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SUNDAY, April 21, 2019
 Palm Sunday
Ianouarios & Companions; Alexandra the Empress

 Orthros:  Festal                                        Gospel: Festal
    Epistle: Philippians 4: 4-9                   Page: 145 (Red Books)   
            Gospel:  John 12: 1-18                          Page: 146 (Red Books)

                                Experiencing Holy Week

 On Palm Sunday we welcome Christ into our lives.

From Palm Sunday evening through Holy Tuesday evening we behold Him as the Bridegroom of the Church, One who bears a crown of thorns and other marks of suffering, yet One who prepares a paschal bridal chamber for His Bride, the Church. 

On Holy Wednesday we are anointed with Holy Oil as soldiers of Christ in preparation for the commemoration of His solemn passion.

 On Holy Thursday, we gather in the morning around the table of the Lord to celebrate the Last Supper with Him, and in the evening we faithfully follow Him through the reading of the Twelve Gospels to the great moments of His agony in Gethsamane, His arrest, trial, mocking, scourging, march to Golgotha, crucifixion, and death on the Cross. 

 On Holy Friday, we stand in the morning at the foot of the Cross reading the Service of the Hours and keeping a vigil watch at His side; in the afternoon we witness the descent of Christ’s body from the Cross and His burial in the Epitaphios, a symbolic tomb, and in the evening we gather with both sorrow and joy to sing the Lamentations to Him who is symbolically buried in the Epitaphios and yet whom we perceive by faith to be immortal life.

 On Holy Saturday Morning we read several prophesies of Jesus’ resurrection anticipating Christ’s victory over death and singing: “Arise O God, and judge the earth, and You shall possess all the nations as Your inheritance.”

 On Easter we celebrate the glorious resurrection of Christ, the breaking of the bonds of Hades and the opening of the gates of Heaven, the dawn of the new age of salvation, the fruits of which we again experience through the Agape Service as love, peace, and joy. 

Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos, A Year of the Lord, Vol. 3., p. 111.

 

 1. APOLYTIKION OF PALM SUNDAY (First Mode)
     To confirm the general resurrection
     before Your Passion, You
     resurrected Lazarus from the dead,
     O Christ our God. Therefore imitating
     the children, carrying the symbols of
     victory, we cry out to You the Victor
     over death: "Hosanna in the highest!
     Blessed are You, the One, who
     comes in the name of the Lord."

2. APOLYTIKION OF PALM SUNDAY (Fourth Mode)
    We were buried with You through
    Baptism, O Christ our God, and thus
    by Your Resurrection we have been
    granted immortal life, and extolling
    You we cry aloud, "Hosanna in the
    highest! Blessed are You, the One
    who comes in the name of the Lord."[

3. PALM SUNDAY KONTAKION  (Plagal Second Mode)
    Being borne upon a throne in Heaven,
    and upon a colt on the earth, O Christ God,
    Thou didst accept the praise of the Angels
    and the laudation of the children
    as they cried to Thee:
    Blessed art Thou Who comest to recall Adam.

1. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗΣ ΤΩΝ ΒΑΙΩΝ (Ηχ. α)
    Τὴν κοινὴν Ἀνάστασιν, πρὸ τοῦ σοῦ Πάθους
    πιστούμενος, ἐκ νεκρῶν ἢγειρας τὸν Λάζαρον
    Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, ὅθεν καὶ ἡμεῖς ὡς οἱ Παῖδες,
    τὰ τῆς νίκης σύμβολα φέροντες,  
    σοὶ τῷ Νικητῇ τοῦ θανάτου βοῶμεν, 
    Ὡσαννὰ ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις,
    εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος, ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου.

2. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗΣ ΤΩΝ ΒΑΙΩΝ (Ηχ.δ)
    Συνταφέντες σοι διὰ τοῦ Βαπτίσματος,
    Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν,
    τῆς ἀθανάτου ζωῆς ἠξιώθημεν τῇ Ἀναστάσει σου,
    καὶ ἀνυμνοῦντες κράζομεν·
    Ὠσαννὰ ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις,
    εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος, ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου.

3. ΚΟΝΤΑΚΙΟΝ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗΣ ΤΩΝ ΒΑΙΩΝ (Ηχ. Πλ.β)
    Τῷ θρόνῳ ἐν οὐρανῷ, τῷ πώλῳ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς,   
    ἐποχούμενος, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός,
     τῶν Ἀγγέλων τὴν αἴνεσιν, καὶ τῶν παίδων
     ἀνύμνησιν, προσεδέξω βοώντων σοι·
     Εὐλογημένος εἶ ὁ ἐρχόμενος,
     τὸν Ἀδὰμ ἀνακαλέσασθαι.

 

 

 

 

 

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