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Forefathers and St Herman

Forefathers and St Herman

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Commemoration of Saint Herman of Alaska
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28 
th 
Sunday after Pentecost Sunday of the Holy Forefathers Commemoration of Saint Herman of Alaska 
VESPERS: Tone 3P. Regular BeginningC. Lord I have cried... (Tone 3)1. The
 po
wer of death has been des
troy
ed by Thy Cross/ and the
wiles
ofthe devil have been set to naught, O Christ our
Saviour
,/
while
 mankind,
saved
by faith,// offers Thee hymns of praise for
e
ver.2. The
whole
inhabited earth has been enlightened by Thy Resur
rec
tion, OLord,/
and
the paradise of old has been re
o
pened;/
while
it ex
tols
 Thee,// all creation offers Thee hymns of praise for
e
ver.3. I
glo
rify the might of the
Fa
ther/
and
of the Son and the power of theHoly
Spi
rit;/
and
I praise the dominion of the undivided, uncreated
God
head//--the consubstantial Trinity that reigns unto the
a
ges ofages.Stichera for the Forefathers (Tone 8)4.
Ce
lebrating the memory of the fore
fa
thers today,/ O ye faithful,
let
ushymn/ as mighty and powerful Christ the De
li
verer,/ Who exalted themamong all
na
tions,/ the Lord Who hath faithfully wrought most glorious
 mi
racles,/ and Who hath, through them, shown us a staff of
 po
wer,/ thepure Mary, the divine Maiden, who alone
knew
eth not man,/ from whomChrist came forth as a
 blos
som./ He that for all hath put forth life,the inex
haus
tible food// and eternal sal
va
tion.5. O
 Mas
ter, Who delivered the holy
youths
from the fire/ and Daniel fromthe
li
ons’ mouth,/ Who blessed Abraham, and Isaac Thy servant, and
Ja
cob his son,/ Whose good will it was to become like unto us
through
 their seed:/ our forefathers, that had
fal
len in the past,/ hast Thousaved by Thy Cross and Resur
rec
tion;/ and, having broken the
 bonds
ofdeath,/ with Thyself Thou hast raised all among them, dead of
a
gespast// that worshipped Thee, O Christ, King of the
a
ges.6. Re
joi
cing in the dew of the
Spi
rit,/ the godly youths walked in themidst of the flame as in a
light
rain,/ mystically imaging forththerein the Trinity and the incar
na
tion of Christ/ and, as they werewise, they quenched the power of the
fire
with faith;/ and therighteous Daniel was shown to be a restrainer of
li
ons./ By theirprayers be Thou entreated, O Saviour, Lover of
 man
kind:/ deliver usfrom the unquenchable fire of e
ter
nity// and vouchsafe us Thy
king
dom,O Lord.Stichera for St. Herman (Tone 3)7. Leap
up
, ye waters
of
Valaam,/ be
jub
ilant, ye islands of A
las
ka,/
sing
, ye peoples of the
 New
World,/ let
hea
ven and
earth
rejoice:/ for
he
who conversed with angels is
glo
rified,/ and to the
ends
of the
 
2universe the right
faith
is proclaimed,/ and we shall sing
out
in agreat voice to
Christ
our God:/ by the
 prayers
of our Father
Her
man,//O Lord,
save
our souls.8. O
come
ye all, let us proclaim in
 psal
mody/ the
vic
tory of virtuous
con
tinence:/ by
it
meek Herman broke the serpent, founder of
e
vil,/ and
now
tasteth triumph in the choir of
an
gels./ Let us as
cend
, then,brethren, into the assembly of
fas
ters,/
and
in jubilee radiantly
sing
 out:// rejoice, Saint Herman, angel-like
 praise
of monks.9. O
Her
man, Saint, ascetic of severe A
las
ka,/ and
dwel
ler of
hea
venlyabodes,/ with what
 prais
es shall we
honour
thee,/ with what
names
shallwe e
xalt
thee,/ and
what
is our praise beside the glories of
hea
ven?/Re
joice
, thou who tastest heavenly
glo
ry,/
fill
our hearts
al
so withjoy// who humbly fall down be
fore
thee.(Tone 6)10. What cavern of the earth, what
lapse
of time,/ O holy Father
Her
man,/can conceal thy glory which is in
hea
ven;/ wherefore, now glorifying,we fall down be
fore
thee,/ having thee as intercessor be
fore
the Lord,/pray then to Him to grant de
li
verance/ to the suffering
Rus
sian land,/to this land pros
 per
ity,// and to our souls great
 mer
cy.Glory... Tone 6)(O ye
faith
ful,/ let us praise today all the fathers of the
old
Law:/Abraham, the be
lov
ed of God/ and Isaac, who was born according to the
 pro
mise/ and Jacob and the twelve
 pa
triarchs,/ the most meek David, andDaniel, the prophet of de
sires
,/ glorifying with them the three youths thattransformed the furnace
in
to dew/ and who ask remission of
Christ
God,// Whois glorified
in
His saints.Both now & ever... Dogmatikon (Tone 3)
How
can we refrain from wonder, O all-hallowed
 Vir
gin,/ at thy
 bear
ingGod and
 man
in One?/ For
thou
, without blemish and who hast never
known
aman,/ hast brought
forth
without father a
Son
in the flesh,/ be
got
ten of theFather without mother before all
a
ges,/ Who suffered no
change
, confusionnor di
vis
ion,/ but kept in
full
what is proper to each
na
ture;/ our
La
dy,thou Virgin and
 Mo
ther,/ en
treat
Him to
save
the souls// of those who in thetrue faith confess thee to be the Theo
to
kos.P. Wisdom. Aright!C. O Joyful Light...P. Prokimenon. The Lord is King...P. Wisdom! Three readings:Wisdom 3:1-9; Wisdom 5:15-6:3; Wisdom 4:7-15R. The first reading is from the Wisdom of Solomon: (Wis 3:1-9)But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shallno torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: Andtheir departure is taken for misery, and their going from us to be utterdestruction: But they are in peace. For though they be punished in thesight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having been a
 
3little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded: For God proved them, andfound them worthy for Himself. As gold in the furnace hath He tried them,and received them as a burnt offering. And in the time of their visitationthey shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble. Theyshall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lordshall reign forever. They that put their trust in Him shall understand thetruth: And such as be faithful in love shall abide with Him: For grace andmercy is to His saints, and He hath care for his elect.R. The second reading is from the Wisdom of Solomon: (Wis 5:15-6:3)But the righteous live for evermore; their reward also is with theLord, and the care of them is with the most High. Therefore shall theyreceive a glorious kingdom, and a beautiful crown from the Lord's hand: Forwith His right hand shall He cover them and with His arm shall He protectthem. He shall take to him His jealousy for complete armor, and make thecreature His weapon for the revenge of His enemies. He shall put onrighteousness as a breastplate, and true judgment instead of a helmet. Heshall take holiness for an invincible shield. His severe wrath shall Hesharpen for a sword, and the world shall fight with Him against the unwise.Then shall the right aiming thunderbolts go abroad; and from the clouds, asfrom a well-drawn bow, shall they fly to the mark. And hailstones full ofwrath shall be cast as out of a stone bow, and the water of the sea shallrage against them, and the floods shall cruelly drown them. Yea, a mightywind shall stand up against them, and like a storm shall blow them away:Thus iniquity shall lay waste the whole earth, and ill-dealing shalloverthrow the thrones of the mighty. Hear therefore, O ye kings, andunderstand; learn, ye that be judges of the ends of the earth. Give ear, yethat rule the people, and glory in the multitude of nations. For power isgiven you of the Lord, and sovereignty from the Highest.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 LitanyR. Vouchsafe...P. Litany of Fervent SupplicationC. Litya Prayers
The first sticheron is for the Temple
Stichera for St. Herman of Alaska (Tone 8)As
ce
tic of
 New
Valaam,/ thy brethren were
dear
to thee,/ for with themthou didst dwell in thy
na
tive Valaam./ Yet a hundredfold more desired were

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