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Melkite Readings of the Day Monday, 24 April 2017.

17 hours 21 min ago
Monday, 24 April 2017. Monday of Thomas Week; Commemoration of our Venerable Mother Elizabeth the Wonderworker and of the Holy Martyr Sabas the Goth.

Class of Feast: 5
Tone of Week: 1
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 -- 2017-04-24.

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Psalms 104:4,104:1 (Tone 4)
You make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers.
Stichon: Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great. (NRSV)

Acts 3:19-26 (of the season)
In those days, Peter said to the people: 'Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus, who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through his holy prophets. Moses said, “The Lord your God will raise up for you from your own people a prophet like me. You must listen to whatever he tells you. And it will be that everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be utterly rooted out from the people.” And all the prophets, as many as have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, also predicted these days. You are the descendants of the prophets and of the covenant that God gave to your ancestors, saying to Abraham, “And in your descendants all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.’ (NRSV)

Psalms 148:1,2 (Tone 2)
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
Stichon: Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host! (NRSV)

Gospel of the Divine Liturgy -- 2017-04-24.

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John 2:1-11 (of the season)
At that time, there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (NRSV)

Variable Parts of the Divine Liturgy -- 2017-04-24.

17 hours 21 min ago

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.


Antiphons
O Christ God, You showed Thomas your side from which gushed blood and water, symbols of Baptism. You invited him to touch the wound by which mankind was healed from its ancient deep wound. We ask You to strengthen our faith in your Divinity and Humanity so that we may become witnesses to your glorious Resurrection by our words, our deeds and our way of life.
For You are 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 65:1,2,3,4)
Ref. O Son of God, who came among the disciples while the doors were closed. 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
O Son of God, who came among the disciples while the doors were closed. Save us who sing to you Alleluia.


Hymns of the Feasts
Troparion of Elizabeth (tone 8)
In you, O Mother Elizabeth, was restored the likeness of God, for you carried your cross and followed Christ. You taught by your deeds how to spurn the body, for it passes away, and how to value the soul, for it is immortal. Wherefore, your soul is forever in happiness with the angels.
Troparion of the Feast (tone 7)
While the tomb was sealed You shone forth from it, O Christ our Life, and while the doors remained closed, You stood among your Disciples, O Resurrection of all, and through them You restored a new spirit in us according to your great Mercy.


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

Kontakion of St Thomas (tone 8)
O Christ God, Thomas explored your vivifying side with an eager hand; and since you had entered the room while the doors were closed, he cried out with the other Apostles: "You are my Lord and my God!"


Hirmos of the 9th Ode of Orthros
The angel cried out to the one who is full of grace: "Hail, O Immaculate Virgin! Hail, again! For your Son is risen from the tomb on the third day!"
Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord has shone upon you. Rejoice and be glad, O Sion; and you, O Pure One, O Mother of God, exult in the resurrection of your Son!
Christ is the new Passover, the sacrificed Victim, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord has shone upon you. Rejoice and be glad, O Sion; and you, O Pure One, O Mother of God, exult in the resurrection of your Son!