February 25, 2015 </br>Wednesday of the Second Week of Great Lent

February 25, 2015
Wednesday of the Second Week of Great Lent

LITURGY OF THE PRESANCTIFIED GIFTS

At Psalm 140

In Tone 1

10. O faithful, to undertake a spiritual fast,
we must speak no deceit with our tongues
nor place obstacles in the path of each other.
But by repentance let us brighten the lamp of our souls,
that with tears we may call out to Christ:
Forgive our trespasses, for You love humankind.

9. O faithful, to undertake a spiritual fast,
we must speak no deceit with our tongues
nor place obstacles in the path of each other.
But by repentance let us brighten the lamp of our souls,
that with tears we may call out to Christ:
Forgive our trespasses, for You love humankind.

8. O martyrs, worthy of praise,
though the earth may not have covered you, heaven received you,
opening to you the gates of Paradise, where you dwell,
delighting in the Tree of Life.
Beseech Christ to grant our souls peace and great mercy.

In Tone 3

7. Through the prayers of the divine apostles, O righteous Lord,
grant that this time of the Fast may be well spent.
In Your kindness grant repentance to our hearts,
that we all may be saved and give glory to You.

6. Your coming will be great and fearful, O Lord,
when You shall sit in just judgment.
Do not pass sentence on me,
for I am already condemned;
but show Your divine favour toward me,
through the intercession of Your apostles.

In Tone 6

5. O apostles of Christ who shine your light on all mortals,
you are the treasuries of the holy knowledge of God.
Through your prayers deliver from temptation those who praise you.
Guide us successfully through the course of this Fast;
direct our lives in peace,
so that with our eyes lifted up to the Passion of Christ,
we may with courage give praise to our God.

In Tone 8

4. Venerable father Porphyrius,
you took the Cross of Christ upon your shoulder,
abandoning all and reaching the desert.
Armed with fasting and prayers,
you battled with the ruler of this world.
Therefore as a temple of the Spirit of God,
you cast him down together with carnal mindedness.

3. Venerable father Porphyrius,
you took the Cross of Christ upon your shoulder,
abandoning all and reaching the desert.
Armed with fasting and prayers,
you battled with the ruler of this world.
Therefore as a temple of the Spirit of God,
you cast him down together with carnal mindedness.

2. As of old, God saved the three youths from the fire by His angel,
so now He has saved three youths by you!
They had been dragged down into a pit.
God bore them up as in a basket,
overshadowing them with the light of a cloud
which formed three crosses on their bodies,
reproving those who opposed you, Porphyrius!

1. Who can worthily sing hymns to your temptations and pains,
your misfortunes and tribulations, Porphyrius,
your struggles for the faith!
For you showed that you have great boldness before God.
Therefore, we entreat you for the sake of that boldness,
pray on our behalf to the Lord that we may be saved!

In Tone 4, Glory… Now…

O Mother of Christ our God,
you who gave birth to the Maker of all,
deliver us from every danger,
so that we may cry out to you with one accord:
Rejoice, O only intercessor for our souls!

Prokeimenon I, Tone 8
Rejoice, rejoice in the Lord,* exult, O you just!
verse: Blessed are those whose offence is forgiven, whose sin is remitted.

Reading I
Genesis 4:16-26

Prokeimenon II, Tone 1
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us* as we have hoped in You.
verse: Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just; for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.

Reading II
Proverbs 5:15-6:3

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