Fifth week of Lent
Tuesday Matins

(after the 2nd reading of the Psalter):

Sessional hymn
Tone 3

With the warmth of faith
Let us burn lustful passions with abstinence;
Let us flee from the icy cold of sin!
With the streams of our tears let us quench the everlasting fire,
Crying out: we have sinned against you, most loving Lord;
Forgive us and grant us your great mercy.


With the warmth of faith...

Now and ever...

You have become the divine dwelling of the word,
Only all-holy Virgin mother,
Exalted high above the angels in your purity!
I have become more filthy than all men,
Defiled by the sins of the flesh.
Through your intercessions cleanse me in divine waters,
Granting me great mercy!

(after the 3rd reading of the Psalter):

Sessional hymn
Tone 2

The grace of the holy fast is most glorious!
Through it the prophet Elijah found the chariot of fire
And Moses received the tables of the law;
Daniel was magnified
And Elisha raised the dead;
The children quenched the fire and all men are reconciled to God.
Rejoicing in the fast, let us cry aloud:
You are blessed, in this your good pleasure,
O Christ our God, Glory to you!


The grace of the holy fast is most glorious...

Now and ever...

In my distress, I have obtained your invincible intercession.
Beyond all hope, mother of our God,
I am miraculously set free from all that troubles me.
For you are always swift to help those who ask of you in faith;
You deliver those oppressed by temptations of the enemy.
Therefore with thanksgiving we cry to you:
Lady, accept this small offering of grateful praise,
And be my help in all things!

Tone 7

Lord, physician of the sick, the refuge of those in despair,
Visit my ruined and wounded soul,
For you are the redeemer of the world,
Who came to raise fallen man from corruption.
In your great mercy, raise me up as I fall before you!

Lord, physician of the sick, the refuge of those in despair...

In the arenas, before the lawless pagans,
The victorious saints cried out with joy:
O Lord, Glory to you!

Glory... Now and ever...

We sing praises to you, most pure Theotokos,
And glorify the Word of God who was born of you,
Crying: Glory to you!


Fifth week of Lent Tuesday
Sixth Hour

Troparion of the prophecy
Tone 3

Our helper is the God of Jacob:
He is our defender in the day of trouble!

Prokeimenon of the prophecy
Tone 6

I am afflicted and close to death * from my youth up!
Verse: O Lord my God, I call for help by day; I cry out in the night before you!

Prophecy of Isaiah 40: 18-31

Tone 6

Blessed are the people * who know the festal shout!
Verse: O Lord, we will walk in the light of your countenance!


Fifth week of Lent
Tuesday Vespers

"Lord I call..."

Tone 1 (by Joseph)

Faithful, let us control our passions through abstinence;
Let us have love as our food.
Let us strive to live acceptably for God:
For our sake, he was raised upon the cross,
And his side pierced by a spear!
In this way we shall enjoy the food of eternal life,
Glorifying the Savior of our souls!

Of old, we received death from the tree,
But now we find life again through the tree of the cross.
So let us put to death the impulses of the passions.
Let us, O faithful, entreat the benefactor,
That shining with the radiance of divine works,
And adorned with virtues,
We may attain the saving resurrection,
Glorifying the Savior of our souls!

Tone 2 (by Theodore)

We praise your life-bearing cross, O Lord,
The suffering of your holy flesh on our behalf,
The spear, the slaughter, the derision,
The spitting, scourging, and the buffeting,
The robe of purple and the crown of thorns.
By these, you have delivered us from the curse.
Therefore, we entreat you:
Enable us to complete the time of the fast in peace.

Tone 4

Lord, you have been our refuge * from generation to generation!
Verse: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world.

Reading from Genesis 15: 1-15

Tone 4

He who dwells in the shelter of the most high * will abide in the shadow of the almighty!
Verse: He will say to the Lord: you are my protector!

Reading from Proverbs 15: 7-19

Tone 5

I have been banished from your straight path by the passions, O Christ,
In my wretchedness I have fallen down into the pit.
The Levite and the priest both passed me by,
But you, O Christ, had mercy on me.
You tore up the handwriting of my sins by the weapon of the cross,
Enlightening me with passionlessness
And enthroning me on high with the Father.
Therefore I cry to you:
Glory to you, incomprehensible Lord!

Tone 8

I went down from Jerusalem,
Slipping away from the commandments which you wrote there for all nations,
And I journeyed to Jericho,
Yielding to my lusts like the dwellers there of old
Whom you gave to be slaughtered for their sins by your people.
Through disobedience
I fell into soul-destroying passions as to thieves;
Beating me, they left me half dead.
But Lord, as you voluntarily endured the nails and the spear because of man's sin;
And wrought universal salvation through the cross in Jerusalem,
Heal me, and save me!

Your martyrs, Lord,
Forgetting the things of this life,
And enduring tortures for the sake of the life to come,
Were shown to be its inheritors,
And how they rejoice with the angels!
By their prayers grant your people great mercy!

Glory... Now and ever...

When the sun beheld you, Lord,
The sun of righteousness, hanging on the cross,
It hid its rays, and the moon changed its light to darkness;
Your most pure mother was pierced to the heart.


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