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Entry of the Theotokos

Entry of the Theotokos

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Sunday after Pentecost The Entry of our All-Holy, Glorious Mistress,The Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary into the Temple 
 
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,/endured the death of the Cross and by His own Resur
rec
tion// saved manwho in the past was made
sub
ject to death.Stichera for the Feast (Tone 1)5. To
day
let us, the faithful,
dance
for joy,/ singing to the Lord with
 psalms
and hymns,/
ve
nerating His hallowed Tabernacle, the
li
ving Ark,/that contained the Word Who
can
not be contained./ For
she
, a youngchild in the flesh, is offered in wondrous
fas
hion to the Lord,/ andwith rejoicing Zacharias the
great
High Priest// receives her as the
dwel
ling place of God.6. To
day
the living Temple of the holy glory of
Christ
our God,/ she whoalone among women is pure and
 bles
sed,/ is
off
ered in the
tem 
ple of theLaw,/ that she may make her dwelling in the
san
ctuary./
Jo
achim andAnn rejoice with her in
spi
rit,/ and choirs of virgins
sing
to theLord,// chanting psalms and honouring His
 Mo
ther.7.
Thou
, O Virgin
 Mo
ther of God,/ art she whom the
 pro
phets proclaimed./
Thou
art the glory of the apostles and the pride of
 mar
tyrs,/ therestoration of all who
dwell
on earth;/ for through
thee
we arerecon
cil
ed to God./ Therefore we honour thy coming into the
tem 
ple ofthe Lord;/ and
saved
by thine intercession, with the angel we all
cry
 to thee:// 'Rejoice! Most
Ho
ly!'(Tone 4)8.
Led
by the Holy
Spi
rit,/ the holy Maid without spot is taken to dwellin the Holy of
Ho
lies./ By an
an
gel is she fed, who is in truth themost holy Temple of our
Ho
ly God./ He has sanctified all things by her
en
try,// and has made godlike the nature of mortal men which had
fal
len.
 
2 9. The young
girls
rej
oice
today,/ and with their lamps in hand they go inreverence before the
spi
ritual Lamp,/ as she
en
ters into the Holy of
Ho
lies./ They foreshadow the brightness past speech that is to shine
forth
from her/ and to give light by the
Spi
rit to those// that sit inthe darkness of
ig
norance.10.
 Ann
the all-blessed cried out re
joic
ing:/ ‘O Zacharias, take her whomthe prophets of God proclaimed in the
Spi
rit,/ and
lead
her into theholy
tem 
ple,/ there to be brought up in
re
verence,/ that she may becomethe divine Throne of the
 Mas
ter of all,// His Palace, His resting-place, and His dwelling
filled
with light.’G/B... (Tone 8)
 Af
ter thy birth, O Lady and
Bride
of God,/ thou hast gone to dwell inthe
tem 
ple of the Lord,/ there to be brought up in the Holy of Holies, forthou art thyself
ho
ly;/ and Gabriel then was sent to thee, O Virgin all-undefiled to
 bring
thee food./ All the powers of heaven
stood
amazed,/seeing the Holy Spirit
dwell
in thee./ Therefore, O Mother of God withoutstain or
 ble
mish,// glorified in heaven and on earth,
save
our kind.P Wisdom. Aright!C. O Joyful Light...P. Prokimenon. The Lord is King...P. Wisdom!R. The first reading is from the Book of Exodus (40:1-5, 9-10, 16, 34-35)The Lord spake to Moses, saying: 'On the first day of the firstmonth, at the new moon, thou shalt set up the tabernacle of the witness,and thou shalt place therein the ark of the testimony, and shalt cover theark with the veil. And thou shalt bring in the table and the candlestick;and thou shalt place the golden censer, to burn incense before the ark ofthe testimony; and thou shalt put a covering of a veil on the doors of thetabernacle of witness. And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and shaltanoint the tabernacle, and all things therein; and shalt sanctify it, andall its furniture, and it shall be holy. And thou shalt hallow the altar,and the altar shall be most holy. And Moses did all things soever theLord, the Holy One of Israel, commanded him. And a cloud covered thetabernacle of witness, and the tabernacle was filled with the glory of theLord. And Moses was not able to enter into the tabernacle of testimony,because the cloud overshadowed it, and the tabernacle was filled with theglory of the Lord.R. The second reading is from the Third Book of Kings (I Kings 7:51, 8:1,3-7, 9-11)It came to pass that Solomon finished building the house of the Lord.And he assembled all the elders of Israel in Sion, to bring the ark of thecovenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Sion. And thepriests took up the ark, and the tabernacle of testimony, and all the holyvessels which were in the tabernacle of testimony. And the king and allIsrael stood before the ark. And the priests brought in the ark of thecovenant of the Lord into its place, into the oracle of the house, eveninto the Holy of Holies, under the wings of the cherubim. For the cherubimspread out their wings over the place of the ark; and the cherubim covered
 
3the ark and its holy things above. There was nothing in the ark except thetwo tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which Moses put there inHoreb, which the Lord made. And it came to pass when the priests departedout of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house. And the priestscould not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LordGod Almighty filled the house.R. The third reading is from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel (43:27-44:4)And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighthday, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon thealtar, and your peace offerings: and I will accept you, saith the LordGod. Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuarywhich looketh toward the east; and it was shut. Then said the Lord untome; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enterin by it; because the Lord the God of Israel hath entered in by it,therefore it shall be shut. It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sitin it to eat bread before the Lord; he shall enter by the way of the porchof that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same. Then brought he methe way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, theglory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord: and I fell upon my face.P. Augmented LitanyR. Vouchsafe...P. Litany of Fervent SupplicationC. Litya Prayers (Tone 1)To
day
let heaven above greatly re
joice
/ and let the clouds pour downgladness at the
 migh
ty acts,/ ex
ceed
ing marvelous,
of
our God./ For behold,the Gate that
looks
towards the east,/
 born
according to the promise from afruitless and
 bar
ren womb,/ and dedicated to God as His
dwel
ling,/ is
led
 today into the temple as an offering without
 blem 
ish./ Let David greatlyrejoice,
stri
king his harp,/ ‘
 Vir
gins,’ said he, ‘shall be brought to the
King
after her,/ her companions shall be
 brought
unto Thee./ With
in
thetabernacle of God, within His place of propiti
a
tion,/ she shall be broughtup, to become the
dwel
ling place of Him/ Who was be
got
ten of the Fatherwithout change before all
a
ges,// for the sal
va
tion of our souls.’(Tone 4)Today the Theotokos, the temple which
held
God,/ is escorted into thetemple of the Lord; and Zachariah re
ceiv
eth her./ To
day
the Holy of holiesrejoiceth and the choir of angels mystically keepeth
fes
tival./ And we,celebrating with them today, cry aloud with
Ga
briel:// Rejoice, O thou whoart full of grace! The Lord is with thee, Who hath great
 mer
cy!
Come
, all ye faithful, let us praise her who alone is im
 ma
culate,/ whowas proclaimed beforehand by the
 pro
phets,/ and is
 brought
into the temple,/the Mother chosen before
time
began,/ the Theotokos who hath appeared in
lat
ter days.// O Lord, through her supplications grant us Thy peace andgreat
 mer
cy.G/B... (Tone 5)A
day
o-of
joy
has dawned,/ and a feast worthy of all
re
verence./ Forto
day
she who was Virgin before
child
birth,/ and remained
 Vir
gin after

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