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Melkite Readings of the Day Sunday, 28 May 2017.

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 00:00
Sunday, 28 May 2017. Fathers of the 1st council of Nicaea.

Class of Feast: 5
Tone of Week: 6

Epistle of the Divine Liturgy -- 2017-05-28.

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 00:00
Daniel 3:26,27 (Tone 4)
Blessed are you, O Lord, God of our ancestors, and worthy of praise; and glorious is your name for ever!
Stichon: For you are just in all you have done; all your works are true and your ways right. (NRSV)

Acts 20:16-18,28-36 (of the season)
In those days, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; he was eager to be in Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. From Miletus he sent a message to Ephesus, asking the elders of the church to meet him. When they came to him, he said to them: ‘Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after I have gone, savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Some even from your own group will come distorting the truth in order to entice the disciples to follow them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to warn everyone with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the message of his grace, a message that is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all who are sanctified. I coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothing. You know for yourselves that I worked with my own hands to support myself and my companions. In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” ’ When he had finished speaking, he knelt down with them all and prayed. (NRSV)

Psalms 50:1,5 (Tone 1)
The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Stichon: Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice! (NRSV)

Gospel of the Divine Liturgy -- 2017-05-28.

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 00:00
John 17:1-13 (of the season)
At that time, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.' (NRSV)

Variable Parts of the Divine Liturgy -- 2017-05-28.

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 00:00
Prayer of the Holy Spirit
[Omitted]


Antiphons
O Lord, Who are Good beyond description, we ask You through the intercession of your All-pure Mother and the Holy Fathers who participated in the Ecumenical Councils, to support the Church, uphold the Faith and make us all partake of your heavenly Kingdom, when You come to judge the whole creation.
For You are the Way, the Truth and the Life, O Christ God and we render glory, to You and to your Eternal Father and your All-holy, Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen.


First antiphon (Psalms 46:2,3,7)
Ref. O Son of God, who ascended in glory to heaven, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.
v1. All you nations, clap your hands, shout to God with a voice of rejoicing.
v2. Because the Lord Most High is awesome, a great king over all the earth.
v3. Make music to our God; make music! Make music to our King; make music!


Second antiphon (Psalms 47:2,3,4)
v1. Great is the Lord and very much praiseworthy in our God's city, his holy mountain.
v2. Mountains of Sion, the slopes of the north, the city of the great King.
v3. Within its bastions, God is known, when he supports it.


Third antiphon (Psalms 48:2,3,4)
v1. Hear this, all you nations; give ear, all inhabitants of the world.
v2. Both the earthborn and the sons of men, rich one and need one together.
v3. My mouth shall speak wisdom and the meditation of my heart understanding.


Eisodikon of Sunday
Priest: Come let us worship and bow down before Christ. O Son of God, who are risen from the dead, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.


Hymns of the Feasts
Resurrectional troparion (tone 6)
The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and the guards become as dead men, and Mary stood by the sepulchre seeking your spotless body. You despoiled Hades and yet were not tempted by it, you met the Virgin, O Bestower of Life. O Lord who rose from the dead, glory to you.
Troparion of the Ascension (tone 4)
You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through your blessing, they were confirmed in their belief that you are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world!
Troparion of the Fathers (tone 8)
O Christ our God, you are infinitely glorified, for you established our Fathers as radiant stars on earth: You led us to the true faith through them. O Most Merciful One, glory to you.
Resurrectional troparion (tone 6)
The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and the guards become as dead men, and Mary stood by the sepulchre seeking your spotless body. You despoiled Hades and yet were not tempted by it, you met the Virgin, O Bestower of Life. O Lord who rose from the dead, glory to you.
Troparion of the Ascension (tone 4)
You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through your blessing, they were confirmed in their belief that you are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world!
Troparion of the Fathers (tone 8)
O Christ our God, you are infinitely glorified, for you established our Fathers as radiant stars on earth: You led us to the true faith through them. O Most Merciful One, glory to you.


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

Kontakion of the Ascension (tone 6)
After fulfilling for us your plan of redemption and joining the things of earth with those of heaven, you gloriously ascended, O Christ our God, without abandoning us, but remained with us forever and proclaimed to those who love you: "Behold, I am with you. No-one has power against you!"


Hirmos of the 9th Ode of Orthros
First Hirmos of the Ascension (tone 5)
O you, who have given birth in time to the One, whom no limit of time can hold, you thus have become the Mother of God in a manner beyond understanding and beyond words. We, the faithful, magnify you in one mind.
Second Hirmos of the Ascension (tone 4)
Seeing the Ascension of the Lord, the Angels were seized with amazement: how can he be taken up gloriously from earth to heaven?
O Generosity surpassing understanding! O Mystery evoking astonishment! The Master of All ascends from earth to heaven and sends down the Holy Spirit upon his disciples to enlighten their hearts and inflame them with his grace.


Koinonikon
Koinonikon (Psalms 148:1)
Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise Him in the highest. Alleluia.