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Commemoration of Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
Commemoration of Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia

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30 
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Sunday after Pentecost (Dec 6/19) Commemoration of Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia 
 VESPERS: Tone 5P. Regular BeginningC. Lord I have cried... (Tone 5)1. Thou hast
shamed
the devil with Thy precious
Cross
, O Christ,/ and hastblunted the sting of sin by Thy Resur
rec
tion./ Thou hast
saved
us fromthe
gates
of death.// Thou, O only-begotten Son, we
glo
ri
fy
Thee.2. He Who granted mankind the Resur
rec
tion/ was led like a lamb to the
slaugh
ter;/ the
 princ
es of hell trembled be
fore
Him,/ the
gates
oftears were
lift
ed up:/ for Christ the King of glory
en
tered in,/de
clar
ing to those in
 bonds
: "Go forth"// and to those in darkness:"
Show
yourselves."3.
 What
a mighty
won
der;/ in His
love
for mankind,/ the
 Ma
ker of thingsinvisible suffered in the flesh and He Who was im
 mor
tal rose./
Come
and worship Him, ye kindreds of the
nat
ions;/ let us, delivered indeedfrom beguilement by His com
 pas
sion,// learn to sing the praises of theonly
God
in three
Per
sons.4. We
of
fer up to Thee our evening
wor
ship,/ O uncreated light, who art toall e
ter
nity./
For
through the flesh as
in
a glass,/
Thou
hast shoneupon the world, descending even
un
to hell,/ setting free those in
dark
ness there/ and showing
forth
to the nations the light of theResur
rec
tion:// Glory unto Thee, O
Lord
, Giver of light.Stichera for Saint Nicholas (Tone 2)5. Dwelling bodily in
 My
ra,/ thou wast truly
shown
to be myrrh,/ havingbeen a
noin
ted with noetic chrism, O holy Nicholas, hier
arch
of Christ;/and thou dost perfume the faces of those who with
faith
and love/ evercelebrate thy most glorious
 me
mory,/ freeing them from misfortunes,perils and
sor
rows// by thy prayers to God, O
fa
ther.6. As a true namesake of
vic
tory,/ to the faithful people thou hast shownthyself to be mighty amid
 pe
rils,/ O
hol
y Nicholas, hier
arch
ofChrist;/ for whenever thou art invoked, thou dost quickly hasten tothose who with love have recourse to thy pro
tec
tion./ For, appearingto the faithful by
day
and at night,// thou savest them from dangersand evil circum
stan
ces.7. In a dream thou didst appear to the Emperor Constantine and toAb
la
vius,/ and instilling fear in them, thou didst
speak
to them thus:/
Quick
ly release those whom ye hold bound in
 pri
son,/ for they areundeserving of a lawless exe
cu
tion./ But if thou wilt diso
 bey
me,// Iwill petition the Lord and King against thee
when
I pray!”
 
28. For those of us who find ourselves amid misfortunes as we journey byland or
sail
the seas,/ for those of us who are nearby or a
far
off,/
thou
art a great and fervent
ad
vocate,/ an exceeding merciful andmighty intercessor, O holy Nicholas, sacred
 preac
her of Christ./Wherefore, as
sem 
bling, we cry:// Entreat the Lord, that we may bedelivered from every evil
cir
cumstance.9. With what songs of hymnody shall we praise the holy
hi
erarch,/ theopponent of impiety and champion of
 pi
ety,/ the
lea
der, great ally and
teach
er,/ who putteth to shame all the infamous, the destroyer of Ariusand his
 mi
nions?/ For his sake hath Christ, Who hath great
 mer
cy,//cast down the arrogance of the
e
nemy.10. With what hymns of prophecy shall we praise the holy
hi
erarch,/ whoforesaw things far
dist
ant/ and un
er
ringly prophesied things afar offas though
they
were near,/ who watcheth over the whole world anddelivereth
all
the oppressed,/ who of old appeared to the divinely wiseemperor
in
a dream/ and delivered from execution those unjustlyar
res
ted,// and bestoweth great
 mer
cy?Glory... (Tone 6)Assembling, O ye who love the
feasts
of the Church,/ let us hymn theadornment of hierarchs, the glory of the
fa
thers,/ the wellspring ofmiracles and great defender of the
faith
ful,/ saying: Rejoice, O protectorof
 My
ra,/ honoured primate and steadfast
 pil
lar of its Church!/ Rejoice, Omost radiant beacon, illumining the ends of the earth with
won
ders!/Rejoice, divine joy of the sorrowful and fervent intercessor
for
theoppressed!/ And now, O blessed
 Ni
cholas,/ cease not to entreat Christ Godin be
half
of them// that honour thine ever-gladsome and most illustriousmemory with
faith
and love.Both... Dogmatikon (Tone 5)In
times
past,/ the image of the unwedded Bride was inscribed in the
Red
Sea:/ There
 Mo
ses parted the
wa
ters;/ here,
Ga
briel was the servant ofthe
won
der./ Then, Israel rode dry-shod
through
the deep;/
while
, now, theVirgin hath without seed given
 birth
to Christ./ After the
 pas
sing of
Is
rael,/ the sea was as ever im
 pas
sable./ After the
 birth
of Em
 ma
nuel,/ the
 Vir
gin without reproach, re
 mains
uncorrupt./ Thou, O God, Who art now, hastforever been and hast ap
 pear
ed as man,// have
 mer
cy upon us.P. Wisdom. Aright!C. O Joyful Light...P. Prokimenon. The Lord is King...P. Wisdom! Three readings:R. The first reading is from the Book of ProverbsThe memory of the just is praised, and the blessing of the Lord isupon his head. Blessed is the man who hath found wisdom, and the mortalwho knoweth prudence. For it is better to traffic for her, than fortreasures of gold and silver. And she is more valuable than preciousstones: no precious thing is equal to her in value. For length ofexistence and years of life are in her right hand; and in her left hand are
 
3wealth and glory: out of her mouth righteousness proceedeth, and shecarrieth law and mercy upon her tongue. Hearken to me, O children, for Iwill speak solemn truths. Blessed is the man who shall keep my ways; formy outgoings are the outgoings of life, and in them is prepared favor fromthe Lord. Ye, O men, do I exhort; and utter my voice to the sons of men.I, wisdom, have built up; upon counsel, knowledge and understanding have Icalled. Counsel and safety are mine; prudence is mine, and strength ismine. I love those that love me; they that seek me shall find grace. O yesimple, understand subtlety, and ye that are untaught, imbibe knowledge.Hearken unto me again; for I will speak solemn truths. For my throat shallmeditate truth; and false lips are an abomination before me. All the wordsof my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing in them wrong orperverse. They are all evident to those that understand, and right tothose that find knowledge. For I will instruct you in truth, that yourhope may be in the Lord, and ye may be filled with the Spirit.R. The second reading is from the Book of Proverbs:The mouth of the righteous droppeth wisdom: but the tongue of theunjust shall perish. The lips of men drop grace: but the mouth of theungodly is perverse. False balances are an abomination before the Lord:but a just weight is acceptable unto Him. Wherever pride entereth, therewill also disgrace: but the mouth of the humble doth meditate wisdom. Theintegrity of the upright shall guide them, but the overthrow of therebellious shall spoil them. Possessions shall not profit in the day ofwrath, but righteousness will deliver from death. When a just man dieth,he leaveth regret: but the destruction of the ungodly is speedy andcauseth joy. Righteousness traceth out blameless paths: but ungodlinessencountereth unjust dealing. The righteousness of upright men delivereththem: but transgressors are caught in their own destruction. At the deathof a just man his hope doth not perish: but the boast of the ungodlyperisheth. A righteous man escapeth from a snare, and the ungodly man isdelivered up in his place. In the mouth of ungodly men is a snare forcitizens: but the understanding of righteous men is prosperous. In theprosperity of righteous men a city prospereth, but at the destruction ofthe wicked there is exultation. At the blessing of the upright a cityshall be exalted, but by the mouths of ungodly men it is overthrown. A manvoid of understanding sneereth at his follow citizens: but a sensible manis quiet.R. The third reading is from the Wisdom of Solomon: (Wis 4:7-15)Though the righteous be prevented with death, yet shall he be in rest.For honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor thatis measured by number of years. But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, andan unspotted life is old age. He pleased God, and was beloved of Him; sothat, living among sinners, he was translated. Yea, speedily was he takenaway, lest that wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceitbeguile his soul. For the bewitching of naughtiness doth obscure thingsthat are honest; and the wandering of lust doth undermine the simple mind.He, being made perfect in a short time, fulfilled a long time; for his soulpleased the Lord: therefore hasted He to take him away from among thewicked. This the people saw, and understood not, neither laid they up thisin their minds: that His grace and mercy is with His saints, and that Hedoth visit His chosen.P. Augmented Litany

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