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Melkite Readings of the Day Thursday, 14 December 2017.

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Thursday, 14 December 2017. Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Thyrces, Leucios, Callinicos; Philemon, Apollonios, and Arrian.

Class of Feast: 5
Tone of Week: 2
Abstinence today: We refrain from eating meat and meat products.
If, however, you follow the traditional fasting discipline: Strict abstinence -- Strict abstinence (xerophagy) thereafter.

Epistle of the Divine Liturgy -- 2017-12-14.

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Psalms 19:4,1 (Tone 8)
Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
Stichon: The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. (NRSV)

Titus 1:5-14 (28 after Pentecost)
Titus, my child, you should appoint elders in every town, as I directed you: someone who is blameless, married only once, whose children are believers, not accused of debauchery and not rebellious. For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or addicted to wine or violent or greedy for gain; but he must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, prudent, upright, devout, and self-controlled. He must have a firm grasp of the word that is trustworthy in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able both to preach with sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it. There are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision; they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for sordid gain what it is not right to teach. It was one of them, their very own prophet, who said, ‘Cretans are always liars, vicious brutes, lazy gluttons.’ That testimony is true. For this reason rebuke them sharply, so that they may become sound in the faith, not paying attention to Jewish myths or to commandments of those who reject the truth. (NRSV)

Psalms 89:5,7 (Tone 1)
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
Stichon: God is feared in the council of the holy ones; great and awesome above all that are around him. (NRSV)

Gospel of the Divine Liturgy -- 2017-12-14.

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Mark 9:10-15 (13 after Holy Cross)
At that time, the disciples kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. Then they asked him, ‘Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ He said to them, ‘Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.’ When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him. (NRSV)

Variable Parts of the Divine Liturgy -- 2017-12-14.

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Entrance hymn of Weekdays
Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ. O Son of God, who are wonderful in your saints, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Hymns of the Feasts
Troparion of the Martyrs (tone 4)
Your martyrs O Lord, received the crown of immortality from you O our God, on account of their struggles. Armed with your strength, they have vanquished their persecutors, and crushed the powerless arrogance of demons. Through their supplications, O Christ God, save our souls.

<Chant the troparion of the titular of the church/monastery here.>

Final Kontakion of the Preparation (tone 3)
Today the Virgin is on her way to the cave where she will give birth to the Eternal Word of God in an ineffable manner. Rejoice therefore, O Universe when you hear this news, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds, him who will appear as a new Child, being God from all eternity.

<Today we chant the usual Hirmos: 'It is truly right ...' .>