTYR GREGORY
                            (Mode 4) 
   Becoming a partner with the
   Apostles in way of life and successor
   to their thrones, O God-inspired Saint
   in the active life you found an
   entrance to contemplation.  Hence you
   rightly expounded the word of truth,
   and you shed your blood in
   struggling for the faith, O Hieromartyr
   Gregory.  Intercede with Christ our
   God, beseeching Him to save our souls.

 3. HYMN OF OUR CHURCH (Mode 4)
    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.

1. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. α)
     Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων,
      καὶ στρατιωτῶν φυλασσόντων
      τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα,
      ἀνέστης τριήμερος Σωτήρ,
      δωρούμενος τῶ κόσμω τὴν ζωήν.
      Διὰ τοῦτο αἱ Δυνάμεις τῶν οὐρανῶν,
      ἐβόων σοὶ Ζωοδότα.
      Δόξα τὴ Ἀναστάσει σου, Χριστέ,
      δόξα τὴ βασιλεία σου, δόξα τὴ οἰκονομία σου,
      μόνε Φιλάνθρωπε.

2. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΙΕΡΟΜΑΡΤΥΡ ΓΡΗΓΟΡΙΟΥ
                           (Ηχ. Πλ. Δ)
    Και τρόπων μέτοχος, και θρόνων διάδοχος,
    των Αποστόλων γενόμενος, την πράξιν εύρες
    Θεόπνευστε, εις θεωρίας επίβασιν.
    Δια τούτο τον λόγον της αληθείας ορθοτομών,
    και τη πίστει ενήθλησας μέχρις αίματος.
    Ιερομάρτυς Γρηγόριε.
    Πρέσβευε Χριστώ τω Θεώ,
    σωθήναι τας ψυχάς ημών.

 3. 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.

 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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