Sixth week of Lent
Thursday Matins

(after the 2nd reading of the Psalter):

Sessional hymn
Tone 5

Let us yoke contemplation to action!
Let us hasten to offer our prayers to Christ,
That by his awesome authority
He may call our spiritual understanding back from the tomb to life
Like another dead Lazarus.
Then we shall bring him palms of righteousness and cry:
Blessed are you, the one who comes!


Let us yoke contemplation to action...

Now and ever...

Be swift to heal the painful passions of my soul
And the diseases of my flesh.
Keep my mind from turning away, most pure Theotokos;
Enable me in stillness of thought
To offer pure prayers to the king of all,
And to gain remission of my sins.

(after the 3rd reading of the Psalter):

Sessional hymn
Tone 6

Lazarus has now been dead for two days.
His sisters Martha and Mary shed tears of grief for him,
Gazing at the stone before his tomb.
But the creator has come with his disciples,
To despoil death and bestow life!
Therefore let us cry out to him:
O Lord, Glory to you!


Lazarus has now been dead for two days...

Now and ever...

Holy lady, mother of Christ our God,
You have ineffably borne the maker of all!
Together with the holy apostles, ever pray to him
That in his love he may release us from the passions
And grant us the remission of our sins.


Tone 5

Come, brethren, and before the end of the fast,
Let us draw near with pure hearts to the compassionate God,
Laying aside all earthly cares,
Caring instead for our souls.
By abstinence, let us renounce our love of pleasure,
And concern ourselves instead with charity,
For in this way, as it is written,
Some have unknowingly been hosts to angels.
By providing for the needy, let us feed him who has fed us with his own flesh;
Let us clothe ourselves in him who clothes himself in light as a garment,
So that by the intercessions of the most pure mother and Virgin Theotokos,
We may receive forgiveness of our sins,
And cry to him with compunction:
Save us, Lord, from the condemnation of those on your left hand,
And make us worthy to stand at your right hand,
For you are the merciful lover of man!

Come, brethren,...

In torture, the saints sang out in joy:
This is our exchange with the master!
In return for bodily wounds
He will clothe us at the resurrection with a garment of light;
In return for dishonor, we shall receive crowns;
In return for imprisonment, paradise;
In return for condemnation with evil-doers, life with the angels!
At their prayers, Lord, save our souls!

Glory... Now and ever...

Forechosen from all generations,
Hear us when we call on you;
Grant us the petitions of our souls,
Deliverance from passions and anguish,
For the sake of the apostles,
For you can accomplish all things, as the Mother of God!

Sixth week of Lent
Thursday 6th hour
Troparion of the prophecy
Tone 1

Do not forget the voice of your servants;
Remember us, O Lord!
For as always, we have set our hope in you.
Help us, we beseech you, O almighty one!
Prokeimenon of the prophecy
Tone 4

This is the gate of the Lord * the righteous shall enter in by it.
Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

Prophecy of Isaiah: 65: 8-16a

Tone 4

I ran in the way of your commandments * when you enlarged my heart!
Verse: Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes!
Sixth week of Lent
Thursday Vespers

"Lord I call..."

Tone 4 (by Joseph)

Two of the sacred apostles,
Knowing you, O Christ, as one of the Trinity,
Now are sent by you to bring the ass
In fulfillment of the prophecy.
Humbling yourself, you will sit on it, compassionate one;
You prepare a throne in the highest for those who love you!
And those who in their folly submitted to unreasoning passions, O Word,
You made cry out to you: Hosanna!

Zion, receive your king!
For behold, now he comes to you in meekness,
To raise up Lazarus and to destroy the bitter kingdom of death.
Summoned by God, let all the monks and faithful assemble
To welcome Christ with palms and cry:
Blessed is he who comes to save mortal men through the passion of the cross,
And in his love, to grant freedom from passions to all.

Tone 8 (by Theodore)

Upborne on the Seraphim in the highest, O Christ,
As the God and maker of all,
You go to mount an ass on earth, as our brother in the flesh.
Bethany is glad, Savior, receiving you!
Jerusalem rejoices, expecting you!
Death is slain, foretasting Lazarus's resurrection from the dead!
We, fulfilling the greeting with palms, in joy,
Extol the majesty of your love, O Lord!

Tone 6

In my distress I cried to the Lord, * and he heard me.
Verse: Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue!

Reading from Genesis 46: 1-7

Tone 6

The Lord will keep you from all evil; * the Lord will keep your life.
Verse: I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where my help will come!

Reading from Proverbs 23: 15 - 24: 5

Tone 8

Deliver me, O Christ my God,
From the rich man's selfishness and lack of love,
For by your cross, you have cleansed us from our sins.
Make me follow the poor man Lazarus in his grateful patience,
And do not deprive me of a place with the patriarch Abraham,
Greatly merciful one!

Deliver me, O Christ...

Martyrs of the Lord,
You hallow every place and heal every ill,
And now we beseech you:
Pray that our souls may be delivered from the snares of the enemy!

Glory... Now and ever...

Awesome wonder; strange mystery!
O fearful deed!
Cried the Virgin as she beheld you hanging on the cross
Between two evil doers:
The child whom she bore without pain, yet in fear and trembling!
And she said weeping: woe is me, my beloved child!
How has this wicked and ungrateful people nailed you to the cross?


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