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The Divine Liturgies Of Our Fathers by Saint John Chrysostom

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Tone i.

Whilst the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers guarded thine undefiled Body, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Therefore the Powers of the heavens cried out to thee, O Life-giver: Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ: glory to thy kingdom: glory to thine œconomy, O only lover of man.

Theotokion. As Gabriel uttered to thee, O Virgin, Hail, with that voice was the Lord of all incarnate in thee, the holy ark, as spake the righteous David. Thou didst become wider than the heavens, when bearing thy Creator. Glory to him that dwelt in thee: glory to him that came forth from thee: glory to him that hath delivered us through thy bringing forth.

Tone ii.

When thou didst condescend unto death, O life immortal, then didst thou slay Hades with the lightening-flash of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the dead from the nethermost parts, all the Powers of the heavens cried: O Christ, Life-giver, our God, glory to thee.

Theotokion. All thy Mysteries are above thought, all are exceedingly glorious, O Theotokos: sealed in purity, and preserved in Virginity, thou art acknowledged a true Mother, having borne the true God. Him supplicate that our souls may be saved.

Tone iii.

Let those of heaven rejoice, and those of earth exult, for the Lord hath wrought might with his arm: he hath by death trampled upon death, hath become the first-begotten of the dead, hath delivered us from the belly of Hades, and granted to the world great mercy.

Theotokion. Thee that wast the mediatrix of the salvation of our race do we hymn, O Theotokos, Virgin; for in the flesh taken from thee thy Son and our God, having deigned to endure the passion of the Cross, hath redeemed us from corruption, as loving man.

Tone iv.

The women-disciples of the Lord, having learnt from the Angel the glorious message of the Resurrection, and thrown off the ancestral sentence, exultingly spake to the Apostles: Death is spoiled, Christ the God is risen, granting to the world great mercy.

Theotokion. The Mystery hidden from eternity and unknown to the Angels is through thee, O Theotokos, manifested to those of earth, God by a union without confusion being incarnate of thee, and of his own will having deigned to endure for us the Cross; whereby raising the First-fashioned, he hath saved our souls from death.

Plagal Tone i.

The word co-unoriginate with the Father and the Spirit, that was born of the Virgin for our salvation, let us, the faithful, hymn and adore; for he was pleased to ascend the Cross in flesh, and to endure death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.

Theotokion. Hail, gate of the Lord, impassable. Hail, bulwark and shelter of those that flee unto thee. Hail, untroubled haven, and pure from marital intercourse. Thou that didst bring forth in flesh thy maker and God, cease not to intercede for those hymn and adore thy bringing forth.

Plagal Tone ii.

The Angelic Powers were upon thy tomb, and the guards became as dead; and Mary stood at the grave, seeking thine undefiled Body. Thou hast spoiled Hades, not being tempted by it; thou didst meet the Virgin, granting life. Thou that didst rise from the dead,—O Lord, glory to thee.

Theotokion. Thou that didst call thy Mother blessed, camest of thine own will to the passion, shining on the Cross, seeking to recall Adam, saying to the Angels: Rejoice with me, for the drachma that was lost is found. Thou that in wisdom hast disposed all things, glory to thee.

Grave Tone.

Thou didst by thy Cross destroy death; thou didst open Paradise to the Thief; thou didst change the lamentation of the Myrrh-bearing women; and didst command them to proclaim to the Apostles: That thou art risen, O Christ the God, giving to the world great mercy.

Theotokion. As the treasury of our resurrection, do thou, O All-hymned One, raise us that put our trust in thee out of the pit and depth of error. For thou hast saved those that were guilty of sin, having brought forth the salvation of our race, thou that before bringing forth wast a Virgin, and in bringing forth wast a Virgin, and after bringing forth still art a Virgin.

Plagal Tone iv.

From on high thou didst descend, O tender hearted One; thou didst submit to three days burial; that thou mightest deliver us from our passions. Our life and Resurrection art thou, O Lord, glory to thee.

Theotokion. Thou that for us wast born of a Virgin, and didst endure crucifixion, O Good One; who by death hath spoiled death, and shewn forth the resurrection, as God; despise not those whom thou hast fashioned with thy hand; shew forth thy love to man, O Merciful One; receive the Theotokos that bare thee, as she intercedeth for us; and save, O our Saviour, the despairing people.








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