2021

On Monday | April 5

   

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THE PROPHECY

READER

Prokeimenon. Mode pl. 2.

Psalm 61 (62).

In God is my salvation and my glory.

Shall not my soul be submissive to God? [SAAS]

The reading is from the Prophecy of Isaiah.

PRIEST

Wisdom. Let us be attentive.

READER

Is 14:24-32

Thus says the Lord of hosts: “As I said, so it shall come to pass. As I purposed, so it shall remain—to destroy the Assyrians in My land and on My mountains. They shall be for trampling underfoot, and their yoke shall be taken away; and their renown shall be removed from their shoulders.” This is the purpose the Lord purposed upon all the inhabited world. His hand is lifted up over all the nations of the inhabited earth. For who will reject what the holy God purposed? Who will turn away His uplifted hand? In the year King Ahaz died, this word came: “Do not be glad, all you foreigners, for the yoke of him who struck you is broken to pieces. For from the seed of serpents shall come forth the young asps, and their offspring shall be flying serpents. The poor will be fed by him, and poor men will rest in peace, but he shall destroy your seed with hunger, and he will destroy your remnant. Wail, gates of the cities, cry out, troubled cities, even all the foreigners, for smoke is coming from the north, and you will be no more!” What will the kings of the nations answer? For the Lord founded Zion, and the humble of His people shall be saved. [SAAS]

Prokeimenon. Mode 4.

Psalm 62 (63).

Thus I will bless You in my life. [SAAS]

O God, my God, I rise early to be with You. [SAAS]

The Readings from Vespers

READER

Prokeimenon. Mode pl. 4.

Psalm 63 (64).

Hear my voice, O God, in my supplication.

Deliver my soul from fear of the enemy. [SAAS]

The reading is from the book of Genesis.

PRIEST

Wisdom. Let us be attentive.

READER

Gn 8:21-9:7

Then the Lord God thought it over and said, “I will never again curse the earth because of man’s works, although the mind of man is diligently involved with evil things from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and spring shall not cease by day or by night.” Thus God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and have dominion over it. For the dread and fear of you shall be upon all the wild animals of the earth, all the birds of heaven, all that move upon the earth, and all the fish of the sea. I have put them under your authority. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as I did the green herbs. But you shall not eat flesh with its lifeblood. Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of all the wild animals I will require it; and I will require the life of man at the hand of his fellow man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; because I made man in God’s image. So then, increase and multiply; and fill the earth and have dominion over it.” [SAAS]

Prokeimenon. Mode pl. 2.

Psalm 64 (65).

Hear us, O God our savior, the hope of all the ends of earth.

It is fitting to sing a hymn to You in Zion. [SAAS]

The reading is from the Proverbs of Solomon.

PRIEST

Wisdom. Let us be attentive.

READER

Pr 11:18-12:6

A righteous son is begotten unto life, but the persecution of an ungodly man is unto death. Perverse ways are an abomination to the Lord, but all who are blameless in their ways are acceptable to Him. He who joins hands with the unrighteous will not go unpunished, but he who sows righteousness will receive a faithful reward. Like a ring in the nose of a wild swine, so is beauty to an evil-minded woman. Every desire of the righteous is good, but the hope of the ungodly is destruction. There are those who sow their own things and produce more things, and there are those who gather but have less. Every sincere soul is blessed, but an angry man is not graceful. May the one who hoards grain leave it to the nations, but may blessing be upon the head of the one who shares it. He who plans good things seeks good grace, but he who seeks evil, it will capture him. He who trusts in riches, this man will fall, but he who helps the righteous, this man will rise. He who does not deal graciously with his own house will inherit the wind, and a man without discernment will be servant to one with discernment. A tree of life springs up from the fruit of righteousness, but the souls of the lawless will be taken away before their time. If the righteous man is scarcely saved, then where shall an ungodly man and a sinner appear? He who loves instruction loves perception, but he who hates correction is without discernment. He who finds grace from the Lord becomes better, but a lawless man will be passed over in silence. A man will not prosper by lawlessness, but the roots of righteous men will not be pulled out. A courageous wife is a crown to her husband, but as a worm in a tree, so an evildoing wife destroys her husband. The thoughts of the righteous are judgments, but the ungodly devise deceits. The words of the ungodly are deceitful, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. [SAAS]

   

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Synaxarion.

From the Menaion.

On April 5 we commemorate the holy martyrs Claudius, Diodoros, Victor, Victorinus, Pappias, Serapion, and Nikephoros.

On this day we also commemorate our devout mother Theodora of Thessaloniki.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyrs Theodora and Didymos.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyr Thermos.

On this day we also commemorate the holy women, a Lady and her Servant.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyr Pompey.

On this day, Saint Zeno died after they smeared him with pitch, threw him into fire, and ran him through with a spear while he was in the fire.

On this day we also commemorate the holy martyrs Maximus and Terence.

On this day we also commemorate the holy five young women martyrs of Lesbos.

On this day St. George the Neomartyr, who contested in New Ephesus in the year 1801, died by the sword.

By the intercessions of Your saints, Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

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Fasting Rule

Strict: Refrain from meat, fish, oil, dairy, and eggs.

It is a weekday in Lent.