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    SUNDAY, August 19, 2018

Andrew & his 2,593 soldiers; Timothy, Agapius and Thecla

  Orthros:  Third                           Gospel: Matthew 28: 16-20
 Epistle:  I Corinthians 15: 1-11     Page: 82 (Red Books)
 
Gospel:  Matthew 19: 16-26          Page: 83 (Red Books)

 ST. KOSMAS AITOLOS ON GIVING TO GOD

 It is our duty to love God because He has given us such a large earth here to live temporarily: so many thousands of plants, springs, rivers, seas, air, day, night, sky, sun, etc.  For whom did He create all of these if not for us?  What did He owe us?  Nothing.  They are all gifts.  He made us human beings; He didn’t make us animals. He made us in His own image….Although we sin thousands of times an hour He has compassion for us like a father, and He doesn’t put us to death and place us in hell.  But He awaits for our repentance with open arms...so that He will embrace us to put us in paradise to rejoice forever. 

 Now, shouldn’t we too love this sweetest God and Master?  And if there is need, to shed our blood a thousand times for His love as He shed His for our love?

 A man invites you to his home and wants to treat you to a glass of wine.  For the rest of your life you will respect him and honor him.  Shouldn’t you honor and respect God who gave you so many good things and who was crucified for your love?  What father was ever crucified for his children?  But our sweetest Jesus shed blood and ransomed us from the hands of the devil.  Now shouldn’t we too love our Jesus?

 —St. Kosmas Aitolos

 1. APOLYTIKION FOR THE DORMITION OF OUR
       LADY THE THEOTOKOS AND EVER-VIRGIN
                          
MARY (First Mode)
     In giving birth, thou didst preserve thy virginity;
     in thy dormition, thou didst not forsake the world,
     O Theotokos. Thou wast translated unto life,
     since thou art the Mother of Life;                              
     and by thine intercessions dost thou redeem           
     our souls from death.

 2. RESURRECTION APOLYTIKION (Mode 3)
     Let the heaven rejoice,
     and let things on earth be glad,
     for the Lord has worked powers in His arm;
     He has trampled upon death by death;
     He has become the first born of the dead.
     From the bowels of Hades has He delivered us,
     and has granted great mercy to the world.

 3. HYMN OF OUR CHURCH (Mode 4)
     Today is the beginning of our salvation,
     and the revelation of the mystery of ages.
     The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin.
     And Gabriel proclaims this gift from God.
     Together with him we cry out to You,
     O Theotokos: “Hail thou full of grace,
     the Lord is with you.”

4. KONTAKION (Plagal Fourth Mode)
    The grave and death could not hold the Theotokos,
     who is unsleeping in her intercessions and an
     unfailing hope in her mediations.
     For as the Mother of Life she was translated to life
     by Him who dwelt in her evervirgin womb.

 

 1. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΚΟΙΜΗΣΕΩΣ (Ηχ. α)
     Ἐν τῇ Γεννήσει τὴν παρθενίαν ἐφύλαξας,
     ἐν τῇ Κοιμήσει τὸν κόσμον οὐ κατέλιπες Θεοτόκε.
     Μετέστης πρὸς τὴν ζωήν,                                        
     μήτηρ ὑπάρχουσα τῆς ζωῆς,
     καὶ ταῖς πρεσβείαις ταῖς σαῖς λυτρουμένη,
     ἐκ θανάτου τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν. 

 2. ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΜΟ ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. γ)
     Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια,
     ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια,
     ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ ὁ Κύριος.
     Ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος
     τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐρρύσατο
     ἡμᾶς καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

 3. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΤΟΥ ΝΑΟΥ (Ηχ. δ’)
    Σήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τό Κεφάλαιον,
    καί τοῦ ἀπ᾽ αἰῶνος Μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις·
    ὁ Υἱός τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱός τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται,
    καί Γαβριήλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται.
    Διό καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ τῇ Θεοτόκῳ βοήσωμεν·
    Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.

 4. ΚΟΝΤΑΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. πλ. β)
     Τὴν ἐν πρεσβείαις ἀκοίμητον Θεοτόκον,
     καὶ προστασίαις ἀμετάθετον ἐλπίδα,
     τάφος καὶ νέκρωσις οὐκ ἐκράτησεν·
     ὡς γὰρ ζωῆς Μητέρα, πρὸς τὴν ζωὴν μετέστησεν,
     ὁ μήτραν οἰκήσας ἀειπάρθενον. 

 

 

 

 

  

 


 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 


                         

 

 

 

                         

 

 

 

 

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