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    Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost; Octoechos Tone 6; The Holy Priest-Martyr Josaphat, Archbishop of Polotsk (1623); John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria (619); Nil the Faster (430); Passing into Eternal Life (1950) of Blessed Hryhoriy (Gregory) Lakota, Auxiliary Bishop of Peremyshl and Confessor


    Kathisma Reading
    “Blessed is the man...” is sung.

    At Psalm 140

    In Tone 6

    Lead my soul forth from prison* that I may give thanks to Your name.

    O Christ, You won the victory over Hades,
    You ascended the Cross so that You might raise up with Yourself
    all those who dwelt in the darkness of death.
    Almighty Saviour, You are free from death
    and bestow life by Your divine light.
    We, therefore, beseech You to have mercy on us.

    The just shall gather around me* when You have been good to me.

    Today Christ has conquered Death.
    He has risen from the grave as He foretold,
    bestowing great joy upon the world.
    Therefore, let us all lift up our voices and sing:
    O Fount of Life, O Light Whom no one can approach,
    Almighty Saviour, have mercy on us.

    Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord;* O Lord, hear my voice!

    O Lord, where can we sinners flee from You,
    for You are present in all creation?
    You are present in heaven, for it is Your dwelling place.
    Your power prevails in Hades where You conquered Death.
    O Master, Your sustaining hand touches even the depths of the sea.
    Where, then, can we take refuge except in You?
    We, therefore, prostrate ourselves before You and pray:
    O Lord, risen from the dead, have mercy on us.

    Let Yours ears be attentive* to the voice of my prayer.

    We exult in Your Cross, O Christ,
    and we sing the glory of Your Resurrection.
    For You are our God, and we have no other Lord but You.

    In Tone 1

    If You mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?* But with You forgiveness is that You may be revered.

    O Josaphat, you are worthy of glory.
    Your sacred vestment was stained with your martyr’s blood,
    and now you have entered into the Holy of Holies
    with the Lord who rejoices for you.
    From Him you have received victory for your labours,
    an eternal crown, everlasting beauty, and the life of Paradise.
    O great martyr Josaphat,
    now also pray that He may grant unity and peace to our Churches
    and great mercy to our souls.

    I have waited for You as You have commanded; my soul patiently relies on Your promise,* for it has trusted in the Lord.

    O all-precious orator,
    you first offered yourself as an unbloody sacrifice to God.
    Like the unblemished fruit, your holy work was an acceptable sacrifice.
    Then you brought yourself to Christ, by means of your blood,
    as a true and great martyr.
    Now also pray that He may grant unity and peace to our Churches
    and great mercy to our souls.

    From the morning watch until night* let Israel trust in the Lord.

    You destroyed the vanity of the dissenters
    by your sanctifying words.
    You also strengthened the faith of the weakened hearts.
    You have entered into the eternal life,
    having suffered for the cause of unity.
    You were a witness to the Lord, O great martyr Josaphat.
    Now also pray that He may grant unity and peace to our Churches
    and great mercy to our souls.

    For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him there is plentiful redemption;* and He shall redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

    Your sacred vestments were stained crimson by your blood, O holy one.
    So you received from Christ a two-fold crown, O generous father.
    You also rejoice with the angels in heaven
    as you stand in the presence of the Blessed Trinity.
    Now also pray that God may grant unity and peace to our Churches
    and great mercy to our souls.

    Praise the Lord, all the nations;* proclaim His glory, all you people.

    O great martyr Josaphat,
    in chastity you yearned for an honourable life.
    You worshiped Christ the Almighty,
    and you led the people into union with Him
    by your precious words and by his grace.
    You washed yourself with the blood of martyrdom, O blessed one of God.
    You have entered into eternity.
    Now also pray that He may grant unity and peace to our Churches
    and great mercy to our souls.

    Strong is the love of the Lord for us;* eternally will His truth endure.

    In thought you ascended into the unsetting cloud of the ineffable Light.
    You, a great martyr and shepherd,
    knew the ineffable mysteries of Christ.
    As a martyr you were enlightened,
    and as a shepherd you were mystically taught.
    Because of that, you also received two crowns from the glory on high.
    Now also pray that He may grant unity and peace to our Churches
    and great mercy to our souls.

    In Tone 6, Glory…

    O great martyr Josaphat,
    you were a true priest until the time of your death.
    As a priest you were a minister of the ineffable mysteries of Christ.
    You poured out your blood as did Christ our God,
    presenting yourself as an acceptable sacrifice.
    Because of that, you are confident in his presence.
    Pray for the faith of those who observe and venerate your all-holy memory,
    so that your flock and the whole world
    may be delivered from all dangers, invasions, enemies, and sieges.

    In Tone 6, Now…

    Who would not call you blessed, O Virgin most holy?
    Who would not sing a hymn of praise
    to the glory of your giving birth without pain or travail?
    The Only-begotten Son Himself,
    begotten of the Father before all ages,
    was made flesh out of you in a manner
    that cannot be explained, O Woman most pure!
    And for our sake, He Who is God by nature
    assumed the nature of a man.
    He is not divided into two persons;
    He is understood to have two natures
    without commixion or confusion.
    O noble and blessed Woman,
    intercede with Him that He may mercy on our souls.

    (1) Proverbs 3:13-16; 8:35, 4-6, 8, 9; (2) Wisdom 4:7, 16-20; 5:1-7; (3) Wisdom 5:15-6:3


    In Tone 1

    Come, let us all celebrate in spirit with heavenly priestly words
    the memory of the great martyr Josaphat.
    Because he cleared the thorns of division
    and with abundant virtue through the fruit of the sanctuary,
    he planted the teachings of salvation
    for our souls.

    As a priest you acted according to the divine gospel.
    You sealed the divine teachings with your blood
    at the hands of the flock in disunity, O great martyr Josaphat.
    You dried up the river of demons,
    and you went up into heaven
    as a conqueror receiving the crown of victory.

    O great martyr Josaphat,
    the Eastern Church possessed you and your priestly works.
    Now you protect her in an unshakeable manner from hostile wolves
    as she preaches about your courage and extols you, O blessed one.

    In Tone 5, Glory…

    The Church celebrates your light-bearing feast,
    and she rejoices, O great martyr Josaphat.
    She faithfully venerates you.
    As a shepherd do not cease to bless her.
    Pray for the salvation of all.


    O most pure Virgin,
    you are the temple, the gate, the palace, and the throne of the king.
    Christ, our Redeemer and Lord,
    appeared through you to those who slumbered in darkness.
    For He, as the Sun of Righteousness,
    wished to enlighten those whom He created with his own hands
    according to his own image.
    Therefore, O Lady, whom we always praise In song,
    we beseech you to intercede with Christ for the salvation of our souls,
    for as his mother you can approach Him with the greatest confidence.


    In Tone 6

    O Christ our Saviour,
    the angels in heaven sing the praises of Your Resurrection;
    make us on earth also worthy
    to extol You with a pure heart.

    The Lord reigns, He is clothed in majesty. Robed is the Lord, and girt about with strength.

    Almighty God, You destroyed the brazen gates and bars of Hades,
    and raised up fallen mankind.
    Therefore, with one accord, we cry out:
    O Lord, risen from the dead, glory to You!

    For He has made the world firm, which shall not be moved.

    Christ willed to renew us from our corruption of old
    by being nailed to a cross and placed in a tomb.
    When the women came to anoint His body they tearfully cried out:
    O, what sorrow afflicts us!
    O Saviour of All, how could You consent to occupy a grave?
    If you truly willed this, then why did You allow Your body to be stolen?
    How were You removed?
    What place now conceals Your life-bearing body?
    O Lord, appear to us as You promised
    and put an end to out tears.
    As they were lamenting, an angel appeared and cried out to them:
    Do not weep, but tell the Apostles that the Lord is risen,
    granting sanctification and great mercy to the world.

    Holiness befits Your house, O Lord, for length of days.

    O Christ, You were crucified of Your free will,
    and by Your burial You imprisoned Death.
    As God, You rose in glory on the third day,
    granting life and great mercy to the world.

    In Tone 4, Glory…

    Your good deeds are radiant like the sun upon heaven and earth,
    O conciliator of Christ, all-blessed great martyr Josaphat.
    You rightly preached to us the true and spotless faith of Christ.
    For this, as a good shepherd, you also laid down your life,
    following the wellspring of shepherds, Christ our God.
    O all-blessed sanctifier, O God-bearer,
    Implore that all may be saved
    who lovingly celebrate the precious memory of your sufferings.


    O most pure Virgin, hear the petitions of your servants.
    Remove the burdens which oppress us
    and deliver us from our sorrows;
    for you are the only firm and constant support on whom we rely.
    O Mother of God, never permit us who call upon you
    to be overwhelmed by our cares.
    Hasten to fulfil the supplications of all who, in faith, cry out to you:
    Rejoice, O Lady, helper of all mankind,
    the joy, the refuge, and the salvation of our souls.


    Hail, Mother of God, Virgin Mary full of grace!* The Lord is with you.* Blessed are you among women,* and blessed is the fruit of your womb.* For you have borne Christ, the Saviour* and Deliverer of our souls. (2)

    In Tone 4
    You appeared as a radiant light,* O priest-martyr Josaphat.* Like the Good Shepherd, you lay down your life for your sheep;* killed by enemies who loved division, you entered the holy of holies to dwell with the bodiless powers.* Therefore we pray you, long-suffering saint:* beg Christ, the Prince of Shepherds,** to number us among the sheep at His right hand and to save our souls.


    Troparia and Kontakia
    Troparion, Tone 6: Angelic powers were upon Your tomb* and the guards became like dead men;* Mary stood before Your tomb* seeking Your most pure body.* You captured Hades without being overcome by it.* You met the Virgin and granted life.* O Lord, risen from the dead,* glory be to You!

    Troparion, Tone 4: You appeared as a radiant light,* O priest-martyr Josaphat.* Like the Good Shepherd, you lay down your life for your sheep;* killed by enemies who loved division, you entered the holy of holies to dwell with the bodiless powers.*Therefore we pray you, long-suffering saint:* beg Christ, the Prince of Shepherds,* to number us among the sheep at His right hand and to save our souls.

    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

    Kontakion, Tone 4: Enlightened in childhood* by the flame from the crucified Christ,* you resembled the angels in your life as a monk,* and as bishop you lived in godliness.* You clearly preached unity and with your martyr’s blood, you calmed hearts inflamed by love for dispute.* From Christ you received the crown.* And so remember us as we cry to you:* Rejoice, O unshakeable pillar of unity.

    Now and for ever and ever. Amen.

    Kontakion, Tone 6: With His life-giving hand* Christ our God, the Giver of life,* raised all the dead from the murky abyss* and bestowed resurrection upon humanity.* He is for all the Saviour,* the resurrection and the life, and the God of all.

    Prokeimenon, Tone 6
    Save Your people, O Lord, * and bless Your inheritance.
    verse: Unto You I will cry, O Lord, my God, lest You turn from me in silence. (Psalm27:9,1)

    Prokeimenon, Tone 7
    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His venerable ones. (Psalm 115:15)

    Ephesians 2:4-10; Hebrews 4:14-5:10

    Alleluia, Tone 6
    verse: He who lives in the aid of the Most High, shall dwell under the protection of the God of heaven.
    verse: He says to the Lord: You are my protector and my refuge, my God, in Whom I hope. (Psalm 90:1,2)
    verse: Your priests shall clothe themselves with justice, and Your venerable ones shall rejoice.
    verse: For the Lord has chosen Sion; He has chosen it for His dwelling. (Psalm 131:9,13)

    Luke 8:26-39; John 10:9-16

    Communion Hymn
    Praise the Lord from the heavens;* praise Him in the highest. (Psalm 148:1)* The just man shall be in everlasting remembrance;* of evil hearsay he shall have no fear*. Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 111:6)

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