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Ke lithen, en to Pnevmati, is to Ieron. And he went, by the Spirit, into the
Ke en to isagagin tous gonis to Pedion Temple.
Iisoun tou piise aftous kata to And when the Parents brought in the
ithismenon tou Nomou peri Aftou ke Child Jesus, to do for Him according
aftos edexato Afton is tas agkalas to the Custom of the Law, he took
Festal Matins Hymns - Meeting/Presentation
aftou ke Evlogise ton Theon ke ipe: Him up in his arms and Blessed God
“Nin apolis ton doulon Sou, Despota, and said: “Now let Thy servant O
kata to Rima Sou en Irini, oti idon i Master, depart in Peace, according to
Kindly use the Service Book until this point, ofthalmi mou to Sotirion Sou, O Thy Word; for my eyes have seen Thy
then carefully follow instructions with regard to these Hymns itimasas kata prospon panton ton
laon - Fos is Apokalipsin Ethnon ke
Salvation, which Thou hast prepared
before the face of all peoples - a Light
Doxan laou Sou Israil.” to bring Revelation to the Gentiles,
PSALM 117 /118 and the Glory of Thy People, Israel.”
PRAISE TO GOD FOR HIS EVERLASTING MERCY
Ke in Iosif ke i Mitir Aftou And Joseph and His Mother marvelled
Theos Kyrios ke Epefanen imin. The Lord is God, and has Appeared to Thavmazontes epi tis laloumenis peri at those things that were spoken of
Evlogimenos O erhomenos en us. Blessed is He Who comes in the Aftou. Him.
Onomati Kyriou! Name of the Lord!
Ke Evlogisen aftous Symeon ke ipen pros And Symeon Blessed them, and said to
1. Exomologisthe to Kyrio, oti Agathos, 1. Confess the Lord, for He is Good; Mariam tin Mitera Aftou: “Idou! Mary, His Mother: “Behold! This
oti is ton eona to Eleos Aftou! ✶ for His Mercy endures forever! ✶ outos kite is ptosin ke anastasin Child is destined for the fall and
2. Panta ta Ethni ekiklosan me, ke to 2. All the Nations surrounded me, but pollon en to Israil ke is Simion rising of many in Israel, and for a
Onomati Kyriou inamin aftous. ✶ in the Name of the Lord I drove antilegomenon. Ke Sou de aftis tin Sign, which will be spoken against,
them back. ✶ psihin kielefsete romfea, opos an (and a sword will pierce through
3. Para Kyriou egeneto afti, ke esti apokalifthosin ek pollon kardion Thine own soul also!), so that the
Thavmasti en ofthalmis imon. ✶ 3. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is dialogismi.” thoughts of many hearts may be
Marvellous in our eyes. ✶ revealed.”
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Ke in Anna - Profitis Thigatir Phanoiil, And Anna - a Prophetess, the daughter
Here, Keharitomeni Theotoke Parthene! Rejoice, O Lady Full of Grace, Virgin ek filis Asir - afti provevikiia en of Phanuel, of the Tribe of Asher -
Ek Sou gar anetilen O Ilios tis Theotokos! For Christ our God, the imeres polles, zisasa meta andros eti who was of a great age, and who had
Dikeosinis, Hristos O Theos imon, Sun of Righteousness has risen from epta apo tis parthenias aftis, ke afti lived with a husband seven years
Fotizon tous en Skoti. Eufrenou ke ou Thee and He Illumined those in hira eos eton ogdoikonta tessaron, i from her virginity; and who was a
Presvita Dikee, examenos en agkales Darkness. And Thou, O Righteous ouk afistato apo tou Ierou, nisties ke widow of about eighty-four years,
ton eleftherotin ton psihon imon Elder, be glad in heart, receiving in deisesi latrevousa nikta ke imeran. and who did not leave the Temple,
harizomenon imin ke tin Anastasin Thine embrace the One Who but served God with Fastings and
(3) Liberates our soul and bestows on us Prayers night and day.
Resurrection. (3)
SMALL LITANY
Ke afti afti ti ora epistasa And entering in that hour, she gave
anthromologito to Kyrio ke elali peri Thanks to the Lord, and spoke of
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aftou pasi tis prosdehomenis litrosin Him to all those who looked for
Horos Angelikos, ekplittestho to O Angels in Heaven, be amazed by the en Ierousalim. Redemption in Jerusalem.
Thavma, vroti de tes fones, Wonder, with voices cry aloud a Ke os etelesan panta ta kata ton Nomon And when they had performed all
anakraxome imnon, Orontes tin Divine Hymn! O Mortals, beholding Kyriou, ipestrepsan is tin Galilean is things according to the Law of the
afaton, tou Theou sigkatavasin. On the Ineffable Condescension of God polin eafton Nazaret. Lord, they returned to Galilee, to
gar tremousi, ton Ouranon e to us! For now Symeon holds in his their own city, Nazareth.
Dinamis, giralee nin, enagkalizonte aged embrace, Him before Whom the
hires, ton monon Filanthropon. Heavenly Hosts stand and tremble – To de Pedion iixane ke ekrateouto The Child grew and became Strong in
the only One Who Loves mankind. Pnevmati pliroumenon Sofias, ke Spirit, filled with Wisdom; and the
Haris Theou in ep’ Afto. Grace of God was upon Him
✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, now and
eonon. forever, and to the Ages of ages. .
Amin Amen
Horos Angelikos, ekplittestho to O Angels in Heaven, be amazed by the
Thavma, vroti de tes fones, Wonder, with voices cry aloud a
anakraxome imnon, Orontes tin Divine Hymn! O Mortals, beholding

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I men oun teliosis dia tis Levitikis Therefore, if Perfection were through afaton, tou Theou sigkatavasin. On the Ineffable Condescension of God
gar tremousi, ton Ouranon e to us! For now Symeon holds in his
ierosinis in, (O laos gar ep’ afti the Levitical Priesthood (for under it
Dinamis, giralee nin, enagkalizonte aged embrace, Him before Whom the
Nenomothetito), tis eti hria kata tin the people received the Law), what
hires, ton monon Filanthropon. Heavenly Hosts stand and tremble –
taxin Melhisedek eteron anistasthe further need was there for another
the only One Who Loves mankind
Ierea ke ou kata tin Taxin Aaron Priest to arise according to the Order
SECOND FESTAL KATHISMA – MEETING/PRESENTATION – TONE 1
legesthe? of Melchizedek, and not be Called
according to the Order of Aaron? O on Sin to Patri, epi Thronou Agiou, The One Who is upon the Holy Throne
Metatitheenis gar tis Ierosinis e anagkis If the Priesthood is changed, of elthon epi tis Gis, ek Parthenou with the Father, has come upon the
ke Nomou metathesis ginete. necessity there would also be a etehthi, ke vrefos egeneto, hronis on Earth and was Born of a Virgin. An
change of the Law. aperigraptos, on dexamenos, O Infant has He become Who by years
Symeon en agkales, Heron elege: Nin is uncircumscribed. And when
Ef’ on gar legete tafta filis eteras For He of Whom these Things are apoliis Iktirmon, evfranas ton doulon Symeon, in his embrace, received
meteshiken, af’ is oudis proseshike to spoken, belongs to another Tribe, Sou. Him, he Rejoiced and said: Thou
Thisiastirio. from which no man has officiated at make me Glad, now release me, Thy
the Altar. servant, O Compassionate Lord.
Prodilon gar oti ex Iouda anatetlken O For it is evident that our Lord arose ✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
Kyrios imon, is in filin ouden peri from Judah, of which Tribe Moses ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, now and
Ierosinis Moisis elalisen. spoke nothing concerning eonon. forever, and to the Ages of ages.
Priesthood.
Amin Amen
Ke perissoteron eti katadilon Estin, i And it is yet far more evident if, in the
kata tin Omoitita Melhisedek anistate likeness of Melchezedek, there arises O on Sin to Patri, epi Thronou Agiou, The One Who is upon the Holy Throne
Ierefs eteros - os ou kata Nomon another Priest Who has come – not elthon epi tis Gis, ek Parthenou with the Father, has come upon the
Entolis sarkikis gegonen, alla kata according to the Law of a fleshly etehthi, ke vrefos egeneto, hronis on Earth and was Born of a Virgin. An
Dinamin Zois Akatalitou. Commandment, but according to the aperigraptos, on dexamenos, O Infant has He become Who by years
Power of Life Everlasting. Symeon en agkales, Heron elege: Nin is uncircumscribed. And when
apoliis Iktirmon, evfranas ton doulon Symeon, in his embrace, received
Martyri gar, oti Si Iefefs is ton Eona For He testifies: “Thou art a Priest Sou. Him, he Rejoiced and said: Thou
kata tin Taxin Melhisedek. forever, according to the Order of make me Glad, now release me, Thy
Melchezedek.” servant, O Compassionate Lord.
THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST LUKE 2:22-40 THIRD FESTAL KATHISMA – MEETING/PRESENTATION OF CHRIST – TONE 4
OUR LORD JESUS C HRIST ’S D EDICATION TO GOD AT THE TEMP LE

To kero ekino, anigagon i gonis to At that time, they took Jesus to


Nipiazi di’ eme, O Paleos ton imeron, Now the Ancient of Days becomes an
katharsion kinoni, O katharotatos Infant for me. And the Most Pure
Pedion Iisoun is Ierosolima parastise Jerusalem to Present Him to the Lord Theos, ina tin sarka Pistosi mou, tin God now shares Purification with
to Kyrio, kathos gegrapte en Nomo when the days of her Purification ek Parthenou. Ke tafta Symeon me, to show that truly He assumed
Kyriou oti “...pan arsen dianigon according to the Law of Moses were mystagogoumenos, epegno ton afton, my flesh from the Virgin. And
Mitran Agion to Kyrio klithisete,” ke completed, , (as it is written in the Theon fanenta sarki, ke os zoin Symeon was led to know the
tou doune Thisian kata to irimenon Law of the Lord; ‘Every male who ispazeto, ke heron, presvitikos Mystery and recognised as God the
en to Nomo Kyriou: “zevgos trigonon opens the womb shall be called Holy anekravgazen. Apolison me. Se gar One he beheld in the flesh. And he
i dio neossous peristeron.” to the Lord’), and to offer a sacrifice katidon, tin Zoin ton apanton. embraced and kissed Him as Life
according to what is written in the itself, and he Rejoiced as an Elder,
Law of the Lord: ‘A pair of and cried out aloud: Let me depart
turtledoves or two young pigeons.’ now, for I have seen Thee, O Lord,
Ke idou: in anthropos en Ierousolimis O And behold, there was a man in the Life of all things!”
onoma Symeon. Jerusalem, whose name was Symeon. ✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
Ke O anthropos outos Dikeos ke Evlavis, And this man was Just and Devout, ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, now and
prosdehomenos Paraklisin tou Israil. waiting for the Consolation of Israel. eonon. forever, and to the Ages of ages.
Ke Pnevma in Agion ep’ afton. And the Holy Spirit was upon him. Amin Amen
Ke in afto Kehrimatismenon ipo tou And it had been revealed to him by the Nipiazi di’ eme, O Paleos ton imeron, Now the Ancient of Days becomes an
Pnevmatos tou Agiou mi idin Holy Spirit that he would not see katharsion kinoni, O katharotatos Infant for me. And the Most Pure
Thanaton prin i idi ton Hriston death before he had seen the Lord’s Theos, ina tin sarka Pistosi mou, tin God now shares Purification with
Kyriou. Christ. ek Parthenou. Ke tafta Symeon me, to show that truly He assumed
mystagogoumenos, epegno ton afton, my flesh from the Virgin. And
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ispazeto, ke heron, presvitikos Mystery and recognised as God the FESTAL APOLYTIKION – MEETING/PRESENTATION – TONE 1
anekravgazen. Apolison me. Se gar One he beheld in the flesh. And he ✞Here, Keharitomeni Theotoke ✞Hail, O Lady Full of Grace, O Virgin
katidon, tin Zoin ton apanton. embraced and kissed Him as Life
Parthene. Ek sou gar anetilen O Ilios Theotokos, for Christ our God, the
itself, and he Rejoiced as an Elder,
tis Dikeosinis, Hristos O Theos imon, Sun of Righteousness has risen from
SMALL LITANY & FESTAL ANTIPHONS  and cried out aloud: Let me depart
Fotizon tous en skoti. Evfrenou ke Si, Thee and He Illumined those in
now, for I have seen Thee, O Lord,
presvita dikee, dexamenos en agkales darkness. And Thou, O Righteous
the Life of all things!”
ton Eleftherotin ton psihon imon Elder, be glad in heart, receiving in
FESTAL PROKEIMENON – MEETING/PRESENTATION – PSALM 115/116 harizomenon imin ke tin Anastasin. Thine Embrace the One Who
Mnisthisome tou Onomatos Sou en Thy Name shall be remembered from (3) Liberates our soul and bestows on us
pasi genea ke genea. generation to generation. Resurrection. (3)
FESTAL KONTAKION – MEETING/PRESENTATION - TONE 1
STIHOS: Exirevxato
i kardia mou Logon VERSE: ThyName shall be remembered
Agathon. Lego ego ta erga mou to from generation to generation. O Mitran Parthenikin Agiasas to Toko Thou Who has Sanctified by Thy Birth a
Vasili. I glossa mou kalamos Sou ke hiras tou Symeon Evlogisas, Virgin Womb and fittingly Blessed the
grammateos oxigrafon. os eprepe, profthasas ke nin esosas hands of Symeon, Thou art come, O
imas, Hriste O Theos. All irinefson Christ our God, and on this day has
Mnisthisome tou Onomatos Sou en Thy Name shall be remembered from en polemis to plitevma ke krateoson Saved us Grant Peace to Thy
pasi genea ke genea. generation to generation.
Vasilis, ous igapisas, O Monos Commonwealth in times of Battle,
SMALL LITANY – PRAISES TO ALMIGHTY GOD Filanthropos. and Strengthen the Orthodox People
– THE HOLY GOSPEL  whom Thou has Loved, O Thou Who
HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST LUKE 2 : 25 - 32 alone Loves mankind.
INSTEAD OF THE AXION ESTIN HYMN – MEETING/PRESENTATION - TONE 3
To kero ekino in anthropos en At that time, there was a man in
Ierousalim, O Onoma Symeon. Jerusalem whose name was Symeon. Theotoke, i Elpis panton ton O Theotokos, Hope of all Christians,
Hristianon, Skepe, frouri, filatte tou Protect, watch over and guard all
Ke O anthropos outos dikeos ke evlavis, And that man was Righteous and elpizontas is Se. those who put their hope in Thee.
prosdehomenos paraklisin tou Israil. Devout, waiting for the Consolation
of Israel. En Nomo, Skia ke Grammati tipon In the shadow and letter of the Law, let
katidomen i Pisti. Pan arsen to tin us, the Faithful, discern a figure:
Ke Pnevma Agion in ep afton. And the Holy Spirit was upon him. Mitran dianigon Agion Theo. Dio every male child who opens the
Ke in afto Kehrimatismenn ipo tou And it was revealed to him by the Holy prototokon Logon, Patros anarhou womb shall be Sanctified to God.
Pnevmatos tou Agiou mi idin Spirit that he should not see Death Iion, Prototokoumenon Mitri Therefore the Firstborn Word and
Thanaton, prin i idi ton Hriston before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. apirandro Megalinomen. Son of the Father without beginning -
Kyriou. the Firstborn Child of a Mother who
had not known man - we Magnify
Ke ilthen en to Pnevmati is to Ieron. And he came by the Holy Spirit into the FESTAL PROKEIMENON – MEETING/PRESENTATION –MAGNIFICAT - TONE 3
Temple.
Ke en to iagagin tous gonis to Pedion And when the parents brought in the
Megalini i psihi mou ton Kyrion ke My soul magnifies the Lord and my
igalliase to pnevma mou epi to spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
Iisoun tou Piise Aftou kata to Child Jesus, to do for Him according
Theo to Sotiri Mou
ithismenon tou Nomou peri aftou ke to the custom of the Law, he took
Evlogise ton Theon ke ipe: ‘Nin Him up in his arms and Blessed God Oti epevlepsen epi tin tapinosin tis For He has regarded the low estate of
apoliis ton doulon Sou, Despota, and said: ‘Lord, now let Thy servant doulis Aftou. Idou gar: apo tou nin His Handmaiden. For behold:
kata to rima Sou, en Irini. Oti idon depart in Peace, according to Thy ‘Makariousi ‘me pase e genee. henceforth all generations will call
i ofthalmi mou to Sotirion Sou, O Word, for my eyes have seen Thy me “Blessed.”
itimasas kata prosopon panton ton Salvation, which Thou has prepared THE EPISTLE OF ST PAUL TO THE HEBREWS 7 : 7 – 17
laon - Fos is apokalipsin ethnon ke before the sight of all people – a Light THE RULES OF THE ETERNAL PRIESTLY ORDERS
Doxan Laou Sou Israil. to Lighten the Gentiles, and the Glory
of Thy People, Israel. Adelphi, horis pasis antilogias to elatton Brethren: beyond all contradiction the
PSALM 50  ipo tou krittonos Evlogite. lesser is Blessed by the Better.
INTERCESSORY HYMNS FOR DIVINE MERCY - TONE 2 Ke ode me Dekatas apothniskontes And here mortal men receive Tithes,
✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son, anthropi lamvanousin, eki de but there He receives them, of Whom
and to the Holy Spirit martyroumenos oti Zi. it is witnessed that He Lives.
✞Tes tis Theotokou Presvies, Eleimon, ✞Through the Intercessions of the Ke os epos ipin, di’ Avraa ke Levi O Even Levi, who received Tithes, paid
exalipson ta plithi ton emon Theotokos, O Merciful One, blot out Dekatas lamvanon dedekatote, eti Tithes through Abraham. For he was
egklimaton. the multitude of our transgressions. gar en ti osfii tou Patros in ote still in the loins of his Father when
Ke nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton Now and ever, and to the Ages of sinintisen afto O Melihisedek. Melchizedek met him.

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eonon. Ages.
2. I glossa mou kalamos grammateos 2. My tongue is the pen of a scrivener.
oxigrafou ✶ ✶ Amin Amen
3. Oreos kalli para tous vious ton 3. Thou art more beautiful than the ✞Tes tis Theotokou Presvies, Eleimon, ✞Through the Intercessions of the
exalipson ta plithi ton emon Theotokos, O Merciful One, blot out
Anthropon, exehithi Haris en sons of men; Grace was poured egklimaton. the multitude of our transgressions.
hilesi Sou ✶ out on Thy Lips. ✶
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4. Dia touto evlogise se O Theos is ton 4. Therefore, God has Blessed thee Eleison me, O Theos, kata to Mega Have mercy upon me, O God,
eona. ✶ forever✶ Eleos Sou ke kata to plithos ton according to Thy Great Mercy;
SECOND FESTAL ANTIPHON – MEETING/PRESENTATION – TONE 2 iktirmon Sou Exalipson to anomima according to the multitude of Thy
mou. Mercies do away mine offences.
✞ Soson imas Ie Theou, O E N ✞ O Son of God, C A R R I E D I N T H E
AGKALES TOU DIKEOU SYMEON ARMS OF SYMEON THE
Anigestho i Pili tou Ouranou simeron! Open the Gates of Heaven today! For
VASTAHTHIS, psallontas Si: R I G H T E O U S , Save us who sing to O gar anarhos Logos tou Patros, the Father’s Beginningless Logos,
Allilouia! Thee: Alleluia! arhin lavon hronikin, mi ekstas tis having taken a beginning in time and
Aftou Theotitos, ipo Parthenou os unseparated from His Divinity, is
1. Perizose tin rinfean Sou epi ton 1. Gird Thy sword upon Thy Thigh, O vrefos tessarakonthimeron, Mitros willingly offered as a Forty-day Old
miron Sou, dinate, ti oreotiti Sou Mighty One; in Thy Splendour ekon prosferete, en Nao to Nomiko ke Infant in the Temple of the Law, by
ke to kalli Sou. ✶ and Thy Beauty. ✶ touton agkales isdehete O Presvis. His Virgin Mother. And the Elder
2. Ke entine ke katevodou ke Vasileve 2. And stretch Thou bow; and grant Apolison krazon, O doulos to Despoti received Him in his arms: “Let me
eneken Alithias ke Praotitos ke prosperity; and reign because of I gar ofthalmi mou idon to Sotirion depart,” cried the Servant to the
Dikeosinis.✶ Truth, gentleness and Sou, O elthon is ton kosmon, sose Master. “For my eyes have seen Thy
Righteousness. ✶ genos anthropon, Kyrie,  Doxa Si! Salvation.” O Lord, Who came to the

3. Ta veli Sou ikonimena, dinate Lai 3. Thine arrows are sharp, O Mighty
world to Save humanity:  Glory to
PRAYER OFSALVATION Thee!
ipokato Sou pessounte. En kardia One, (the people shall fall under
ton ehthron tou Vasileos. ✶ Thee), in the heart of the King’s SEASONAL KONTAKION – PRESENTATION OF CHRIST -TONE 1
enemies. ✶ O Mitran Parthenikin Agiasas to Toko Thou Who has Sanctified by Thy Birth
4. O Thronos Sou, O Theos, is ton eona 4. Thy Throne, O God, is forever and Sou ke hiras tou Symeon evlogisas, os a Virgin Womb and fittingly Blessed
eprepe, profthasas ke nin esosas the hands of Symeon, Thou art come,
tou eonos; Ravdos Evthititos i ever; Thy Royal Sceptre is a O Christ our God, and on this day
Ravdos tis Vasilias Sou. ✶ Sceptre of Uprightness. ✶ imas, Hriste O Theos. All irinefson
has Saved us Grant Peace to Thy
THIRD FESTAL ANTIPHON – MEETING/PRESENTATION - TONE 1 en polemis to plitevma ke krateoson Commonwealth in times of Battle,
Vasilis, ous igapisas, O Monos and Strengthen the Orthodox People
1. Akouson Thigater, ke ide, ke klinon 1. Hearken, O Daughter, and consider, Filanthropos. whom Thou has Loved, O Thou Who
to ous Sou. ✶ and incline Thine ear✶ alone Loves mankind.
✞Here Keharitomeni Theotoke ✞Hail, O Theotokos Virgin Full of FESTAL IKOS – PRESENTATION OF CHRIST
Parthene. Ek Sou gar anetilen O Grace: for from Thee has shone Ti Theotoko prosdramomen, i Let us run to the Theotokos, desiring
Ilios tis Dikeosinis, Hristos O Theos forth the Sun of Righteousness, voulomeni katidin ton Iion aftis, pros to behold Her Son brought to
imon, Fotizon tous en skoti. Christ our God, granting Light to Symenon apagomenon, on per Symeon. The Bodiless Powers,
Evfrenou ke Si Presvita Dikee, those in darkness. Be glad also, O Ouranothen i Asomati Vlepontes, looking at Him from on High, are
dexamenos en agkales ton Thou Righteous Elder, for Thou exeplittonto legontes, Thavmasta filled with amazement, saying: ‘Now
Eleftherotin ton psihon imon, hast received in Thine arms the Theoroumen nini ke paradoxa, we behold Wondrous and Most
harizomenon imin ke tin Anastasin. Deliverer of our souls, Who bestows akatalipta, afrasta, O ton Adam Marvellous Things, beyond
upon us Resurrection. dimiourgisas vastazete os vrefos, O understanding and telling! He Who
2. To Prosopon Sou litanefsousin i 2. Even the rich among the people ahoritos horite en agkales tou created Adam is carried as a Babe!
plousii tou laou. ✶ shall entreat Thy Favour ✶ Presvitou, O epi ton kolpon He Who cannot be compassed is
aperigraptos iparhon tou Patros compassed by the arms of the Elder!
3. Mnisthisome tou Onomatos Sou en 3. They shall remember Thy Name
aftou, ekon perigrafete sarki, ou He Who rests Uncircumscribed in the
pasi genea ke genea.✶ from generation to generation.✶ Theotiti, O Monos Filanthropos. Bosom of His Father, is voluntarily
FESTAL ISODIKON – PRESENTATION/MEETING – TONE 2 circumscribed in Flesh but not in
Egnorise Kyrios to Sotirion Aftou The Lord has declared His Salvation; He Divinity – He Who alone Loves
enantion panton ton Ethnon. has revealed His Righteousness in mankind!

✞ Soson imas, Iie Theou, O EN AGKALES the presence of the Nations.


TOU DIKEOU SYMEON VASTAHTHIS, psallontas ✞ Save us O Son of God, BORNE IN THE
Si: Allilouia! ARMS OFSYMEON THE RIGHTEOUS, who sing
to Thee: Alleluia!
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SYNAXARION – 2 FEBRUARY
Enite Afton en kimvalis evihis. Enite Praise Him with tuneful cymbals;
Ti B’ tou aftou minos, i Ipapanti tou On the 2nd day of this month we Afton en kimvalis alalagmou. praise Him with loud cymbals. Let
Kyriou imon Iisou Hristou, en i celebrate the Meeting Pasa pnoi inesato ton Kyrion. everything that has breath praise
edexato Afton is tas agkalas aftou (Presentation) of our Lord and God the Lord.
ODikeos Symeon. and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in the
Temple, wherein the Righteous St Kolpon tou Gennitoros, mi horisthis ti Not parted in Thy Divinity from the
Symeon received Him into his Theotiti, sarkothis os evdokisas, Bosom of the Father, Thou was
arms. agkales kratoumenos, tis Incarnated according to Thy Good
Aiparthenou, hersin epedothis, tou Pleasure; and upheld in the arms of
Ti afti imera, Mnimi tou Agiou Martyros On this day we Commemorate the
Theodohou Symeon, O ti hiri Sou the Ever Virgin, Thou hast beem
Agathodorou. Holy Martyr, St Agathodoros of
Kraton ta simpanta. Dio nin apoliis committed to the hand of Symeon,
Tyana, Cappadocia
me, periharos anekravgazen, en the Receiver of God, O Thou Who
Afto to Theo i Doxa ke Kratos is tous To the True God be Glory and irnini ton doulon Sou, oti idon Se upholds the whole world with Thy
eonas. Dominion to the Ages. Despota. Hand. Therefore he cried with Joy:
Amin Amen ‘Not let Thou Thy servant depart in
KATAVASIA OF THE MEETING/PRESENTATION – TONE 3 Peace, for I have seen Thee, O Lord!’

O D I 1 Herson avissotokon, pedon ilios, ODE 1 The sun once shone with its ✞ Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
epepolefse pote. Osi tihos gar epagi, rays upon dry land in the midst of ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton and to the Holy Spirit, now and
ekaterothen idor, lao the deep. For the water on both eonon. forever, and to the Ages of ages.
pezopontoporounti, ke thearestos sides became firm as a wall while the Amin Amen
melponti. Asomen to Kyrou. Endoxos people crossed the sea on foot, BY GERMANOS –MEETING/PRESENTATION - TONE (6) PLAGAL 2
gar dedoxaste. offering this song acceptable to God:
Let us sing to the Lord, for He has O en hersi presvitikes, tin simeron O Christ our God Who has been
been greatly glorified! imeran, os ef armatos Herouvim, pleased to rest this day in the arms
ODI 3 To stereoma, ton epi si O D E 3 O Lord, the firm foundation of anaklithine evdokisas Hriste O Theos, of the Elder as upon the Chariot of
pepithoton, stereoson Kyrie tin those who put their trust in Thee, do ke imas tous imnountas Se, tis ton the Cherubim, from the tyranny of
Ekklisian, in ektiso, to Timio Sou Thou confirm the Church, which pathon tyrannidos, anakaloumenos passions now deliver us who sing
Emati. Thou hast purchased with Thy rise, ke Soson tas psihas imon. Thy Praises, and Save our souls.
Precious Blood.
O D I 4 Ekalipsen Ouranous, i Areti Sou ODE 4 Thy Virtue, O Christ, has GREAT DOXOLOGY 
Hriste. Tis kivotou gar Proelthon, tou covered the Heavens, for proceeding FESTAL APOLYTIKION – MEETING/PRESENTATION – TONE 1
Agiasmatos Sou, tis afthorou Mitros, forth from the Ark of Thy ✞Here, Keharitomeni Theotoke ✞Hail, O Lady Full of Grace, O Virgin
en to Nao tis Doxis Sou, ofthis os Sanctification, from Thine undefiled
Parthene. Ek sou gar anetilen O Ilios Theotokos, for Christ our God, the
vrefos agkaloforoumenos, ke eplirothi Mother, Thou hast appeared in the
tis Dikeosinis, Hristos O Theos imon, Sun of Righteousness has risen from
ta panta, tis Sis Eneseos. Temple of Thy Glory as an Infant in
Fotizon tous en skoti. Evfrenou ke Si, Thee and He Illumined those in
arms, and the whole world has been
presvita dikee, dexamenos en agkales darkness. And Thou, O Righteous
filled with Thy praise.
ton Eleftherotin ton psihon imon Elder, be glad in heart, receiving in
ODI 5 Os iden Isaes simvolikos, en O D E 5 In a figure Isaiah saw God upon harizomenon imin ke tin Anastasin. Thine Embrace the One Who
Throno epirmeno Theon, ip Angelon a Throne, lifted up on high and (3) Liberates our soul and bestows on us
Doxis Doriforoumenon, O talas! borne in triumph by Angels of Glory; Resurrection. (3)
Evoa, ego! Pro gar idon and he cried: “Woe is me! For I have
Somatoumenon Theon. Fotos seen beforehand God made Flesh,
anesperou, ke Irinis Desponzonta Lord of the Light that knows no
evening and King of Peace.”
ODI 6 Evoise Si, idon O Presvis, tis O D E 6 The Elder, having seen with his Festal Divine Liturgy Hymns – Meeting/Presentation
ofthalmis to Sotirion, O lais epesti. Ek eyes the Salvation that has come to FIRST FESTAL ANTIPHON – MEETING/PRESENTATION – TONE 2
Theou Hriste:, Si Theos mou. the people, cried aloud to Thee: “O
Christ Who comes from God: Thou ✞ Tes Presvies tis Theotokou, Soter ✞By the Intercessions of the
art my God.” Soson imas! Theotokos, O Saviour, Save us!
O D I 7 Se ton en piri drosisanta, Pedas ODE 7 O Word of God Who in the 1. Exirevxato i kardia mou Logon 1. My heart overflows with a Good
theologisants, ke parthenon akirato midst of the Fire hast dropped Dew Agathon. Lego ego ta Erga mou Word; I tell my works to the King.
enikisanta, Theon Logon imnoumen, upon the Children as they to Vasili ✶ ✶
efsevos melodountes. Evlogitos O discoursed on things Divine, and

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LAUDS: THE PRAISES TO GOD - PSALM 148 Theos, O ton Pateron imon. who hast taken up Thy dwelling in
ALL CREATION PRAISES THE LORD OUR GOD
the Pure Virgin: Thee do we praise
Pasa pnoi enesato ton Kyrion. Enite Let everything that has breath praise as with piety we sing: “O God of our
ton Kyrion ek ton Ouranon. Enite the Lord. Praise the Lord from the Fathers, Blessed art Thou!”
Afton en tis Ipsistis. Si prepi imnos Heavens; praise Him in the Highest. ODI 8 ✞Enoumen, Evlogoumen ke O D E 8 ✞We praise, we Bless and we
to Theo. To Thee praise is due, O God. Proskinoumen ton Kyrion Worship the Lord!
Enite Afton, pantes i Angelli Aftou. Praise Him, all His Angels; praise Him, Astekto piri enothentes, i theosevias Standing together in the unbearable fire
Enite Afton, pase e Dinamis Aftou. all His Powers. To Thee praise is proestotes Neanei. Ti flogi de mi yet not harmed by the flame, the
Si prepi imnos to Theo. due, O God. lovithentes, thion imnon emelpon. Children, Champions of Godliness,
PSALM 150 – FESTAL VERSES – MEETING/PRESENTATION- TONE 4 Evlogiete panta ta Erga ton sang a Divine Hymn: O All you
Enite Afton epi tes Dinasties Afton. Praise Him for His Mighty Acts; praise Kyrion, ke iperipsoute is pantas tous Works of the Lord: Bless the Lord and
eonas! exalt Him above all forever!
Enite Afton kata to plithos tis Him according to the greatness of
THE FESTAL MAGNIFICAT
Megalosinis Aftou. His Majesty.
FESTAL ODE 9 – MEGALYNARIA – MEETING/PRESENTATION – TONE 3
Nomon ton en Grammati, apopliron O Fulfilling the Law, He Who Loves
Akatalipton esti, to teloumenon en Si, ke That which is fulfilled in Thee is
Filanthropos, to Nao nin prosagete, mankind was now brought into the
Angelis ke vrotis, Mitroparthen Agni. beyond the Understanding of Angels
ke touton isdehete, grees agkales, Temple; and Symeon received Him in
and mortals, O Pure Virgin Mother.
Symeon O presvis. Nin apoliis me his aged arms, crying aloud: ‘Now let
voon, pros tin ekithen makariotita. me depart to the Blessedness of the Agkalizete hersin, O Presvitis Symeon, Symeon the Elder takes in his arms the
Katidon gar Se simeron, sarka thnitin world to come, for I have beheld ton tou Nomou Piitin, ke Despotin tou Maker of the Law and Master of all.
perikimenon, ton Zois kirievonta, ke today, wrapped in mortal flesh, Him Pantos.
Thanatou despozonta. Who is Lord of Life and Master of Voulithis O Plastourgos, ina sosi ton The Creator, wishing to Save Adam,
Death.’ Adam, Mitran okise tin Sin, tis took up His Dwelling in Thy Pure
Enite Afton en iho salpingos. Enite Praise Him with the sound of the Parthenou ke Agnis. and Virgin Womb.

Afton en psaltirio ke kithara. trumpet; praise Him with lute and Genos apan ton vroton, Makarizi Se Every generation of mortal nature
harp. Agni, ke Doxazi Se Pistos, os Mitera Blesses Thee, O Pure Virgin, and in
tou Theou. Faith Glorifies Thee as Mother of
Nomon ton en Grammati, apopliron O Fulfilling the Law, He Who Loves
God.
Filanthropos, to Nao nin prosagete, mankind was now brought into the
ke touton isdehete, grees agkales, Temple; and Symeon received Him in Defte idete Hriston, ton Despotin tou Come and behold Christ, the Master of
his aged arms, crying aloud: ‘Now let pantos, on vastazi Symeon simeron all, Whom Symeon carries today in
Symeon O presvis. Nin apoliis me
me depart to the Blessedness of the en to Nao. the Temple.
voon, pros tin ekithen makariotita.
Katidon gar Se simeron, sarka thnitin world to come, for I have beheld Epivlepis pros tin gin, ke piis tremin Thou looks down upon the earth and
perikimenon, ton Zois kirievonta, ke today, wrapped in mortal flesh, Him aftin, ke pos geron kekmikos, Se makes it tremble. How then can I,
Thanatou Despozonta. Who is Lord of Life and Master of katehi en hersi? aged and weary, hold Thee in my
Death.’ arms?

Enite Afton en timpano ke horo. Enite Praise Him with timbrel and dance; Sisas eti Symeon eos ide ton Hriston, ke Symeon had lived for many years when
Afton en hordes ke organo. praise Him with strings and flute. evoa pros Afton: ‘ Nin apolisin zito!’ he beheld Christ and exclaim aloud
to Him: ‘Now do I seek my release!’
Fos is apokalipsin, ethnon epefanas As a Light to Enlighten the Gentiles,
Kyrie, epi koufis kathimenos, nefelis Thou has made Thyself manifest, O I lavis i Mystiki, i ton anthraka Hriston The Mystic Tongs who has Conceived in
Lord: the Sun of Righteousness sillavousa en gastri, si iparhis Thy Womb Christ the live coal, art
O Ilios tis Dikeosinis, Nomou to
seated upon a swift Cloud, Thou has Mariam. Thou O Mary.
skiodes, apopliron ke tin arhin,
kathipofenon tis Neas Haritos. Dio Se fulfilled the Shadow of the Law and Thelon eninthropisas, O proanarhos O God Pre-Eternal, of Thine own Will
Thesamenos, O Symeon shown forth the Beginning of the Theos, ke Nao prosferese, Thou became Man and were
anekravgazen: ‘Ek fthoras me New Grace. Therefore, beholding tessarakonthimeros. presented at the Temple at Forty
apolison, oti idon Se simeron!’ Thee, Symeon exclaimed aloud: ‘Now Days.
let Thou Thy servant depart from Katelthont ex Ouranou, ton Despotin tou Having come down from Heaven, the
corruption, for I have seen Thee pantos, ipedexato afton Symeon O Lord of all was received by Symeon
today!’ Ierefs. the Priest.

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MEGALYNARIA – ODE 9 – THE HIERMOS – MEETING/PRESENTATION
I ti fisi men monas, tis prosopis de O Thou Who by Nature is One but in
IRMOS: Lamprinonmou tin psihin ke IRMOS Illuminate my soul and the light Trias, Filatte tous doulous Sou tous Persons Three, watch over Thy
to Fos to esthiton opos ido of my senses that I may behold Pistevontas is Se. servants who put their Faith in
katharos, ke kirixo Se Theon. Thee in Purity, and proclaim that Thee.
Thou art God.
Apedokas mi evoa Symeon, tou Sotirious ‘Thou hast committed to me the
En Nomo, skia ke grammati, tipon The shadow and letter of the Law, let Sou Hriste agaliasin, apolave Sou ton Exceeding Joy of Thy Salvation, O
katidomen i Pisti, pan arsen to tin us, the Faithful, discern a Figure: latrin, ton ti skia kekmikota, Neon tis Christ,’ cried Symeon, ‘Take Thy
Mitra dianigon, Agion Theo, dio every male child who opens the Haritos, Ierokirika Mystin, en enesi servant who is weary of the shadow,
prototokon Logon, Patros anarhou womb shall be Sanctified to God. Megalinonta. and make him a New Preacher of the
Iion, prototokoumenon Mitri Therefore the Firstborn Word and Mystery of Grace, as he magnifies
apirandro, Megalinomen. Son of the Father Without Beginning, Thee in praise.’
the Firstborn Child of a Mother who
had not known man do we Magnify.
Ke nin ke Ai ke is tous eonas ton Now and ever, and to the Ages of
eonon. ages.
Mitroparthene Agni, ti prosferis to O Pure Virgin Mother, why did Thou
Amin. Amen
Nao, Neon vrefos apodous en bring into the Temple an Newborn
agkales Symeon. Babe and commit Him into the Theotoke, i Elpis panton ton O Theotokos, Thou Hope of all
hands of Symeon. Hristianon, Skepe, Frouri, Filatte Christians, Protect, watch over, and
En Nomo, skia ke grammati, tipon The shadow and letter of the Law, let tous Elpizontas is Se. guard all who put their hope in
Thee.
katidomen i Pisti, pan arsen to tin us, the Faithful, discern a Figure: Ieropreos anthomologito, Anna
Mitran dianigon, Agion Theo, dio every male child who opens the ipofitevousa, i sofron ke Osia, ke Holy Hannah, sober in spirit and
prototokon Logon, Patros anarhou womb shall be Sanctified to God. Presvira to Despoti, en to Nao venerable in years, with reverence
Iion, prototokoumenon Mitri, Therefore the Firstborn Word and diarridin, tin Theotokon de confessed the Master freely and
apirandro, Megalinomen. Son of the Father Without Beginning, anakirittousa, pasi tis prousin openly in the Temple; and
the Firstborn Child of a Mother who emegalinen proclaiming the Theotokos, before
had not known man do we Magnify all who were present.she magnified
MEGALYNARIA – ODE 9 – TROPARIA – MEETING/PRESENTATION Her.
FESTAL KATAVASIA – ODE 9 - MEETING/PRESENTATION – TONE 3
Nin Apolisin Zito apo Sou tou From Thee, O Creator, I now seek
Plastourgou, oti idon Se Hriste, to release, for I have beheld Thee, O Theotoke, i Elpis panton ton O Virgin Theotokos, Thou Hope of all
Sotirion mou Fos. Christ, my Salvation and my Light. Hristianon, Skepe, Frouri, Filatte Christians, Protect, Watch over and
Tis prin Neognon trigonon zevgos dias Of old the people offered a pair of tous Elpizontas is Se Guard all those who put their Hope
in Thee.
te in neoson, anth on O Thios Presvis, doves and two young pigeons. In
ke Sofron Anna Prophitis, to ek their stead, the Godly Elder and En Nomo Skia ke grammati, tipon In the Shadow and the letter of the Law,
Parthenou tehthenti, ke io gono Hannah the Prophetess, sober in katidomen i Pisti. Pan arsen, to tin let us, the Faithful, discern a figure:
Patros, en to Nao Prosionti, spirit, Ministered and gave Glory to mitran dianigon, Agion Theo. Dio every male child who opens the
Litourgontes emegalinon. the Child of the Virgin, the Only Prototokon Logon Patros Anarhou womb shall be Sanctified to God.
Begotten Son of the Father, as He Therefore, we Magnify the First Born
Iion, Prototokoumenon Mitri,
was brought into the Temple. Word and Son of the Father Without
epirandro, Megalinomen
On i ano Litourgi tromo Litanevousi, Him Whom the Ministers at the Beginning, the First Born Child of a
Mother who had not known man.
kato nin O Symeon agkalizete Liturgy on High Entreat with SMALL LITANY
hersi. trembling, here below Symeon took FESTAL EXAPOSTEILARION – PRESENTATION OF CHRIST - TONE 3
into his arms.
En Pnevmati to Iero, parastas O The Holy Spirit brought the Elder into
Tis prin Neognon trigonon zefgos, dias Of old the people offered a pair of Presitis, agkales ipedexato, ton tou the Temple, and taking into his
te in Nesoson, anth on O Thios doves and two young pigeons. In Nomou Despotin, kravgazon. In tou arms the Master of the Law, he
Presvis, ke sofron Anna Profitis, to ek their stead, the Godly Elder and desmou me, tis sarkos apolison, os cried: Now let me depart in Peace
Parthenou tehthenti, ke io gono Hannah the Prophetess, sober in irikas en Irini. Idon gar tis ofthalmis, from the bonds of the flesh
Patros, en to Nao Prosionti, spirit, Ministered and gave Glory to apokalipsin ethnon, ke Israil Sotirian. according to Thy Word, for my eyes
Litourgountes emegalinon. the Child of the Virgin, the Only have seen the Revelation that brings
Begotten Son of the Father, as He Light to the Gentiles, and the
was brought into the Temple. Salvation of Israel. (3)
✞ Doxa Patri, ke Io, ke Agio Pnevmati ✞ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
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