Sunday, June 22, 2014

COMMEMORATION OF ALL SAINTS OF NORTH AMERICA & FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY


It is regular practice in most Orthodox Churches to remember the saints native to or who served in their lands, on the second Sunday after Pentecost, which according to Old English rendering is the first Sunday after the Feast of the Holy Trinity. 

Troparion — Tone 8

As the bountiful harvest of Your sowing of salvation, / The lands of North America offer to You, O Lord, all the saints who have shone in them. / By their prayers keep the Church and our land in abiding peace / Through the Theotokos, O most Merciful One.



Kontakion — Tone 3

Today the choir of Saints who were pleasing to God in the lands of North America / Now stands before us in the Church and invisibly prays to God for us. / With them the angels glorify Him, / And all the saints of the Church of Christ keep festival with them; / And together they all pray for us to the Pre-Eternal God.
From the OCA website where you will also find a brief synopsis of the events in their lives.

 Come, let us praise the Saints of North America,
Holy hierarchs, venerable monastics and glorious martyrs,
pious men, women and children, both known and unknown.
Through their words and deeds in various walks of life,
by the grace of the Spirit they achieved true holiness.
As they now stand in the presence of Christ who glorified them,
they pray for us who celebrate their memory in love.

Come, let us assemble today,
and glorify the luminaries of the North American lands,
the glorious martyrs and holy bishops who confirmed our Faith,
the righteous dwellers in the wilderness,
and guides of the spiritual life.
Let us cry out to them in joy:
O All Saints of North America, known and unknown, pray to God for us.

As the brightest sun, as the brilliance of the morning star,
the precious feast of the Saints of North America has dawned for us,
to illumine us and to set our hearts on fire,
to imitate their godly lives,
and to follow their example of zeal for God.

Come let us assemble today,
and let us praise the elect of North America.
Having fought the good fight you have persevered in the Faith,
receiving your crowns of victory from God.
Beseech Him to deliver from every calamity and sorrow,
all who keep your holy memory in faith and love.


The principle observance for June 22 is the First Sunday after Trinity, according to the Sarum Missal.



COLLECT
O God, the strength of all them that put their trust in Thee; mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without Thee, grant us the help of Thy grace, that in keeping of Thy commandments we may please Thee, both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit even one God, unto the ages of ages. Amen.

SECRET
O God, Who renews us who are created  after Thine own Image, both by the Sacraments and by precepts, mercifully accept the prayers and gifts of Thy suppliants, that, what trust in their own merits cannot secure, these propitiatory offerings may obtain for them. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, through all the ages of ages. Amen.


Epistle 1 John 4: 8-21 
Gospel Luke 16: 19-21
  


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

CHRIST IS RISEN!


Christ is risen from the dead trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!


I am risen and am still with you, alleluia: You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia; your knowledge is become wonderful, alleluia, alleluia. V  Lord, you have searched me, and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up.  V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning is now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.  I am risen and am still with you, alleluia: You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia; your knowledge is become wonderful, alleluia, alleluia (Introit)



KYRIE LUX ET ORIGO

Hail Light and Source of the highest glory: God have mercy.
R/.  Lord have mercy upon us.
By Whose command all things are ordered, have mercy.
R/.  Lord have mercy upon us.
Thou alone canst bring mercy.
R/.  Lord have mercy upon us.
O Redeemer of men who art Salvation, have mercy.
R/.  Christ have mercy upon us.
Who by thy Cross we have been redeemed, have mercy.
R/.  Christ have mercy upon us.
Whose Word is light, whose Light sows truth, from whose truth blooms piety, have mercy.
R/.  Christ have mercy upon us.
O God, Holy Spirit and Comforter, have mercy.
R/.  Lord have mercy upon us.
O Thou loving-kindness, healing ointment, have mercy.
R/.  Lord have mercy upon us.
O Holy Trinity One God, have everlasting mercy.
R/.  Lord have mercy upon us.



PONTIFICAL BLESSINGS
May almighty God bless you by the intervention of today's Paschal solemnity, and may he be pleased to defend you from all evil, in His compassion.  R. Amen.

And may he that by the Resurrection of His Only begotten restored you to eternal life clothe you, at his coming, in the joys of immortality.  R. Amen.

And may you that, after the days of fasts and of the Lord's Passion, celebrate the joys of the Paschal Festival, come with his help, and with exulting souls, to those feasts which are not kept annually but eternally.  R. Amen.

Which may he deign to grant, whose kingdom and dominion abides world without end, unto the ages of ages.       R. Amen.

May the blessings of almighty God, of the + Father, and of the +Son, and of the Holy + Ghost, and His peace, descend upon you, and remain with you always.  R. Amen.
 

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