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Apostle John

Apostle John

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Commemoration of the Repose of the Holy Apostle & Evangelist John
Commemoration of the Repose of the Holy Apostle & Evangelist John

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Sunday After Pentecost Commemoration of the Repose of the Holy Apostle & Evangelist John 
 VESPERS: Tone 8P. Regular BeginningC. Lord I have cried... (Tone 8)1. We
of
fer up to
Thee
, O Christ,/ our evening hymn and reasonable
ser
vice/ for it hath pleased Thee to have
 mer
cy up
on
us// by ThyResur
rec
tion.2. Lord,
Lord
, cast us not a
way
from Thy face,/ but be pleased to havemercy up
on
us// by Thy Resur
rec
tion.3. Re
joice
, O holy
Zi
on,/ Mother of Churches and
dwell
ing-place of God,/for Thou hast been the first to re
ceive
 
re
mission of sins// by theResur
rec
tion.4. Be
got
ten before all ages of God the
Fa
ther,/ the Word, Who in thelatter time willed to take flesh of a maid who
knew
not a man,/ enduredthe death of the Cross and by His own Resur
rec
tion// saved man who inthe past was made
sub
ject to death.Stichera for the Apostle John (Tone 1)5/6. The be
hold
er of ineffable reve
la
tions/ and recounter of the highest
 mys
teries of God,/ the son of Zebedee, who set down in writing the
Gos
pel of Christ,// hath taught us to theologize concerning theFather, the Son and the Holy
Spi
rit.7/8. The
harp
of heavenly songs played by
God,
/ the recorder of mysteries,the divinely
e
loquent mouth,/ doth beautifully chant the
hymn
ofhymns;/ for, moving his lips as though they were strings, and usinghis tongue as a
 plec
trum,// he prayeth that
we
be saved.9/10. Pro
claim 
ing with thy thunderous tongue the hidden word of divinewisdom, O be
lov
ed of God,/ thou ever criest out, continually
 mo
vingthy lips:/ In the beginning
was
the Word!// And thou instructest everyman in the
know
ledge of God.Glory... (Tone 2)O ye of the
race
of man,/ let us offer goodly praise as is meet to thebeloved and
vir
ginal John,/ the sun of thunder, the foundation of the
words
 of God,/ the author of theology, the first preacher of the truth of thedogmas of the
wis
dom of God;/ for having the divine continually with
in
him,he said:/ In the beginning
was
the Word,/ Who is inseparable from theFather and of the same essence with the
Fa
ther,/ revealing to us throughhimself the Orthodoxy of the Holy
Tri
nity./ And he hath likewise shown usthat He createth with the
Fa
ther/ and beareth life and the
light
of truth./O awesome wonder! O uttermost
wis
dom!/ For, full of love, he was alsofilled with the
o
logy/ through glory, honour and faith, as a founder of our
 
2
 pure
Faith.// Wherefore, we shall receive everlasting blessings on the dayof
judg
ment.Both... Dogmatikon (Tone 8)
In
His
love
for mankind,/ the King of Heaven appeared upon earth and
dwelt
a
 mong
men./ For He took flesh of a pure Virgin, and thus incarnate Hecame
forth
from her./ The only
Son
is He:/ twofold in nature, but not in
 per
son./ In proclaiming Him perfect man and perfect
God
indeed,/ we confess
Christ
our God.// Beseech Him, O Mother without wedlock to have mercy up
on
 our souls.P. Wisdom. Aright!C. O Joyful Light...P. Prokimenon. The Lord is King...P. Wisdom!The first reading is from the General Epistle of John (1John 3:21-4:6)Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence towardGod. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep Hiscommandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And thisis His commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son JesusChrist, and love one another, as He gave us commandment. And he that keepethHis commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that Heabideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us. Beloved, believe notevery spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because manyfalse prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit ofGod: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh isof God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come inthe flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof yehave heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Yeare of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is Hethat is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world:therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are ofGod: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.The second reading is from the General Epistle of John (1John 4:11-16)Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No manhath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, andHis love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He inus, because He hath given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and do testifythat the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whosoever shallconfess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love;and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.The third reading is from the General Epistle of John (1John 4:20-5:5)Beloved, if a man saith, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he loveGod whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from Him, Thathe who loveth God love his brother also. Whosoever believeth that Jesusis the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begatloveth Him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we lovethe children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For
 
3this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and Hiscommandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of Godovercometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh theworld, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but hethat believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?P. Augmented LitanyR. Vouchsafe...P. Litany of Fervent SupplicationC. Litya (NOTE: the first sticheron is of the temple)Stichera for the Apostle John (Tone 1)Rivers of theology/ poured forth from thine honored mouth, O apostle,/and the Church of God, watered thereby,/ doth worship the consubstantialTrinity in Orthodoxy./ Pray now to the Trinity,/ O theologian John,// thatour souls be made steadfast and saved.The garden of purity hath emitted for us/ the myrrh of sweet fragranceon this present feast,/ that we may cry out to him:/ O Apostle John, whoreclined against the Master's breast,/ who hast rained down discourse uponthe world/ and preserved the Virgin as the apple of thine eye,// beseechChrist, that He grant us great mercy.O disciple of the Saviour, virgin and theologian,/ when Christ God wascrucified He committed the Virgin Theotokos to thy care,/ in that thou artvirginal;/ and thou didst preserve her as the apple of thine eye.//Wherefore, pray thou, that our souls be saved.As an eyewitness to ineffable mysteries,/ thou didst cry out,exclaiming:/ "In the beginning the pre-eternal Word was with God,/ and Hewas God!",/ O Apostle John, intimate and faithful friend of Christ,/sweetness of the Trinity, unshakable confirmation of Ephesus and Patmos,our help./ Pray thou, O most blessed theologian,/ that the people who evercelebrate thy memory with faith// be delivered from wicked enemies,material and spiritual.Glory... (Tone 4)Reclining against the breast of Christ the Teacher/ at the Lord'ssupper, O beloved disciple,/ thou didst thereby come to know ineffablethings,/ and hast thundered forth thy heavenly voice/ unto all, saying:/'In the beginning was the Word,/ and the Word was with God,/ and the Wordwas God:/ Christ God, the Savior of our souls,// the Light of truth Whoenlighteneth every man who cometh into the world.'Both... (Tone 4)The Son Who with the Father and the Spirit is glorified by thecherubim in the highest./ Desiring to restore the first-created man,/ Heineffably emptied Himself into thy womb, O most hymned Theotokos;/ and,shining forth from thee, He hath illumined the whole world with Hisdivinity,/ delivering it from the madness of idolatry.// And, deifyingmankind in Himself, Christ God, the Saviour of our souls, hath led it up tothe heavens.P.
Litya prayers in back of the Church
 

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