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St Irene the Great Martyr of Thessalonika 5 May 2012
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria & All AfricaArchdiocese of Good Hope
All Glory, Honour and Worship to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now andforever, and unto the Ages of ages. Amen. Remembering also our Most Holy, Most Pure, Most Blessed and Glorious Lady, Maria, Theotokos, yet Ever Virgin, together with all the Saints. And let us commit ourselves and oneanother and our whole Life to Christ our God. Amen.
Apodosis (Leave-taking) of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers5
St Irene the Great Holy Martyr of Thessalonika
Also the Feast of St Euthymios the Wonder Worker of Maditos - St James the WonderWorking Abbot of Zhelezny Bor Monastery, Uncovering of Holy Relics - St Ephraim, NewMartyr & Wonder Worker of Greece
Apolytikion Of St Irene The Great Martyr
rinis ton arhonta, ihnilatousa semni, Irinis Eponimos,di epipnias Theou, edihthis paneffime; si gar tou polemiou, tas enedras figousa, ithlisas iper fisin, os parthenos fronimi; dio Megalomartis Irini, irinin iminetise
he steps of the Prince of Peace, following O NobleOne, the namesake of Peace, by the prompting of God, thou became O Most Blessed One; for havingescaped the snares of the devil, supremely thoucontended, as a most prudent virgin; wherefore, OGreat Martyr Irene, ask for Peace for all of us!
Paschal Apolytikion – Holy Myrrh-bearers
evshimon Iosif, apo tou xilou kathelon, to ahrantonSou Soma, sindoni kathara, ilisas ke aromasin, en Mnimati keno, kidevsas apetheto; alla trimeros Anestis Kyrie, parehon to kosmo to Mega Eleos!
he noble Joseph taking down Thy spotless Body fromthe Tree, wrapped it in a clean shroud with sweet spices and laid it for burial in a new tomb; but on thethird day Thou arose, O Lord, granting the world Thy Great Mercy!
Apolytikion of a Female Holy Martyr
Amnas Sou Iisou, krazi megali ti foni. Se Nimfie mou potho, ke Se zitousa athlo, ke sistavroume, ke sinthaptome to Vaptismo Sou. Ke Pasho dia Se, osVasilefso Sin Si, ke thnisko iper Sou, ina ke ziso enSi. All’ os thisian amomon, prosdehou tin meta pothou tithisan Si. Aftis presvies, os eleimon, Sosontas psihas imon.
O Jesus, cries to Thee with a loud voice: Omy Bridegroom, Thee I Love; and seeking Thee I now suffer everything in search of Thee, and am crucifiedand buried with Thee in Baptism; and suffer for Thy sake, so that I may reign with Thee, and give my lifefor Thee, that I may Live with Thee; but accept asPure Sacrifiece, the one who desired to give her lifefor you. Through her Intercessions, O Most Compassionate, Save our souls.
Paschal Exapostilarion of the Holy Myrrh-bearers
inekes akoutisthite, Fonin agalliaseos. Tirannon Adin patisas, fthoras exigira pantas. Dramete Filis ipate,tis emis Evangelia. Voulome gar to plasma Mou,haran ekithen avgase, ex is exilthen i lipi.
Women: hearken to the Voice that echoes with Joy. Trampling on Hades, that tyrant, I raised up all fromcorruption. Run now with hast and tell My FriendsGood Tidings as Evangelists. For I Will that My Creatures see Joy distinctly arising from Women, from whom came sorrow!
Kontakion Of St Irene The Great Martyr
arthenias kallesi, pepikilmeni Parthene, ke Martion stemmasi, Stefanothisa Irini, emati tou martiriouerrantismeni, thavmasi katastrafthisa ton iamaton,evsevos Martis edexo, vraveion Nikis tis sis athliseos.
eing fair adorned before with pure and virginal beauty, Thou became fairer still in Thy brave Contest, O Virgin; for when Thou, in Thine own spilt blood, wasstained and reddened, O Irene, Thou overthrew ungodly error. Hence, Thou hast received the Prizesof Thy Good Vict'ry from Thy Creator's right Hand.
The Acts of the Holy Apostles According to St Luke 9:19-31
The Beginning of St Paul’s Holy Mission
After Saul (St Paul) had received food, he was strengthened. Then he spent some days with the Disciple in Damascus.Immediately
HE PREACHED THE
in the Synagogues – that H
E IS THE
. And all who heard, were amazed, andsaid: “
Is this not he who destroyed those who called on that Name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the Chief Priests?”
But Saul increased all the more in Strength, andconfounded the Hebrews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.Now, after many days, were past, the Hebrews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul. And they watchedthe gates day and night – to kill him. Then the Disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in alarge basket. And when Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the Disciples, but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a Disciple. But Barnabas took him to the Apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord onthe road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly in Damascus in the Name of Jesus. So he was with them in Jerusalem, going in and out. And he spoke boldly in the Name of the Lord Jesus and disputedagainst the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. When the Brethren found out, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.
ristos Anesti ek nekron, ThanatoThanaton patistas, ke tis en tis mnimasi, Zoin harisamenos!
hrist has Risen from the dead, by Deathtrampling upon Death, and has bestowedLife to those in the tombs!