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Melkite Readings of the Day Thursday, 19 April 2018.

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Thursday, 19 April 2018. Thursday of the Myrrh-bearers; Commemoration of the Holy Hieromartyr Paphnutios and of our Holy Father John the Hermit.

Class of Feast: 5
Tone of Week: 2
No fast today: Fast Free! -- We celebrate by neither fasting nor abstaining at all.
If, however, you follow the traditional fasting discipline: Fast Free! -- We celebrate by neither fasting nor abstaining at all.

Epistle of the Divine Liturgy -- 2018-04-19.

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Psalms 19:4,1 (Tone 8)
Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
Stichon: The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. (NRSV)

Acts 8:26-39 (of the season)
In those days, an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: ‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.’ The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’ He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. (NRSV)

Psalms 89:5,7 (Tone 1)
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
Stichon: God is feared in the council of the holy ones; great and awesome above all that are around him. (NRSV)

Gospel of the Divine Liturgy -- 2018-04-19.

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John 6:40-44 (of the season)
Jesus said to the Jews that had followed him, 'This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.’ Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ They were saying, ‘Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, “I have come down from heaven”?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. (NRSV)

Variable Parts of the Divine Liturgy -- 2018-04-19.

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Prayer of the Holy Spirit
Christ is risen from the dead, and by his death he has trampled upon death, and has given life to those who were in the tombs. (x3)


Litany of Peace
That the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour, may grant us triumph and victory over the temptations of our visible and invisible enemies, let us pray to the Lord.
That we may crush beneath our feet the Prince of Darkness and his powers, and that he may raise us up with him, and remove us from the darkness of our sins and failures, let us pray to the Lord.
That He may fill us with the joy and happiness of His Holy Resurrection, let us pray to the Lord.
That we may deserve the grace of entering into the chamber of His divine wedding-feast and rejoice beyond limit, together with His heavenly attendants and the hosts of saints glorified through Him in the Church Triumphant in heaven, let us pray to the Lord.


Antiphons
O Mighty Word, Who has risen from the tomb and appeared to His beloved, show us the traces of the nails and the marks of Your pierced side, and consolidate our faith that we may confess before all that You have suffered and by Your suffering You cured our painful souls. You are risen from the dead and granted the world a tribute of the resurrection by Your glorious Resurrection.
For You are our Light and our Resurrection, O Christ our God, and to You we offer glory, and to Your Eternal Father and your all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
O Christ our God, the Victor over Death, show us your peace. Fill our hearts with your Holy Spirit. Grant that we might await your power from on high with faith and hope and love. For we acknowledge that you are the Lord of those who trust in you, and we tell the good news of your glorious resurrection to the world.
For you are our light and our resurrection, O Christ our God. And to you we render all glory, honour, and worship, and to your eternal Father, and to your Holy Spirit. Now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
O Christ, the Great and Noble Passover, O Wisdom and Word and Power of God! Though you lay dead in the flesh, you rose on the third day and raised Adam from corruption, overturning Death. O incorrupt Passover and Salvation of the world, grant that we may join in perfect communion with you in the light of your eternal kingdom.
For you have become our righteousness and redemption, O Christ God. And to you we render all honour and glory, and to your eternal Father, and to your Holy Spirit. Now and always and forever and ever. Amen.


First antiphon (Psalms 65:1,2,3,4)
Ref. O Son of God, who are risen from the dead, save us who sing to You, alleluia.
v1. Shout joyfully to God, all you on earth.
v2. Sing praise to the glory of His name; proclaim His glorious praise.
v3. Say to God, “How awesome are Your deeds! So great is Your power that Your enemies cringe before You.”
v4. Let the whole earth worship you and praise you: let them sing to your name.


Second antiphon (Psalms 66:2,3,4,8)
v1. May God be propitious to us and bless us; may He make His face shine upon us and have mercy on us.
v2. May Your name be known upon earth; among all nations Your salvation.
v3. May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise You.
v4. May God, our God, bless us, and let all the ends of the earth revere him.


Third antiphon (Psalms 67:2,3,4; 118:24)
v1. Let God arise and His enemies will scatter and those who hate Him will flee before Him.
v2. As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish and melt as wax before the fire.
v3. So do sinners perish before God; but let the just exult with joy before Him.
v4. This is the day the Lord has made: let us exult and rejoice in it.


Entrance hymn
In your assemblies bless the Lord our God from the well-springs of his people. O Son of God, who are risen from the dead, save us who sing to You: Alleluia


Hymns of the Feasts
Thursdays
For the Apostles and St Nicholas of Myra
Troparion of the Apostles (tone 3)
O holy apostles, intercede with the Merciful God that he may grant our souls the forgiveness of sins.
Troparion of Nicholas of Myra (tone 4)
O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, the holiness of your life has set you before your flock as a rule of faith, an example of meekness and a teacher of self-restraint. Wherefore you acquired greatness through humility and spiritual wealth through poverty. Pray to Christ God that he may save our souls.
Troparion of the Noble Jospeh (tone 2)
The noble Joseph took down from the tree your spotless body, and wrapped it in pure linen for burial in a new tomb. But on the third day, You arose, O Lord, and bestowed great mercy upon the world.


<Chant the troparion of the titular of the church/monastery here.>

Kontakion of the Myrrh-bearers (tone 2)
O Christ God, when you greated the myrrh-bearing women, you wiped away the tears of our first mother, Eve, and told the women to bring the news to the disciples that Christ was risen from the tomb.
Kontakion of Easter (tone 2)
Though you went down in the tomb, O Immortal One, you overthrew the power of Hades and rose victorious, O Christ God! You greeted the ointment-bearing women, saying, "Rejoice!" You gave peace to your apostles, and to those who had fallen, resurrection!


Hirmos of the 9th Ode of Orthros
The angel cried out to the one who is full of grace: "Hail, O Immaculate Virgin! Hail, again! For your Son is risen from the tomb on the third day!"
Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord has shone upon you. Rejoice and be glad, O Sion; and you, O Pure One, O Mother of God, exult in the resurrection of your Son!
Christ is the new Passover, the sacrificed Victim, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord has shone upon you. Rejoice and be glad, O Sion; and you, O Pure One, O Mother of God, exult in the resurrection of your Son!