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Melkite Readings of the Day Thursday, 20 September 2018.

9 hours 38 min ago
Thursday, 20 September 2018. 7th Day of Celebration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; commemoration of the Great-martyr Eustathios, his wife Theopista and their two children Agapios and Theopistos.

Class of Feast: 5
Tone of Week: 8

Epistle of the Divine Liturgy -- 2018-09-20.

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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)

Ephesians 5:33-6:9 (18 after Pentecost)
Brothers and sisters, each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honour your father and mother’—this is the first commandment with a promise: ‘so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’ And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free. And, masters, do the same to them. Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him there is no partiality. (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 -- 2018-09-20.

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Luke 4:16-22 (1 after Holy Cross)
At that time, when Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. (NRSV)

Variable Parts of the Divine Liturgy -- 2018-09-20.

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Antiphons
Antiphon Prayers (choose one of the following)
1. O Christ God, enthroned with the Father and the Holy Spirit, when You extended your arms on the Cross, You attracted the whole world knowledge of You. Illumine us today by the light of this knowledge. Sanctify us by its power. Comfort us by its Exaltation. And make us worthy to partake of your divine glory. For You are our salvation, O Christ God, and to You we render glory and to your Eternal Father and your All-holy, Good, and Life-giving Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
2. Lord, Lover of mankind, we bow in worship before your Cross. When You were nailed upon it, O Life of All, You opened the gates of Paradise to the thief who had commended himself to You in faith. You made him worthy to enter it when he acknowledged You. As you received him, also receive us who cry out: “We all have sinned; in your mercies do not reject us!” For it belongs to You to have mercy on us and to save us and to You we render glory, and to your Eternal Father, and your All-holy, Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever.
3. O Christ God who were hung upon the Cross for our sake, grant us your Cross as a shelter against every enemy so that we bow before it crying out: “Save us by the power of your Cross, O Christ! Sanctify us by its splendour! Uphold us by its Exaltation!” For You have granted it to us as a light and salvation for our souls, and to You we render glory, and to your Eternal Father and your All-holy, Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever.
4. O Christ God, You were hung upon the Cross as a spotless Lamb. Blood and water sprang from your chaste side as it was pierced by a spear, bringing us life. We implore You, may your Cross be a light for us, as we follow the path of this life. For You are our light and our sanctification, O Christ God, and to You we render glory, and to your Eternal Father, and your All-holy, Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever.
5. Almighty Saviour who endured crucifixion of your own free will for our sake, do not cast us away from your presence, but hear us and save us for the sake of your Resurrection. Confirm us in faith. Renew us in love. Grant us everlasting life and great mercy. For You are our light and our sanctification, O Christ God, and to You we render glory and to your Eternal Father and your All-holy, Good, and Life-giving Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
6. O Christ God, who were nailed upon the Cross for our sake, purify us from our sins. Strengthen our faith. Fortify our hope. Inflame our hearts with love for your Cross. Make us temples of the Holy Spirit. For You are our Light and our Life and to You we render glory and to your Eternal Father and your All-holy, Good, and Life-giving Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
7. O Lord our God, You do not want the perdition of your creature but desire us to be saved and guided to the knowledge of Truth. Call us in your mercy. Make us hear the voice of your Beloved Son. Open for us the gates of repentance so that we may enter the bliss of Paradise. For You are our Light, our Life, and our Redemption and to You we render glory and to your Eternal Father and your All-holy, Good, and Life-giving Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.


First Antiphon (Psalm 22:1,1,3)
Ref. O Son of God who were crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to You : Alleluia!
v1. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
v2. Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
v3. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.


Second Antiphon (Psalm 74:1,2,12)
v1. O God, why do you cast us off for ever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
v2. Remember your congregation, which you acquired long ago, which you redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage. Remember Mount Zion, where you came to dwell.
v3. Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the earth.


Third Antiphon (Psalm 99:1,1,3)
v1. The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
v2. He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
v3. Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he! Might King! Lover of Justice!


Entrance hymn
O Son of God, Who were crucified in the flesh. Save us who sing to You: Alleluia.


Hymns of the Feasts
Troparion of the Feast (tone 1)
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance, granting peace to the world. And preserve your community by the power of your Cross.
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 (tone 4)
O Christ our God who chose of your own free will to be raised upon the holy cross, grant your mercies to your new people who are called by your name. In your power, gladden the hearts of our public authorities; strengthen them in every good deed so that your alliance may be for them a weapon of peace and a standard of victory.


Hirmos of the 9th Ode of Orthros
Hirmos of the first Canon (tone 8)On the day of the feast, throughout its service period, and on the leave-taking of this fast, we sing one of the two hirmoi below, alternating each day.
O Theotokos, you became a mystical paradise when without tilling you brought forth Christ our God by whom the life-giving tree of the Cross was planted on earth. Therefore, seeing Him on the Cross, we adore Him and we magnify you!
Hirmos of the second Canon (tone 8)
Today the Death that came to our race through eating from the forbidden tree is made ineffective through the triumph of the Cross. The curse of our mother Eve that fell on the human race is destroyed by the pure fruit of the Mother of God, whom all the pwers of heaven magnify.