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Octoechos - Mode pl. 4.

On Thursday Morning

Menaion - August 26

Memory of the Holy Martyrs Adrian and Natalie

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MATINS

CHOIR

Mode 3.

God is the Lord, and He revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. [SAAS]

Verse 1: Give thanks to the Lord and call upon His holy name.

or: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever.

Verse 2: All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I defended myself against them.

Verse 3: And this came about from the Lord, and it is wonderful in our eyes.

Apolytikion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 3. Your confession.

You forsook the ways and false religion * of your ancestors, for you considered * the saving faith to be wealth irremovable. * And as you followed the steps of the Lord of all, * you were enriched by the gifts of His grace divine. * Glorious Adrian, beseech Christ God fervently, * entreating Him to save our souls. [SD]

Glory. Repeat.

Both now. Theotokion.

From Octoechos - - -

Mode 3.

The Prophets proclaimed it beforehand, and the Apostles taught it; the Martyrs confessed it, and we have believed it: that you gave birth to God indeed, O Theotokos. And therefore we magnify your childbirth, which is ineffable. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 13. It would be followed by the short litany.

DEACON

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

For Yours is the dominion, and Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Kathisma I.

From Octoechos - - -

For the Apostles.

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

Let us sing hymns extolling our God's divine * and all-honored disciples, who for the world * are luminaries guiding us, and our salvation's first fruits. * They have shined out the light on to us who were in the dark, and they gave all the knowledge of Christ the glorious Sun. * Also they brought down the deception of the idols, * by preaching the Trinity which is one in divinity. * Let us therefore cry out to them, * "As Christ our God's Apostles, entreat * that He grant forgiveness of offences * to those who with longing observe your holy memory." [SD]

Verse: Their proclamation went forth into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

To the ends of the world into all the earth * did the sound of your wise proclamation go. * Indeed it has publicly proclaimed the knowledge of God to all. * It turned the Gentiles' ignorance into full knowledge of the truth, * O holy and all-lauded Apostles of Christ the Lord. * Also it dispelled all the darkness of the idols, * and shined on to those who sat in the darkness the light of truth. * And we therefore now pray to you: * Intercede with Christ our God * that He grant forgiveness of offences * to those who with longing observe your holy memory. [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 4. By conceiving the wisdom.

Holy Virgin, behold how my humble soul * in the storm of temptations of life is tossed, * with no one to pilot it, * overtaken by turbulence; * you see it overweight with the baggage of all my sins, * and even now in danger of crashing to the depths of hell. * Hasten, Theotokos, with your strong intercession, * and save me by steering me * to your port of tranquility, * that with faith I may cry to you: * Pray to Christ, your Son and our God, * that He grant me forgiveness of offences. * For I, your servant, have you as my only hope. [SD]

The appointed Kathisma of the Psalter may be read, i.e. Kathisma 14. There is no litany, but immediately the following:

CHOIR

From Octoechos - - -

Kathisma II.

For the Apostles.

Mode pl. 4. When he perceived.

Holy eye-witnesses of Christ, you have appeared as * bright luminaries guiding all the earth to true light, * and dispelling the darkness of pagan religion * with radiance from your teaching the truth of God. * Now I, who am without scruples living my life * in the darkness of pleasures, pray that by the light of your divine * entreaties you enlighten me, * O God-bearing Apostles of Christ. [SD]

Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament shows the creation of His hands.

Mode pl. 4. When he perceived.

When the Apostles faithfully received the Master's * commandments in their souls, as if a treasure * that makes rich, they became for all men benefactors, * by making demonic poverty disappear * and making all people rich with the wealth of God. * Let us all now cry out to them, "We who are poor now entreat * that you enrich us spiritually, * by your labors most excellent." [SD]

Glory. Both now. Theotokion.

Mode pl. 4. When You, the Life of all.

From every threat and wickedness of bad people * deliver us, we pray you, all-holy Virgin. * For we all have you as our shelter and ardent protectress. * And in you taking courage, we ever approach and bow before the Son you bore. * Will you implore Him to deliver us * from danger and adversity. [SD]

READER

Psalm 50 (51).

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my lawlessness and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my lawlessness, and my sin is always before me. Against You only have I sinned and done evil in Your sight; that You may be justified in Your words, and overcome when You are judged. For behold, I was conceived in transgressions, and in sins my mother bore me. Behold, You love truth; You showed me the unknown and secret things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be cleansed; You shall wash me, and I will be made whiter than snow. You shall make me hear joy and gladness; my bones that were humbled shall greatly rejoice. Turn Your face from my sins, and blot out all my transgressions. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your guiding Spirit. I will teach transgressors Your ways, and the ungodly shall turn back to You. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall greatly rejoice in Your righteousness. O Lord, You shall open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. For if You desired sacrifice, I would give it; You will not be pleased with whole burnt offerings. A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, a broken and humbled heart God will not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Your good pleasure to Zion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be built; then You will be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with offerings and whole burnt offerings; then shall they offer young bulls on Your altar. [SAAS]

Kontakion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 4. N/M (You appeared.)

Holding the divine words of your godly-minded wife in your heart, Adrian, martyr of Christ, you ran to the tortures, receiving the crown with your spouse. [VPA]

Oikos.

The time was set for the faithful, the joyous day of the divine Adrian. Let us rejoice in a godly manner, crying out to him: Martyr of Christ, who has wisely fought the good fight and received from heaven the crown of righteousness, save all from the abuse of the adversary, sending us healing of souls and bodies and cleanse from heaven all the stain of the mind, receiving the crown with your spouse. [VPA]

It is appropriate for the congregation to stand for the reading of the Synaxarion.

Synaxarion

From the Menaion.

On August 26 we commemorate the holy Martyrs Adrian and Natalie and their company.

On this day those who suffered with St. Adrian died by the sword.

On this day we also commemorate the Holy Martyrs Atticus and Sisinos, and our devout Father St. Hivistian.

On this day we also commemorate another Adrian.

On this day we also commemorate the devout monk St. Ioasaf, son of Anevir the king.

On this day the devout monk St. Tithoes reposed in peace.

By the intercessions of Your Saints, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.

It is appropriate for the congregation to stand for the singing of Ode ix.

DEACON

Let us honor and magnify in song the Theotokos and the Mother of the light.

CHOIR

Ode ix.

The Magnificat. Mode pl. 2.

Verse: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Verse: He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever. [NKJV]

Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

Heirmos. Mode pl. 2.

It is impossible for God to be seen * by people; and angelic orders dare not to look at Him. * But the Word incarnate has been seen by mankind, through you, O all-pure Virgin. * Now magnifying Him, * joining the celestial hosts, all generations call you blest. [SD]

It is truly right to bless you, Theotokos, ever blessed, most pure, and Mother of our God. Greater in honor than the Cherubim, and in glory greater beyond compare than the Seraphim; you without corruption gave birth to God the Word, and are truly Theotokos. You do we magnify. [SD]

DEACON

Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

( Lord, have mercy. )

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

( To You, O Lord. )

PRIEST

For all the powers of heaven praise You and give You glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

( Amen. )

CHOIR

Exaposteilarion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2. On the mountain.

Let us extol that pedestal * of holy martyr athletes, * that undefeated martyr saint, * Adrian, full of wisdom, with Natalie his august wife. * Shining with them today is * a holy and victorious * choir and host of martyrs. As we observe * their resplendent memory, we extol them; * and they in turn now intercede * with Christ God for the whole world. [SD]

Theotokion.

Mode 2. On the mountain.

In every grave necessity, * all-holy Maid, the whole world * has you as its impregnable * fortress and strong protection, * and unassailable rampart, * and unshaken salvation, * shelter and mighty guardian, * and its God-given stronghold. And therefore I * your unworthy servant entreat, O Mother * and handmaid of the King of all, * save me from every danger. [SD]

Lauds. Mode 4.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest. It is fitting to sing a hymn to You, O God. [SAAS]

Praise Him, all you His angels; praise Him, all you His hosts. It is fitting to sing a hymn to You, O God. [SAAS]

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Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars and light.

Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens. Let them praise the Lord's name.

For He spoke, and they were made; He commanded, and they were created.

He established them forever and unto ages of ages; He set forth His ordinance, and it shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth, you dragons and all the deeps.

Fire and hail, snow and ice, stormy wind, which perform His word.

Mountains and all the hills, fruitful trees and all cedars.

Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds.

Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth.

Young men and maidens, elders with younger, let them praise the Lord's name, for His name alone is exalted.

His thanksgiving is in earth and heaven. And He shall exalt the horn of His people.

A hymn for all His saints, for the children of Israel, a people who draw near to Him.

Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of His holy ones.

Let Israel be glad in Him who made him, and let the children of Zion greatly rejoice in their King.

Let them praise His name with dance; with tambourine and harp let them sing to Him.

For the Lord is pleased with His people, and He shall exalt the gentle with salvation.

The holy ones shall boast in glory, and they shall greatly rejoice on their beds.

The high praise of God shall be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand.

To deal retribution to the nations, reproving among the peoples.

To shackle their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron.

To fulfill among them the written judgment: this glory have all His holy ones.

Praise God in His saints; praise Him in the firmament of His power.

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Stichera. For the Saints.

From Menaion - - -

Mode pl. 4. What a paradoxal.

Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness. [SAAS]

Noble and valorous Adrian, * you put away from yourself * every vain and mundane delight, * and were thus obedient * to the word of the Master Christ. * And on your shoulders you took up your own cross, * and thus you shared in His holy sufferings. * Tested in many ways, * you were tried and true in all. Therefore today * we the faithful honor your divine memorial. [SD]

Praise Him with the sound of trumpet; praise Him with the harp and lyre. [SAAS]

Noble and valorous Adrian, * you put away from yourself * every vain and mundane delight, * and were thus obedient * to the word of the Master Christ. * And on your shoulders you took up your own cross, * and thus you shared in His holy sufferings. * Tested in many ways, * you were tried and true in all. Therefore today * we the faithful honor your divine memorial. [SD]

Praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and flute. [SAAS]

You were unyielding, O Adrian, * as you were endlessly tossed * on the ocean of torturous * punishments, all-lauded Saint, * for you had as a pilot your wife, * who steered your ship to the harbor that is calm, * leading you straight to the city in the heights. * Therefore we supplicate * you, O holy Martyr, as you dwell therein, * intercede on the behalf * of us extolling you. [SD]

Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with triumphant cymbals; let everything that breathes praise the Lord. [SAAS]

Since you have withstood unyieldingly * bonds of imprisonment * and the pains of dismemberment, * rendering your holy souls * to the One who created you, * you in return have received from Him the true * eternal rest and undying blessedness. * Such a divine reward * has our Lord and Savior Christ bestowed on you, * holy and all-glorious * Martyrs most ven'rable. [SD]

Glory.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 2.

The Lord, who has prescient knowledge of everything, in His ineffable providence has received you, as a fruit-bearing branch of His vine. During your martyrdom, you were cut in pieces by the sword, and you produced the fruits of great endurance, which now give delight to the hearts of all who lovingly extol you, O glorious Martyr Adrian.. [SD]

From Octoechos - - -

Both now. Theotokion.

O Mother of God, I have committed my every hope wholly unto you. Keep me under your shelter. [SD]

It is appropriate for the congregation to stand for the Great Doxology.

Great Doxology

Glory be to You who showed the light. Glory in the highest to God. His peace is on earth, His good pleasure in mankind. [SD]

We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we give thanks to You for Your great glory.

Lord King, heavenly God, Father, Ruler over all; Lord, only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; and You, O Holy Spirit.

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, You who take away the sins of the world.

Accept our supplication, You who sit at the right hand of the Father, and have mercy on us.

For You alone are holy, You alone are Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Every day I will bless You, and Your name will I praise to eternity, and to the ages of ages.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day, that we be kept without sin.

Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name to the ages. Amen.

Let Your mercy be on us, O Lord, as we have set our hope on You.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes.

Lord, You have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: Lord, have mercy on me. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.

Lord, I have fled to You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.

For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we shall see light.

Continue Your mercy to those who know You.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3)

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Apolytikion.

From Menaion - - -

Mode 3. Your confession.

You forsook the ways and false religion * of your ancestors, for you considered * the saving faith to be wealth irremovable. * And as you followed the steps of the Lord of all, * you were enriched by the gifts of His grace divine. * Glorious Adrian, beseech Christ God fervently, * entreating Him to save our souls. [SD]