Saturday, February 25, 2012

First Saturday of Lent

                TROPARION (to Theodore)         TONE 2

Great are the accomplishments of faith, for the holy martyr Theodore rejoiced in the flames as though at the waters of rest
Offering himself as sweet bread to the Trinity.
So by his prayers, o Christ God, save our souls!

                KONTAKION                       TONE 8

Your faith in Christ was like a breastplate upon your heart:
With its aid, you overcame the power of the enemy.
Therefore you are crowned in eternity with a heavenly diadem.

                THEOTOKION                      TONE 2

Beyond all thought and exceedingly glorious are your mysteries, Theotokos!
Sealed in purity and preserved in virginity,
You were revealed as truly the Mother who bore the true God!
Beseech him to save our souls!

                SESSIONAL HYMN                  TONE 3

You burned with the Orthodox faith,
Quenching the error of false teaching!
You destroyed the godless worship of idols.
You were sacrificed as a burnt offering to God!
With your miracles you bring joy to the end of the earth!
Glorious martyr, pray to Christ our god that we may receive great mercy!

      Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit

The Lord who strengthened you in your sufferings,
Has given you to all the inhabited earth
As a divine gift of salvation.
You heal the diseases of our soul
And put to flight the passions of our body!
Martyr Theodore, pray to Christ our God that we may receive great mercy!

Now and forever and ever. Amen.

You have conceived in your womb, undefiled Virgin,
The God whom nothing can contain:
The hypostatic word and consubstantial Son,
Who shone forth changelessly before all ages from the Father!
With the prophets and martyrs,
The holy monks, ascetics and righteous,
Entreat him that we may be granted remission of our sins!

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