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Melkite Readings of the Day Wednesday, 25 April 2018.

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 00:00
Wednesday, 25 April 2018. Mid-Paschaltide feast; Commemoration of the Holy Apostle Mark the Evangelist.

Class of Feast: 1
Tone of Week: 3
No fast today: Fast Free! -- We celebrate by neither fasting nor abstaining at all.
If, however, you follow the traditional fasting discipline: Fast Free! -- We celebrate by neither fasting nor abstaining at all.

Epistle of the Divine Liturgy -- 2018-04-25.

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 00:00
Luke 1:46,48 (Tone 3)
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
Stichon: For he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed. (NRSV)

1 Peter 5:6-14 (of the feast)
Beloved, humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves; keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. Through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, I have written this short letter to encourage you, and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. Your sister church in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark. Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ. Amen. (NRSV)

Psalms 132:8,11 (Tone 8)
Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting-place, you and the ark of your might.
Stichon: The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: ‘One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne.' (NRSV)

Gospel of the Divine Liturgy -- 2018-04-25.

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 00:00
John 7:14-30 (of the season)
About the middle of the festival Jesus went up into the temple and began to teach. The Jews were astonished at it, saying, ‘How does this man have such learning, when he has never been taught?’ Then Jesus answered them, ‘My teaching is not mine but his who sent me. Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own. Those who speak on their own seek their own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and there is nothing false in him. ‘Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why are you looking for an opportunity to kill me?’ The crowd answered, ‘You have a demon! Who is trying to kill you?’ Jesus answered them, ‘I performed one work, and all of you are astonished. Moses gave you circumcision (it is, of course, not from Moses, but from the patriarchs), and you circumcise a man on the sabbath. If a man receives circumcision on the sabbath in order that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because I healed a man’s whole body on the sabbath? Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.’ Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.’ Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, ‘You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.’ Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come. (NRSV)

Variable Parts of the Divine Liturgy -- 2018-04-25.

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 00:00

Prayer of the Holy Spirit
Christ is risen from the dead, and by his death he has trampled upon death, and has given life to those who were in the tombs. (x3)

Litany of Peace
That the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour, may grant us triumph and victory over the temptations of our visible and invisible enemies, let us pray to the Lord.
That we may crush beneath our feet the Prince of Darkness and his powers, and that he may raise us up with him, and remove us from the darkness of our sins and failures, let us pray to the Lord.
That He may fill us with the joy and happiness of His Holy Resurrection, let us pray to the Lord.
That we may deserve the grace of entering into the chamber of His divine wedding-feast and rejoice beyond limit, together with His heavenly attendants and the hosts of saints glorified through Him in the Church Triumphant in heaven, let us pray to the Lord.

O Mighty Word, Who has risen from the tomb and appeared to His beloved, show us the traces of the nails and the marks of Your pierced side, and consolidate our faith that we may confess before all that You have suffered and by Your suffering You cured our painful souls. You are risen from the dead and granted the world a tribute of the resurrection by Your glorious Resurrection.
For You are our Light and our Resurrection, O Christ our God, and to You we offer glory, and to Your Eternal Father and your all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
O Christ our God, the Victor over Death, show us your peace. Fill our hearts with your Holy Spirit. Grant that we might await your power from on high with faith and hope and love. For we acknowledge that you are the Lord of those who trust in you, and we tell the good news of your glorious resurrection to the world.
For you are our light and our resurrection, O Christ our God. And to you we render all glory, honour, and worship, and to your eternal Father, and to your Holy Spirit. Now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
O Christ, the Great and Noble Passover, O Wisdom and Word and Power of God! Though you lay dead in the flesh, you rose on the third day and raised Adam from corruption, overturning Death. O incorrupt Passover and Salvation of the world, grant that we may join in perfect communion with you in the light of your eternal kingdom.
For you have become our righteousness and redemption, O Christ God. And to you we render all honour and glory, and to your eternal Father, and to your Holy Spirit. Now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

First antiphon (Psalms 65:1,2,3,4)
Ref. O Son of God, who are risen from the dead, save us who sing to You, alleluia.
v1. Shout joyfully to God, all you on earth.
v2. Sing praise to the glory of His name; proclaim His glorious praise.
v3. Say to God, “How awesome are Your deeds! So great is Your power that Your enemies cringe before You.”
v4. Let the whole earth worship you and praise you: let them sing to your name.

Second antiphon (Psalms 66:2,3,4,8)
v1. May God be propitious to us and bless us; may He make His face shine upon us and have mercy on us.
v2. May Your name be known upon earth; among all nations Your salvation.
v3. May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise You.
v4. May God, our God, bless us, and let all the ends of the earth revere him.

Third antiphon (Psalms 67:2,3,4; 118:24)
v1. Let God arise and His enemies will scatter and those who hate Him will flee before Him.
v2. As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish and melt as wax before the fire.
v3. So do sinners perish before God; but let the just exult with joy before Him.
v4. This is the day the Lord has made: let us exult and rejoice in it.

Entrance hymn
In your assemblies bless the Lord our God from the well-springs of his people. O Son of God, who are risen from the dead, save us who sing to You: Alleluia

Hymns of the Feasts
Troparion of Mid-Pachaltide (tone 8)
At the middle point of this festive season, give my thirsty soul to drink of the waters of true worship; for you called out to all men: "Whoever is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!" O Christ God, Fountain of Life, glory to you! (x2)
Troparion of Mark (tone 3)
O holy apostle and evangelist Mark, intercede with the Merciful God, that he may grant our souls the forgiveness of sins. (x2)

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

Kontakion of Mid-Paschaltide (tone 4)
O Christ God, Creator and Master of all, at the middle point of the season of the Mosaic festivities, you called out to all men and said: "All of you come, and draw the waters of immortality!" Wherefore, we bow down in worship before you and cry out with faith: "Grant us your mercy, for you are the Fountain of Life!"

Hirmos of the 9th Ode of Orthros
Hirmos of Mid-Paschaltide (tone 8)
Mothers cannot be virgins, nor virgins mothers. And yet in you, O Mother of God, both virginity and motherhood were planned and fulfilled. Wherefore all the peoples of the earth unceasingly extol you.

Koinonikon (John 6: 56)
He who eats my flesh and drinsk my blood abides in me, and I in him.