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Melkite Readings of the Day Friday, 18 August 2017.

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
Friday, 18 August 2017. 4th Day of Celebration of the Dormition; commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Floros and Lauros.

Class of Feast: 5
Tone of Week: 1
Abstinence today: We refrain from eating meat and meat products.
If, however, you follow the traditional fasting discipline: Fast and strict abstinence -- Refrain from eating until noon, strict abstinence (xerophagy) thereafter.

Epistle of the Divine Liturgy -- 2017-08-18.

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
Psalms 99:5,1 (Tone 7)
Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he!
Stichon: The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! (NRSV)

2 Corinthians 4:13-18 (11 after Pentecost)
Brothers and sisters, just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—‘I believed, and so I spoke’—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. (NRSV)

Psalms 74:2,12 (Tone 1)
Remember your congregation, which you acquired long ago, which you redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage.
Stichon: Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the earth. (NRSV)

Gospel of the Divine Liturgy -- 2017-08-18.

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
Matthew 24:27-33,42-51 (11 after Pentecost)
Jesus said to his disciples, 'For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. ‘Immediately after the suffering of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see “the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven” with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. ‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. ‘Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. But if that wicked slave says to himself, “My master is delayed”, and he begins to beat his fellow-slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know. He will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' (NRSV)

Variable Parts of the Divine Liturgy -- 2017-08-18.

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
Antiphons
Antiphon Prayer
O God Almighty, You gave us your most holy Mother Mary as a mother for us all and transferred her, body and soul, from this world to heaven’s glory. We ask you through her intercession to inflame our hearts with the fire of your love so that we may always seek the heavenly blessings and reach the glory of Resurrection. For You are our Life, and our Resurrection 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. Amen


First Antiphon (Psalms 99:2,4;47:9;75:3)
Ref. Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Saviour, save us!
v1. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Know that the Lord is God. Bless his name.
v2. As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God.
v3. His abode has been established in Salem, his dwelling-place in Zion.


Second Antiphon (Psalms 86:1,2,3,5)
v1. On the holy mount stands the city he founded. Glorious things are spoken of you, O City of God.
v2. The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
v3. The Most High himself will establish it for ever.


Third Antiphon (Psalms 56:8; 115:12,13)
v1. My heart is steadfast, O Lord, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and chant praises.
v2. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done to me?
v3. I will take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord.


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 Dormition (tone 1)
In giving birth you have preserved your virginity and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Mother of God. You have passed to life being the Mother of Life. Through your intercession, save our souls from death.


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

Kontakion of the Dormition (tone 2)
Neither death nor the tomb could hold the Mother of God, our watchful protectress and our unfailing hope. Since she is the Mother of Life, Christ who dwelt in her ever-virginal womb lifted her up to eternal life.


Hirmos of the 9th Ode of Orthros
Hirmos of the Ninth Ode (tone 1)
All human generations bless you, O Mother of God!
The laws of nature were overcome in you, O pure Virgin: for your birth-giving left you a virgin, and your death became the herald of your life. O you who remained a virgin after giving birth, and alive after having died, O Mother of God, deign always to save your inheritance.
Hirmos of the Ninth Ode (tone 4)
The angels, as they looked upon the Dormition of the all-holy and spotless Virgin, were struck with wonder, seeing how the Virgin went up from earth to heaven.
Let every human being take up a torch, and let us dance in spirit; and let the immaterial spirits celebrate this holy feast of the Mother of God and cry out: "Rejoice, O all-blessed and pure and ever-virgin Theotokos!"