Event Information:

  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017

    The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew


    GREAT VESPERS

    Kathisma Reading
    “Blessed is the man…” is taken.

    At Psalm 140

    In Tone 4

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

    The searcher of the hearts of men
    inspired your mind, Apostle, with His divine knowledge:
    He called you to Himself, ransoming you from the world's deceit:
    for He is the light whose rays shine to the ends of the earth.
    He commanded you to proclaim His Word.
    He made you worthy to write His Holy Gospel:
    pray that He may enlighten and save our souls.

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

    The searcher of the hearts of men
    inspired your mind, Apostle, with His divine knowledge:
    He called you to Himself, ransoming you from the world's deceit:
    for He is the light whose rays shine to the ends of the earth.
    He commanded you to proclaim His Word.
    He made you worthy to write His Holy Gospel:
    pray that He may enlighten and save our souls.

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

    The searcher of the hearts of men
    inspired your mind, Apostle, with His divine knowledge:
    He called you to Himself, ransoming you from the world's deceit:
    for He is the light whose rays shine to the ends of the earth.
    He commanded you to proclaim His Word.
    He made you worthy to write His Holy Gospel:
    pray that He may enlighten and save 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.

    Once a publican, now a disciple, you accepted the urgent call of the Eternal Word.
    You abandoned the collection of the taxes,
    eager for the promise of communion in His Kingdom;
    you cast away the raging tumult of this life.
    Now you behold His glory face to face:
    pray that He may enlighten and save our souls.

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

    Once a publican, now a disciple, you accepted the urgent call of the Eternal Word.
    You abandoned the collection of the taxes,
    eager for the promise of communion in His Kingdom;
    you cast away the raging tumult of this life.
    Now you behold His glory face to face:
    pray that He may enlighten and save 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.

    Once a publican, now a disciple, you accepted the urgent call of the Eternal Word.
    You abandoned the collection of the taxes,
    eager for the promise of communion in His Kingdom;
    you cast away the raging tumult of this life.
    Now you behold His glory face to face:
    pray that He may enlighten and save our souls.

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

    In days of old, as the earth lay waste in evil,
    the prophet Daniel was endowed with clearness of sight.
    He beheld a stone, cut without human hands from a mountain:
    a stone which ground the riches of earthly kingdoms to dust.
    In the fullness of time this all-wise Lord came down to earth:
    passing by the customs-house, He chose you to be His herald,
    He called you, who once served an earthly kingdom,
    to serve Him, the Light of the world,
    pray to Him, blessed Matthew, that He may enlighten and save our souls.

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

    In days of old, as the earth lay waste in evil,
    the prophet Daniel was endowed with clearness of sight.
    He beheld a stone, cut without human hands from a mountain:
    a stone which ground the riches of earthly kingdoms to dust.
    In the fullness of time this all-wise Lord came down to earth:
    passing by the customs-house, He chose you to be His herald,
    He called you, who once served an earthly kingdom,
    to serve Him, the Light of the world,
    pray to Him, blessed Matthew, that He may enlighten and save our souls.

    Glory...

    You were called by Christ to heavenly discipleship;
    you followed Him eagerly, chosen one of God.
    He delivered you from subjection to earthly cares;
    abandoning the vain collection of tribute,
    you faithfully kept the accounts of the heavenly King.
    Blessed evangelist, you are a light for those who dwell in darkness,
    a guide to salvation for those who wander astray,
    Matthew, the herald of glad tidings, pray for those who honour you!

    Now…

    O Mother of God, because of You David the Prophet
    became an ancestor of God;
    he foretold and sang a joyous hymn of praise
    and cried out to Him who worked wonders in you:
    “The Queen stood at your right hand.”
    God revealed you as a life-giving mother,
    when He chose to be incarnate of you without a father.
    He renewed in man His image which the passions had corrupted.
    He found the lost sheep in the mountains, carried it on His shoulders,
    offered it to the Father, generously numbered it among the powers of heaven,
    and saved the whole world, since He is Christ of great and rich mercy.

    Readings
    (1) 1 Peter 1:1-2:6; (2) 1 Peter 2:21-3:9; (3) 1 Peter 4:1-11

    Aposticha

    In Tone 4

    All-praised Matthew, your words are a trumpet
    drawing men to the knowledge of God.
    They have delivered the inhabitants of the earth from enslavement to evil,
    leading us into the true faith, the unity of righteousness:
    Pray to Christ our God to deliver us from corruption and danger.

    Their proclamation has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the universe!

    By a fiery tongue you were armed mightily with the spirit;
    apostle, your words overthrew the deceitful enemy.
    Christ our God whom you proclaimed to be the fulfilment of the prophets,
    adorned you with the resplendent crown of His love:
    Pray to Christ our God to deliver us from corruption and danger.

    The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.

    The publican in a single moment becomes an apostle,
    the tax collector seizes riches from the fount of joy;
    abundantly blessed with the fullness of the Spirit,
    He made you to be the bearer of glad tidings for us.
    Pray to Christ our God to deliver us from corruption and danger.

    In Tone 6, Glory...

    The full stature of goodness is made manifest in you, blessed Matthew:
    in the fullness of time you abandoned the occupation of an evil age,
    soaring as an eagle to the heights of righteousness,
    you have filled the earth with the wisdom hidden from all eternity,
    following fervently in the footsteps of Christ,
    you have borne the Gospel of peace, life, and salvation to men,
    filling with divine commandments those who hunger after righteousness,
    blessed guide, well-pleasing to the Creator,
    pray for us who bless your memory.

    Now...

    Christ the Lord, our Creator and Redeemer,
    came forth from your womb, O most pure Virgin.
    He clothed Himself in our human flesh
    to set us free from the original curse of Adam.
    Therefore, O Mary, we praise you, without ceasing,
    as the true Virgin Mother of God,
    and we sing with the angels:
    Rejoice, O Lady, advocate, protector, and salvation of our souls.

     

    Troparia

    In Tone 3
    O Matthew, proclaimer of God’s word,* you earnestly turned from the tax collector’s booth* and followed the Master, who our His love* appeared to us on earth and summoned you.* You shone to the world as chosen apostle and loud herald of the Good News.* Because of this we feast your memory;* pray to God all-merciful* for the forgiveness of sins.

    Glory… Now…
    We sing your praises, O Virgin;* for, as the Mother of God, you always intercede for the salvation of the human race.* It is from you that our God and Your Son took flesh. * Then, by suffering the passion on the Cross,** and out of love for mankind, He delivered us from corruption.


    DIVINE LITURGY

    Troparia and Kontakia
    Troparion, Tone 3: O Matthew, proclaimer of God’s word,* you earnestly turned from the tax collector’s booth* and followed the Master, who our His love* appeared to us on earth and summoned you.* You shone to the world as chosen apostle and loud herald of the Good News.* Because of this we feast your memory;* pray to God all-merciful* for the forgiveness of sins.

    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

    Kontakion, Tone 4: Casting off the yoke of the custom house* you yoked yourself to justice;* revealed as an excellent merchant* you gained wisdom— wealth from on high.* From whence you preached the word of truth,* arousing sluggish souls by describing the hour of judgment.

    Prokeimenon, Tone 8
    Their utterance has gone forth into all the earth, and their word unto the ends of the world.
    verse: The heavens tell the glory of God, and the firmament declares the work of His hands. (Psalm 18:5,2)

    Epistle
    1 Corinthians 4:9-16

    Alleluia, Tone 1
    verse: The heavens shall confess our wonders, O Lord, and Your truth in the church of the saints.
    verse: God is glorified in the assembly of the saints. (Psalm 88:6,8)

    Gospel
    Matthew 9:9-13

    Communion Hymn
    Their utterance has gone forth into all the earth,* and their word unto the ends of the world.* Alleluia, alleluia,* alleluia. (Psalm 18:5)

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